Five Things to Do Outdoors in Las Vegas

Paris Hotel & Casino / © Ken Lund/Flickr
Paris Hotel & Casino / © Ken Lund/Flickr

When people come to Las Vegas, drinking and partying are generally at the top of the list. Whether it’s in a nightclub or by the pool, people come to relax and have fun. During the summer, sometimes it’s too hot to do anything else. If you’re looking to venture beyond the Strip, here are ten places and things to do that will let you see a different side of Las Vegas:

Visit Red Rock Canyon National Park

If you’re a camper, a hiker, or a rock climber, you will fall in love with Red Rock Canyon. Just a thirty-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock offers a different kind of Las Vegas experience. There are 19 trails for hikers, and 6 climbing areas available for permits. Red Rock Canyon Campground is the only developed camping area, which is closed during the summer months because of the high temperatures. If you just want to take in the scenery, you can drive or bike along the 13 mile-loop that cuts through the park.

Go Paddle Boarding

Las Vegas doesn’t seem like the place for water sports, but you’d be surprised. Located off the 95 South in Henderson, Lake Las Vegas offers its guests a wide range of amenities and activities both on and off the water.

You won’t see many speedboats on Lake Las Vegas or find many surfers, but you can do a number of other things on Lake Las Vegas. Introductory paddleboard lessons are available, as well as yoga on the paddleboads, wake boarding and flyboarding. You can also rent a Duffy boat to take in the in views of the lake, or go kayaking.

Visit The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum, or the Neon Graveyard, is one of the more unique museums to visit in Las Vegas. The Neon Museum pays homage to the signage and hotels of Las Vegas’ past. You’ll find signs from old businesses offering “free aspirin and tender sympathies”, and original signage from hotels that are still standing today.

Because the museum is located outdoors, it’s important to keep the weather in mind when you go. If you go in the summer months, be sure to bring plenty of water; temperatures can be as much as 10 degrees higher inside the museum.

Guided tours are the only option available to see the museum, so be sure to book your tickets in advance.

Take a helicopter tour

If you’re really interested in seeing a different view of Las Vegas, the best view is from the air. Helicopter and balloon rides are very popular in Las Vegas for both locals and tourists. You can take a tour of just the Las Vegas Strip, or venture into the desert toward Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon.

Viator offers a number of tour options at affordable prices, some of which include champagne and dining options. Sundance Helicopters is another popular tour company, which also will include limousine pickup.

Go to a beach concert

You might not think of “beaches” when you think of Las Vegas, but Mandalay Bay has that covered. The Mandalay Beach has become a tourist favorite since its opening; from its topless beach club to its wave pool, Mandalay Beach offers entertainment for all ages. The concerts on the Beach are an added bonus.

The Beach Concert series takes place throughout the summer months, with acts ranging from Ringo Starr to Keith Urban. This year’s acts include UB40, Dirty Heads and Salt N Pepa. You can bring blankets to sit on in the sand, but you’ll have to leave the coolers and the glass containers back in your room; no outside food or drink is allowed.






Five Popular Shows on the Las Vegas Strip

Bally's Las Vegas/ © Ken Lund [Flickr]
Bally’s Las Vegas/ © Ken Lund [Flickr]
Long known as “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, Las Vegas has been home to some of the most popular stage shows in history. At one time, Las Vegas was home to Elvis and The Rat Pack; today it’s the home of Cirque du Soleil, Britney Spears and Celine Dion. It’s still the home of more “adult” entertainment acts, including Chippendales and Zombie Burlesque. If you want to see a show and don’t know where to start, check out some of the following recommendations:


Mystere is one of the longest-running shows on the Strip, and with good reason. Gracing the stage inside Treasure Island since 1993, Mystere is the longest-running Cirque du Soleil show in the company’s history. Brian Le Petit, Mystere’s resident clown, opens the show with his mischevious antics, from throwing popcorn at guests to stealing their wallets. From his debut, the show takes its guests on a journey throughout the “mystery” that is life itself.

Purple Reign

Purple Reign is a show for anyone that loves the 80s, Prince or both. The Prince tribute show, led by musician Jason Tenner, has wowed audiences in Las Vegas for nearly ten years. Located inside the WestGate Resort & Casino, Purple Reign pays tribute to The Artist (Formerly Known as Prince). With beautiful dancers befitting The Revolution, Jason Tenner brings back the spirit of the beloved singer.  If you go on a Friday night and purchase a VIP ticket, you can attend the after party, Purple Reign After Dark, with the performers.

Beatles LOVE

If you like the Beatles or breakdancing, you will love LOVE. The award-winning production explores the history of the Beatles, from their early beginnings in Liverpool, all the way to their final rooftop concert. There’s more dancing than acrobatics compared to its sister shows, and acts like the Russian swing and skaters give the show its distinctive style. If you decide to see the show and worry about getting a good seat, rest assured; there isn’t a bad seat in the entire LOVE Theater.

Beatles LOVE performs Thursday – Monday.

Tournament of Kings

You won’t find many dinner theater shows on the Las Vegas Strip, which is why Tournament of Kings is so special. The tale of King Arthur comes to life six nights a week inside the Excalibur, complete with pyrotechnics, jousting, and sword fighting. It’s one of the few kid-friendly shows left on the Las Vegas Strip, and allows children under 3 to attend for free.


The Jabbawockeez are one of the newer acts to grace the Strip, and perhaps one of the most recognizable. The all-male dance crew first rose to prominence as the winners of America’s Best Dance Crew, and now perform five nights a week inside the MGM Grand. Their track suits and white masks have become their trademarks, as well as their commitment to pushing boundaries with their choreography and special effects.