Are you visiting our area for spring break or planning a stay-cation instead of a getaway? Las Vegas’ casinos are obvious options for vacationers, but people who have kids and/or don’t enjoy gambling may want to spend their vacation doing some of the other great activities that we have in our area. Here are some other fun possibilities to add some adventure to your spring break:
Clark County Wetlands Park
Clark County Wetlands Park is Clark County’s biggest park with over 3,000 acres and was established in 1991. From the beginning, it has had trails, picnic areas and a visitors’ center. The nature center opened in 2013 and includes dioramas and various interactive exhibits. It also has an indoor café. The park offers programs aimed at families with young children like arts and crafts projects, lessons on plant and animal identification, and many guided tours. The park’s trails are open from dawn to dusk. To learn more, call (702) 455- 7522 or e-mail Wetlands@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
There are literally dozens of golf courses in Clark County. One of them is the Rio Secco, which was designed by Rees Jones, a renowned golf course architect, and opened in 1997. It is a public golf course that puts its 18 holes in three different terrains: desert mountain range, plateau, and canyon. The Wild Horse Golf Club was established in 1958, making it one of the oldest golf clubs in southern Nevada. Back then it was called Paradise Valley, and it adopted its current name in 1994. The Wild Horse Golf Club is owned and operated by the City of Henderson.
Originally known as the Boulder Dam Park Museum, the Lost City Museum was established in 1935 to display artifacts from archaeological digs in the area. The museum’s original adobe building is still in use and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It houses exhibits from the earliest collections. The Faye Perkins Gallery, the biggest exhibition hall, includes an actual archaeological dig that shows the steps involved in an excavation. Another exhibition hall tracks the changes in southern Nevada’s climate, terrain, flora and fauna over the past 15,000 years. The museum is located in Overton and is open every day except holidays. For more information, call (702) 397-2193.
Springs Preserve is a nature center about three miles west of Las Vegas’ downtown. It boasts gardens, nature trails, and two museums. The Nevada State Museum is dedicated to both natural history and human history. It includes exhibits like an ichthyosaur fossil and old Las Vegas show costumes. The Origen Museum includes an exhibit about the construction and history of the Hoover Dam, dinosaur tracks, a replica of a railway car from the early 20th century, and live native animals. The amphibian collection includes the relict leopard frog, that had once been believed to be extinct. To learn more, call (702) 822-7700.
These are just a few of the jewels our community offers for adventure. Check out Clark County online to explore more exciting opportunities. Whether you live here or are just visiting, we’ve got plenty of things to spruce up your spring break in and around Clark County Nevada.