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How to Stay Cool in Las Vegas Summer Weather

We know, Vegas can get hot, even if it IS a dry heat. Read on to see what to do to stay cool (hello pools and air-conditioned bars, museums, and shops!), and what to expect in a Las Vegas summer.

Las Vegas Summer Weather

Summer in Las Vegas is, understandably, the hottest time of the year. You may have heard that it’s a “dry heat” felt in Nevada – and it makes sense as there are only 1-2 days on average of rain in the summer. The official summer season starts at the end of June to the end of September. However, the over-90°F Las Vegas heat can be felt starting in May and ending in September. The average temperatures in summer months are:

  • May: High of 90° / Low of 64°
  • June: High of 101° / Low of 73°
  • July: High of 105° / Low of 79°
  • August: High of 103° / Low of 77°
  • September: High of 96° / Low of 70°

Where to Avoid the Las Vegas Heat

Staying inside is key in Las Vegas summer weather. You will find air conditioning blasting almost anywhere you go, offering relief from the sun and heat. Below are some of our favorite ways to escape the Las Vegas heat.

Frozen Margarita at Bar to Escape Las Vegas Heat

The Bar

Heading to a bar solves two problems at once: thirst and air conditioning. Many bars make delicious frozen drinks to help you cool you off, and we couldn’t think of a better way to get away from the sun. There are many bars in Downtown Las Vegas to choose from, or you can chill out at minus5º Ice Experience. Just be wary that both the heat and drinking can quickly dehydrate you, so make sure you order a water with that drink!

The Casino

Sure, hitting the jackpot and winning the big bucks is great, but your first jackpot will be scoring some time in the air conditioning. Spend some time at the D Casino where you can bet on a more comfortable setting than walking around outside. We offer table games, slots, keno, and a sportsbook to keep you occupied. Just a warning though: Our Dancing Dealers may or may not make it hotter!

The Club

Even though temperatures drop at night, the nights are still hot during summer in Vegas. Remedy this by heading out to the club at night to dance in the air conditioning. Check to see which artists are playing when you’re in town and be sure to pack club attire that can withstand the heat. Your biggest risk at a club is dancing too much and upping the temperatures, or getting too close to the DJ and being surrounded by sweaty bodies.

The Museum

Escape the Las Vegas heat while getting an education! Learning about history might not be at the top of your Vegas to-do list, you would be missing out if you skipped the opportunity to visit one of our many fabulous museums. In Downtown Las Vegas, make a trip to the Mob Museum, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, or the DISCOVER Children’s Museum. If you are willing to brave the heat, visit the Neon Museum – it’s outside but worth it!

Friends Enjoying Las Vegas Summer Weather in Pool

The Pool

Make a splash this summer at a Las Vegas pool to cool down. Whether it’s a pool party, simply lounging in the pool, visiting a water park, or even doing watersports in Lake Meade, getting in some water will make the summer heat more tolerable. Because these are not indoors, be sure to apply sunscreen appropriately to avoid getting an uncomfortable sunburn that can put a damper on your trip to Las Vegas

The Shops

Retail therapy can also help with getting over the heat wave. Vegas is known for its number of extravagant shops, and you’ll know them even better for their extraordinary A/C. In Downtown Las Vegas, check out the Downtown Container Park and the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Other popular shopping options are Fashion Show, the Forum Shops at Caesars, and the Miracle Mile Shops.

The Shows

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the air conditioning during a show. Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World, and there is certainly no shortage in shows to see. From magic shows to comedy, there is something for everyone to enjoy while beating the heat. Look at the schedules for Downtown events to see who’s performing at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and T-Mobile Arena. If shows aren’t your thing, attending a Vegas Golden Knights game is just as great.

Don’t let the Las Vegas heat scare you away from visiting this summer! The city knows how to keep it cool and comfortable inside with plenty of activities. Book your room at the D Hotel today to be right in the middle of the action this summer in Vegas.

Celebrating Downtown Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend

Longer weekends mean longer fun, and 3-day Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Plan out the perfect long weekend and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas with these tips and tricks on where to find the best parties and events!

Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend Expectations

Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas is one of the busiest times to visit. Last year, approximately 320,000 people visited just for that weekend. If we see the same 2% yearly increase in visitors as we have been seeing in 2019, you can expect approximately 385,000 visitors this year. While having crowds may seem like a turn-off, it just makes celebrating that much more fun! That being said, anticipate long lines for clubs, quickly-booked hotel rooms, and long waits for restaurants. Be safe by booking your room at the D Hotel in advance and making any reservations needed for other activities.

Over Vegas Memorial Weekend, you’ll notice the sun got an early start on summer. Vegas May weather has a high of 90°F with a low of 64°F. Keep this in mind as you’re packing! You may need to wear a light sweater at night even if you were sweating all day in the heat. The sun can lead to heat, sunburns, and dehydration. Keep on top of your health in this Vegas May weather by using sunscreen, staying in shaded areas, and being extra careful to stay hydrated.

Free Concerts on Fremont Street for Vegas Memorial Weekend

What to do Downtown for Memorial Day in Las Vegas

After you’ve decided to spend Memorial Day in Las Vegas, it’s time for the exciting part! Planning your Vegas itinerary is necessary to make sure you fit in whatever you want to do over the long weekend. From raging pool parties and exciting shows to making dinner reservations, planning in advance is key.

Of course, we encourage exploring Las Vegas as well! Make a few plans, but don’t forget to walk around the city to find things to do in Vegas for Memorial Weekend that you may not have thought of before. You may stumble upon a show or restaurant that ends up being the highlight of your long weekend.

Fremont Street Experience

From live shows to exciting bars, the Fremont Street Experience is full of energy to keep your Las Vegas Memorial Weekend going! During Memorial Day Weekend, you can even catch a free Good Charlotte concert right in the middle of all the action. You can also spice up your experience with a thrilling SlotZilla Zip Line ride. Downtown Las Vegas can throw a Memorial Day party just as well, if not better than, the Strip, and the Fremont Street Experience proves it.

Bars & Restaurants

Las Vegas is home to a number of great dining options, and the list never stops growing with new talent joining our kitchens! This Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend, spend one day of your long weekend exploring all the Las Vegas foodie options. From delicious steak at Andiamo Steakhouse to the famous Big Poppa Tart Donut at Donut Bar, your tastebuds will party harder than you do in Vegas. Once you’ve filled up on sustenance, celebrate with drinks at one of our many bars! From Downtown Las Vegas breweries to yard drinks to speakeasies, there’s a drink for everyone.

Keep your eye out for special Memorial Day deals by following your favorite restaurants in social media or by simply walking around and seeing what’s available – it’s hard to go wrong with food in Vegas!

Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival at the DLVEC

Entertainment

If you’re visiting the Entertainment Capital of the World for your long weekend, you better see some entertainment. In Vegas, our entertainment is more than just the magic shows and showgirls seen in movies. For years, Las Vegas has built itself a reputation as a premier spot for all the top performers – from Ariana Grande to Paul McCartney.

This Memorial Day Weekend, you can catch the 21st Annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival featuring Rancid Descendents, The Specials, The Hives, Refused, The Stranglers, and more. As mentioned earlier, if you’re in a #throwback mood, Good Charlotte will be playing a free concert on Fremont Street on May 24th.

Attractions

Use your extra day in your long weekend to explore Downtown Las Vegas attractions. Outside of the Fremont Street Experience, there are plenty of other fun things to see and do downtown. Get your shopping done at the Downtown Container Park, get a glimpse into Las Vegas’s past at the Mob Museum and Neon Boneyard, see who’s performing at the Smith Center, and get a little wild at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

The best thing about spending Memorial Day in Las Vegas is that there is something to do for everyone. It isn’t hard to fill up your long-weekend itinerary – you’ll probably find it harder to narrow down what you want to do! Make your plans sooner rather than later for things that you need reservations or tickets for, and prepare yourself for a weekend full of fun. Book a room at the D for your Downtown Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend to be right in the middle of the action!

2019 NFL Draft Party Ideas in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has been building its reputation as a true sports city. From the success of the Vegas Golden Knights to the highly-anticipated Raiders stadium, we’re no stranger to being sports enthusiasts and cheering for our favorite teams. And we all know Vegas doesn’t take things lightly. If you’re watching a sporting event here, be prepared for games and celebrations of epic proportions.

One of the most exciting times of the year is upon us: the 2019 NFL draft. An event like this is an exciting time as teams gain new players and new fans. Join other football enthusiasts for a drink, wear your team’s jersey, and read below for NFL draft party ideas to make your 2019 NFL Draft weekend in Vegas the best ever.

Las Vegas 2019 NFL Draft Party Ideas

Michelob Ultra Draft Watch Party at DLVEC

On April 25, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is turning into the Downtown Watch Zone! At the Michelob Ultra Draft Watch Party, locals and fans from all over can come together for free and watch the first round of the 2019 NFL draft live with stadium surround sound, an on-field experience, and a 72-foot LED screen all brought to you by Michelob Ultra. This epic 21+ event starts at 5pm with doors opening at 4pm.

Get more details and reserve your table here!

With all the excitement that will be erupting on that day, you might want a few pointers and tips to help you get the most from your Michelob Ultra Watch Party experience. Read below for tips and tricks to have the best 2019 NFL draft weekend in Vegas.

Before the Event

– Book a place to stay. The viewing takes place at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, which is surrounded by casinos and hotel with a variety of rooms. Book a room at the D Hotel to be right in the Downtown action and just a few steps away from the DLVEC activities.

– Guarantee your spot. There will be limited seating. In fact, it’s a “first come, first serve” event, so don’t wait to get your spot! Check out the venue online before going and figure out a game plan as to where you want to view the party. The event is free to attend, but booking a table or reserving a man cave ahead of time will guarantee you a spot with a view.

– Have your bets in. There has been a rise of online sports betting, but there are still a few traditionalists out there. Within walking distance is the William Hill Sports Book at the D Hotel & Casino, so don’t forget to make a bet before heading out to the event.

During the Event

– Stay hydrated. Yes, there will be lots of beer and alcohol, but please make sure to keep water handy. Especially with the sun and warmer weather, dehydration is something you’ll want to avoid. You would hate to have a time out and “be taken out of the game.”

– Explore the event. The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is going to be loaded with food and activities to keep you excited and fueled during the event. From interactive booths with prizes to food vendors who sell game day hits like hot wings, be sure to walk around and enjoy the entire experience.

Friends Playing Beer Pong in DLVEC Man Cave for 2019 NFL Draft

Credit: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Throw Your Own NFL Draft Party

Draft up you own dream team of friends, and step up your NFL draft party by booking a man cave for you and your crew. By booking a man cave at the Michelob Ultra Draft Watch Party, you not only get the general party, but you get your own as well. Live it up in a premium shaded space that lets you party all day long and focus on your favorite team.

You get a personal 70” LED HD TV and a clear view of the main and side LED screens for your optimal viewing pleasure. Take it over the top with food and beverage service or your own game of beer pong.

You can book your 2019 NFL draft party man cave here!

NFL Draft Coming to Vegas in 2020

What’s even more exciting than going to a draft party? The draft itself! The NFL announced last year that it will be making its way to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL draft. Hosting the draft in the entertainment capital of the world means a week of unforgettable celebration for all football enthusiasts. With the Raiders relocation and hosting the draft next year, Las Vegas will be a city to keep your eye on.

Be sure to attend the 2019 NFL draft parties in Las Vegas so you can have bragging rights for being first on the Vegas football hype! Not only will you have the time of your life at the 2019 Michelob Ultra Draft Watch Party, you’ll also get a preview of next year so you can be a pro in the Las Vegas football crowds that are sure to come.

Guide to Spring Break in Vegas: Pool Party Season

The first day of Spring was March 20, which means spring break is upon us! U.S. News notes that Spring is the best season to visit Las Vegas, as temperatures are still comfortable and warm-weather events are starting to ramp up again. Whether you’re planning a trip for your college spring break, a bachelor or bachelorette party, or just a spontaneous getaway with your partner or friends, this is your ultimate guide for pool parties for spring break in Vegas.

Read below to find what to expect with weather, where to find the most epic Las Vegas pool parties for the best DJs, food, and overall vibes!

Las Vegas Spring Weather

Spring in 2019 lasts from now until June 21, and lucky for you, April and May are much cooler than the Summer months. The average temperatures you can expect this Spring are:

  • April: High of 80° / Low of 54°
  • May: High of 90° / Low of 64°
  • June: High of 101° / Low of 73°

As you can see, Las Vegas April weather is the most mild, with temperatures quickly creeping up in May and June. You can expect the days to be sunny and warm, but nights can cool off pretty quickly, so be sure to pack accordingly!

Friends Enjoying Drinks at Pool for Las Vegas Spring Break

Pool Parties in Vegas

Las Vegas pool party season began in March this year, with the exception of Kaos Dayclub opening in April and Bare Pool Lounge opening some time this Spring. The climbing temperatures and abundance of sun make the pools irresistible, and Vegas sure does know how to throw a pool party. When attending these parties, all you need to bring is a trendy suit, sun tan lotion, and the  good vibes to party!

Check out these 10 Vegas pool parties below to really make a splash during your spring break:

Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage

This is one pool in Las Vegas where going topless is allowed. Bare Pool Lounge has a more intimate feel than the other Las Vegas pools, and offers a menu of mojitos to stay cool.

Circa Resort & Casino

While not opening until December 2020, we’re already excited about the pools at Circa Las Vegas! The multi-tiered, six-pool amphitheater with a 125-foot, high-resolution screen is perfect for the best pool parties in Vegas.

DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay

LIT Sundays, Rose All Day on Thursdays, and an overall great lineup with regular artists like Duke Dumont, Rick Ross, and Ookay, DAYLIGHT brings the energy of Ibiza to Las Vegas.

Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell

A Las Vegas pool party with a view! Drai’s Beachclub overlooks the city, including the Bellagio fountains. Enjoy the sights, indulge in delicious food and drink, and dance the day away.

DJ Playing at Las Vegas Pool Party

Encore Beach Club at Wynn Encore

Encore is the place to be if you’re looking for an indulgent time during Vegas pool party season. Check out their lineup with big-name DJs like the Chainsmokers, Diplo, and Kygo for the best Las Vegas spring break.

KAOS Dayclub at The Palms

Vegas is getting a new player in the pool party game, and it’s going to be KAOS. This new day club will be a “luxe Greek-inspired oasis” and will have a rotating DJ booth for top talent to perform.

Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria

If your style is a little classier and upscale than the average Las Vegas pool parties, Liquid is right for you. Comfortable chaise lounges and daybeds are perfect for listening to Djs after taking a dip.

Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan

The ultimate adult oasis awaits at the Marquee Dayclub, where you can dance to the beat of DJs like Crisk Lake and Cedric Gervais. If you’re feeling extra, book one of their Grand Cabanas.

TAO Beach at The Venetian

Amazing sushi and a luxury pool party experience, does it get any better? TAO Beach boasts great food, an amazing pool atmosphere, top DJs, air-conditioned cabanas, and even Playboy Fridays.

Wet Republic at MGM Grand

Steve Aoki, Zedd, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix are just a few of the DJs playing at Wet Republic during spring break in Vegas. The two saltwater pools and giant marble bar are also pretty great.

When visiting for spring break in Vegas, you know you’re in for a good time. Las Vegas pool party season is something you don’t want to miss and is perfect for drinks, dancing, and taking a dip as the temperatures rise. Make your Las Vegas spring break even more epic by booking your room at the D Hotel, where you can stay in the middle of the growing Downtown excitement while being near all the Las Vegas spring break events and pool parties!

Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR in Vegas: Your Las Vegas NASCAR Weekend Guide

Fast cars, bright lights and big parties are in store the weekend of March 1st through the 3rd. Every weekend in Las Vegas is sure to be a good time, but when the Pennzoil 400 Spring NASCAR event makes its way to our city, we can almost feel the adrenaline start pumping. Whether you’re a NASCAR enthusiast or are just here for the parties and food, this is one weekend you don’t want to miss.

About the Pennzoil 400 Spring NASCAR Event

If you’ve never heard of the event before, let us help you become familiar with the heart racing event that is the Pennzoil 400.

First off, this three-day event isn’t just one race, but three. Witness the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series all in one weekend with a weekend package ticket. Or, if you just want to stay for the day, you can purchase a single-day ticket. Guests will also bear witness to some of the great showdowns in sports racing history, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and World of Outlaws at Las Vegas Dirt Track joining forces a few days before the event.

Meet us at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

There’s no better venue for a weekend this exciting than the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS}. The space is home to many exciting tracks, including the Speedway, Drag Strip, Bullring, Dirt Track, Off Road Track, and more. There’s even a Go-Kart Track where hardcore go-kart racers go to compete. This isn’t your typical amusement park go-kart racing, either. The track features six different configurations and 11 turns, making it a different experience every time you visit.

Go Kart Track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Credit: LVMS.com

The Pennzoil 400 is just one of the many events that LVMS hosts. This year, they’re hosting multiple Midnight Mayhem events, an Import Face Off, and loads of other events throughout the year. In fact, there’s something happening at the track nearly every weekend!

If you want to take your own path (literally), LVMS also offers a number of unique experiences for visitors, including getting behind the wheel of a race car, enjoying a VIP tour of the property, and racing an exotic sports car like a Lamborghini, Porsche, or Ferrari. You’re the driver of your own experience at LVMS.

NASCAR Parties are Totally a Thing

You’ve heard of NFL Championship parties, NCAA Basketball Tournament parties, and parties for the many Vegas Golden Knights games throughout the season, but have you ever heard of a NASCAR party? When the Pennzoil 400 comes to town, there are tons of places to grab a drink, a bite to eat, and watch the action. Here are some of the best places to catch the big race:

Draft Bar Sports Lounge

The Draft Bar at the track  is free for all ticket-holders and includes a view overlooking the speedway, an outdoor patio, and a fully stocked bar. Don’t miss a minute of the race with multiple TVS while you savor the lounge’s freshly-prepared food.

The Neon Garage Courtyard

The Neon Garage is Pennzoil’s self-proclaimed “NASCAR Disneyland” and features specialty concessions, victory lane celebration, and more. Get access to the Neon Garage and a Pit Road Pass, which includes unprecedented access to NASCAR’s star drivers, for $99 for the weekend or $59 for a single day.

Kevin Harvick Celebrates Pennzoil 400 Win in 2018

Credit: Icon Sportswire courtesy of Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Turn 4 Turn Up

This unique lounge is, you guessed it, right on Turn 4 overlooking the speedway. Enjoy a Ferris Wheel, firepits, food trucks, live music, games, and drink specials during race weekend. Witness the race in a fun, festival-like atmosphere all weekend. All these parties, and more Pennzoil upgrades, can be found here.

D Bar at the D

D Bar is home to Downtown Las Vegas’ best frozen drinks and cocktails and is less than 20 minutes away from the Speedway. After you’re done enjoying all the festivities, head over to the D to party with our dancing dealers, grab a craft cocktail, and place some bets!

Fremont Street Experience

Speaking of downtown, while you’re in the area, make sure to check out the Fremont Street Experience, which is five blocks of live music, countless bars, and the world-famous Viva Vision light show. Viva Vision has the world’s largest video screen and a daily free light show choreographed to awesome music.

There’s always something happening in Las Vegas and the Pennzoil 400 is one of the most exciting NASCAR races to come to our city. Make sure you get your tickets to this incredible event and don’t forget to grab some drinks, see some live music, and dine in luxury while you’re here.

Las Vegas Winter Skyline at Sunset

9 Reasons to Enjoy a Las Vegas Winter Vacation

When it comes to spring and summer, Vegas is a popular destination for pool parties, festivals, and catching your favorite artists. But did you know a Las Vegas winter vacation is just as great? From milder weather to exciting winter events, winter in Vegas gives you the opportunity to explore and enjoy the area in comfort. So what makes a Las Vegas winter so great? Read below for our favorite winter activities in Sin City!

Las Vegas Winter Weather

Nothing quite beats Las Vegas winter weather. While the summers are notoriously hot with temperatures easily exceeding 100°F, our winters will treat you with pleasantly mild temperatures. Because of the mild weather, Vegas is the perfect winter escape for those living in cold states. On top of avoiding the cold, the cooler Las Vegas winter temperature makes exploring the area much easier – whether you’re walking around the city or going on a hike.

In the winter, you will enjoy these average temperatures in Las Vegas weather in:

> December: High of 58°F and low of 38°F
> January: High of 58°F and low of 39°F
> February: High of 64°F and low of 42°F

Las Vegas Winter Activities

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

This winter, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens beautifully transform the space into two special displays. At the start of the winter season, a jolly holiday display turns the conservatory into a breathtaking winter wonderland. And coming soon, between January 12 and March 2 a special Chinese New Year display showcases the celebration.

2015 Chinese New Year Display at Bellagio ConservatoryAttribute: Vegas.Travelivery.com

Entertainment in Vegas

Winter in Vegas typically means smaller crowds. The warm weather brings in spring breakers and summer parties, making the winter a great time to catch your favorite Vegas entertainment. Between shows like Cirque du Soleil, events at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and the Fremont Street Experience, there’s something for everyone.

Downtown Container Park

On the second Sunday of every month, the Downtown Container Park features Second Sunday – an event featuring local artists, vendors, and entertainment. This event is a fun and unique way to get to know Vegas on a whole new level. And while Second Sunday isn’t in session, check out the awesome shops, restaurants, and the Dome for extra fun.

Gambling & Casino Games

It’s almost impossible to do Vegas without going to the casino. No matter what your skill level, there are plenty of casino games for beginners and experts alike. Try your hand at some gambling and bring your lucky underwear along with your jackets. Who knows, maybe you’ll hit the jackpot and you can move to a tropical getaway where winter doesn’t exist.

Outdoor Adventures

As mentioned earlier, cooler weather means less-strenuous outdoor activities. If you are visiting Vegas for more than just the city and want to add some nature in your life, explore some of the many trails, hikes, and parks in the area. Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, Lake Meade, Mount Charleston, and Lee Canyon are all lovely places to see in the cool weather.

Snow in Red Rock Canyon During Winter in Las Vegas

Restaurants & Bars

Having a great meal or delicious drink is necessary to keep you warm during the winter in Vegas. Our city boasts award-winning restaurants and amazing bars to whet everyone’s appetites and quench thirsts. From happy hour deals and yard drinks to exquisite steak dinners and wine bars, there is something for every palate and situation.

Shopping in Las Vegas

Shopping is something enjoyed year-round, but that doesn’t mean it’s less fun during the winter months! If the desert winter temperatures ever drop too low for you, seek warmth in the many shops of Las Vegas. Outlet malls and shopping centers can be found all around Vegas, fitting any shopping needs you desire. Be on the lookout for post-holiday sales!

Vegas Golden Knights Games

If you haven’t heard of the Vegas Golden Knights and their stellar success, it’s time to listen up! Visiting Las Vegas in winter means you’re visiting in prime VGK season. Make sure to catch one of their home games at T-Mobile Arena to see how locals support their team. Attending one of these games is a sports experience you won’t want to miss.

Make your winter vacation one to remember by spending winter in Vegas. You will enjoy beautiful scenery, comfortable temperatures, and exciting experiences that don’t happen in any other season. Start off your Las Vegas winter planning today by booking at the D Hotel, where you’ll be close to the action and have a cozy place to warm up in after a long day of winter activities!

Trapeze artists flying through the sky

Death-Defying Las Vegas: An Adventure-Seeker’s Bucket List

Looking for fun things to do in Vegas? Caution, meet wind. This is for the seekers of the next great thrill. Are you an adventure-seeking, death-defying, one-leg-on-the-flying-trapeze-with-no-net kind of stunt amateur? Then Vegas is your place and this bucket list of thrills is your go-to reference for all things adventure.

From the dangling ropes of Stratosphere, to skydiving over the Mojave desert from the Earth’s atmosphere, the adventures here are boundless. Be sure to keep these ideas in mind when you’re at a loss for fun things to do in Las Vegas. And don’t forget to grab a friend (just don’t tell them where you’re going).

Here are our top 5 favorite ways to defy death in Vegas:

#5: Dangle Above the Strip

Want to lose your lunch? No? Well, postpone that lunch and head to Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, with its iconic tower … that you will be dangling around. Standing 90 stories above the Vegas streets, the Insanity ride throws riders out over the edge, whirling them at speeds that produce up to three G’s of force. The ride also tilts you down, right at the concrete floor hundreds of feet below. Sound like a fun Las Vegas adventure? We thought so.

#4: Walk with the Dead

What better way to defy death than to walk with it? As one of the city’s newest death-defying attractions, Fear the Walking Dead Survival provides a walk-through attraction that brings the dead to life in front of your very eyes. Based on AMC’s hit series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” the tour takes thrill seekers through a military style installation where the zombie apocalypse is alive, real, and out for your blood. Make your way to the Fremont Street Experience and enjoy this fearful but fun Las Vegas activity.

One of the rooms in Fear the Walking Dead Survival experienceAttribute: VegasExperience.com

#3 Drive a Lambo Around a Race Track

If you prefer pavement over dirt, that’s not a problem. How about driving a $200,000 supercar around a track at 150 MPH?  If that doesn’t strike your fancy and tickle your adventure-seeking bone, nothing will. Whether justified or not, a recent lawsuit alleging unsafe driving conditions might just make SPEEDVEGAS a go-to for defying death. Choose between your favorite Ferraris, Audis, Porsches, Lamborghinis, and even off-road vehicles. The company’s 1.5-mile track features banked turns, long straightaways and maximum thrills for drivers of all skill levels. Package deals are available, and you can even try out multiple cars in one trip.

#2 Blaze a Trail of Glory … In Dirt

Hold the super car. It’s time to ride a dune buggy. And Vegas is the perfect place to do it. A number of rental companies give adventure seekers the chance to fly through the Mojave’s scorched, sandstone terrain. One guided trek will take you through the famed Valley of Fire, where you can high-speed chase your nearest and dearest friends or newfound enemies.

Dune buggy being driven through the sand

#1 Dive from the Sky

Ever seen the Vegas Strip from a plane? This is better. SkyDive Las Vegas is open 365 days a year and have completed more than 10,000 successful jumps each year. And it’s just 30 minutes from the Strip, which makes it pretty hard to excuse yourself for any other reason than fear. But that’s not a real thing. So, shall we?

As always, no experience is necessary, unless you’re bad at falling. Las Vegas is one of the best places in the world to defy death from the sky. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will pump your adrenaline like no other activity, as you free fall at 120 MPH, arming your eyes with views of Lake Mead, the Colorado River, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, Mt Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, and of course, the Las Vegas Strip. Be sure to splurge on the video purchase so you can relive the experience (and show proof).

Vegas is a heart-stopping kind of city. From betting it all on black to diving from the sky, there’s no shortage of Las Vegas adventures for the daredevil in all of us.

Family swimming together.

Wading in a Water Wonderland: Where to Find the Best Pools/Lakes/Water Parks

The summer sun in Las Vegas can leave you in need of a break and the pools, lakes, and water parks in the city provide the perfect desert oases. Las Vegas is packed with impressive water attractions, including pools where you can swim adjacent to sharks, lakes near Las Vegas, and water parks that will bring out any adult’s inner child.

Here are some of the best water-centric attractions in and around Las Vegas:

Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas

Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas combines the refreshing nature of water with the thrill of an amusement park. A mix of slides, swimming pools, and kids attractions make this a water-centric destination you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re in the mood to relax and wade in a pool or take your turn on a winding water slide, Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas has something for you.

Soleil Pool at Paris Las Vegas

When it comes to Las Vegas pools, Soleil is one of the best. Located under the iconic Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas, Soleil Las Vegas offers an aquatic escape from reality. The relaxed environment paired with the gorgeous decor details make the pool the perfect place to lounge and swim in style. The expansive deck features attentive cocktail service, while the optional spacious villas and cabanas offer privacy and luxury.

A view of Soleil Las Vegas, the pool at the base of the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Hotel.attribute: https://www.caesars.com/paris-las-vegas/things-to-do/pool#.W4VtBuhKg2w

Mandalay Bay Beach

Boasting 2,700 tons of real sand, Mandalay Bay Beach is the closest you can get to seaside in Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay Beach has won numerous awards, including the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Readers’ “Best Pool of Las Vegas” award for seven years in a row. The sandy surfaces slowly descend into clear waters, perfect for a relaxing day of swimming. The sand also creates a pleasant environment for sunbathing and kids always love the opportunity to play in the sand.

Lake Mead

For an escape packed with natural beauty, head to Lake Mead, where the views are expansive and the waters are refreshing. When it comes to lakes near Las Vegas, Lake Mead is the local favorite. It’s perfect for those who like to participate in watersports like boating, water skiing, and tubing. There are tons of options for scenic hikes and nature walks around Lake Mead that will help you break up the water fun and see the beautiful landscape from a different perspective.

A view of a scenic drive by Lake Mead in Las Vegas.

The Pool at the Palazzo Las Vegas

The crystalline waters at the Palazzo pool make the searing summer temperatures enjoyable. Explore the Palazzo’s five acre pool deck, which features multiple pools, all with distinct personalities. The cabanas and daybeds give you the opportunity to enjoy privacy with your loved ones as you hop from one pool to the next. Cocktail service on the pool deck eliminates the need to interrupt your relaxation, meaning you can lounge the day away under the sun.

The D Pool

Take a break from the Fremont Street excitement and relax in the pool at The D. Let your stress melt away as you take a dip in the jacuzzi or refresh your senses with a plunge in the pool. The non-stop Las Vegas fun can get a little exhausting. Rejuvenate your body and mind with a few hours at the pool at The D.

Gold Strike Hot Springs

For a water experience that’s a little more nature-centric, head to Gold Strike Hot Springs. Getting there may require a bit of a hike – but locals will tell you that it’s worth every step. The trailhead is located just before the Hoover Dam and the hike is considered to be easy to moderate with minimal climbing involved. Get your exercise on before indulging in the clear waters of this desert oasis.

A small waterfall along the hike to Golden Strike Hot Springs in Nevada. attribute: https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/gold-strike-hot-springs-trail-head-boulder-city?select=SYM-TWjf6IZsyxUUGG68bA

Las Vegas’ skyrocketing temperatures in the summer mean refreshing aquatic escapes are essential. The good news is that Las Vegas is packed with pools, lakes, and water parks that are perfect for both cooling down and having fun.

Group of Friends at Summer Pool Party in Vegas

How to Prepare for a Las Vegas Labor Day Weekend Trip

Sometimes planning for a vacation takes so much work, you need a second vacation just to compensate! That is why the sooner you start planning your trip, the better. With Labor Day right around the corner, right now is the perfect time to start getting you Las Vegas Labor Day weekend vacation in order. From deciding what to pack to planning the perfect Vegas activities to keep you entertained, these tips will have you traveling and relaxing like a pro this Labor Day.

Plan Your Travel

Your first step in your planning process is to grab your laptop. Vegas.com gives you a best price guarantee and Las Vegas Labor Day weekend deals on flights, travel packages, and more to conveniently plan your travel. After figuring out how to get to Vegas for Labor Day, book a fabulous room at the D. Each room at the D includes high-speed internet, an in-room safe, comfortable Serta Mattresses, and a 32-inch HDTV.

However, since it’s the end of summer you might want to consider treating yourself for your last summer hurrah and upgrading to a luxurious suite! With a full-wet bar, three flat screen TV’s and beautiful, contemporary furnishings, this Vegas Labor Day vacation will be the one you’ll be talking about for years to come. After reserving your room at the D, you can also set up the D’s shuttle service to and from the airport. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Items Being Packed for Las Vegas Labor Day Weekend Trip

Prepare to Pack

The next step in planning your trip is deciding what to bring. Nothing puts a damper on a Labor Day vacation more than forgetting to pack something. No one likes taking time away from fun activities to go buy a toothbrush or sunscreen. Be sure to check for weather updates and changes leading up to your trip, especially in the day or two before you leave. Most likely, Vegas will stick to the ol’ dry and hot trend, but better safe than sorry! Also, be sure to jot down a list of daily use supplies so packing will go quickly and smoothly. The sooner you can avoid that nagging “I forgot something” feeling, the sooner you can start having fun without interruption!

Here’s a checklist of must-haves to get you started on your packing:

    • Photo ID
    • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
    • Shampoo & Conditioner
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Contacts & Solution
    • Phone Charger
    • Casual & Going Out Clothes
    • Pajamas
    • Underwear (a lucky pair for the casino?)
    • Casual & Formal Shoes
    • Bathing Suit

Book Some Experiences

Now the exciting part… planning your Las Vegas Labor Day activities! Whether it’s a raging pool party that tickles your fancy or a thrilling Cirque show that has been intriguing you, be sure to book your tickets in advance. Check out Visit Las Vegas to book tickets for shows and events, find popular places to eat, and see a list of unique things to do in Sin City. When staying in Downtown Las Vegas over Labor Day weekend, don’t forget about all the exciting things to do at the Fremont Street Experience – from live concerts to lively bars.

Make a note of all the places you want to go and shows you want to see. Creating an itinerary before your trip will eliminate endless arguments about what to do or where to eat, so you can fill your days up with fun and not lengthy decision-making. The Collective Zoo Block Party, hosted by the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, is a great place to start when building out your plan for the weekend! As the intriguing title suggests, the block party is sure to be one wild way to celebrate Labor Day! The all-day event features DJs like Chris Lake, Walker & Royce, SINDEN, Golf Clap, and Lucati. There’ll also be some amazing food trucks and a craft beer garden with over 20 brewery brands to choose from. As if that weren’t enough, a custom 2,200 square foot pool will be brought in to make your vacation that much EXTRA! It doesn’t get much more Vegas than that!

Planning all the major events for the weekend is a great idea, but don’t forget to let loose a little on your trip, too! Plans are nice, but leave a little wiggle room for exploring. Who knows, maybe your best Vegas Labor Day weekend experience will be a show you stumbled upon on your walk home from dinner!

Couple Leaving Home to Go on Trip to Las Vegas

Get Your Home Ready

Finally, before you go: make sure your house is in order. Leaving your house in shambles means you will come home to a disorderly house – which is hardly relaxing after a fun weekend in Vegas. Do some simple chores such as taking out the trash, making your bed, and folding your laundry to give Future You a nice treat to return to. Doesn’t flopping down on a made bed with fresh sheets sound lovely after a whirlwind of a weekend away?

If you have pets, find someone to take care of those sweet fur babies of yours. Give a quick call to family or close friends who live nearby to ask if Fido can come cozy up in their home for the weekend. If that isn’t an option, hop online to find qualified pet sitters in your area. Some sitters even take care of your home while you’re on your Vegas Labor Day weekend trip – score!

Las Vegas has so much to offer that planning ahead for your vacation just makes good sense. There is just not enough time in the day to be wasting precious minutes when you could be making memories as the summer comes to an end. With these tips, you’ll be able to relax, have fun, and experience a worry-free Las Vegas Labor Day weekend vacation that is most definitely well-deserved!

Scenic Panorama of Burning Man Festival Camping Sites

Las Vegas Burning Man Sculptures & Cultures

Located in the Black Rock Desert of Northwestern Nevada, Burning Man is a major event for Vegas locals and tourists alike. Three different Burning Man sculptures currently reside in Vegas and represent the Burning Man culture that is alive and well in the Las Vegas community. Tons of people travel through Sin City on their way to Black Rock City. With Burning Man 2018 just around the corner, we’ll discuss one of our favorite Nevada festivals and its special connection with Las Vegas.

History of Burning Man

The annual event now known as Burning Man had humble beginnings as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice in 1986. Founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James met on Baker Beach in San Francisco with a few friends and burned an 8-foot tall wooden man and smaller wooden dog as a spontaneous act of “radical self-expression”. The tradition continued the following year and the effigy grew to 15 feet tall, and by 1988, it had grown to 30 feet. At this time, Larry Harvey officially named the summer solstice ritual “Burning Man” and titled flyers as such to ward off references to the practice of burning live sacrifices in wicker cages.

In 1990, the figure was erected at Baker Beach on Summer Solstice but not burned because of police enforced permitting reasons and the potential fire hazard. The Man was then invited to San Francisco Cacophony Zone Trip #4 on Labor Day weekend in the Black Rock Desert, NV and burned on September 1, 1990 where the annual festival and tradition continues today.

Burning Man 2018

The 2018 art theme, I, Robot, will offer an exploration of humankind’s decidedly mixed feelings about algorithmic intelligence, cybernetic augmentation, and the mystery of what it means to be human in an increasingly automated world. Due to the recent passing of Burning Man’s founder, “The Man with the Hat” Larry Harvey, this year’s event is expected to be unlike any other. Be there to watch The Man burn on Saturday, September 1.

Burning Man Sculptures in Las Vegas

Considering art is one of the defining features of Burning Man, it makes sense for the Burning Man sculptures to live on outside of Black Rock City. The Playa comes alive in Las Vegas through many of its sculptures, now memorialized throughout the city of Las Vegas. You can see several pieces of art with your own eyes in the heart of Las Vegas.

Marco Cochrane's sculpture "Bliss Dance" installed in MGM Resorts International's, “The Park”.attribute: https://blog.vegas.com/las-vegas-attractions/girl-power-bliss-dance-grooves-to-a-different-beat-in-las-vegas-64368/

“Bliss Dance”

Marco Cochrane’s sculpture “Bliss Dance” was installed in MGM Resorts International’s new dining and entertainment district, The Park, in March 2016. Located between Park MGM (previously Monte Carlo), New York-New York, and the new T-Mobile Arena, the 40-foot tall statue, which debuted at Burning Man in 2010, serves as The Park’s visual focal point. The dancing lady was crafted to celebrate humanity, feminine beauty, and the power that can be harnessed when there is balance on our earth. This unique modern steel sculpture challenges all past engineering feats and techniques seen in previous years.

The Downtown Project

Starting in 2012, Burning Man teamed up with Downtown Project and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to bring elaborate Burning Man sculptures and other artwork from Black Rock City’s festival for display in Las Vegas. Burning Man provided creative consulting to Downtown Project, and partnered to bring vibrant, interactive art and culture to downtown Las Vegas.

Fire-Breathing Praying Mantis Sculpture in Container Parkattribute: http://dtlvevents.com/venue-details/#containerpark

“The Mantis”

Artist and aerospace engineer Kirk Jellum showcased his original work at Burning Man, a fire-spewing praying mantis. This larger-than-life mantis now resides in the Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas and is a 150:1 scale replica of a female mantis the artist found in a field. The praying mantis took 3,000 hours to build, is 40 feet tall, 30 feet wide, and burns approximately 50 gallons of liquid propane each day with flames that reach six stories high. If that weren’t enough, the mantis has a 4,000-watt sound system – allowing the music to crank up and the mantis to boogie on down.

Big Rig Jig stands tall in Las Vegas’ Downtown Projectattribute: http://mikerossart.net/bigrigjig/

“Big Rig Jig”

After a long journey from Burning Man to Coachella to Banksy’s Dismaland show, The Big Rig Jig is now permanently installed in Las Vegas by Tony Hsieh on Fremont Street. The Big Rig Jig was constructed from two discarded tanker trucks and serves as both a sculpture and an architectural space. Visitors can enter the lower truck, climb through the tankers, and come out to a viewing platform between the rear axles. Created by MIke Ross, this sculpture stands 50-foot-tall and weighs in at a whopping 25 tons.

By establishing the agreement with the Downtown Project, Burning Man can use Las Vegas as a platform for art and ideas, and to share its 10 principles, which include radical self-expression, decommodification and civic responsibility. Burning Man culture continues to thrive in the city of Las Vegas and its showcased art continues to live on.