Although the Las Vegas Valley does often endure three-digit high temperatures in the summer, the rest of the year tends to be mild and warm. The city’s dry desert climate helps make the hotter months more bearable, as well. And there is no shortage of air-conditioned locations to escape to when the mercury climbs. A wide variety of green belts, parks, and trail systems are scattered throughout southern Nevada. From skate parks and community parks with picnic tables and benches to multi-acre areas with water features, sports courts, and massive playgrounds, Las Vegas has it all!
The Great Outdoors
Las Vegas also has numerous state and national parks within a few hours’ drive.
With nearly 500 daily commercial flights departing to 150 cities around the world, Harry Reid International Airport, the 7th busiest airport in the nation, is the primary commercial airport serving the Las Vegas Valley. Harry Reid International Airport is about 5 miles south of Downtown Las Vegas, and is an easy drive from anywhere in the greater Las Vegas area. Harry Reid International Airport is also less than 3 hours away from any airport on the west coast, for non-stop flights.
Las Vegas has been the center of attention in the sports world recently, thanks to the National Hockey League granting an expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, which played its spectacularly successful opening season in 2017.
The Las Vegas Raiders played their inaugural season in January 2020 in Allegiant Stadium. The Las Vegas Lights Football Club also hosts major league soccer matches at Cashman Center, making it the third professional sports league to call Las Vegas home.
Las Vegas is home to the Aviators, a triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s baseball team, in the brand new Las Vegas Ballpark stadium on the west side of the valley.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts major NASCAR events, the Electric Daisy Carnival every June, as well as several other sporting events throughout the year. Major arenas in town, including the Thomas & Mack Center, T-Mobile Arena, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Cashman Center, and the Orleans Arena host UFC matches, major title boxing matches, UNLV athletic events, NBA exhibition games, and more.
The Las Vegas area also boasts about 60 golf courses, some of them award-winning, throughout the city, including TPC Summerlin and the Las Vegas Country Club, for major pro tours. Residents can choose between picturesque, convenient neighborhood and community courses and upscale private golf venues, as well as Topgolf’s flagship location in the heart of the city.
The Las Vegas Aces is a professional women’s basketball team that relocated from San Antonio to Las Vegas before the 2018 season. The Aces compete in the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Western Conference and play their games at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Arts and Culture
With so many entertainment offerings in the community – both on and off-Strip – there are opportunities to take in world-class performers, classical music, Broadway shows, and more.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - The Smith Center is a world-class performing arts center that boasts the state-of-the-art Reynolds Hall for major performances, including Broadway shows, the Cabaret Jazz and Troesh Studio Theaters in its Boman Pavilion, arts education opportunities for local students, and specialty performances several times a week.
Las Vegas Philharmonic - The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs music that enriches and educates, helping build a vibrant, culturally rich community. It is southern Nevada’s only professional symphony orchestra and provides several concerts in each season with a youth arts education program.
Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV - A professional repertory theater housed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, this organization engages national and international theater professionals in all disciplines for residencies with the company.
Nevada Ballet Theater - The internationally- recognized Nevada Ballet Theater hosts performers from across the globe in a variety of contemporary and modern performances. The theater is also home to The Academy, a comprehensive dance education institute.
Art Galleries - From the Downtown Arts District, or the 18b Arts District, to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts on the Las Vegas Strip, the Las Vegas Valley sees both classic and contemporary art regularly.
Museums - With its rich history and always interesting stories of its past, Las Vegas’ museum offerings have expanded in recent years, giving way to several ways to learn about the area’s colorful past.