It’s hot in Las Vegas, and it’s not just because of all the sins associated with Sin City. Temperature-wise, this desert is hot as hell. Luckily, there are a multitude of ways to avoid heat stroke, even if dousing oneself with alcohol isn’t enough. From its luxury pools to more unconventional ways of cooling off, don’t just escape the sun – conquer it.
Not far from the glitz and glam of Las Vegas is the beautiful desert oasis of Boulder City, Nevada. Anything you can do in water you can do at Lake Mead. Kayak around Frogman Petroglyph or the Emerald Cave, glide towards to Sauna Cave or the Arizona Hot Springs, there’s a whole lake to explore. Kayak Lake Mead is a company that offers group kayak trips, kayak rentals and information on all the places to discover.
Who wants to drag their feet through the steaming concrete of the Vegas Strip on a hot day, herded by pastel shirted tourists in tennis visors? To capture some of the luxury of Las Vegas, even in the sweltering sun and hoards of people, hit the pool at Mandalay Bay! Drift sleepily for a quarter of a mile around the Lazy River or catch some waves in the 11-acre private beach, with a wave pool that pushes waves out up to 6 feet. For poolside lounging with an extra touch of swag, cabanas are available for rent.
Currently the only waterpark in the Las Vegas area, Wet’n’Wild has families gathering in droves to their splash pools and towering waterslides to escape the summer heat. Take a spin on the Rattler for a four-person splashathon that involves a 360-foot descent down a colorful twisted chute with high-banked curves. With its lazy river primed for dads on downtime and a Kiddie Cove for young children, there’s sure to be something for the whole family.
Behind the seemingly modest walk-up window at Luv It is a world of flavor. Just off Las Vegas Boulevard, between the Strip and the boneyard, Luv It makes their custard daily in a rotating variety of flavors from vanilla to pumpkin. It goes down smooth because there’s almost no air whipped into it and no ice crystals, and the custard is rich and soft. They serve it on a plain cone, or in maxed-out Sundaes with all the traditional toppings.
Feeling the wind break over your arms and legs, flipping up your hair and tickling your face while soaring through the air at 140 mph attached to nothing but a stranger and a parachute is not a bad way to forget the sizzling concrete and asphalt 15,000 feet below. Las Vegas Extreme Skydiving supplies the airplane and the equipment and video equipment to document this feat, as well as classes to emotionally prepare the daredevils who decide to make the drop. The views are spectacular, the adrenaline is addictive, and the wind is cool, so why not take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?