By Tess Eyrich | June 15, 2015 | Lifestyle
These 20 activities will help you beat the summer heat while exploring all that Vegas has to offer.
1. Explore the Venice Canals
Piloted by professionally trained gondoliers, the authentic gondolas at Venetian take groups of up to four riders on leisurely cruises throughout the resort’s indoor Italian streetscapes and outdoor mazes of scenic bridges and balconies.
2. Touch an Iceberg
If you haven’t already visited it, head to Luxor’s Titanic: The Exhibition, a summer-season must, with more than 300 artifacts from the famed ship taking center stage alongside a replica of its Grand Staircase, an authentic piece of its hull, and a man-made, touchable iceberg.
…if only for the cool mist that will hit your face as the Tiësto-scored show progresses. Prefer a front-row seat? The waterside tables at Julian Serrano’s new Lago restaurant are highly coveted for their picture-perfect views.
4. Quench Your Skin
At Aminah’s Organic Skin Spa, each Hungarian-style facial includes a session of ice tightening (known in spa circles as “organic Botox”) to firm skin and provide instant refreshment.
Did someone say ice cream? We’ll take ours stuffed inside a glazed doughnut, thank you very much.
6. Bring the Outdoors In
It may be way too hot to commune with nature, but several Strip hotels make enjoying the great outdoors an entirely attainable experience. For glimpses of gorgeous summer topiary and floral arrangements, head to the Venetian, Wynn Las Vegas, or Bellagio, whose Conservatory currently mimics an underwater paradise complete with mermaids, sea turtles, and waterfalls.
7. Forget About Walking
Planning on conquering the Strip? Consider getting around via the Las Vegas Monorail, an easy-to-use transit system with seven stops between the MGM Grand and SLS Las Vegas (an unlimited day pass is just $12), or opt for one of the free routes that run from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur, the Monte Carlo to Bellagio, and the Mirage to Treasure Island.
8. Take in Some Artistic Inspiration
Come summer, we’ll be visiting some of our favorite indoor galleries for the air conditioning just as much as the art. We’re especially looking forward to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s upcoming showing of more than 45 of Pablo Picasso’s paintings, linocuts, and lithographs produced between the 1930s and ’70s.
9. Hide Away in a Cabana
Sure, some of Vegas’ most exclusive pools are only open to hotel guests, but a simple way to circumvent this restriction at most properties is by renting a cabana. You’ll find us relaxing with a sangria ice pop on Mandarin Oriental’s sleek eighth-floor pool deck, where cabanas come outfitted with flat-screen TVs and plenty of magazines.
10. Schedule a Spa Day
Lucky for all of us, there’s a luxury swimwear boutique on every block to satisfy even the most specific sartorial requests (hand-bejeweled bandeau tops, anyone?).
12. Feel the Wind in Your Hair
Calling all daredevils—you won’t even need artificial air conditioning when you’re flying through the air on of one Trapeze Las Vegas’ lines.
13. Hit the Beach
Mandalay Bay Beach, that is. The sandy expanse includes a 1.6-million-gallon wave pool, cabanas, daybeds, and a lazy river, among other features.
14. Get Out of Town
Nestled just 45 minutes away from the Strip, in the Spring Mountains, Mount Charleston offers a host of recreational opportunities, from hiking and camping to mountain biking and horseback riding, as well as temperatures roughly 20-30 degrees lower than the rest of the valley.
Old standards like Rehab, Marquee Dayclub, and Encore Beach Club are already back for another season, while newcomers like Foxtail Pool Club at SLS Las Vegas (PICTURED) are just joining in on the fun.
16. Take a Dip in Lake Mead
A 50-minute drive from the Strip, Lake Mead is one of Southern Nevada’s most beloved outdoor parks, with ample facilities for picnicking, boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, and more.
17. Come Face to Face With the Ocean…
…or at least the locals that call it home at Mandalay Bay’s ultra-tropical Shark Reef Aquarium. Spread across 14 exhibits, the space’s residents include more than 2,000 animals, from sharks and rays to sea turtles, crocodiles, and jellyfish.
18. Enjoy a Poolside Movie
Now through September 7, the Cosmopolitan will host Dive-In Movies, a weekly event that welcomes guests to the Boulevard Pool for double-feature film screenings on Monday nights. Take a seat or dive right in for the full experience—it’s entirely up to you.
19. Order a Drink on Ice
At Minus5 Ice Bar’s two locations inside Mandalay Bay and the Monte Carlo, guests sip their drinks in a space where everything from the walls and décor to the seating and cups is made of ice. Reservations are required, but each booking includes complimentary use of parkas, gloves, and hats (trust us, you’ll need them).
20. Get Behind the Wheel of an Exotic Luxury Car
Exotics Racing gives amateur drivers the chance to step into the shoes of qualified professionals as they drive some of the world’s most powerful automobiles—think Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Aston Martins—around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s track.
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