With its hot and dry location in the middle of the desert, water may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you visit Las Vegas. But there are tons of ways to celebrate this essential element of life, apart from quenching your thirst with a tall, cold glass.
From entertaining water shows to historic water rides, here are five fun ways to hydrate your next Vegas vacation.
O by Cirque du Soleil
Aquatic masterpiece O by Cirque du Soleil has been making a splash at the Bellagio Resort since 1998. The centerpiece of this water show is a 1.5-million-gallon pool of water which appears and disappears on an as needed basis for aerialists, trapeze artists, high-divers, synchronized swimmers and acrobats. From diving into the pool from high above the stage to splashing around inside it, the performers showcase the beauty, emotion and magnitude of water.
Shark Reef Aquarium
More than 2,000 underwater creatures co-exist for your viewing pleasure at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. And even though it’s the country’s only predator-based aquarium, they all seem to get along swimmingly. Sawfish, stingrays, green sea turtles, piranhas, moon jellies, even a golden crocodile, are among the 100 species comprising the aquarium’s 14 exhibits, which includes a 1.3 million-gallon shipwreck and a touch pool. You’ll enjoy an enlightening glimpse under the sea in the middle of the Mojave.
Le Reve – The Dream
Le Reve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas is a water show set in a circular 1,608-seat theater. The spectacular symphony of imaginative scenes take place in and around a circular pool. Gymnasts, aerialists, synchronized swimmers and other curious characters—all Scuba-certified—dance around, soar above and dive in, sometimes from more than 80 feet above the water, during this 90-minute show. Talk about a wet dream!
Lake Mead Cruise and Hoover Dam Tour
Explore the architectural wonder of Hoover Dam aboard a genuine Mississippi paddle wheel boat on the Lake Mead Cruise and Hoover Dam Tour. The tour begins as a luxury bus whisks you to Lake Mead, a manmade lake and a popular destination for swimming, boating, skiing, fishing and other outdoor recreation. The country’s largest water reservoir, Lake Mead is located along the Colorado River, about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. Once aboard your three-level boat, you’ll enjoy scenic views of the lake and an up-close look at the massive 726-foot-tall dam, a National Historic Landmark.
Black Canyon River Adventures
Explore the wildlife, caves, coves, hot springs and natural landscape of the historic Black Canyon as you float downstream from near the base of Hoover Dam in Nevada to Willow Beach Marina in Arizona on Black Canyon River Adventures. After arriving at check-in via air-conditioned bus, you’ll hop on a motor-assisted raft for the exciting 12-mile open-air water ride on the Colorado River. There isn’t much shade along the trail, so be sure to wear lots of sunscreen. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the trail received its designation as a national water trail in 2014; the first in the Southwest and the first to flow through a desert.