It’s the middle of summer and Las Vegas is heating up—literally. So why sweat it out on a city sidewalk or melt at an outdoor restaurant? When Las Vegas starts sizzling, there are a number of ways to cool down. Whether you like poolside revelry, outdoor adventure or you’re dreaming of a trip to Antarctica without leaving the desert, it’s all possible in Las Vegas this summer.
Chill at an Ice Bar
Imagine a 110-degree day on the Las Vegas Strip. The sun is burning your skin, the sidewalk is so hot it feels like your flip-flops are melting and a waterfall of sweat is traveling down your spin. Now imagine stepping out of the hot sun and into an air-conditioned bar made entirely of ice. Isn’t that better?
Minus5 has locations at Mandalay Bay and the Venetian and an upcoming location at the LINQ Promenade. Head here for a frosty experience complete with ice sculptures and cocktails served in glasses made of ice.
Take a Dip at Lake Mead
If you’re standing inside Caesars Palace, you’re less than an hour away from lakeside paradise. Lake Mead offers six marinas, swimming, houseboat and kayak rentals, plus camping and opportunities for seeing bighorn sheep, wild burros and other desert critters. While you’re there, you can tour the inside of the Hoover Dam, which just so happens to stay pretty cool on a scorching day.
Get Some Elevation at Mt. Charleston
Can you see those towering mountains from your hotel on the Strip? The air is pretty darn cool up there. Head to the Mt. Charleston Wilderness and go for a hike. If you’re up for it, 11,916-foot Charleston Peak is the most prominent mountain in the state of Nevada. Other popular alpine jaunts include Mary Jane Falls, Fletcher Canyon and Cathedral Rock. There are also lodges, restaurants and campgrounds.
Go to a Dive In Movie
Dive in movies at the Cosmopolitan are a beloved summer tradition in Las Vegas. From May 13 through Labor Day, you can make your way to the Boulevard Pool on Monday evenings and go for a swim while watching your favorite films on the big screen. Sing along to Grease or laugh at Ferris Bueller’s Day Off while enjoying buttered popcorn and movie-themed cocktails. The view of the Las Vegas Strip at night is another thing that makes this summer activity a must-do.
Experience the Ultimate Pool Party
Las Vegas takes pool parties to the next level. Cool off while getting wild at a number of dayclubs up and down the Strip. There’s Daylight at Mandalay Bay, Wet Republic at MGM Grand, Encore Beach Club, Go Pool at the Flamingo, Kaos at the Palms...the list goes on and on. If you’re into a more intimate or lounge-like pool experience, try JEMMA at the NoMad within Park MGM or Citrus Grand Pool Deck at the Downtown Grand. Whatever you choose, the combination of champagne, DJs, dancing and water will be a blast.