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13 Things to Do to Stay Cool When Las Vegas Heats Up

Posted at 4:40 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2021-06-03 15:57:08-04

Here are 13 tips on how to stay cool in Las Vegas during the hot summer months:

1. Visit a pool or water park
There are plenty of pools and water parks to cool off at in Las Vegas. We also have two water parks -- Cowabunga Bay and Wet'n'Wild. You can also find a list of Clark County pools here and City of Las Vegas pools here. Additionally, many local parks have splash pads for the kids.

2. Visit Mount Charleston It's usually about 20 to 30 degrees cooler on the mountain during the summer. There are plenty of hike trails and spots to picnic or camp. There are also rental cabins.

3. Go to the movies
When it is hot outside, it's the perfect time to hang out in a cool and dark movie theater. AMC, Regal and Cinemark recently announced that masks are no longer required for people who have been fully vaccinated. So, pick a movie, grab some popcorn and a drink, and kick back and relax.

4. Go to a museum
Las Vegas has several museums that offer a break from the heat and have interesting things to look at. Check out the Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve, DISCOVERY Children's Museum, and Las Vegas Natural History Museum. There's also Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum and the Museum of Dream Space for selfie lovers in the Grand Canal Shoppes.

5. Visit a library
Not only are libraries cool, they are also quiet. Some of our favorite libraries include Centennial Hills Library, Green Valley Library, Summerlin Library & Performing Arts, and Aliante Library. 

6. Gamble at a casino or play bingo
Most casinos are very well air-conditioned. Find one that has penny or nickel slots and you can easily spend a few hours in comfort. Additionally, bingo is a fun and inexpensive way to pass a couple of hours or more. The Plaza has the only bingo room in downtown Las Vegas. Both Arizona Charlie’s locations offer bingo. The Gold Coast and Red Rock Resort also have bingo.

7. Minus5 Ice Experience
If you need to cool down quick, visit a Minus5 Ice Experience. Visits are limited to 30 minutes though because it is so cold. The entire bar is made of ice, even the glasses. There are 3 locations -- Mandalay Bay, Venetian and The LINQ Promenade.

8. AREA15
A new entertainment venue opened during the pandemic in Las Vegas. AREA15 has a little bit of everything -- shopping, dining, art, live entertainment, interactive experiences like OMEGA Mart and much more. It's actually a bit hard to describe. It's always dark and cool inside though.

9. Go window shopping
Las Vegas has become a shopper's paradise in recent years. There are multiple malls to choose from including Fashion Show, Forum Shops at Caesars and Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip and Meadows Mall, Boulevard Mall and Galleria at Sunset mall.

10. Play games
If you are a fan of old-school pinball and arcade games, head to the Pinball Hall of Fame. They have a brand-new location on Las Vegas Boulevard. There's also GameWorks at Town Square and Dave & Buster's in Summerlin.

11. Hop on the High Roller Observation Wheel
The High Roller has 28 climate-controlled, glass-enclosed cabins. The ride lasts for 30 minutes and the views from 550 feet in the air are super awesome. It also offers a one-of-a-kind cocktail experience.

12. Go ice skating
Las Vegas Ice Center and City National Arena (where the Vegas Golden Knights practice) offer ice skating in the Las Vegas area. You can also take pilates classes or learn how to curl at the Ice Center. Even if you don't like to skate, you can watch hockey games and VGK practices at City National Arena and grab a bite to eat in their restaurant or pick up some VGK and Henderson Silver Knights gear in their shop.

13. Escape to an escape room
There are quite a few escape rooms in Las Vegas. It's a great way to spend an hour or two with your friends, family or coworkers. Check out Escapology at Town Square or the Lost Games escape rooms on Valley View Boulevard.