Las Vegas: Wholesome Community Fun for Everyone!
Whether you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas with the kids, or you’re a local parent, there are plenty of family-friendly activities and recreation in the Valley, designed to get your family moving and keep you healthy, happy and active. Moreover, family-friendly Las Vegas is being heralded as one of the hottest investment opportunities in the nation. It pays to consider Las Vegas for your next home purchase.
Las Vegas is more than just “The Strip”. When the average person thinks of Las Vegas, huge glistening buildings come to mind, with fine food, expensive wines, 24-hour gambling and extravagant shows. It hardly would seem like the place for a young family of five from the mid-west. It’s seemingly the pinnacle of opulence, or someplace to indulge. The reality, however, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, is that in 2015 only 1% of all first-time visitors coming to Las Vegas did so specifically to gamble. Also, the fabulous Las Vegas “Strip” with all those shimmering, mirrored casinos, gigantic shopping emporiums and electric neon signs, makes up just 4.2 miles of the entire 135.9 square miles of city.
Who comes to Las Vegas? GLS research states the majority (37%) of visitors to Las Vegas in 2015 were between ages 35 and 55 with a median income of $80,000, and generally visited for work-related reasons. Ed Coulson, Director of the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at UNLV noted that these visitors are in the prime age range of home buyers in Las Vegas. Of course this age range also includes many of those with children who live at home. Realtor.com has called Las Vegas one of the best places to invest in real estate on a budget and Forbes Magazine called out Las Vegas as one of the top 20 places to invest in rentals. So while visiting why not take a look at homes in the Valley? With housing prices on the increase, the market is stable and welcoming to both investors and those looking to make family-friendly Las Vegas their home.
When it comes to family activities, Las Vegas has a lot to offer. Could your family be featured in one of those energy drink commercials because you’re just that extreme? Well, Indoor or outdoor skydiving may be just for you! Indoor skydiving is a great alternative to the real thing. It offers a secure setting with the same feeling of free-falling, so you’re sure to have an amazing time. And if that hasn’t provided you with enough of a rush, why not try zip lining above Freemont Street or at the Rio while the crowds below cheer and wave. What about renting some dune buggies and blasting through the desert? Still not extreme enough? Why not have the family do some heavy construction then? That’s right. If you’re 14 or over you can operate those big bulldozers for up to 90 minutes. After a proper training by the folks at Dig This, of course.
Speaking of heavy machinery, the Valley had made some amazing overhauls to its roads system, making for a more quick and easy commute. If you prefer mass transit, just about any part of the Valley has an exceptionally reliable bus system that can take you from home to work, or just out sight-seeing for a very nominal fee. This is a city full of growth and improvements. With the continued expansion and introduction of a 2017 professional hockey team, the city’s growth, employment opportunities and progress is sure to continue.
If you’re not really a group of dare-devils, maybe try hiking, biking, swimming or camping in any of the beautiful mountainous state and national parks surrounding family-friendly Las Vegas. Lake Mead, which has camping and beaches right by the Hoover Dam, is the 16th largest man-made lake in the world. Boat rides and fishing are also offered year-round. During the summer, Mount Charleston is a welcome retreat from the heat, and as Nevada’s third tallest mountain peak, you may even see some snow. During the winter, skiing is the most popular activity on the mountain. Red Rock Canyon is a great place to view Mojave wildlife and also offers guided hikes for families. As the name implies, you’ll also see intricate rock formations in vibrant red hues, and it’s unlike anywhere else. Nature in Las Vegas just takes your breath away.
Possibly one of the most amazing things about being surrounded by such picturesque nature is that regardless of where you decide to stay or purchase a home in the Valley, a grand excursion is a simple 45-minute drive away. Make a weekend of it and you’ll feel like you’ve been out of state, completely refreshed and renewed to take on the work week. The communities here are just as diverse as the surrounding possibilities for a much deserved respite. From golf courses to the ultra-artsy, from subdivisions to high-rises there truly is something in the Valley for every lifestyle.
Do you want to exercise your mind as well as your body? Visit any of the many museums and wildlife habitats around Las Vegas. The beautiful foliage of the Springs Preserve is the ultimate setting for native bird watching, or you can visit Ethyl M’s lush cactus gardens while indulging in a little bit of dark chocolate full of healthy anti-oxidants. The Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio host hundreds of species of plant life. Explore history with the National Atomic Testing Museum, Mob Museum, Las Vegas Natural History Museum or the Nevada State Museum. The Neon Museum is part of our fantastic and completely renovated Arts District. Make sure to check out the First Friday event there every month. It’s a street party celebration of the city’s culture. Immerse your family in science and technology with the Discovery Children’s Museum or visit one of the great exhibits happening now like Bodies or the Titanic. If you’d like to get up close and personal with our aquatic friends, the Shark Reef or Dolphin Habitat may be for you. From the Pinball Museum to the wax museum, if you’d like a bit of mental strengthening, family-friendly Las Vegas is the place to be.
And don’t let rainy days get you down. Even though it rarely rains, there are just as many exciting high-energy and off-beat indoor activities to keep the family fun momentum going. From indoor trampoline parks where you can play sports like basketball to moon bounces to indoor playgrounds, obstacle courses, inflatable slides, laser tag, putt putt golf, ice skating and so much more. Unless you have a teenager, the kids probably won’t be too keen on strolling the malls of Las Vegas. You owe it to yourself (and your family) to think outside the box. The opportunities are there to be seized. Carpe diem and make the most of your time together.
All of these activities could fill your next three vacations, or weekend family activities for months if you’re a local. And the water park, Bonnie Springs or numerous roller coasters weren’t even mentioned. The big, bold extravagant gambling city of Las Vegas is simply a perception of a city rich in culture, resources and learning opportunities. Don’t limit yourself to a four-mile strip of land. Bring your family and explore, be active and most importantly, invest and stay. With its rich culture, countless opportunities for continued growth and numerous educational activities, making family-friendly Las Vegas your home is truly a sound investment.