We spent the majority of our rest day at Springs Preserve. An amazing place in any location but especially so near to the strip in Vegas. I would HIGHLY recommend a visit, especially for people with kids. There was so much to do and such a variety of things to see.
We started with the Wings Over the Springs show which featured live interaction with hawk eagles, owls, ravens, barbary and falcons. Very beautiful birds!
There are lots of trails and a beautiful gardens area -- despite the heat (+38c today!), we spent quite a bit of time outside, although not as much as we would have if it hadn't been so hot. We went through the Origen Museum, the Nevada State Museum, and the Desert Living Gallery. We also went through the Sustainability Gallery which was super interesting but, knowing Andrew, is causing me a bit of worry. I'm afraid we're going to have composting toilets in the house soon!
For kids there's a very funky playground, activities, tours and programs such as kids summer camps. Throughout there were various "make-a-craft" areas or other interesting and interactive displays for kids. Also on the funky side was the junk art that was placed throughout the gardens and other outdoor areas.
Even the restaurant was a far cry from the crappy food usually found at places like this. The Springs Cafe is run by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. The vegan burger, fries and quinoa salad we had were very tasty! There are also rooms for conferences and areas for weddings both indoors and out.
Ok, I know I'm almost on the point (or past) of raving about this place but really, it was great! If you're in Vegas . . . go there! Even if it's only for a break from the casinos and resorts. . . or the climbing!
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Here's some really great photos taken by Andrew.