While more well-known for its world-class performances on the Strip, Las Vegas and nearby communities have fine and cultural arts offerings, including performing and visual arts.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic – www.lvphil.com
Nevada Ballet Theatre – www.nevadaballet.com
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - www.smithcenter.com
The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV – http://nct.unlv.edu
Super Summer Theatre – www.supersummertheatre.com
Utah Shakespearean Festival – www.bard.org
Las Vegas Art Museum – www.lasvegasartmuseum.org
Las Vegas Natural History Museum – www.lvnhm.org
Lied Discovery Children’s Museum – www.ldcm.org
Recreational opportunities are almost limitless in and around the Las Vegas valley. Within a very short distance, enthusiasts can boat, water ski, jet ski and swim at Lake Mead Recreation Area. Hiking and rock climbing are available at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, snow skiing or boarding at Mt. Charleston and riding ATVs or horseback through the desert. Amazing national landmarks such as Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire and Zion National Park are also close by.
Traditional activities such as golf (Clark County has nearly five dozen golf courses), tennis, swimming, fishing, camping, bowling, etc. are available all over the valley.
For those who prefer to watch, Las Vegas offers college sports teams, minor league baseball, professional hockey, rodeos and professional boxing.
The City of Henderson, through its Parks and Recreation Department, maintains more than 40 public parks. The city offers more than 60 ball fields, 40 tennis courts, two indoor and seven outdoor swimming pools and nearly 60 miles of trails along with six recreation facilities. www.cityofhenderson.com/parks
The City of Las Vegas offers more than 50 public parks, including dog and skate parks. Many of the parks have lighted basketball courts, aquatic facilities, playgrounds, picnic areas and walkways. The city’s department of leisure services maintains community centers, golf courses and hiking trails. www.lasvegasnevada.gov/information
Clark County and the State of Nevada also maintain myriad parks including shooting parks, wetlands parks, BMX tracks, radio-controlled airfield and car parks, state parks and recreation areas. www.co.clark.nv.us/parks
The City of Las Vegas’ main tennis facility, the Amanda & Stacy Darling Memorial Tennis Center, is the state's largest public outdoor tennis facility with 23 lighted courts, the central Ronald C. Darling Stadium Court with seating, locker rooms with showers, meeting rooms, offices, restrooms and a pro shop on approximately 11 acres. The center, which opened in September 2005, provides a comprehensive array of tennis programs, events and services for beginners through advanced players. www.darlingtenniscenter.net.