how to stay cool in las vegas

How to Stay Cool in Las Vegas This Summer

Located on the outskirts of the driest desert in North America, Las Vegas sees its fair share of hot days, especially in the summer months. As a tourist, you may not be prepared for how hot Las Vegas can get—“[o]n average, 134 days per year reach or exceed 90 °F (32 °C), of which 74 days reach 100 °F (38 °C) and 7 days reach 110 °F (43 °C).”

So, how does one beat the heat and stay cool in the face of such unrelenting temperatures? Here are 7 of our best tips.

1. Dress appropriately

Finding the right clothes to wear in Las Vegas can be tricky—if you keep to the indoors, you’ll want a few layers or a light sweater to stay comfortable in the casino air conditioning. But once you step outside into the blazing sun and desert heat, you will find yourself in some need of light, loose, comfortable clothing instead.

Your best bet is to skip the synthetics and stick to linen and cottons, as well as light layers and colors. You’ll also want to consider incorporating a sunhat and some sunscreen into your daily routine as the UV index can get quite high. And of course, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen as needed, especially once you get out of the pool!

2. Keep hydrated

Whether you’re outdoors for a stroll down the Strip, exploring one of Las Vegas’s nearby State or National Parks, or enjoying some time poolside, staying hydrated is essential—especially if you’re imbibing. Carry around a water bottle and top it up whenever possible. If you can, avoid sugary drinks and alcohol.

3. Enjoy a cool treat

With the common-sense tips out of the way, it’s time to move onto the fun stuff. Grab yourself a tasty and cool treat to keep your chill all day—Las Vegas has lots of options:

  • Frozen hot chocolate
  • Giant Frozen Margaritas
  • Ice Cream
  • Milkshakes
  • Gelato
  • Frozen custard
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Snow cones

Find some great places to grab a cold confection on Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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4. Dive in

From slides to lazy rivers and water parks to community pools, Las Vegas has a place to swim at practically every casino—some even have multiple options at one place! Special mentions:

  • The Lazy River at Mandalay Beach.
  • Water parks at both Cowabunga Bay and Wet’n’Wild.
  • Waterslide past a shark tank at Golden Nugget.
  • Eight pools to choose from at Caesars Palace.
  • Monday Night Dive-in Movies at the Cosmopolitan Resort.

Check out the best pools in Vegas according to Vegas.com.

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5. Stay indoors

During the hottest midday hours, one of the best things you can do is enjoy the multitude of indoor activities, events, exhibits, shows, and things to do or see that Las Vegas has to offer, including:

  • Museums – Whether you’re seeking entertainment for yourself, family, or friends, there is no shortage of interesting and odd museums where you can spend some air conditioned time indoors during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Casinos – If you’re old enough to play, a casino is a great place to relax in the cool, temperature-controlled air.
  • Bars and restaurants – Las Vegas has a wide range of bars and eateries to choose from, but for an especially quick cool down, check out the minus5º Ice Experience. Minus5º is a bar made entirely out of ice and has a few locations around Vegas, including Mandalay Bay and the Venetian.
  • Spas – Escape the heat and relax at a spa day. For an extra cool treat, check out the Arctic Ice Room at Qua Baths & Spa in Caesars Palace—a one of a kind spa experience that includes snow falling from the ceiling.
  • Malls and shops – From the Forum Shops to the Miracle Mile, Meadows Mall to the Boulevard Mall, there are miles of temperature-controlled shops to browse.
  • High Roller Observation Wheel – Enjoy a 30 minute ride in a climate-controlled cabin with an incredible view of the Strip.
  • Other activities – Take in a movie, ice skate at one of several arenas located in the city, practice your swing at indoor mini golf, or become a pinball master at the Pinball Hall of Fame.

For more fun indoor activities, check out our list of free things to do in Las Vegas

6. Take advantage of the cooler parts of the day

After spending some time inside, take a stroll down the Strip in the evening or the early morning. The city cools off significantly in the evenings and overnight, with the temperature dropping as much as 20 degrees.

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7. Visit cooler locations

Las Vegas is surrounded by State and National Parks. Here are some of the best places to stay cool:

Lake Mead

Get out of the city and spend some time on the cool waters of Lake Mead. 38 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll find lots of things to do and see at this nearby National Recreation Area, including:

  • Joshua trees
  • Slot canyons, coves, caves, and hot springs to explore
  • Boating, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, swimming & fishing
  • Camping
  • Hiking trails—including the Historic Railroad Trail
  • Overton Arm—a portion of Lake Mead that has a large number of Bald Eagles (for any bird watchers that might be among you.)
  • Boulder Beach
  • Hoover Dam
LAKE MEAD TOURS YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN

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Lake Mead Cruise & Hoover Dam Tour

This combined tour begins with breathtaking sights as you travel by motorcoach through fabulous Las Vegas towards Boulder City, Nevada. As you leave Boulder City en route to the magnificent Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, see the spectacular shoreline of Lake Mead in the distance.

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Lake Mead Dinner Cruise from Las Vegas

Lake Mead Dinner Cruise

Step on board the Desert Princess, an authentic paddlewheel boat, for a 2-hour dinner cruise of picturesque Lake Mead. Choose from prime rib, salmon or chicken. Vegetarian options also available.

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Mount Charleston

Located on the other side of Red Rock Canyon National Park, Mount Charleston is a 51 minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. There are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy and it is often 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the city, even in the daytime.

Learn more about Mount Charleston.

COLORADO RIVER TOURS YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN

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Colorado River Float Trip

Enjoy a relaxing boat trip through Black Canyon while you take in the beautiful scenery! Your guide will point out the hot water springs, bighorn sheep and many historical points as you float down the Colorado River through the majestic Black Canyon.

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Grand Canyon Colorado River Voyage Tour

Fly to the Canyon in a state of the art jet helicopter, descend 4,000 feet to the Canyon floor, and enjoy a relaxing 11 mile cruise down the Colorado River starting at the Hoover Dam!

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Conclusion

For your safety and comfort, staying cool during the hottest months on the Las Vegas calendar is necessary. Thankfully, there are lots of ways you can enjoy the city without letting the desert heat get you down:

  • Be smart: dress appropriately to protect yourself from the heat and sun, and stay hydrated.
  • Enjoy a nice cold treat from one of the many tasty dining options Las Vegas has to offer.
  • Relax in the pool or stroll the indoor entertainment options and activities.
  • Step outside during the cooler parts of the day.
  • Head out of town to some nearby destinations with lower temperatures.

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