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Located on a lush 15-acre (six-hectare) landscape at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, this wildlife habitat is home to exotic birds, fish and turtles, rare to find in the Nevada desert. Surrounded by waterfalls and breathtaking flora, explore ponds filled with koi fish and turtles, and islands dotted with pelicans, ducks and swans. The flamingo island, home to a flamboyant flock of pink flamingos is especially popular. This attraction promises an enjoyable time for the whole family. Admission is free.
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is one of Las Vegas' claims to fame. The garden is a sanctuary to more than 7,500 flowers, which are well-kept by 140 horticulturists. With its beautifully placed gazebos, ponds, bridges and water fountains, it's a refreshing oasis amidst the city. It's a delight to stroll through this riot of colors during the day with the light pouring in from the glass ceiling. The night tours are equally exotic with the stars overhead giving the garden a tranquil, fairy-tale feel.
Nestled within close proximity to Downtown Las Vegas, Springs Preserve is a natural park and cultural center devoted to commemorating the history of Las Vegas and promoting sustainability. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the preserve is a rich repository of desert botanical gardens, museums, and galleries. It is home to several life-sized displays, exhibits, and entities centered around building a green environment. this insightful preserve also hosts classes, lectures, and workshops built around the disciplines of cooking, archaeology, sustainability, arts, crafts, cultural studies and more. Serpentine trails cleave many wetlands and lush desert terrains at this sprawling preserve which is also home to an indoor theater and a historic photo gallery. A seamless synergy of nature, education, and conservation, Springs Reserve is a noble step towards replenishing the global environment.
One of the largest parks in Las Vegas, Sunset Park is popular for festivals and picnics. Eight outdoor lighted tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, picnic areas with barbecues, dog runs and even peace and quiet can be found here. There also is a fishing pond, popular mostly with children. The fishing is year-round, and in winter the pond is stocked with rainbow trout, and catfish in summer. There is a three-fish limit and children under 12 do not need a fishing license.
Rainbow Family Park distinguishes itself from the other parks around Las Vegas because of its cleanliness and ample areas of shade. You can host a pleasant picnic or perhaps take a stroll along the walking paths to witness the beautiful scenic views which include a pleasant stretch of grassland and extensive baseball fields. This is also an ideal place to bird watch, as there are many different species foraging side by side (in particular starlings and robins).
Take a break from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and venture outside. Children’s Memorial Park is a wonderful play area for kids of all ages. Meticulously maintained, there are a few colorful playgrounds, basketball and bocce courts, as well as baseball and softball fields. If you fancy a stroll, there are walking paths to indulge in, as well as an assortment of picnic areas to lounge around with the snacks of your choice.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located just a few miles west of Las Vegas, is named after the deep red 3,000-foot (914.4 meters) high sandstone cliffs that are perched above the dusty wastelands of the mighty Mojave Desert that encompasses it. The site has served as ancestral homes for the tribes of Paiute, Patayan, Anasazi, San Dieguito and Pinto since 11,000 BCE. It features a diverse and rich network of vivid petroglyphs that can be been scattered all along its canyons, making the conservation area a popular destination for admirers of Native Indian culture and traditions. An ecosystem rich in flora and fauna, the Utah desert-parsley, the Mojave yucca, the ponderosa pine, the desert bighorn sheep and the endangered desert tortoise is some of its most notable inhabitants.