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.
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.
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.
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is a tropical paradise dedicated to the wild things. You will find many exotic animals housed here, from panthers and leopards to elephants and tigers. This exhibit is presented in an effort to spotlight the need to protect vanishing species. There's also the intriguing Dolphin Habitat. You will thoroughly enjoy watching the antics of these amazing creatures that love to show off for onlookers.
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.
Located in the Springs Preserve, the Desert Living Center is made up of five buildings which are all Platinum LEED certified. This means that they were built in a sustainable way and are energy efficient. There are various events and exhibits at this ecologically focused establishment. Kids will enjoy learning about green living through the Compost Crawl and Garbage Truck Theater attractions. It's also home to the NV Energy Foundation Sustainability Gallery, which teaches visitors about recycling and other eco-friendly practices through interactive exhibits.
The iconic Hotel Mirage is as popular for its delightful service, great facilities and the several luxuries it offers its guests as it is famous for its remarkable visual features like the Waterfall, the Aquarium and the magnificent Atrium. The Atrium in particular, is a splendid display, featuring gorgeous tropical elements like, deep azure lagoons and cascading waterfalls and beautiful exotic flora - tall palm trees, vibrant tropical blooms and a full-fledged rainforest, right in the middle of the Silver State! Needless to say, it's a much sought venue for upscale business and private events. Surely, this sight is not to be missed!
This truly amazing state-of-the art aquarium has sharks, alligators, monitor lizards, and other fascinating creatures living in more than 1,000,000 gallons (3,785,412 liters) of salt water at the Mandalay Bay Resort. Visitors will get to enjoy many different exhibits, including tanks of beautiful blue sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and eels. There is also a fantastic jellyfish exhibit with black lights that is sure to excite and amaze. This is a must-see attraction for the whole family.