Mountain’s Edge Exploration Park

Mountain’s Edge is the number one master-planned community in Nevada. On the national level, it was consistently part of the top 10 master-planned communities. There was also a time when it ranked first for four straight years!

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Mountain’s Edge is the number one master-planned community in Nevada. Image courtesy of Mountain Edge’s website.

Focus Property Group is the proud developer of Mountain’s Edge. Just like its other projects, the real estate company designed and developed Mountain’s Edge with respect to its natural surroundings. For example, it revegetated Exploration Peak, one of the recreational amenities of the large-scale neighborhood, with desert-friendly plants. 

Clearly, Mountain’s Edge will not be a top master-planned community without a reason. Aside from the homes, access to various work, education, lifestyle, and entertainment outlets were also its points of attraction. This includes offices, schools, restaurants, and of course, recreational parks!

MOUNTAIN’S EDGE SIGNATURE RECREATIONAL PARK

Exploration Park is one of the two signature recreational parks of Mountain’s Edge. The other is Exploration Peak.

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Searching for cool parks in Vegas? Mountain’s Edge Exploration Park will pique your interest with its unique features, such as a replica of a western and Indian town. Image courtesy of Mountain’s Edge’s website.

Located at the base of the mountain, Mountain’s Edge Exploration Park stretches 80 acres. Western-themed, it features playgrounds, picnic areas, water play areas, walking paths, an excavation, an outdoor amphitheater, a replica of a western and Indian town, and many more!

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Exploration Park, one of Mountain’s Edge’s signature parks, features playgrounds, picnic areas, water play areas, and many more! Image courtesy of Mountain Edge’s website.

Aside from serving as an avenue for fun and play, Mountain’s Edge Exploration Park also serves as the main venue for the exclusive events for the Mountain’s Edge community. Furthermore, it serves as a source of abundant ideas on how to adapt a landscape to the desert environment.

OTHER PARKS IN MOUNTAIN’S EDGE

The other parks available in Mountain’s Edge are Exploration Peak, Nathaniel Jones Park, Paiute Park, and Mountain’s Edge Regional Park. 

Exploration Peak

Exploration Peak is a mountain park that measures 2, 846-foot tall. You can go up the mountain via bicycle trails or walking paths, both leading you to the view of the Las Vegas Valley and Mountain’s Edge. 

Nathaniel Park

Nathaniel Park includes a basketball court, a shaded tot lot, walking trails, and picnic areas! 

Paiute Park

Paiute Park is the newest park in Mountain’s Edge. It includes a multi-purpose field, sand volleyball court, tot lots, and basketball courts. 

Mountain’s Edge Regional Park 

While the Focus Property Group built all the above-mentioned parks, Clark County is the one responsible for Mountain’s Edge Regional Park. It built the 220-acre park in phases. It has completed the 18-acre first phase already. Fitness-themed, it features exercise areas, multi-purpose turf fields, a walking trail that extends 1.5 miles, and many more! Currently, plans for the succeeding phases are underway.

Reserve a pavilion in any of the parks. Learn more about it here.

Grand Canyon West: One of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders

They say that the best experiences come in the most extraordinary adventures. What else could top of something that allows you to have the most extraordinary and unique experience at one of the seven natural wonders of the world? The Grand Canyon! Extending far and wide, the Grand Canyon West offers activities in two separate sites: The West Rim and Peach Springs.

Grand Canyon West

Whether you are in it for social media, to be one with nature, the adrenaline or just the magnificent view, the Grand Canyon West is worth to be on your list. Roughly a two-hour drive away from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon West is a meaningful trip you will make in your lifetime.

The West Rim

Skywalk

Soar the Sky and feast your eyes with the most beautiful view on the Skywalk – a 10-ft. wide glass platform that can hold the weight of over 700 fully loaded passenger jets and allows everyone to get a clear view of what is 4000 ft. and extends 70 ft. out over. And what better way to remember this splendid walk than to have your picture taken by the most excellent photographers.

The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West
The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West

Eagle Point

Just around the corner of this is the Sky View Restaurant where you can eat with a view of the Skywalk and the Eagle Point. Right, about the Eagle Point. It is a wondrous rock formation that is naturally formed into the shape of an eagle. Aside from the view, the site also gives you the chance to watch the Native American Dances at the Amphitheater. You can shop for handcrafted creations by Native Hands. You can also take a tour of the Native American Village where you can see traditionally built housings, ovens, sweat lodges and dwellings of the indigenous tribes of the region.

Hualapai Ranch and Zipline

Just about a mile away from the Skywalk, you can fly proud and free 500 feet above and 3,200 feet long in the Zipline at the Hualapai Ranch.

The Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West
The Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West

The Peach Springs

Colorado River Whitewater Rafting

The Peach Springs isn’t short of adventures. It is the site for the Hualapai River Runners. Get that exhilarating feeling as you paddle your way through the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River. Their offer of a one or two-day rafting adventures with the most experienced river guides comes with the immersion in the culture of the Hualapai Tribe – inhabitants of the Grand Canyon even way before it was known as a natural wonder of the world. The trip takes two hours from the West Rim.

Travertine Cavern Falls

The fun does not stop there. Guests can view local wildlife. You have the chance to hike at the Travertine Cavern Falls. Enjoy a refreshing lunch along the banks of the river. And if it’s not exciting enough for you, they also offer a very unique way to get back to the Grand Canyon West Rim – a helicopter ride! Although if heights are not your thing, there are other ways to continue the adventure.

Experience Sky, Earth, and Water like you have never experienced it before. Feel your heart burst into flames of passion and happiness. The Grand Canyon West adventures await you!

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs

The Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs offers a respite from all the noise and crowd. It is an oasis comprising of a 680-acre park that features wildlife, lakes, greenery, and an amazing view of the Sheep Range and the Spring Mountains.

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Some of the animals you can see in Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs are mallard duck, tree swallow, peacock, rainbow trout, goose, fox, jackrabbit, and many more! Image courtesy of F. Andrew Taylor and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Over 200,000 locals and tourists visit the park yearly to relax, go on picnics, take beautiful photos of animals, and many more. Little do people know that the park has been a work in progress for many years before it became the park they enjoy today.

A Work in Progress for Many Years

The history of the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs dates back to the prehistoric era. People discovered fossils of animals belonging to the Pleistocene fauna such as mammoths in the area. Human inhabitation, on the other hand, only happened approximately 11,000 years ago. The first inhabitants were a nomadic Indian tribe called “Tudini”. They were succeeded by a native Indian American group called “Paiute”.

In the 1900s, a man named John Herbert Nay purchased 10 acres of land. He cultivated his property but sold it in 1929 eventually. By 1941, the property has a new owner by the name of Prosper Jacob Goumond. He transformed the property into a working ranch, which became a guest ranch eventually. It accommodated several visitors who even volunteered to do daily ranch chores sometimes. The ranch has grown into 880 acres over the years.

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Floyd Lamb Park is located at 9200 Tule Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89131. Image courtesy of David Becker and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In 1959, a group of businessmen purchased the property from the granddaughter of Goumond. They leased the property as a working cattle ranch. It remained that way until the city of Las Vegas purchased the property in 1964, turning it into a city park and naming it after State Senator Floyd Lamb. This was short-lived as the state of Nevada acquired the property by legislative action in 1977. 

When the State saw urban growth around the park, the State believed the park was better as a city park. On July 2, 2007, the State transferred the park back to the hands of the City of Las Vegas. It was renamed to what it is now known today: Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.

THINGS YOU CAN DO AT THE PARK 

Fishing. The park consists of four amazing lakes. From smallest to largest, they are the Willow Lake, Cottonwood Lake, Mulberry Lake, and Tule Springs Lake. For as long as you have a fishing license from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, you are free to fish in all these lakes. One fish you may get there is a rainbow trout!

Enjoy wildlife and amazing scenery. Just the sight of the animals makes this park a must-visit. Some of the wildlife you can see there are mammals like coyotes, foxes, and jackrabbits. You can also see birds and water birds such as peafowl, killdeer, kestrels, tree swallows, mallard duck, burrowing owl, and many more!

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As long as you have a license from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, you may fish in all the four lakes of Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Image courtesy of Martin S. Fuentes and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Go on a picnic with loved ones. There are designated picnic areas for you and your family in the park. You can celebrate special events such as birthdays. You may reserve a pavilion beforehand. 

Visit the historic area. The park consists of 23 buildings. Some of the prominent buildings you can visit are the Ranch House, Adobe Hut, Power Building, and Water Tower. On a side note, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs also houses the Las Vegas State Tree Nursery. 

Participate in programs. Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs also offers programs.

  • Pop up parks and recreation are available every third Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Gardening and recreation are available from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays; 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Fridays.
  • Historic tours are available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Fridays.

OPERATING HOURS

The park is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from April to September; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from October to March. The park charges $6 entrance fee per vehicle. In an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, author Margo Pesek stated that the park charges $1 to those entering on foot, bikes, or horseback. For frequent visitors and senior citizens, she suggested inquiring about annual fees to save money. 

The Lakes Lounge

Feeling tired of the busy life in the city? Want to take a break from all the grand and go somewhere simple? There’s a restaurant in West Lake East Drive that many locals love because of its cozy and casual atmosphere. Opened in 1987, The Lakes Lounge is a family-owned restaurant that serves classic American dishes and provides a low-key gaming area 24/7. 

The Lakes Lounge

Going over its website and the testimonials of its customers, what drives the business going for more than thirty years is this: eating with a friend is a fulfilling dining experience.

This is the reason why The Lakes Lounge treats customers as guests, makes them feel at home, and gives value on a daily basis. Mind you, these are not our words. These are the words of the restaurant as written in the About Us of its website. 

1. Treat customers as guests.

Various customers recognize the friendliness and warmth of the staff of The Lakes Lounge. Its ratings on Google and Facebook are high. On the former platform, its rating is 4.4. On the latter platform, its rating is 4.6. Scroll down for screenshots of some of its customer reviews! After all, it’s good to learn from the experience of others.

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A screenshot of a review on The Lakes Lounge. Photo courtesy of Google Reviews.
A screenshot of a review on the restaurant. Photo courtesy of the Facebook page of The Lakes Lounge.
A screenshot of a review on the restaurant. Photo courtesy of the Facebook page of The Lakes Lounge.

2. Give value always.

The Lakes Lounge has a lavish menu. It offers a wide selection of dishes such as steaks, burgers, chicken pot pie, and salads. It also serves beers from Ellis Island, house wines, and premium liquors. Drooling already? Check out its full menu here.

Chicken Pot Pie. Photo courtesy of The Lakes Lounge’s website.

Many customers are commending the reasonable prices of The Lakes Lounge’s dining options. To give you an idea, the price of its Dinner Specials starts at $7.99 and could go up to $14.99. The Dinner Specials comprise Turkey, Baby Back Ribs, Pork Chops, Pot Roast, Baked Half Chicken, and Premium Rib.

Turkey Special. Photo courtesy of The Lakes Lounge’s website.

As mentioned, The Lakes Lounge is also a gaming bar beside being a restaurant. It has Gamblers Bonus! It also has Video Poker, 4 Card Keno, Blackjack, Slots, and even Power Vision games such as Buffalo and Miss Kitty slots. Excited to play these games? The restaurant advises that you join the Players Club! Joining the club could mean enjoying complimentary meals and a discount on meals.

Gaming area at The Lakes Lounge. Photo courtesy of The Lake Lounge’s website.

The Lakes Lounge also holds a Player Appreciation event twice a month. It is exclusive to the members of the Players Club. In the event, a member could win up to $500 after every spin of the wheel.

3. Make customers feel at home.

This pretty much goes hand-in-hand with treating customers as guests. It offers everything but grand. It keeps everything simple and casual because it wants customers to feel relaxed.

Eat and play without inhibitions!

In the end, all The Lakes Lounge wants is for its customers to feel like they could just be themselves when they are at the restaurant. After all, isn’t that how a friend makes you feel? Like you could just simply be yourself?

Eat your favorite American comfort food and play your favorite game without any inhibitions. Go to West Lake East Drive and dine at The Lakes Lounge now!

Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas

Have you reached a point in your life where you just want to take a good rest? A place where you can just unplug and breathe life in? You don’t need to go far away to do that. We know a good place within Las Vegas where you can be one with nature and experience various adventures, giving you the best of both facets of a vacation: fun and rest. Red Rock Canyon or Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) is a place that has so many outlets of the stresses and sources of fun to offer.

Red Rock Canyon allows you to take on scenic drives and hiking trails. It allows you to do different physical activities such as rock climbing, biking, and camping. It also features wildlife, cultural resources, amazing rock formations and so much more.

Sunsets are more amazing paired with the landscape of Nevada. Photo courtesy of Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas’ Facebook account.

Traverse an Amazing Scenery

Red Rock Canyon offers a 13-mile long scenic drive, which visitors may tour through a car or a bicycle. The drive comes with multiple scenic stops and trailheads. If you choose to take a tour of the place through your bike, there are designated paved roads and trails for you. As you go around the area, you would be able to see different species of flora and fauna.

Learn the variety of flowers you can see in the Mojave Desert. Photo courtesy of Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas’ Facebook account.

Hiking and Climbing

Looking for a challenging hike or trail? You would definitely want to visit Red Canyon Cove. The place has 26 hikes and trails. It features a maze of canyons, peaks, ledges, chimneys, chutes, and gullies, giving you the opportunity to make your ultimate hiking or climbing experience! But if you’re a novice in hiking or climbing, don’t fret! There are designated trails for you too.

Interested to take this adventure now? Go for it, but just don’t forget to wear a helmet. Be wary of the falling rocks and debris as well as loose gravel as you make the most of the moment in the place.

Now, if you only have one day to spare in this place, we advise that you leave at night time. The view of the sunset and the sky turning dark is nothing short of spectacular! It’s one great way to end your vacation and prepare for your grind the following day.

There are individual and group shade structures available throughout the campground, by the way. There are drinking water faucets around the area for your convenience too.

Explore Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas and you might see a rainbow in one of their scenic views. Photo courtesy of Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas’ Facebook account.

Feel Alive at Red Rock Canyon

When was the last time you took a break? When was the last time you did something for yourself? If you can’t remember anymore, maybe it’s time that you do. Taking a step back is oftentimes what we need to take a step forward. Be grateful to live as you feel alive at Red Rock Canyon.

Las Vegas Boat Harbor, Inc.

Las Vegas is one of the most fun places on earth. The state promises not only the glitz and the glamour of the world-famous strip, but also the contrast of the natural beauty it offers. Las Vegas offers many outdoor recreation spots that everyone is sure to enjoy. Just take east of I-215 from the dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip, continue past the Sloan National Recreational Area and Boulder City, you will reach the oasis of Lake Mead’s best Privately owned Harbor, Las Vegas Boat Harbor.

The Las Vegas Boat Harbor is the largest privately owned and operated marinas in the world.

Largest Privately Owned Marina in the World

Built in the late ’50s, Las Vegas Boat Harbor is the oldest privately owned and operated marina in the United States. The Gripentog Family has been operating this harbor since 1957. It has grown from a small marina to one of the best marinas in the Hemenway Harbor in Lake Mead. They are proud to say that they have the best marina services on the lake and throughout the Midwest.

The business was the brainchild of Bob and Betty Gripentog who dreamed of a life where they can fish more and work less. This dream became a reality after the couple had invested in a marina with 40 slips and 5 cottage style trailers. Since then, they had grown to have 1500 slips, 360 or more dry storage spaces, a couple of general merchandise stores, restaurants and a fleet of boats for rent and more.

Lake Mead offers Boating, Skiing, Tubing, Relaxing, Swimming, and Much More

Las Vegas Boat Harbor offers many fun and exciting activities. Not to mention, it has stunning views that will enthuse all kinds of visitors and all ages. The daring ones may enjoy the wave runner, jet skis and the tube for the kids. The scenic views make it a wonderful place to get away from the busy city. With its exceptional facility, it’s the perfect destination to make great memories for couples, and even families.

National Award of Marina of the Year for 2009

The secret of its success is based on the Gripentog family values where Gail Kaiser (now 2nd generation owner) has said, “It’s a family business and a family lifestyle. We enjoy working and playing with our business.” Therefore, there is no questioning on why the customer sees family style values everywhere. The owners are often seen behind counters, waiting tables, pumping fuel, and taking out trashes. They are taking the time to help out local customers because they feel like the guests are not only customers but also friends.

The Las Vegas Boat Harbor offers good food, great atmosphere, and beautiful surroundings.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Las Vegas Boat Harbor is also a socially responsible company. They give back to the community through their many programs such as:

  1. C.A.S.T. for Kids – The organization helps handicapped or blind children.
  2. Lifejacket Loaner for Kids – It is a program the Gripentogs host every year. It focuses on water safety among their many socially responsible programs that they have each year.

The Gripentogs believe that hands-on service and a family environment are the keys to their success. They are able to establish a good relationship with their clientele. The family makes Las Vegas Boat Harbor one of the best outdoor destinations in Las Vegas.

Willow Beach Marina and Campground

How does a breather look like for you? For some, getting a massage and strolling the mall is already enough. Others are looking out for ways to enjoy nature such as hiking, mountain climbing or going to the beach!

Many find going to the beach relaxing. Personally, there’s peace and calm in watching the waves and enjoying the waters. If you are the type of person who also likes going to the beach, Willow Beach Marina and Campground is a good place to check out! Like you and me, it believes that a fun day in the water is one of the best ways to recharge and relax.

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Have a relaxing trip at the Willow Beach Marina as you take a boat to look at the unique scenery.

Situated in the Arizona side of the Colorado River, Willow Beach Marina and Campground provides you with scenery, a 235-mile shoreline, and wildlife. Listed below are some of the things you could do at the place: 

Explore the waters and go on a fishing 

Willow Beach Marina and Campground is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. It offers rentals of various watercraft such as fishing boats, deck boats, kayaks, and canoes. If you choose to rent a boat, make sure that you have your Boater Education Card to present if the state where you live in requires that. 

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Relax and enjoy the waters at Willow Beach Marina. Photo courtesy of Willow Beach Marina’s Facebook account.

As hinted, Willow Beach Marina and Campground also enables you to go on a fishing adventure. According to a 2018 article from USA Today, the beach is home to striped bass. Some of the other fishes you may find there are trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish and walleye.

Stay in a Strategic Place

If you’re looking for more than a day of relaxation and fun, Willow Beach Marina has an RV Park and tent campground where you could relax and appreciate various sceneries such as the Colorado River, Black Canyon, and nearby mountains and deserts! 

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Let the kids enjoy outdoor activities as you camp at the Willow Beach RV Park. Photo courtesy of Willow Beach Marina’s Facebook account.

You could also enjoy various activities from the places near it. This includes engaging in water activities in Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, hiking on mountain trails, and visiting the Hoover Dam. Want some nightlife? The place is just 45 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip! 

Cap Your trip by Getting Souvenirs

What better way to end your trip than by getting souvenirs or memorabilia! You could get that at the Willow Beach Marina and Convenience store. From clothes to gifts, you’ll definitely find the best memorabilia to recall the memories you made in the place.

Aside from memorabilia, you could also get various stuff you need from the Willow Beach Marina and Convenience Store to make the most of your stay. This includes picnic supplies, first aid needs, things you probably forgot to bring and many more!

It also has everything you need for your fishing such as baits, tackles, and Arizona fishing licenses! On top of this is the free advice and tips about fishing that its staff could give you!

Lake Mead National Recreational Area

Las Vegas and its nearby towns are rich in amazing places. Sometimes, we go away to have fun and relax. We tend to lose ourselves in partying at clubs or going to concerts, yet what we really need is to refresh the soul by visiting beautiful scenic sights. Just 30 minutes away from The Strip is Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is a recreational area that spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys, and two lakes. It’s for boaters, swimmers, fishermen, hikers, photographers, campers, and sightseers. National Park Service operates Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

The beautiful scenic view of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The park, located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, which includes Lake Mead and Lake Mohave is accessible all year-round. Lake Mead is a large reservoir held by the Hoover Dam while Lake Mohave is a reservoir impounded by Davis Dam.

The Historic Railroad Trail is a national recreation trail.

One of the great places to go in the park is the Historic Railroad Trail. For instance, it is the only remaining section of the Hoover Dam Railroad system that is not highly disturbed or underwater. You can see information about the tunnels taken from the National Park Service’s website:

  • The first tunnel is around 1 mile from the trailhead.
  • The fifth tunnel is around 2.2 miles from the trailhead.
  • The elevation change from the trailhead to the fifth tunnel is about 11 feet.
  • After the fifth tunnel, the trail continues another 1.5 miles to the Hoover Dam Parking Garage. The elevation change between these two points is around 445 feet.
  • Total distance = 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) round trip.

You can explore the Historic Railroad Trail that provides panoramic views of Lake Mead.

Fun Fact

Based from the website too, a section of the railroad was used in the motion picture “The Gauntlet” starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke for a sequence in which they were on a motorcycle being chased by an assassin in a helicopter.

The park has nine wilderness areas. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages some of the wilderness that lies outside Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

Here Are Some Tips When Visiting Lake Mead National Recreational Area:

  • Engage in outdoor activities early in the morning or in the evening during summer.
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and hydrate when engaging in outdoor activities.
  • Wear hiking shoes and avoid open shoes if you will participate in hiking activities.

It is undeniable that Las Vegas gains tourists because of the numerous casinos, shows, concerts, and shops it has. People should be reminded that one of the uniqueness of Vegas is that it is located in the desert, surrounded by parks with wonderful weather throughout the year. Exploring the outdoors should be on the list of every tourist. Finding solitude just takes a trip to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

National Atomic Testing Museum

Las Vegas – famous for being the “Sin City”, is known for all its glitz and glamour. It is home to intricate and sophisticated themed hotels and dazzling festivities. How about taking a detour from the glamorous casinos to learn about the other history of Vegas? Learn more about the National Atomic Testing Museum.

Experience Nevada’s Explosive History

The National Atomic Testing Museum is a national science, history and non-profit educational institution. It is located at 755 East Flamingo Rd. in Las Vegas. The museum discloses the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site. It has displays of collection-based illustrations and learning activities for the public to appreciate the world that we are all living in.

The National Atomic Testing Museum’s interiors in Las Vegas

The Museum opened its doors to the public in 2005. It has a collection of over 3500 artifacts, including thousands of rare photos, videos, scientific and nuclear reports, and data. The visitors will learn about world events leading up to the foundation of the Nevada Test Site. They will also discover its advancement from the above-ground tests to underground tests and non-nuclear activities.

Even kids learn and have fun at the National Atomic Testing Museum

They will get to contemplate on the history of atomic testing and its importance to national and international security and stability. Tourists will see a replica of the Control Point where the countdown was conducted before each nuclear detonation. What’s more exciting is they will get to experience a simulation of a Ground Zero Theater, an impersonation of an above-ground test.

Atomic Era

From Atomic Age, also known as the Atomic Era – the period of history following the detonation of the first nuclear “atomic” bomb during World War II, to the scientific and technological advances, the institution emphasizes 70 years of nuclear testing. To the end of the Cold War to the beginning of the Global War on Terror, the Museum amazingly depicts the cultures of the said eras. Not just that, it honors the nation’s Cold War-era veterans.

When to Come to the Museum

This Museum is entirely different from the usual ones because of what it fascinatingly caters to the public. They are open from Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday from 12 PM to 5 PM, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. General Adult Admission is just $22, $16 for ages 7 to 14 and free for ages 6 and below.

Use the Lessons of the Past to Better Understand the Present

So if you’re planning to visit, you’ll be saving more if you’ll get to bring your family and loved ones. Not just to feast your eyes on the exhibits but to learn and get to use the lessons of the past to better understand the present. It also has a store which features interesting products that can be bought home as a token.

So what are we all waiting for? Come and visit this one-of-a-kind museum for all the captivating stories it has in store for us all. Its history is rich and is as relevant today as it was nearly 70 years ago! It’s relaxing to visit places like this once in a while for it’s totally different from our everyday hustle and bustle.

 

Pinball Hall of Fame

See the World’s Largest Pinball Collection

This might be one of the most unique arcades in Las Vegas for it features over 200 different pinball games. It interestingly has some of the classic video arcade games and other past and present souvenir machines. We all know that pinball is an arcade game where a player controls one or more steel balls inside a pinball table. So imagine seeing more than a hundred of those glass-covered cabinets at the Pinball Hall of Fame!

The big sign on the road of Pinball Hall of Fame

But how did it start? It was Tim Arnold of Michigan who dreamt of it back in 1972, when he was just 16 years old. He was an avid pinball player and knew all the strategies of the game when he bought his first pinball. The kids in the neighborhood wanted to play it and being the “investor” that he was, he charged 10 cents per game in his garage. He eventually made it fancier and put his machine out in public for coin play.

He bought more used games and learned to renovate and put them out in grocery stores and laundry mats for coin play. After four years, he opened Pinball Pete’s in Lansing as a large pinball arcade which grew in popularity. By 1982, Tim and his brother a.k.a his partner were scooping up quarters into five gallon pails and taking them to the bank.

Collection of Nearly a Thousand Pinball Machines

His collection of nearly a thousand pinball machines made him move to Vegas and decided to help the less fortunate in his community. But he wouldn’t trade his collection because the distributor would only give them $50 credit in exchange for an old game. So he made a choice of just keeping all the machines, which is one of the largest collections in the world.

The Shed and Fun Night

He made use of his house, garage and tennis court for him to store and restore the games. After almost a decade, all the games were moved into a 10,000 square foot building that he built next to the tennis court which he called “The Shed” and where “Fun Night” started where he had pinball parties which grew bigger and bigger that they can no longer handle the number of people coming.

Passion to Help Charities

Tim also did other things to help local charities. He would travel around the country to conduct raffles and sell pinball-related items to raise money. He would buy, restore and operate his own games, where all proceeds went into a fund. Now he’s using his pinball machines in making money for charity for which his dream became a reality. Then came the idea of opening the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Some of the Pinball Machines you’ll see at Pinball Hall of Museum

Las Vegas is known for the bizarre, the eccentric – which is why Pinball Hall of Fame is a perfect fit! It is a non-profit corporation, open to the public which is all pure pinball. Not only that the entire family can see them but can enjoy non-violent arcade games, machines that deliver fun!

So if you’re looking for a tourist spot in Las Vegas, consider this as one! Just don’t forget to bring a bunch of pennies for young ones and kids-at-heart will surely enjoy this one-of-a-kind attraction!