20 Things to Do in 2020
Can you believe it? . . . it’s 2020 baby! Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve been around for a decade or two (or three or four). That may sound like a lot, but we’re willing to bet even with all the time and wisdom under your belt, you haven’t experienced all that Henderson has to offer. Sooooo, with that, we are here to help with a 2020 bucket list of things to do . . . fret not, these don’t all just disappear on December 31st, we’ll give you extra time, if needed.
- Make a day of adventure, dining, and beautiful views and visit Lake Las Vegas
Offering adventure watersports like water flyboarding, stand-up paddle boarding and an inflatable aqua park, there is something for everyone, including two Jack Nicklaus signature design golf courses. Mirrored after an Italian village with cobblestone streets, outdoor cafes and restaurants with a picturesque backdrop of a 320-acre lake, this resort delivers the fun and an ambiance unmet anywhere else in the valley . . . even locals will feel like they’re on vacation, it’s that special.
- Make a new friend at The Lion Habitat Ranch
Take a self-guided tour of the Lion Habitat Ranch and enjoy an up-close look at more than 40 lions and their cubs. While the lions are busy lounging, playing and napping in their habitat, you’ll find Ozzie, the painting giraffe busy at his craft, so make sure to bring your camera as Ozzie doesn’t shy away from a great photo op!
- See how chocolate is made at Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden – No Golden Ticket required!
Make your way over to Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden and enjoy a self-guided factory viewing aisle, premium chocolate tastings, and of course their gourmet gift shop. This experience also includes an opportunity to stroll Nevada’s largest botanical cactus garden! The three-acre cactus garden is home to over 300 species of plants, mostly cacti and succulent native to the Southwest, Australia and South America. This botanical desert terrain is camera ready all year long!
- Be a Bird Nerd at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
Home to thousands of migratory waterfowl as well as numerous resident desert birds, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is the place to be for birding. The ¾ of a mile paved path is easy for walking with great sightlines to the water. Make sure to stop by the gift shop for souvenirs and educational materials.
- Get outdoors and your 10,000 steps in at the River Mountains Loop Trail
This 34-mile paved trail surrounds the River Mountains connecting Henderson, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam and Boulder City. Accommodating to hikers, road cyclists, and in certain spots, equestrians, this scenic path is a favorite for any outdoor enthusiast.
- Dine & Shop Outdoors at The District at Green Valley Ranch
With year-round mild climate, outdoor patio dining is a must in Henderson and The District at Green Valley Ranch is just the spot! From traditional Italian to Southern style eats, there are options for everyone. Added bonus? Shopping! With a blend of upscale shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques, you are sure to find a little something for the ones you love . . . or for yourself (Why not? You’re on vacation).
- Bring out your inner child at Cowabunga Bay Water Park
Remember the scent of summer? You know, the smell of sunscreen with a splash of chlorine? You can bring back that happiness and enjoy a day at the waterpark (with or without your kids – there are no rules here). Voted Best Waterpark in Southern Nevada, Cowabunga Bay features over 20 water slides, pools and activities. Added bonus . . . Cabanas AND adult beverages are available (so maybe you don’t want to bring the kids after all).
- Drink like a local at the Artisan Booze District
Craft beer, a winery and a distillery? Yes, you read it right. The Artisan Booze District is home to three craft breweries, a winery (the only one in the valley) and a distillery (moonshine anyone?). Each with tasting rooms and unique vibes all their own, these five establishments are a must do for booze enthusiasts (and their designated drivers).
- Test you athletic skills at Topgolf Swing Suite at M Resort
Ideal for any occasion, the one-of-a-kind interactive Topgolf Swing Suite features a massive screen with a selection of virtual games to test your athletic skills while in the comfort of a luxurious temperature-controlled lounge suite. Golf, virtual hockey, baseball and yes, dodgeball are all available to play . . .. the games are simulated, but the fun is not. No need to fuel up before you go as there are plenty of food and drink options available.
- Kayak the Colorado River
Get awe-inspiring views of the Colorado River and Hoover Dam with a Blazin’ Paddles guided kayak tour. With half-day and full day options, your journey exploring the famous Colorado River and the beautiful Black Canyon will have you happy paddling.
- Zipline Bootleg Canyon
Starting at approximately 3,800 feet above sea level, with scenic desert views of the hills of Red Mountain, and soaring at speeds of up to 50 mph, ziplining at FlightLinez Bootleg Canyon is meant for the adrenaline junkie! Don’t worry if you haven’t been an adrenaline junkie in the past, because you might be now (remember, it’s a “new year, new you”?), so give it a try!
- Take a ride on Railway Cars
Enjoy an exciting 4-mile downhill pedal powered ride from the Nevada State Railroad Museum to Railroad Pass. Bring a snack and a drink to enjoy at the rail-side picnic area.
- Go back in time at Clark County Museum
Southern Nevada’s colorful past comes to life at the Clark County Museum. With thirty acres of exhibits including historic structures, ancient fossils, relics from the old west, walking trails and nature areas, the museum provides hours of fascination as you travel back in time.
- Golf Henderson!
With near perfect weather year-round and ten courses to choose from, golfers live the good life in Henderson. From Reflection Bay and Wildhorse to The Revere and Anthem, Henderson offers a selection of greens of varying sizes and difficulties for every type of golfer.
- Visit the Heart of Henderson – Water Street District
Stroll the streets of downtown Henderson – the heart of Henderson – where Main Street USA converges with redeveloped, up and coming one-of-a-kind restaurants and specialty shops. From authentic Mexican food, dessert shops, craft beer and a historical walking tour, you will find plenty to do in the Water Street District.
- Play in some dirt at Dig This
This is real folks! You can experience operating bulldozers, caterpillars, excavators, etc., and you can operate them all by yourself. Did you hear us? ALL. . . BY. . .YOURSELF. With packages available for kids, individuals and groups, there is something for everyone. They promise you’ll “roar with laugher”, we promise you’ll never look at dirt being moved the same. You never know, maybe you’ll discover your next career?
- Shop till ya drop at Galleria at Sunset
Galleria at Sunset is a retail, entertainment and dining hot spot with five department stores-Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods, over 140 specialty stores, six full-service restaurants, and over 15 quick serve dining options.
- See a Man-Made Modern Wonder – Hoover Dam
Rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders, Hoover Dam is a must see! Whether you choose to experience a self-guided visitor tour and immerse yourself in the history of the dam or take a guided dam tour where you have a chance to visit historic tour tunnels and ride the original elevator to the top, you will be amazed at all you will see and learn at this man-made, modern wonder!
- Get your need for speed fulfilled at Sky Combat Ace
Offering a variety of thrilling aviation experiences designed specifically to get your adrenaline pumping, you can be the star of your own airshow at Sky Combat Ace! With “calmer” packages all the way up to advanced air combat simulation Sky Combat Ace is a great way to spend an afternoon and see the vast deserts of Southern Nevada like never-before.
- Enjoy a hike and see some Petroglyphs at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
Hike and discover one of the most significant cultural resources in Southern Nevada with more than 300 rock art panels and 1,700 individual design elements created by native cultures from the Archaic to historic era.