While the Las Vegas Strip is a world-famous tourist destination, locals know there is much more to love about this Nevada hot spot. Active adults who live in the area are typically more interested in what’s happening in the suburbs and only head into the glitzy Las Vegas Strip when they want to see a particularly appealing show. So what do local active adults do for fun?
When the weather is nice, Las Vegas locals can spend their days exploring some of Nevada’s beautiful nature at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Located just west of the Las Vegas Valley, this popular park features a 13-mile scenic drive and over 30 miles of hiking trails. Red Rock visitors can enjoy horseback riding, rock climbing or an outdoor lunch at one of the park’s numerous picnic areas.
Just north of Red Rock, in the Spring Mountain range, the Tioyabe National Forest is an alpine escape from the arid desert valley. The highest peak, Mt. Charleston, rises to an elevation of 12,000 feet (with roads that reach about 8,500 feet), which makes it a cooler place to hike, camp or observe the local wildlife and scenery. In the wintertime, the mountains also offer skiing and snowboarding at the Resort at Mount Charleston.
Golf is a popular pastime in Las Vegas and locals often get discounts at many area courses. Several local active adult communities have their own well-known golf courses as well. Just a few of the area’s great golf course communities include Sun City Aliante, Siena, Sun City Anthem and Sun City MacDonald Ranch. In addition to golf, these luxurious communities feature spectacular clubhouses, diverse sports courts and beautiful homes designed for active adult residents.
Shopping and Dining
While shopping on the Las Vegas Strip has its perks, locals often prefer hitting retail centers just outside of town. In the Henderson area, The District at Green Valley Ranch offers an outdoor shopping center designed with small town charm, including cobblestone streets and cheery storefronts. The District has an eclectic mix of popular chain stores, local specialty shops and memorable restaurants. Las Vegas locals also find great off-Strip shopping and dining at destinations like the Meadows Mall, Tivoli Village and Galleria at Sunset.
If locals do get an urge to gamble, they know that there are plenty of casinos outside of the Las Vegas Strip. These friendly casinos have slots, table games, poker rooms, keno, bingo and more. In Henderson, Sunset Station features a spacious casino and the fantastic Feast Buffet. The Silverton Casino has the added attraction of an amazing 117,000 gallon aquarium, and the South Point Casino also features a 64-lane bowling alley and a 16-screen movie theater.
When considering a move to the Las Vegas area, spend some time exploring the attractions outside of the Strip and see what it would be like to call this hot spot home.