There is always something to do in Las Vegas in the winter, no matter if you’re going over the holidays or just fancy a break. Las Vegas is bright and sparkly all year round so it should come as no surprise.
If you’re planning on going to Sin City, don’t expect to be too cold though. Since it’s in the middle of a desert, expect to find sunny skies and temperatures around the 50 to 60 degree mark.
It’s best to be prepared for anything so make sure your bags are full.
So with all this in mind, here are 5 things to do in Vegas this winter.
The Springs Preserve is only three miles away from the Strip. It’s great for the entire family, letting you explore the vibrant history of Las Vegas, from life in the desert and wildlife to innovative science exhibits and botanical gardens.
In fact, there are 110 acres of gardens to discover, offering excellent bike trails that will have you in awe of the beauty of this stunning environment.
The Springs Preserve’s botanical gardens feature over 1,000 different species of animals, some of which you may not see anywhere else in the US.
When you’re done with the outside world, hop on into the exhibition galleries. These are brimming with fantastic art and traveling exhibitions.
In particular, kids can take a train to Santa’s village every weekend in December. You must purchase a ticket in advance for this though, and they go on sale in early November.
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is further out from downtown Las Vegas compared to the Springs Preserve. It’s about 17 miles away but it’s definitely worth the trip in the winter.
The scenery is breathtaking. The colorful rocks and dramatic cliffs produce amazing backdrops for great photo opportunities over ‘The Loop’. There are plenty of hiking trails along The Loop, but there are also numerous scenic overlooks if you would prefer to just relax and take it all in.
While you’re there, stop by the visitor centre and learn about the area’s history. You’ll discover its past, ranging from its origins to all the animals and wildlife that live there.
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is fantastic during the winter because its cool enough to spend lots of time outdoors, so you avoid having to find some shade all the time.
Just make sure you start early though as the sun goes down by 5pm in winter.
The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It’s known to locals as Mount Charleston and is around 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas.
It’s the final thing you must do in the winter before you head back into the city for some fun.
During winter, there are great opportunities for skiing. If you have never tried it, now has never been a better time to tick an activity off your bucket list.
When it gets a little warmer, take advantage of the hugely popular hiking trails and rock climbing. You can even go horseback riding to really make the experience.
There are all sorts of wildlife to encounter here like the mountain bluebirds, deer and wild horses. Like at the Springs Preserve, there are some plants and animals at Mount Charleston that you will not find anywhere else in the world, let alone the US.
No doubt you will have worked up an appetite by the time you’re done, so head over to the lodges. You will find restaurants with great food and beautiful views while you eat.
Note that if you decide to go to Mount Charleston, make sure you fill up the tank before you go. This is because there are no gas stations or stores around, so be prepared.
Now that you’re done with the natural side of Las Vegas, it’s time to head downtown and see what the city has to offer in the winter.
One of the best things to do in Vegas this winter is shopping at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian resort. As noted by Vegas For All, this property is one of the best hotels in Las Vegas – and Grand Canal Shoppes is one of the many reasons why.
As you walk along the cobblestone pathway, you won’t help but notice the illuminated painted ceiling that travel across the quarter-mile-long Grand Canal. The end result is a beautiful backdrop, perfect for any occasion.
In terms of the actual shopping, there are over 160 signature stores, packed with some of the most famous and luxurious brands in the world, such as Burberry, Dooney & Bourke, Guerlain, White House Black Market and Michael Kors all on show.
There are also plenty of restaurants to dine at, lots of which are led by award-winning chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse.
As you stroll, you may come across street entertainers and have the opportunity to take a ride on a gondola through the Grand Canal. It’s just like being in Venice, except that the weather is a lot warmer in Vegas in winter.
The final thing to do in Vegas this winter is to head to the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Aside from the amazing shows and overall views of the city when the sun goes down, the displays here are some of the best in Vegas.
Over the winter period, the garden undertakes an awesome transformation. The staff bring in giant polar bears and lanterns for all sorts of festive fun.
No doubt you will be able to take great pictures and share them with your friends. It’s also great for taking the children as it’s one of the few areas of the Bellagio that allows kids.
It’s best to come as early in the day as possible in the winter to beat the crowds. That way, you’ll take the best pictures and get the most from your time there.