Posted: March, 25, 2016 | Categories:
Las Vegas Blog
Are you thinking of calling Northern Las Vegas home? With so many nature-inspired activities just off the Strip, we hope you do! Here are five of our favorite family friendly Northern Las Vegas parks for you to explore this weekend.
When you want to relax in a lush green environment and let the kids play in grass, this local state park is the ideal destination. The park is over 2,000 acres and features facilities for outdoor volleyball, horseshoes and walking paths. Plan a picnic by one of the four ponds and don't forget to pack your rod and reel. Fishing is allowed with a Nevada fishing license.
Within the state park, you can visit the Tule Springs Ranch, a Pleistocene paleontological site featuring the fossil remains of bison, camels, giant sloths and mammoths. Floyd Lamb Park is open seven days a week.
The locals refer to this play place as Dinosaur Park. Huge replicas of dinosaurs dot the landscape of the fenced play park, which is perfect for quick toddlers and the family dog. Before visiting, pack water play toys and swimsuits for the kids. There's a giant sandbox digging area to explore, extensive playground and refreshing splash pad.
Or, plan a relaxing stroll around the man-made lake and creeks. Keep your camera handy for snapshots on the bridges and near the waterfalls. During the summer the park hosts outdoor music festivals, movies screenings, soccer games and sand volleyball tournaments. You can also rent a gazebo for small family gatherings!
Love animals? Plan a visit to this rescue-animal preserve, which is open Thursday through Monday. You can see several varieties of birds, turtles, giant tortoises, rabbits, llamas, donkeys, miniature horses and pigs up close.
The Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary focuses primarily on avians in need. If you've ever wanted to see an emu, peacock, ostrich or swan in person, this is your opportunity!
If you love sports, this park offers multiple opportunities. Cool off in the swimming pool, hit a few rounds on the tennis courts or strike up a ball game on the lighted baseball diamonds, which are open into the evenings.
This park also features picnic space, off-street parking and large grassy areas.
On the far north end, you'll find an 80-acre, open desert park dedicated to model airplane enthusiasts. You can watch the pilots maneuver their aircrafts, or fly your own. The park often hosts regional miniature aircraft events and conferences.
At the other end of the park, you can explore an experimental garden. The University of Nevada at Reno and the Cooperative Extension Service have teamed up to grow and study non-native plants to see how they thrive in desert conditions.
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