If you’d like to learn a thing or two while you’re in town…
Named for America’s 31st President Herbert Hoover, Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River. It’s definitely a sight to behold!
This affiliate museum of the Smithsonian Institution takes visitors from the desert to the ocean, from Nevada to Africa, and from prehistoric times to the present. Get ready for a ‘round-the-world learning adventure!
The first permanent non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek in 1855. The fort was called Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. Today, the park includes a remnant of the original adobe fort, which contains interpretive displays. The Visitor Center contains exhibits on the history of the site, as well as historic artifacts.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, the Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas’ dynamic history and provide a vision for a sustainable future. The Preserve features museums, galleries, outdoor events, colorful botanical gardens and an interpretive trail system through a scenic wetland habitat.
Explore the Ice Age at Tule Springs, designated a National Monument in 2014. Yes, mammoths, lions and camels once roamed along wetlands just north of what is now known as Las Vegas—see their history preserved here!