How to Beat the Heat in Las Vegas

Las Vegas sits in the middle of the Mojave Desert which means, HOT, triple-digit summers. Average summertime temperatures typically exceed 100 degrees, with some days even surpassing 115. 

There are plenty of ways to beat the summer heat including lavish pool parties, arctic lounges, and mountain escapes.

In no particular order, here are some unique ways you can beat the summer heat:

Minus5 Ice Experience. Photo Credit: Facebook

Ice Bars

As implied by its name, each of their three locations is kept at a chilly -5 degrees celsius (23 degrees fahrenheit).

Minus5 offers a year-round icy escape where everything—seriously, everything—is made of ice, including the walls, barstools, and even the glasses for your drinks. To enjoy Minus5, guests are provided gloves and either a warm park or faux fur coat.

This winter wonderland specializes in vodka-based cocktails and features interactive ice architecture and an LED music and light show. Family-friendly and adult packages range from $13-75. 

Drai’s Beachclub. Photo Credit: Facebook

Dayclub Pool Parties 

Vegas—being the party city it is—offers plenty of dayclub experiences.

  • Daylight Beach: Located inside the Mandalay Bay, Daylight Beach offers a 50,000 sq. ft. of party space, including a 4,400 sq. ft. main pool with two additional private pools for cabana guests, and a table-side daybed service on the pool level. 
  • Drai’s Beachclub: The multi-level Drai’s Beachclub offers over 25,000 sq. ft. of lavish offerings, including two full-service bars, more than 75 luxurious bottle service tables, and views of the Strip. 
  • Encore Beach Club: The 60,000 sq. ft club features three pools and a covered gambling area, as well as private bungalows, cabanas, tables, and water couches. 
  • Marquee Dayclub: Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Marquee Day Club offers music, food, and sunlight. The dayclub also features Marquee’s signature food menu, specialty cocktails, and bottle service.
  • Liquid Pool Lounge: Liquid Pool Lounge offers a luxurious poolside party experience with dipping pools, as well as a high-end food and cocktail menu. The dayclub also features eight secluded cabanas as well as day beds that line the 1,200 sq. ft. main pool.
A view from a cabin on Mt. Charleston.
A view from a cabin on Mt. Charleston. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Escape to the Mountains

Mt. Charleston is about a 45-60 minute drive, and  is typically 20-30 degrees cooler than the city, making it a great destination to beat the triple-digit summer temps. Mt. Charleston and the surrounding Spring Mountains National Recreation Area offer picturesque forest scenery, and numerous hiking and bike trails, as well as a discovery center, lodge, campsites, and rental cabins. 

The area includes over 60 miles of hiking trails ranging across different experience levels, including the 16-mile Charleston Peak South Trail which takes you to the 11,916 foot summit of Mt.Charleston. 

A houseboat moored in a bay at Lake Mead. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Lakeside Fun

Only about 30-45 minutes outside of Vegas, Lake Mead offers over 750 miles of shoreline fun. The lake makes for a perfect aquatic playground with a variety of recreational offerings including boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking, camping, and scuba diving.

Pontoon boats, jet skis, and houseboats are among some of the watercraft you can rent from one of the marinas lined up around the lake. 

Lake Mohave is also nearby and offers visitors peaceful sandy coves against the backdrop of the scenic Black Canyon. 

See lake entrance fees here

The Tornado at Wet ‘n’ Wild. Photo Credit: Courtesy


Vegas is home to several water theme parks that are perfect for family-fun:

  • Splash Zone: The Circus Circus’ Splash Zone features an acre of aquatic fun, including whirlpools, a water playground, and a 50 ft slide tower. A food truck and rentable cabanas are also available. 
  • Cowabunga Bay: Located in Henderson, NV, Cowabunga Bay features 10 water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a kid’s area. The park also offers seasonal passes as VIP cabana and pool packages.
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild: Wet ‘n’ Wild offers a multitude of water park fun for the whole family, including the thrilling Tornado Tube Ride and the Hoover Halfpipe.

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