Top 30 Things To Do In Henderson, Nevada - Updated 2021

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Visitors to Henderson, Nevada will be amazed by all the interesting things to do in this desert city near Las Vegas. From exploring exhibits on regional history and restored vintage homes at Clark County Heritage Museum to checking out the big cats at Lion Habitat Ranch, there is no shortage of fun activities. Those who are interested in natural attractions will be pleased to hike valleys and trails near Lake Mead or Sloan Canyon National Conservation area with its over 300 ancient rock art panels displayed at its petroglyph site. Your itinerary can also include a mind-blowing flying excursion where you and your wingman can soar higher than eagles while performing aerial and fighter jet maneuvers at Sky Combat Ace. For information on these and so many more things to do in Henderson, Nevada, keep reading below.

1. Step back in time at Clark County Heritage Museum

Clark County Museum
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Venture back to a by-gone era when train travel was popular across the American frontier by hopping aboard one of the locomotives at Clark County Heritage Museum. Wander through the historical homes furnished with phonographs, TVs, record players, and various other vintage appliances used to depict daily life throughout the decades in the local area. Admire the classic cars while spending quality time with your family at the museum or reserve the restored chapel for a venue to celebrate your special day.

Clark County Heritage Museum

Address: 1830 S Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89002, USA

Website: Clark County Heritage Museum

Opening hours: 9am - 4:30pm (daily)

Price: 2 USD adults, 1 USD seniors & children

2. Observe the native birds at Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
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Bird lovers coming to Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve will be able to observe the thousands of migratory waterbirds and numerous desert bird residents during their visit. Prepare by bringing a hat, binoculars, sunscreen, and water along with walking shoes for a visit to this serene natural hideaway. Visitors can enjoy laid-back evenings during the summer months strolling through the grounds, watching live music performances, or by spending an evening under the stars watching feature films.

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

Address: 350 East Galleria dr., Henderson, NV 89011, USA

Website: Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

Opening hours: 6am - 12pm (daily)

Price: Free

3. Play the tables at M Resort Casino

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Posted by M Resort Spa Casino on Sunday, May 23, 2021

When not enjoying your state of the art amenities in your luxury suite and its floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the mountains or famed Las Vegas Strip, head over to the casino to enjoy poker, black jack, slots, and various other games offered. After spending a morning playing the tables, enjoy the afternoon under a palm tree in a private cabana poolside cooling off from the desert heat with a refreshing cocktail from the bar. This 4-Star Forbes and AAA Four Diamond resort provides guests with a world-class spa to unwind, a suite to test your skills at virtual golf or hockey, and a variety of dining experiences ranging from casual to fine dining to enjoy.

M Resort Casino

Address: 1 12300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Henderson, NV 89044, USA

Website: M Resort Casino

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: 80 - 295 USD (off season to peak season)

4. Savour a cold one during movie night at Bad Beat Brewing

Sampler Tray at Bad Beat Brewing, Las Vegas Nevada
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Enjoy an evening of darts, Nintendo, or cinema while knocking back one of the craft beers produced in-house. Visitors can go behind the scenes by touring the cellar where 130 barrels can be stored during the brewing process. If you can’t make it over to sample one of these cold refreshments, grocers, liquor stores, and various restaurants supply them throughout the Henderson-Las Vegas area.

Bad Beat Brewing

Address: 7380 Eastgate Rd #110, Henderson, NV 89011, USA

Website: Bad Beat Brewing

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 5pm - 10pm; Thu: 4:30pm - 11pm; Fri: 2pm - 12am; Sat: 12pm - 12am; Sun: 12am - 10pm

5. Enjoy whiskey tasting at Las Vegas Distillery

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6. Cool off from the dessert sun at Cowabunga Bay Water Park

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Take a break from the scorching desert heat by splashing around in the waves in a 1950s drive-in theatre-themed wave pool. If you don’t feel like getting knocked around or getting landed on by other visitors tossed by the waves, enjoy relaxing in a tube as you slowly float down the lazy river accented by giant surfboards, water features, and a VW bus. Don’t forget to try out the wide variety of water slides ranging from mild to extreme to enjoy during your visit either for solo, group, or family fun.

Cowabunga Bay Water Park

Address: 900 Galleria Drive

Website: Cowabunga Bay Water Park

Opening hours: Fri: 5pm - 9pm: Sat: 11am - 7pm: Sun: 11am - 5pm (closed from Mon - Thu)

Price: 12 - 40 USD

7. Delight in the lions at Lion Habitat Ranch

Lion Habitat
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Escape the neon lights and return to nature by visiting Henderson’s nature preserve where guests can pull up a table and enjoy dining al fresco in a glass walled enclosure beside the lion cage. Take a tour to learn about these beautiful creatures from their trainers and witness daily feedings, bathing, and watering of the animals. Make certain to enlist for a chance to feed the lions or their resident giraffe to create memories that will last a lifetime. Have a great time during your visit to this amazing wildlife preserve located just outside of Las Vegas’ bustling neon desert oasis.

Lion Habitat Ranch

Address: 382 Bruner Ave, Henderson, NV 89044, USA

Website: Lion Habitat Ranch

Opening hours: Thu - Mon: 10am - 2pm (closed on Tue & Wed)

Price: 25 USD

8. Soak up the sun on the banks of Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas
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Check into one of the immaculate Mediterranean villa-style homes situated along the freshwater lake before heading out to take part in boating, paddleboarding, swimming, or tubing across the expansive waterfront. Enjoy spectacular views from your room or from one of the many golf courses located lakefront. There are also many hotels from the Hilton to Westin where you can stay, shop, dine, or enjoy various entertainment options during your visit to the spectacular 3.5 USD billion development of Lake Las Vegas.

Lake Las Vegas

Address: Henderson, Nevada

Website: Lake Las Vegas

9. Check out the petroglyphs at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

Sloan-Canyon-Petroglyph-Site
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Enjoy traversing the massive wilderness of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area by mountain bike, horseback, or by hiking its many trails. View the petroglyph area where you can behold one of the 300 pieces of native artwork along rock walls but make sure not to touch or make rubbings of them as this will damage them. During your adventure through the rugged desert and volcanic rock areas of the park, remember to be cautious while observing the wildlife which includes birds, lizards, snakes,cougars, big horn sheep, bears, and other residents.

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

Address: Nawghaw Poa Rd, Henderson, NV 89052, USA

Website: Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

Opening hours: 8am - 4:30pm (daily)

Price: Free

10. Wander through Bowl of Fire

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Bowl of Fire with its red rocks can be found in the Lake Mead Recreational Area. Visitors can hike through the trails or camp overnight to explore the vast desert area with craggy rock ledges, mountains, numerous trails, and lakes. Be certain to exercise caution while hiking due to the antelopes, snakes, scorpions, spiders, chipmunks, and big horn sheep that call this park home. Note that you will be a ways from civilization if you should get into situation that requires emergency assistance.

Bowl of Fire

Address: Nevada 89040, USA

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: 15 - 50 USD

11. Dine on Southern classics at Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

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Enter through the white picket fence into an American classic franchise restaurant and indulge in Southern comfort food and welcoming hospitality. Flavourful specialties include gumbo, brisket, fried chicken, ribs, and deliciously creamy banana pudding with vanilla wafers. Choose to relax in a leather booth inside or enjoy the warm sun on the patio outback while getting a taste of classic Americana dining.

Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

Address: The District at, 2245 Village Walk Dr, Henderson, NV 89052, United States

Website: Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

12. Play a round of golf at Rio Secco Golf Club

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Posted by Rio Secco Golf Club on Thursday, May 13, 2021

Pick up your clubs and be enthralled by the sweeping views of Las Vegas as you play 18 rounds of golf at this immense and scenic course. Stop by for a lesson from top professional instructor, Butch Harmon. Enjoy leisurely walking the greens as you prepare yourself to be challenged by holes with lakes, sand traps, and numerous slopes before finishing off with a refreshing drink from the clubhouse restaurant after spending a day in the hot desert sun.

Rio Secco Golf Club

Address: 2851 Grand Hills Drive

Website: Rio Secco Golf Club

Opening hours: 7am - 4pm (daily)

Price: 69 - 499 USD

13. Cycle or hike River Mountain Loop Trail through the Mojave Desert

River Mountains Loop Trail
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Prepare to be stunned by the sweeping landscape of the Mojave Desert as you hike or cycle along River Mountain Loop Trail. Enjoy speeding past volcanoes, lakes, and mountains as you go through the desert region accented by wildflowers and cactus. Make certain to dress in layers for cooler mornings and evenings which can be chilly. Meanwhile, during the day it can be so hot that it’s comparable to entering an oven so do come prepared.

River Mountain Loop Trail

Address: 1699 Equestrian Drive at Foothill Drive

Website: River Mountain Loop Trail

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

14. Explore the Grand Canyon with Big Horn Tours

Grand Canyon
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Enjoy taking one of three action-packed tours to the Grand Canyon in a luxurious hummer. Take in the majestic views of the Grand Canyon while driving along the rim’s road before descending to the bottom to behold the mighty Colorado River. This option is much more luxurious and comfortable than taking a donkey down the canyon’s steep walls. For those looking to have an adventurous experience while visiting one of the Natural World Wonders of the World, consider this exciting tour.

Big Horn Tours

Address: 2657 Windmill Pkwy #357, Henderson, NV 89074, USA

Website: Big Horn Tours

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 199 - 269 USD

15. Appreciate egg-centric dishes at The Cracked Egg Restaurant

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Savour mouth-watering delights such as one of many versions of eggs Benedict, omelettes, skillet dishes packed with fresh ingredients, or Huevos Rancheros. Enjoy delicious sides such as biscuits, banana chocolate chip pancakes, or fluffy hash browns. If eggs aren’t your thing, try out one of the many salads, soups, or French toast options such as the croissant version served with seasonal berries, bananas, and icing sugar sprinkled on top.

The Cracked Egg

Address: 1000 N Green Valley Pkwy #480, Henderson, NV 89074, USA

Website: The Cracked Egg

Opening hours: 6am - 2pm (daily)

16. Enjoy an evening of vintage arcades at Hi Scores Bar-Arcade

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

Escape the famous Las Vegas strip for an evening of classic arcade games such as Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Tetris, etc at Hi Scores Bar-Arcade. Take a break from the action to enjoy sliders, nachos, fish tacos, or a burger. Enjoy brunch Sundays, happy hours, or an evening of trivia featuring 80s pop culture, history, geography, and more at this quirky and interesting joint in Henderson.

Hi Scores Bar-Arcade

Address: 65 S Stephanie St, Henderson, NV 89012, USA

Website: Hi Scores Bar-Arcade

Opening hours: 10am - 2am (daily)

17. Indulge in some retail therapy at The District at Green Valley Ranch

Green Valley Ranch Pool
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Enjoy checking out the latest fashions at this desert oasis featuring fountains, palm tree-lined courtyards, and plenty of lounging areas for those accompanying their family members doing some shopping. After browsing through the shops, stop by PF Chang’s for a casual rice bowl lunch or finish off the day at King’s Fish House for dishes prepared with the freshest seafood available. Before departing this upscale shopping mecca, stop by at Ben & Jerry’s for a double scoop of Rocky Road, or Shake Shack for some signature frozen custard before heading back to your desert getaway.

The District at Green Valley Ranch

Address: 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson, NV 89052, USA

Website: The District at Green Valley Ranch

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 8pm: Fri - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm

18. Taste exquisite drinks at the newly renovated Gold Mine Tavern

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Spend an evening out casually enjoying cider, beer, wine, or hard seltzer while listening to live music being performed in the background. Shoot some pool after relaxing on the outdoor patio and enjoying a round of drinks for happy hour. Visitors can enjoy the newly renovated patio to sip their drinks with fans, comfortable seating, and a great sound system when not listening to live musicians perform.

Gold Mine Tavern

Address: 23 S Water St, Henderson, NV 89015, USA

Website: Gold Mine Tavern

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 12am; Fri: 12pm - 3am: Sat: 11am - 3am; Sun: 11am - 12am

19. Have a "Top Gun experience" with Sky Combat Ace

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Join the aces at Sky Combat Ace where you can experience a no-holds barred thrill ride of commandeering your own fighter plane to do aerial maneuvers and participate in combat action against other pilots through the desert canyons. If this is too intense, there are excursions where you can enjoy doing aerial maneuvers only above the vast desert floor. No flight experience is necessary, however, there will be in-flight direction to provide a safe flight. You also have the choice of having a crew member join to pilot the plane to make visitors feel more comfortable during this once-in-a-lifetime thrill-seeker’s joy ride.

Sky Combat Ace

Address: 1420 Jet Stream Dr #100, Henderson, NV 89052, USA

Website: Sky Combat Ace

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 299 - 1999 USD

20. Hit the dance floor at FroZEN75 - Las Vegas

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

FroZEN 75 is dedicated to providing a safe drug- and drama- free environment to teens at Vegas’ only under 21 night club. Dance the night away under the LED lights while watching dancers in the Go-go cages perform. Teens can enjoy dancing to an array of hits spun by DJ’s on the club’s rocking sound system and taking a breather in the VIP seating area. The club also offers patrons the chance to rent out the facilities for private or public parties.

FroZEN75 - Las Vegas

Address: 890314427, 4427 E Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV 89014, United States

Website: FroZen75 - Las Vegas

21. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul at Parisian Day Spa

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Relax while one of the talented staff members massages you with hot stones or essential oils in a soothing candlelit room. Enjoy making a day of treatments from manicures, facials, haircuts, pedicures, and waxing to many other rejuvenating procedures to calm and awaken your soul. Pamper friends or family with a gift certificate to the spa’s many soothing treatments or join them for an entire day at this spa and wellness center.

Parisian Day Spa

Address:760 Coronado Center Dr # 100, Henderson, NV 89052, USA Website: Parisian Day Spa

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 9am - 7pm; Sat: 9am - 6pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

Price: 8 - 980 USD

22. Shop till you drop at Galleria at Sunset

Galleria at Sunset, Henderson NV
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Anchored by retail giants Macy’s and Dillard’s, shoppers will have the time to spend an entire day scouting the bargains at these department stores along with the center’s over 100 stores. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or fast food joints in this beautiful indoor shopping center. Shop to your heart’s content or until your feet hurt. Leave happily with your arms filled with Macy’s iconic brown bags after enjoying a sale or promotional weekend. Make sure not to miss this stop on your Henderson itinerary as no holiday is complete without a little (or a lot of) shopping!

Galleria at Sunset

Address: 1300 W Sunset Road

Website: Galleria at Sunset

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 9pm; Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

23. Grab a bucket of popcorn and catch a movie at Cinedome 12

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Order online or pick up your movie tickets at the self-serve kiosks before heading to the concession for popcorn and a carbonated drink. Sit back in one of the comfortable stadium seats while viewing the up-and-coming movie previews before the feature film commences on the big screen. Put on your 3-D glasses and enjoy a relaxing evening of entertainment on one of the multiple theatre screens from your plush seat.

Cinedome 12

Address: 851 S Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89015, USA

Website: Cinedome 12

Opening hours: 11:10am - 10:30pm (daily)

Price: 10 USD

24. Laugh till your sides hurt at Bonkerz Comedy Club - Henderson

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With 30 years of experience churning out comedic talent such as SNL’s Darrell Hammond, Mike and Molly’s Billy Gardell, Larry the Cable Guy, and many more, visitors will be in for an evening packed full of laughs. Witness up-and-comers and resident veterans at this popular venue. Laugh so hard you can’t hide the tears streaming down your face from each carefully crafted joke during each review of the evening at this 21 and over club.

Bonkerz Comedy Club - Henderson

Address: 44 W Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV 89011, USA

Website: Bonkers Comedy Club - Henderson

Opening hours: Sat: 7am - 9:30pm (closed from Sun - Fri)

Price: 10 USD

25. Enjoy an evening out at Strike Zone Bowling Center

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Begin an evening of family fun starting at 1.50 USD for the Early Bird special to 30 USD an hour for Cosmic Bowl. Enjoy friendly competition on one of the 72 lanes at the biggest bowling alley in Las Vegas. Take a breather by playing pool, arcades, or savouring some snacks or a drink from the full-service bar before starting another game. The bowling center offers promotions for office parties, school field trips, private parties, and other group events to its patrons if they need a place to enjoy an evening of enjoyment for special occasions.

Strike Zone Bowling Center

Address: 1311 W Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV 89014, USA

Website: Strike Zone Bowling Center

Opening hours: 8am - 2pm (daily)

Price: 1.50 - 30 USD

26. Engage in some target practice at Green Valley Range

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Head over to the shooting range for a unique experience during your visit to Henderson. Instructors are on hand for those with no experience to help load ammunition and to give direction as to how to shoot the fire arms. Visitors can channel their inner John Wayne as they practice shooting various firearms at a target. Gun owners are welcome to bring their own fire arms for target practice instead of taking advantage of the shooting range’s rentals if they wish to do so.

Green Valley Range

Address: 175 Cassia Way A-1110, Henderson, NV 89014, USA

Website: Green Valley Range

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 7pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 7pm

Price: 10 - 20 USD

27. Pick up fresh produce and goodies at Country Fresh Farmers' Market

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

Browse through local farmer’s stalls featuring farm-fresh produce such as strawberries, other seasonal fruits and veggies, nuts, honey, tea, and more before purchasing some delicious organic items to bag and take home. Enjoy a freshly baked pastry while sipping on loose leaf tea as you scope out handcrafted items and artisanal souvenirs. Finish off your day with a meal from one of your favourite food trucks on site before departing with bags of ingredients for the evening’s dinner.

Country Fresh Farmers Market

Address: 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89012, USA

Website: Country Fresh Farmers Market

Opening hours: Fri: 9am - 4pm (closed from Sat - Thu)

28. Attend Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

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Posted by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Thursday, May 7, 2020

If you’re of the Catholic faith, make sure to stop by to attend a service and say a prayer while on vacation. Prepare your hearts and minds for a sermon given by a local pastor during Sunday’s service. Finish off the morning with traditional hymns from your song book. Make certain to refer to the website for hours for confession, services throughout the week, and events held at the church.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Address: 2300 Sunridge Heights Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052, USA

Website: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Opening hours: 7:45am - 7pm (daily)

29. Have a family picnic at Cornerstone Park

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Enjoy a picnic beside the lake on the large open grass area or under covered shelters for an evening of relaxation with your family. During the day, enjoy shooting hoops or playing volley ball on one of the sports courts. Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy traversing one of the park’s numerous trails all seasons of the year. Although there is a large lake on the property, it is prohibited to use boats, canoes, kayaks, and radio-controlled models on its waters–however, it still makes for a scenic place to relax. Enjoy the views of the clear night sky and do some stargazing after your delightful picnic.

Cornerstone Park

Address: 1600 Wigwam Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89074, USA

Website: Cornerstone Park

Opening hours: 6am - 12pm (daily)

Price: Free

30. Get a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon with Maverick Helicopters (from USD 399.0)

Soar to the skies on a tour high above the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand Canyon, while taking in sweeping views of the steep terracotta canyon walls and powerful Colorado River below. Take in stunning views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Meade during your flight. Enjoy evening adventures above the neon cityscape of Las Vegas as you are whisked over numerous famed hotels along with an illuminated replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas while sipping champagne.

Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas

Duration: 4 hours

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Exploring Henderson, a desert oasis in Nevada

Henderson BlackMountain
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When people think of Nevada, they tend to think of Las Vegas as the desert destination for a getaway filled with non-stop activities to enjoy. However, Henderson which is right nearby, offers plenty family-friendly options. Explore the many park areas before heading to the Grand Canyon on a white water rafting adventure. There are comedy clubs to spend an evening out, a water park, the Galleria at Sunset for some shopping, and a gun range where you can enjoy target practice. You can also venture out of the suburbs to enjoy a helicopter tour over the famous Las Vegas strip. The options are endless so keep this list on hand on your trip.

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