When the mercury jumps off the charts and the pavement’s literally steaming, staying cool can feel like a full-time job. A typical summer day in Vegas exceeds 100°, and that’s no joke! Fortunately, in a city this size there are countless ways to beat the heat — from cool drinks to a dip in the pool, staying cool will be a breeze once you know your way around town.
Here are 8 fun ways to beat the heat in Las Vegas this summer.
This may be the most obvious option, but if you’re in Vegas you might as well do it right. Visiting the casino doesn’t have to break the bank if you plan ahead to keep your spending under control and your bets low — and you definitely won’t break a physical sweat either, thanks to the air conditioning.
Finding a casino that’s as cool as you want to be is easy: the strip is packed full of them, and there’s a little something for everyone. Check out one of the Las Vegas events calendars or a specific casino’s website to see what’s going on; that way, you can plan around events or attractions that speak to your specific interests.
Treat Yourself to Dinner (or Lunch, or Breakfast) Out
Multitasking was never this fun: in this case, you’ll beat the heat by dining out, so you’ll stay cool and your stomach will thank you. Las Vegas is home to so many restaurants serving incredible food, and there are new ones popping up every day. Whether it’s morning, noon, or night, dining somewhere with air conditioning and a refreshing cold-brewed coffee, frozen cocktail, or gazpacho is sure to keep you from overheating.
Not hungry? Maybe you’d rather hunker down in one of the city’s classic bars for an afternoon and evening and enjoy some fine crafted beers or mixed drinks. Again, your options are just about endless.
Did you think clubbing was an evening-only event? Think again!
Las Vegas offers day clubs where you can enjoy pulsing dance music, cabanas, and, cool beverages. While some are outdoors, those usually have pools you can use to cool off, and others take the party to the air-conditioned indoors.
Take a Dip
Interested in a pool, but a party, not so much? Condos like Sky offer amenities like private pools where residents can soak up the sun, rest in the shade, and cool off in the pool, all while enjoying access to WiFi, televisions, and even a BBQ grill. What else could you need on a hot summer day?
Visit a Gallery or Museum
If you’d like to absorb some culture while you cool off, consider heading to one of Las Vegas’ galleries or museums. There’s something for everyone: whether it’s the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio, or one of the many other options.
Indulge at the Spa
Does the heat have you totally beat? A spa day might be in order. Of course you can always stay at home and enjoy the spa areas at Sky, but if you’re in the mood for more services, there are spas scattered like sparkling oases throughout the city. Check out this guide for tips and tricks and more details on finding the perfect spa.
Shop Til You Drop
Las Vegas has no shortage of malls, which is good news if you’re looking to escape the heat for an afternoon of shopping. Whether you’re looking for necessities or something a little more luxurious, doing your shopping while the sun is high is a great way to make the most of your time and stay away from harsh UV rays.
Hit the Road
Got a couple days off? One of the best ways to literally escape the heat while still getting to explore Las Vegas and its surrounding areas is by taking a road trip. Think of your car as a tiny, cool sanctuary that can transport you through the heat to see some of the destinations around you.
However you cool down, don’t forget to take in a little sun while you can, and see if you can try to appreciate it. After all, it wouldn’t be Las Vegas without it!