Temperatures in the triple digits are the norm in Las Vegas during the summer, and even when the thermometer hits the 90s, that could mean monsoon storms and humidity (yes, in the desert) are on the way. Keep cool with water-based activities, shows that make a splash, spa treatments that bring the chill, and a restaurant and bar that put you in a deep freeze state of mind.
Shows to cool you off
The aquatic-based O by Cirque du Soleil (Bellagio, 866.439.9272) effortlessly blends acrobatics with synchronized diving in one of the toughest tickets to get in town.
WOW (Rio, 702.777.7776), a circus-style show, features dangers and water that promises an up-close and interactive audience experience. “WOW” features a cast of 30 acrobats and dancers who fly, flip and fold on a 180-degree stage backed by 3D multi-media projections, water walls and holograms.
Le Rêve: The Dream (Wynn Las Vegas, 702.770.9966) conveys the surreal nature of dreams. Its finale features a dance and light spectacular with 172 high-powered fountains, 120 individual LED lighting fixtures, 16 fire-shooting devices and sensuous dance sequences.
Circus Circus revamped its pool area into the Splash Zone (800.634.3450) with three water slides, water features for all ages, new seating options, private cabanas and a mobile food truck. The 50-foot slide tower features three, colorful water slides including the Four-lane Mat Racer, Aqua Tube and Speed Slide. Splash Zone is available only to Circus Circus hotel guests.
Cowabunga Bay (900 Galleria Drive, Henderson, 702.850.9000) is fun for the entire family; it features nine water slides that range from thrilling to kid-friendly, a lazy river, wave pool, kid’s cove and much more. Kids can even land in their own splash pool meant for the younger crowds. Season passes are now available for the 2018 season
Wet ‘n’ Wild (7055 S. Fort Apache Road, 702.979.1600) brings a water park with more than 25 thrilling slides and attractions, such as the Hoover Half Pipe that drops you a gut-wrenching 57 feet into a giant half pipe, or the raging Rattler, the only slide of its kind in North America. Passes now available for the 2018 season.
Go from body boards to flowriding in the blink of the eye and practice your kickflips, aerials and other tricks on the FlowRider Wave in a Box (Planet Hollywood, 702.785.9106). FlowRider’s waveform technology reduces the risk of wiping out since the surface is designed to absorb the energy of impacts. 10 am-7 pm daily. Guests must be 48 inches to ride. Call for prices.
Aquavana at Canyon Ranch (The Venetian and The Palazzo, 702.414.3600) features the Igloo with cool air and three Arctic Mist experiences enhanced by twinkling fiber optics along with Experiential Rains, invigorating, multisensory cooling showers. Select Caribbean storm, tropical rain or cool fog. The Aquavana is free to guests of the spa, so arrive early to take advantage of these cooling attractions.
Qua Baths & Spa (Caesars Palace, 866.782.0655) features a winter wonderland right out of the Swiss Alps. The Arctic Ice Room pairs heated benches with mint-infused 55-degree air and snowflakes that gently fall from the faux star-studded sky. Cool, right? Rub your steaming skin with ice chips from the shaved ice fountain for an extra-refreshing treat.
More than 100 tons of frozen Canadian ice make up the chilly wonderland at Minus5 Ice Experience (Mandalay Place, 702.740.5800; Grand Canal Shoppes, 702.293.3388). Aside from tributes Joshua Tree and Arches National Parks, this bar serves up cocktails in tumblers made from ice.
Make like a Russian and head to Red Square (Mandalay Bay, 702.632.7407), the caviar and vodka spot decked out with a replica of the beheaded statue of Lenin standing guard outside and a Czarist palace feel inside. The restaurant features the Ice Bar, where customers can do shots of one of more than 200 vodkas off of