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5 Fantastic Things To Check Out In Las Vegas Before Summer Ends

Article by Dr. Leaver & Dr. Gardner

Now that summer is in full swing, it feels like it’s flying by! Luckily, there’s still plenty of time to check out all the amazing sights our area has to offer before the school year starts back. If you’re looking for a little more variety than pools and splash pads, Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics have got a few ways to help you get the kids off their electronic devices and out of the house for some family fun!  Our team put together a few of our favorite things to do around Summerlin and Las Vegas in the summer. Check it out below, and let us know if we missed anything on your must-do list for the next month or two! 

Cowabunga Bay

900 Galleria Dr

Henderson, NV 89011

It’s an oven around here during the summer, but as most locals know, the heat can often be beat with sunscreen, shade, and swimming. Cowabunga Bay is a retro-themed water park designed to be an exciting day out for all ages! You can cool off with more than 20 slides, the longest lazy river in Nevada, 4 surf-and-swim pools, an interactive splash zone, and a variety of shade structures. It even features a kid’s play area with 10 pint-sized slides and a number of tipping buckets. There’s gourmet food items alongside traditional snacking favorites for when you get hungry, and adults can chill out beside the pool with a Pineapple Dole Whip mimosa. As the largest water park in the state, Cowabunga Bay is the ultimate in family and guest entertainment, and the perfect way to pass a hot summer day. 

Mt. Charleston

Mount Charleston

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

The average temperature is 20-30 degrees cooler than that of the surrounding Nevada desert, and it’s only a half an hour drive from Las Vegas. What’s not to love about Mount Charleston? Located in a desert landscape near the California border, Mount Charleston is one of the highest elevations in Nevada, and perfect for a day trip from the city. You can hike, picnic, go horseback riding, or simply take in the beautiful scenery all around you! There are trails for visitors of all ages and skill levels, including the wheelchair-accessible Acastus Trail, so every member of your family can enjoy time in the great outdoors. Mount Charleston also offers tent and RV camping as well as a resort, just in case you want to spend a little extra time out under the stars in this quiet mountain setting.  


Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

This is one of our top picks for local attractions because it’s free, fun, and educational! When you look across the lobby from the front desk of the Bellagio Hotel, you’ll see a beautiful glass ceiling rising 50 feet into the air. This is your welcome to the stunning Conservatory and gardens, offering a feast for your eyes all year long. During the summer, you’ll be able to take advantage of hundreds of lush colors and delicious fragrance everywhere you turn. Currently, the Bellagio is showing off its love for all things Italian with the La Dolce Vita display. This 14,000 square foot floral wonder includes lemon trees, a fountain, swans, and thousands of flowers. It will be on display until September, so make time to see it before it’s gone!


The Las Vegas Ballpark

1650 S Pavilion Center Dr

Las Vegas, NV 89135 

Don’t let the hot weather keep you from enjoying America’s favorite pastime this summer! The Las Vegas Ballpark was designed with desert temps in mind, and comes complete with mesh-seating and fan circulation for ultimate comfort. It also has end-to-end walkability with almost 360-degree seating, so your family can see the action from virtually every angle. The new park has state-of-the-art facilities for fans hoping to catch an Aviators win, and even shows movies on its giant screen during the summer. There’s also a kid’s zone for the little ones to let loose, and an outdoor pool! With free parking and so many amenities on hand, this is the perfect way to spend a summer night with friends or family. 

High roller

High Roller

Las Vegas Observation Wheel

3545 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Don’t just get out of the house this summer – get up above the city! The High Roller is situated 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip, and holds the record for world’s tallest observation wheel. There are 28 spacious cabins that can accommodate up to 40 people each, and if your sans kids, you can even arrange for a bar and bartender to be set up in your pod. Each revolution takes half an hour and will give you sweeping views of the Las Vegas Valley and the Strip. To really make the most of your adventure, book a ride on the Roller at sunset or in the evening when the Vegas lights provide you with a truly spectacular sight! But the best feature of all? All cabins are air-conditioned!

Don’t forget to care for your child’s smile this summer

For the perfect smile this summer, and all year long, take time to visit the best orthodontists in town! And remember that whatever fun-filled adventures you have planned, you’ll want to keep your child’s treatment plan in mind. That means caring for their braces or aligners so that treatment isn’t interrupted, even if your regular routine is! 

  • Keep an orthodontic kit with you for braces care on the go, and include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a little orthodontic wax
  • Put our phone numbers and email address in your phone or write it down somewhere, so we can walk you through any unexpected emergencies that may occur while you’re out and about
  • If your child is in braces, be sure to stick to treats that are orthodontist-approved, and avoid offering anything that’s too crunchy or chewy
  • Maintain dental hygiene by brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing every night before bed

By following the tips we’ve outlined above, you can make the most of the summer without sacrificing a beautiful smile! You can always count on our talented team for expert support and advice if you ever have any questions or concerns. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics is here to help your child achieve a healthy smile this summer, and all year long, too!