Minutes from the glitter of the Strip and a few miles from the serenity of Mount Charleston, the city of Henderson offers an oasis retreat in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Referred to as the other side of southern Nevada, the city of Henderson is nestled among three of the most renowned man-made attractions – the neon of Vegas, the engineering marvel of Hoover Dam, and the tranquil beauty of Lake Mead.
Henderson offers an abundance of cultural events, special attractions, miles of trails and open spaces, and outstanding recreational facilities as well as renowned resorts, restaurants and shopping.
From luxurious resorts, championship golf courses, family-family amenities, and spectacular events, Henderson, Nevada draws visitors from around the world.
Almost half a century ago during a visit to Southern Nevada, President John F. Kennedy predicted that the then fledgling City of Henderson was a "city of destiny." Little could he have known just how accurate a prediction he was making.
Henderson was actually "born in America's defense" ten years prior to its incorporation during World War II with the building of the Basic Magnesium Plant. The plant supplied the US War Department with magnesium for munitions and airplane parts. Former Mayor Jim Gibson's (1997-2009) own grandfather, Fred Gibson, was one of the original engineers sent to Great Britain to learn the secret of creating the "miracle metal" which would eventually help the United States and the allies win the war.
With the help of local industry, the City of Henderson, Nevada, was officially incorporated on April 16, 1953. On May 23, 1953, Henderson, with its population of 7,410, elected Dr. Jim French as the town's first Mayor. Originally about 13 square miles in size, the City quickly began to grow and flourish. Today, the City of Henderson has grown to more than 103 square miles and is the second largest city in Nevada. Henderson is often referred to as having small town values with big city efficiencies. The city's official slogan "Henderson-a Place to Call Home" reflects a community that enjoys small town values while benefiting from big city efficiencies.
Tucked in the center of Henderson, at the gateway to Lake Mead National Park, lies a Tuscan village. Lake Las Vegas started taking shape nearly 30 years ago. Developers broke ground in 1987, began building its dam in 1988 and were diverting water from the Las Vegas Wash by 1990 to help fill the man-made lake. Luxury homes, professional golf courses, 5 Star hotels and the retail village with restaurants and events make up this beautiful European escape without the long flight.
Ethel M Chocolates’ Factory - Specialty, premium copper kettle caramels, exquisite truffles, luxurious Satin Cremes®, signature Crème Liqueurs, or chewy and crunchy nut clusters. Try them today for yourself or give as a gift for any occasion.
Factory Tour - Free Self-guided walking tour overlooking the factory floor allows visitors to see how chocolates are produced, available most weekdays.
Botanical Cactus Garden - Nevada’s largest and one of the world’s largest collections of its kind. Based on the English landscape model of naturalistic design, the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden features four acres of drought
-tolerant ornamental, cacti, and other succulents.
Over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds. Half are cacti and succulents largely native to the American Southwest, and the rest are desert trees and shrubs from the Southwestern United States, Australia, and South America. All of these plants were chosen both for the beauty of their floral displays and their ability to adapt to the climate of Southern Nevada.
During the holiday season the Cactus Garden turns into a magical “Holiday Cactus Garden”! Great time to check out the beautiful display and visit Santa. Seasonal.
Begins early in November through the December. Santa has to get back to his workshop to get ready to start delivering gifts on Christmas Eve.
Water Street District is the historic heart of Henderson, Nevada. Located just minutes from the famed Las Vegas Strip, Water Street District is a unique setting where Main Street USA meets progressive, dynamic thinking. A convergence of culture, commerce and authentic small-town sensibilities, the new district is the product of forward-thinking redevelopment policies carried out by the City of Henderson .Today, innovative pro-business and resident aid programs are changing the face – and the soul – of this vibrant district.
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