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A Mural on the Rainbow Club parking lot wall showing water, rainbows and mermaid reading a book on a rock with mountains and beach.

Hike it to Henderson’s Water Street: 5 Attractions

This ones for lovers of event and attractions. The ones who want to experience some history and hometown vibes on vacay. 

Las Vegas is the largest, and most popularly known, city in Nevada, but surrounding the entire southeast corner of Las Vegas is Nevada’s second largest city, Henderson. Originally built and known for its supply of magnesium, it was the largest supplier of magnesium “the miracle metal” during World War II. The decline in magnesium production made way for Henderson Township to become officially incorporated in 1953.

At the heart of Henderson is the Water Street District where the City Hall offices are located, along with shops, bars, restaurants and a casino. Let us walk you through a few of the top attractions on or near Water Street.

Event Attractions

American First Center (formally known as LifeGuard Arena)

One of the newest additions to Water Street, this arena is the practice stadium for the Henderson Silver Knights Hockey Team, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. When the knights aren’t practicing, the stadium is a buzz with daily public skate sessions (at $13 including skate rental!), hockey programs and figure skating programs that cater to all skill and age levels. If hockey isn’t your thing, you can fuel up on food at MacKenzie River Pizza Grill & Pub, or grab a drink at Public Works Coffee Bar’s satellite location inside the arena that changed its naming rites to American First Center in June 2023.

Water Street Plaza

Water Street Plaza is the city’s hub for city-sponsored events. During the WinterFest and St. Patrick’s Day parades it transforms into a winter wonderland with festive decor, food, and rides a plenty to enjoy. The space is also home to a weekly farmer’s market featuring locally grown produce and other goods. The plaza also features an intimate amphitheater and stadium seating, and a 42-foot-wide digital screen, which is perfect for catching a movie or concert. During hockey season this space becomes the ultimate viewing party for Vegas Golden Knights away games. Check out the schedule of upcoming events including Henderson Hot Rod Days for the automobile enthusiast. 

a car show on water street in Henderson Nevada
Vegas Golden Knights game on an outside screen with people cheering.

City Lights Art Gallery

Just off of Water Street at 3 East Army St. is City Lights Art Gallery. This is a local, 100% all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to art and those who love it. The gallery is open select days  and features the artistic attractions by local creatives. Each month a different member is spotlighted, and the entire collection changes out quarterly, so there is always something different to enjoy when you come to visit. And if you find a piece that really speaks to you – they are for sale. Proceeds benefit funding scholarships and mini-grants for local students and organizations. Get more info here!

Educational & History Attractions

The Mine Experience

Did you ever watch Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs and wonder what it would like to be a miner? Now you can find out! Located just off of Water Street is The Mine Experience at McCaw School of Mines. The mine and its attractions is open select days and hours, (and available for group events and private buyouts). It’s worth the visit! It is the only simulated underground gold mine in the state of Nevada, and has several exhibits that educate on the importance of mineral resources and careers in mining. Throughout certain times of the year they’ll also host themed mine experiences such as a “haunted mine” for Halloween. Tickets are affordable, and typically run under $10  for this fun, educational experience.

The Rainbow Club & Emerald Island Casino

Ok, maybe there’s a little neon and gaming in these sister properties – but beyond the neon, there’s a couple historical reasons you should make a pit stop here. The Rainbow Club has been an iconic landmark on Water Street since 1967. Prior to that it was a grocery store providing goods & services to the workers of Basic Magnesium Company during World War II (remember, Henderson started as a magnesium boom town). Not only can you see the interesting architecture at play here, but the owners commissioned a cool mural “The Promise Mural” painted by a local Henderson artist, Ozzy Villate. The mural displays the historic background on the City of Henderson. 

Ok, one last note – the restaurants inside The Rainbow Club and Emerald Island Casino are some of the last places you will find Las Vegas’ iconic cheap eats such as $5.99 shrimp cocktail, $5.99 eggs, bacon, and pancakes, brunch specials all under $10, and more. Check the website for more details!

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There’s plenty more to enjoy while walking on Water Street including antique and boutique stores, restaurants, bars, etc. There are also public art pieces displayed up and down the entire street, making for a fun day of exploration in one of Vegas’ historic districts with truly small-town vibes.

Ready to plan your trip? We’ve got plenty of resources for you!

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