Two planes flying across the Laughlin area with mountains in the background during the 2023 airshow.

What’s New In and Around Las Vegas: Spring ’24

Spring has sprung in southern Nevada! There’s no better time to get out there and enjoy all things our great state has to offer. Whether it’s exploring one of our local mountains, attending an air show, or getting your “foodie on”, Las Vegas Territory has some great suggestions to set you on your next exciting adventure! Check it out below and discover more in our Plan Your Trip section.

Get Here Non-Stop from Toronto, eh!

Harry Reid International Airport welcomes Toronto-based Porter Airlines with open arms as they kick-off their new daily non-stop service to Las Vegas. Porter’s elevated in-flight experience offers complimentary beer and wine, free premium snacks, and free WiFi for all passengers. And perhaps the best part – no middle seats! 

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Canada tops International visitation to Las Vegas with 141 flights arriving each week from 11 different cities across Canada. 

So while it’s still cold a snowy in the Great North, we’ve got sunshine and blue skies just waiting for you, Canada!

Awakening at Wynn Las Vegas Celebrates 500 Shows

The cast and crew of Awakening at Wynn Las Vegas celebrated a big milestone in March after completing its 500th performance. The show features dancers, acrobats, and aerialists surrounded by state-of-the-art staging, lighting and special effects, on a multi-level, 360-degree stage. The realms of water, air and earth are on full display in the one-of-a-kind spectacular, narrated by Anthony Hopkins.

As you can imagine, it takes a village to get a show like this to 500 performances. The recipe includes 60 cast members, 11 styles of dance, 22,672 steps, 2,496 hours of rehearsals, 72 technicians, 36 costume & wardrobe team, as well as 8 box office employees and 14 showroom employees. 

Don’t miss this dazzling spectacle while you’re here. Check it out Sundays and Mondays at 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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Get Into the Swing of It!

Atomic Golf Las Vegas recently opened its newest location in Las Vegas near The STRAT. Atomic Golf is a bigger, better, bolder brand of golf entertainment. Described as a driving range on steroids, the property features more than 99,000 square-feet of golfing fun on four levels, mixed with delicious food and savory drinks in an engaging atmosphere.

What better place to practice your swing?

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Have a Foodie Adventure Unlike Any Other

Las Vegas has become a food lover’s paradise! Even beyond the Strip, you can find every kind of cuisine that your heart desires. Whether it’s world-class restaurants with celebrity chefs on the strip, or unique boutique dining adventures in the Arts District, or a tasting of steaks, steaks and more steaks, southern Nevada has plenty to offer. 

Can’t decide what you’re in the mood for? Why not try a foodie adventure with multiple destinations in one night? Lip Smacking Foodie Tours offers a variety of food and beverage tasting adventures, in multiple restaurants, in one night. You can choose from multiple dining experiences in a single resort, such as Fontainebleau and Red Rock resorts; or experience the tastes available in the unique and stylish restaurants in the Arts District, or perhaps you’re in the mood for a boozy brunch adventure? Or why not take in Las Vegas in a unique way with their Savory Bites and Neon Lights package, which provides VIP dining at three of Las Vegas’ most distinguished restaurants, followed by an evening helicopter tour over the glittering lights of Las Vegas. 

Decisions, decisions. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can find it right here!

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awakening at Wynn Las Vegas
Atomic Golf in Downtown Las Vegas and the golf bays are lit up all purple with the Stratosphere in the background.

Downtown Las Vegas Makes Music with the Ground Breaking of the First Hotel in Symphony Park

Symphony Park, the 61-acre master planned development, anchored by the renowned The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, recently broke ground on its first non-smoking, non-gaming hotel concept. The five-story, 441-room hotel will be a dual-branded AC Hotel by Marriott and an Element hotel by Westin and is expected to open by late 2025. Featuring a mix of standard and extended stay rooms, the hotel will also include a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool and terrace, and about 18,000 square feet of meeting space.

Within walking distance to downtown Las Vegas, as well as the nearby The Smith Center, Discovery Children’s Museum and World Market Center, the new hotel will serve the area and visitors who are already coming to Symphony Park and Medical District areas, and are looking for an alternative to the high-energy gaming hotels along the Strip.As Symphony Park continues to grow, look for the addition of an anticipated art museum, and multiple residential projects including the 32-story Cello Tower, as well as 545 additional apartments.

Rising from the Ashes – Mt. Charleston Announces Details of New Lodge

📍Approximate Distance From The Strip: 49 Mins. 42.6 Mi.

Following a devastating fire on September 7, 2021 that destroyed the Mt. Charleston Lodge, plans were recently announced for a new and improved lodge to be built in its place. 

The new Mt. Charleston Lodge will feature 25,000 square-feet of space including nearly 6,200-square feet of expansive outdoor decks with mountain views, a restaurant that can accommodate more than 700 people, multiple bars, and an iconic fireplace anchoring the space. There will also be a private area for weddings and events, along with much more parking.

The original lodge, located at the top of Kyle Canyon Road, was a popular retreat for hikers and campers coming off the mountain. Groundbreaking on the new lodge is expected in the first half of 2025.

A rendering of Mt Charleston Lodge to debut in 2025. It burned down in a fire. It's an A frame lodge surround by trees of green.

Boulder City and Henderson Named WWII Heritage Cities

The National Park Service recently announced the designation of 11 communities across the United States as newly designated World War II Heritage Cities. Among them, Henderson and Boulder City in southern Nevada have been named. Both communities helped with the production of aircraft and magnesium, and employed over 14,000 workers.

Per the criteria, contributions by a city to the World War II Homefront war effort include defense manufacturing, such as ships, aircraft, uniforms, and equipment; production of food and consumer items for Armed Forces and home consumption; volunteer participation; and civil defense preparedness.

This year’s additions follow the inaugural designation of Wilmington, North Carolina in September 2020.

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It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a Bunch of Planes, Actually!

📍Approximate Distance From The Strip: 1 HR 30 Mins. 97.6 Mi.

At the second annual Laughlin-Bullhead Airshow on Saturday, April 6, 2024, you can witness historic military and civilian aircraft and automobiles in exhilarating aerial and ground demonstrations. Get up-close to remarkable and historical aircraft, military vehicles, and aviation artifacts. Immerse yourself in the rich history of military and civilian aviation, while learning about the history of aviation in our country. 

The free, family-friendly event includes the new STEM ZONE showcasing aviation and aerospace trades, as well as plenty of excitement and entertainment. This is a not-to-be-missed experience for families and history buffs alike.

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Whitney Mesa BMX Track Named #1 Track in Nevada

Whitney Mesa BMX, home to Olympic gold medalist and southern Nevada resident Connor Fields, is a BMX-sanctioned track requiring valid USA BMX membership to be eligible to ride. It seems appropriate that the track was recently ranked the #1 track in Nevada, making it the fastest track in America! 

Out of 303 courses across the U.S. and Canada, the Whitney Mesa track came in as the 29th-best BMX track overall. Included in the ranking is the track’s more than 220 registered members and is within the country’s Top 50 for recruiting new riders to the sport.

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Boulder City sign on green grass says welcome to historic Boulder City. Photo courtesy of National Park Express
A bike rider cruises the Whitney Mesa BMX dirt track that was named #1 int he country.

City of Henderson Makes Plans for the Former Fiesta Henderson Site.

In September 2023, the City of Henderson hosted two public open houses to seek community input on the future of the former Fiesta Henderson site, which never reopened following the Covid-19 pandemic. The City received more than 5,600 responses through an online survey, with responses showing that the majority of respondents would like to see the site used primarily for a tournament sports facility and family-oriented entertainment, with family-fun, arts & culture as supporting uses. Hospitality services, such as boutique hotels and dining options could also support the development. Respondents also noted they would like to see a diverse array of public spaces for gatherings, and green spaces with trails and desert landscaping to support the site as a destination. The 35-acre lot is a prime location situated at the interchange of I-215, I-515, and I-11.

A Utah-based company, Rush Funplexes, has already announced plans to open an indoor fun park directly adjacent to the Fiesta Henderson site. The complex will feature multiple family-friendly attractions, including go-karts, bowling, and an arcade among other amenities.

Fun Fact for Fido: Forbes Lists the City of Henderson as the Second Best City for Dogs 2024

Tell us something we already know! Southern Nevadans love our four-legged companions, as we take them with us on hiking adventures, boating on Lake Mead, or to play at any number of dog parks scattered throughout the valley. It turns out the folks at Forbes agrees with us, as they have listed Henderson as the #2 Best City for Dogs 2024. And rightly so! Henderson boasts 19 dog parks, including the city’s 5-acre Bark Park at Heritage Park with its separate dog runs, agility course, splash pad, walking trails and drinking stations. The article also cites that nearly ninety percent of rental units allowing pets.

So it’s settled then. Dogs and dog owners already know that southern Nevada is the place to be!

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