With temperatures hovering in the triple digits for weeks on end, Las Vegas has a well-earned reputation for being a less-than-comfortable summer destination for your luxury condominium residence. That is, unless you know the secret to not only putting up with the heat, but actually enjoying Las Vegas’ least crowded time of year.
We asked around with a few locals and found plenty of ways-some obvious, some sneaky good-to beat the heat in Sin City and make summer your secret season to chill out and relax.
Brian K., Real Estate Broker: TopGolf Playing an actual 18-holes of golf in the Las Vegas summer sunshine is not something even the most hardcore golfer would enjoy. But even the not-so-hardcore golfer will love the massive new Top Golf entertainment center at MGM. Mere minutes from the Park House condominiums, Top Golf features 107 climate-controlled hitting bays, two pools, five unique bars, VIP cabanas and private suites, free parking, event spaces and its own concert venue. You can swing away all afternoon without breaking a sweat, grab some delicious food and even take a dip all in the same uber-cool place.
Michael D., Photographer: Bellagio Gallery Art in Las Vegas? You bet. And it doesn’t get any cooler (literally) than the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art-a premier exhibition space featuring works by some of the world’s most renowned artists. Spend the afternoon immersed in exclusive collections from museums and foundations from around the world. Past exhibitions have included “Picasso: Creatures and Creativity,” “Fabergé Revealed,” “Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” “Warhol Out West,” “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form” and “Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol and Friends.” Even cooler? Locals get discounted entry.
Elizabeth H., Graduate Student: Gaming at LevelUp or GoldSpike It wouldn’t be summer if you didn’t have the urge to run outside and play. Luckily, just because the mercury soars around here doesn’t mean the fun is over. Most condos in Vegas, Park House included, feature a gaming space of some kind. If that’s your kind of respite from the sizzle outside, you’ll definitely want to travel the few miles down to one of Las Vegas’ newest trends: adult game rooms. At LevelUp (MGM) and GoldSpike (Downtown) you’ll find hundreds of air conditioned square feet of all your favorites: pool, air hockey, giant Jenga, connect four, foosball, bubble hockey, four square, shuffleboard, cornhole, twister, darts, giant chess and every arcade game you can imagine.
Janine M., Marketing Executive Wet ‘N’ Wild Sometimes you’ve just got to get underwater. As the name suggests, there is no better place in Las Vegas to get both wet and wild than this 20-acre monument to slipping, sliding and soaking. With more than 25 slides and attractions, including The Zipp Zapp Zoom, The Tornado and The Rattler, guests of any age can find a heat-beating thrill. Or maybe lounging in the Colorado Cooler lazy river or Red Rock Bay wave pool floats your boat. While it’s hard to call this a best kept secret, sometimes the obvious way to beat the heat is the best way.
George D., Retired Las Vegas Monorail As perhaps Las Vegas’ most underrated way to get around town, the Monorail is both a summer lifesaver and a great way to avoid sizzling car seats and scorching strip traffic. In just minutes you’re connected, in air conditioned comfort, with all of the restaurants, shows, shops, clubs, hotels and casinos. Granted, it won’t stop at your Vegas condo to pick you up, but with trains arriving every 4-8 minutes at seven different stations along the Strip, you’ll be set for a cool afternoon just the same.
Jeremy T., Outdoors Enthusiast Mt. Charleston At an average of 20 to 30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston is the perfect summer day trip. Take a short 35-mile drive from your condo at Park House up this 12,000-foot landmark and you’ll find yourself in the shade of historic bristlecone pines and outdoors activities like hiking, biking and horseback riding. Pro tip: be sure to stop for a burger, brew and a ride on the ski-lift at the Lee Canyon Resort. Their shady and lively patio serves as a handy basecamp for some of the best hikes in the area.
Derek S., Chef Dive In Movies Put this in the “Pros” column when thinking about owning a condo in Las Vegas in the summertime. Monday evenings from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the marquee at the Cosmopolitan resort transforms into a massive outdoor movie screen projecting above the Boulevard pool. From the classics to current must-see blockbusters, there’s no cooler view than from a lounge chair in the shallow end with a cocktail in hand. You can’t beat the $5 admission fee, and if you show your parking ticket you’ll get free popcorn and a soda.
Julie O., Entrepreneur Spa Day There are nearly 100 days of summer in Las Vegas. Luckily, there seem to be about as many world class spas in town as well. Each of them has their own special way of helping you “chill out” and refresh your burned-out body. The Spa & Salon at Aria can brighten your day with a diamond-infused collagen mask. Or maybe you’d prefer a calming float wrapped in the Canyon Ranch Spaclub’s Ultra-nourishing Cocoon at the Venetian. Either way, you’re sure to emerge re-energized and a whole lot more chilled out than you went in.
Jessica R., Community Manager, Park House Luxury Condominiums The Pool and Cabanas at Park House, Duh! Ask most every resident of the luxury condominiums at Park House where they go to beat the heat and you’ll get the same answer, it’s a no-brainer. The newly renovated pool, cabana and daybed area at Park House is second to none. With its shaded overhang, new chaise lounges, brightly colored umbrella and two side soaking pools, there is no better summer oasis. Add to that a shaded recreation area with foosball table and outdoor kitchen facilities and you’ll want to stay and play all year round.
The Park House sales center and model residence are open daily by appointment. To learn more about this limited release of luxury contemporary condominiums, visit parkhouselv.com/contact or call 702-998-4118 to schedule a private tour and showing with a Park House ownership specialist. Park House is located at 8925 W. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas.