Earth Day 2018 is right on the horizon. And if you’re instantly asking yourself, “when is Earth Day?!,” we don’t blame you for not knowing that it’s on the 22nd of April. Of course, everyone knows about shows in Las Vegas and all the other great things to do in Las Vegas, but our city’s love for Mother Nature isn’t as widely known. We’re wise enough to know that just because something isn’t obvious, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. So we’re going to hit you with a great reveal and let you know what’s up on how to best celebrate Earth Day. Without further ado, these are the Earth Day activities you need to check out.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden at Bellagio Las Vegas
We sort of feel like we’re cheating with this one, because, well, everyone already wants to see this place. Besides being one of the best 20 things to do under $20 in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens isn’t like anything else in Sin City. The 14,000-square-foot space is filled to the brim with tens of thousands of flowers, plants and trees. Each and every season, the green-thumbed horticulture team flips the script to create a new theme. But what really gets the Mother Nature seal of approval is the 90% vegetation recycle rate. Kuddos, Bellagio for not just talkin’ about it, but actually being about it, too.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Dun, dun, dun, dun… dun, dun, dun, dun. We know that anything with the words “shark reef” attached to it instantly makes you think of the deadly, man-eating beasts. And after seeing our fair share of “Shark Weeks,” we get it. But Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay wasn’t created to exploit that made-for-TV nonsense. Instead, the good folks at MGM Resorts just unconditionally love these snaggletooth creatures. And their love is our gain! Shark Reef’s dedication to research, conservation and education is on full display in a shiny $60 million facility. And if accolades float your boat, it should be known that Shark Reef Aquarium is the first and only animal care facility in the State of Nevada to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Two fins up for that.
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at Mirage Las Vegas
Known for their snazzy outfits and big cats, it probably comes as a surprise that the two magicians were equally as devoted to wildlife conservation and well-being. From the beginning, the primary focus of Secret Garden has been one of scientific research, education and conservation outreach. So every time you visit the habitat’s majestic white tigers or beautiful bottlenose dolphins, know that you’re promoting the preservation of those animals and their natural habitats. Wow, sorry for getting so deep, but there’s something about these animals that just really tugs on the ol’ heartstrings. ***Fights back tears*** We love them!
Grand Canyon West Rim & Lunch Tour
There’s nothin’ better than gettin’ outside, and It’s even better when you do it on Earth Day. And what screams “earth” more than the Grand Canyon? This thing is a beaut. After you wipe away your tears of joy. After that, you’ll get a chance to stretch your legs out with a chill walk through Guano Point before getting your grub on. And if you’re into upgrades, an awesome upgrade awaits: helicopter ride and pontoon boats. Yeah, you read that right. So prepare to get whisked away to the canyon floor via helicopter before merrily floating down the Colorado on a pontoon boat. The nature isn’t finished there though! Whether or not you upgrade, the day finishes with a stop at Joshua Tree Forest. So much nature, so much adventure, so little time.
Red Rock Canyon Tour
Many people don’t know this, but natural beauty is literally just moments away from the Strip, and no we’re not talking about the strip clubs in Las Vegas. Red Rock is more than a west-side casino, people. This National Conservation Area is appropriately named after its naturally red rocks. As with anything outdoor related, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes because once you get done checking out the visitor center, you’re off to check out various areas of the park. The tour guide is super knowledgeable about all things park-related, so don’t be afraid to catch them off guard with some questions. For example, a favorite knee-slapper of ours is “How often do you freshen the rock’s paint?” Hilarity is (almost) guaranteed to ensue, so have fun.
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