10 ways to keep your cool in the Vegas heat

It’s summer in Vegas and that means the frozen drinks are flowing, the pool clubs are hopping and the mercury is rising.

There may be an excessive heat watch for this weekend (temperatures could reach as high as 115 in Las Vegas) but don’t let that ruin your plans  – Las Vegas has plenty of air conditioning and we have lots of fun ways to beat the heat.  Here are 10 ways to keep your cool in Sin City this summer:

1. Minus 5: In the Minus 5  bar at Mandalay Bay you can enjoy a drink in 23-degree comfort. Check in and pay your admission ($25), which includes one cocktail and the use of cold-appropriate clothing – parkas, gloves, everything you’ll need. It doesn’t get any cooler than this. The entire bar is made of ice including the bricks and walls, ice sculptures and even the glass that your drink is served in. There is a 30-minute time limit since the temperature is so cold, but don’t worry, you’ll thaw out quickly once you head back outside.

Minus 5

Minus 5

2. Red Square: If you’re a vodka drinker, head over to Red Square at Mandalay Bay. The bar top is actually made of ice and all vodka is served at 5 degrees. If you buy a bottle of vodka you can venture inside the bar’s vodka vault. The vault is kept between minus 5 and 5 degrees. Fur coats are provided.

3. Qua Baths & Spa Arctic ice room: This spa at Caesars Palace offers a way to pamper yourself and cool off at the same time. After a heated treatment, cool down in the city’s only Arctic Ice room, which features snow descending from a domed ceiling. Ice chips are available to refresh the senses, as well as exfoliate the skin.

4. Lake Mead: Even though Vegas is in the desert, we do have a lake and what better way to spend the day then taking a Lake Mead Desert Princess cruise? The Desert Princess is an authentic, three-level, Mississippi-style paddle wheeler that can carry 300 passengers. It is equipped with two climate-controlled enclosed decks and an open promenade deck.

5. Mount Charleston: Vegas locals know one of the best ways to escape the high temperatures is to head 35 miles northwest of the city to Mount Charleston where it’s 25 to 40 degrees cooler. Part of the Spring Mountain Range and Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston ranges from 3,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation. It is Nevada’s eighth-highest mountain peak. There are plenty of hiking trails and spots for picnics and camping.

6. Indoor skydiving: So you want to do something thrilling while you’re in Vegas and don’t want to do it outside in the scorching temperatures? You can actually skydive while staying in air conditioned comfort. Vegas Indoor Skydiving features a A DC-3 propeller at the base of the wind tunnel, which generates winds up to 120 mph, allowing you to “fly” above. Bonus: you don’t have to jump out of a plane.

7. Indoor go-karting:  Pole Position Raceway has brought a fun outdoor activity indoors for more air conditioned fun. Novice and experienced racers alike can enjoy this state-of-the-art facility, which features indoor race karts zooming faster than any of their kind in the country. These racing karts are approximately 18-horsepower and capable of going up to 45 miles per hour, which is quite impressive for being indoors.

8. Fiesta Ice arena: Ice skating isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the desert, but Vegas does have an ice arena that provides the perfect escape from the summer heat. The Fiesta Ice Arena is home to an NHL-regulation size rink. Public skate hours are generally Monday – Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  The Fiesta Rancho hotel is located at 2400 N. Rancho Dr.


The Titanic iceberg

9. Titanic exhibition:  Featuring more than 300 artifacts, as well as breathtaking replicas from the famous ship, the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor truly brings history to life.  The exhibit features a replica of the promenade deck  as well as an iceberg, which guests are more than welcome to touch. Since the iceberg was specifically created for the exhibit, it contains its own cooling system to prevent it from melting.

9. Pool clubs: Finally, the best way to chill out in Vegas is at one of the many hotel pools and pool clubs around town. Many of the pool clubs offer amenities to keep you comfortable like cabanas with fans and misters. Venus Pool Club at Caesars offers frozen fruit, frozen towels and Evian water spritzers in their VIP cabanas.

For a complete list of pool clubs, click here. And for descriptions of Vegas’ hotel pools, click here.


It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for Vegas.com, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.