Las Vegans love their neighborhood parks. The weather in the valley is park-friendly a good 9 months out of the year and the parks make for great destinations for kids of all ages. This is a list of five parks from each tip of the Las Vegas valley, from Henderson in the East to Summerlin in the West and Craig Ranch Regional Park in the North. There are so many parks to choose from! What parks are your favorites that aren’t on this list? Leave them in the comments below for the new families just discovering the perks of living in Las Vegas.
Of the many favorites to choose from, we whittled down the list to five parks across the valley that offer a wide variety of play activities for kids of all ages.
231 Antelope Ridge Drive, 89138
Be prepared to stay busy at the Summerlin-area park bursting with activities for kids of all ages. Fox Hill has tiers of activities over its 8 acres for kids to scramble on. There are two zip lines, one at the top of the park and one along the eastern side. Kids can take the natural stone slides down from the top of the park to the middle and climb the soaring rope tower that anchors the park. A saucer swing allows a few kids to fly high at a time. A see-saw, swings and musical metal drums for wee ones to make sweet sounds fill the middle area of the park that has a second rope climbing apparatus more suitable for little ones to get a good grasp of their climbing skills. If your kids love to climb, this park will bowl them over!
Covered picnic pavilions with barbecues are spaced out throughout the park so families can have large gatherings without stumbling over other parties in progress. The park offers sweeping views of the city and is a great place for family photos at dusk with a background of the city lights.
7101 N Buffalo Drive
This is ideal for those with little ones. The park has an Alice in Wonderland feel with small tables with mushroom-shaped stools, an interactive splash pad with water guns, large covered slides, swings, climbing walls and stepping columns of different heights for kids to jump across as they run from one activity to the next. A large grassy area for a game of soccer or baseball practice leads to an amphitheater. The park has volleyball courts and soccer fields on its northwest side with picnic areas for large group gatherings.
628 W. Craig Road
Located in North Las Vegas, this former golf course was designed with families with kids of all ages in mind. A small lake anchors the sprawling grassy areas of the park that connect different play places with swings, climbing structures and slides. For older kids, a skate park, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields and basketball courts are available at the entrance to the park off of Craig Road. This is a dog-friendly park with a spacious dog run and a community garden for kids to get involved in growing their own food staples.
804 Paseo Verde Parkway
Henderson is home to numerous master-planned communities that are peppered with parks. Green Valley Park has four-acres of rambling grassy areas, covered picnic areas with barbecues, bocce courts and play areas that include slides, swings and jungle gym. It’s a great place to ride bikes and play ball on wide expanses of uninterrupted grass. This park is home to the Amargosa trailhead, part of the City of Henderson’s extensive 180+ mile bike trails, which are lighted at night. The Amargosa trail is mostly paved by the park. Take a detour and travel a mile west on the existing bike trails to visit Discovery Park.
9275 S Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89178
This is a destination park. Parents will drive across the city, at the behest of their little ones, to spend time at this fun-filled park. Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring the 80-acre western-themed park. While there are the usual picnic areas, rambling play structures and a deluxe splash pad, there is also an archaeology dig site, a replica of a western town and an Indian village that reveals covered slides and climbing structures. Kids can jump in a sturdy stagecoach or saunter down the middle of the play town with gusto. The park has panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains.