Nearby Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Local Parks Keep Henderson Residents Hopping

By Michaela Jackson on April 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young

When it comes to recreation, there are two kinds of people in the world: people who like to take tours and sign up for classes and people who like to explore to map their own itinerary and discover the great outdoors.

Henderson will keep them both busy.

The growing city outside Las Vegas is less than 20 miles northwest of the Hoover Dam, one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. If you’re looking for a good tour, join the million-plus annual visitors to the National Historic Landmark.

Back in Henderson, adults, seniors and children can enjoy dozens of classes offered by the Henderson Department of Parks and Recreation. Classes for students 18 and older include arts and crafts, dance, fitness and foreign languages. HendersonPlus is a recreation program specially designed for the over-50 population. Children’s programs include before- and after-school groups for elementary-aged kids through teenagers.

For the second kind of recreation seeker, nearby Lake Mead offers all manner of water sports, including boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Roughly 87 percent of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is mountains and valleys, though, which provides endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, horseback riding and camping. In the evenings, a Mississippi-style paddle-wheel boat embarks on dinner and dance cruises, offering a slower-paced view of the sights.

When you’re just looking to enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sun, you needn’t even leave Henderson’s city limits. You’ll find 45 parks with more than 11 miles of trails and 10 golf courses. Henderson is also home to dog parks, skate parks, public pools, splash pads and a 147-acre migratory bird and wetland area. The city also offers a variety of sports leagues for children and adults.

Whatever your speed, you’ll find the perfect spot to unwind in Henderson.

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