The 10 Best Things to Do in Henderson, United States

January 24, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Ideally situated just south of Las Vegas and just west of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, Henderson may lack Sin City's flamboyance, but it makes up for it in activities. Golf any of eight championship courses throughout the year, sample delectable treats from Ethel M Chocolates as you explore the Botanical Cactus Garden, the world’s largest cactus collection, pay respects at the Henderson Veteran's Memorial Wall or take your binoculars to the Bird Viewing Preserve.
Restaurants in Henderson

1. Lion Habitat Ranch

382 Bruner Ave, Henderson, NV 89044-8746 +1 702-595-6666
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 679 reviews

Lion Habitat Ranch

Reviewed By James E - Las Vegas, Nevada

The Habitat is a really good place to take kids of any age. The staff members are particularly knowledgeable; their delivery is humorous and thoughtful, and loaded with interplay with the visitors. The giraffe is an added perk. You can feed him by hand, and he paints pictures that you can buy and take home. Very rewarding visit for all of us.

2. Clark County Heritage Museum

1830 S Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89002-8502 +1 702-455-7955
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 600 reviews

Clark County Heritage Museum

The museum is a 30-acre site that features a modern exhibit hall with a timeline exhibit about southern Nevada from pre-historic to modern times and a collection of restored historic buildings that depict daily life from different decades in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson, and Goldfield.

Reviewed By sandyb587 - Rail Rd Flat

The inside of the museum is informative and very interesting. It is small but quite enjoyable and staff super friendly. I found the best part was the self tour on the outside of the museum. Lots of antiques and the old houses filled with age period items is fascinating. Over 55 years old costs a whopping $1 each. Under 55 is $2. It’s worth more than that and I highly recommend!!!

3. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

350 E Galleria Dr, Henderson, NV 89011-1903 +1 702-267-4180
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 144 reviews

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

Reviewed By tchell2016 - Stourbridge, United Kingdom

We were staying in Vegas and wanted alternative days out,and to diversify our out look on Las Vegas area.
We decided to walk to Boulder highway from Westgate,it looked a short walk but took 1 1/2 hours,so get bus,then we caught bus towards Boulder getting off at Galleria,crossroads,walked east for 20 minutes and arrived at main entrance,
Entering we were greeted by two very nice,polite ladies who explained where to walk around 9 pools,which were large ,and full of birds and water fowl that we had never seen before as we come from the uk.
The layout,hides,platforms and paths are well kept,the viewing points spot on for tripod cameras,toilets,or as you say bathrooms are in the reception area and immaculate.
We can only say thank you so much to the lady that gave us a lift back to the highway to catch the bus back,this was a real introduction to real American hospitality,again thank you.
Note go really early to see most birds,also it closes at 2pm so you might need more than 1visit.
We will make this a priority for any one interested in a wild life day out .

4. Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum

1305 Arizona St, Boulder City, NV 89005-2613 +1 702-294-1988
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 307 reviews

Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum

The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum is located in historic downtown Boulder City, inside the Boulder Dam Hotel. The Museum can be accessed on the first floor of the Hotel.

Reviewed By BeckyTinsley - London, United Kingdom

We were stayng at the adjoining hotel and popped in to the museum, thinking it would take only five minutes. However, it was more informative and innovative than the exhibits at the Hoover Dam, so we spent longer than planned. It made the era come alive, and is worth a visit if you are in Boulder City, which is a charming place, btw. If Vegas isn't your thing, and yet you need somewhere to stay near the Dam, this is it.

5. M Resort Casino

12300 Las Vegas Blvd S, Henderson, NV 89044-9506 +1 702-797-1000
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 505 reviews

M Resort Casino

Reviewed By KSSeaB - Henderson, Nevada

I cannot tell you how often, as locals, we have walked into the M Casino with anywhere from $500 to $1500 burning holes in our pockets but leave after having spent very little of that.

We like to play video poker at a bar, not out on the floor. Happened again yesterday: Walked in with $1500 my husband had recently won at the M. Went to the M Bar. No seats on the quarter side, so we sat on the dollar side. Neither machine was friendly. Normally, after trying several different games, and playing quarters and halves and maybe dollars, we machine hop, hoping to find a friendlier machine. We try machine after machine, trying to find one that will 'let us play.'

There were three people seated at the three machines to our right. Two people were playing; the third person wasn't. They were all together. They were drinking, but only two were 'playing.' My husband's machine let him play; mine didn't. So, typically, I would have moved to the unused machine; tried several games, played quarters and halves. In other words, I would have gone thru hundreds of dollars on that machine.

There are signs on the machines that read "Reserved for players." When the Tech came to fix my machine, I asked him if that is true. "Are these machines reserved for players?" He said "No, not at all." Well, that quelched my thought of asking Juan to ask the girl drinker to give up her seat.

We went to "Nancy's Bar" and was able to machine hop, but we didn't stay long because we were both in such a bad mood that we weren't able to stay at the M Bar because the Bartenders won't enforce the "reserved for players" sign. If you're not going to enforce, REMOVE IT!

Time after time, we are unable to hop because non-players are sitting at the machines drinking. Yes, liquor is profitable, but not nearly as profitable as gambling. Nick is the only Bartender at the M who puts "reserved" signs on his machines and gives them up only to people who are going to play. If the M wants to be more profitable, make it your policy and REQUIRE your Bartenders to enforce it!!!!!!!!!!!! It's that simple.

There are plenty of comfortable chairs in the M Bar; there are plenty of seats in the 32 bar for people to drink who aren't playing. Don't let non-players use up valuable 'real estate.' It ticks off players; and it costs the hotel/casino untold dollars.

Also if you'd put a Bartender in Revello,that would give us another option, another chance to find available video poker machines. But we're not going to sit there and pour hundreds of dollars into a machine if we can't get drinks.

I cannot begin to tell you how often this has happened. We won't play 'on the floor,' so if we can't sit at a bar because non-players are hogging the video poker machines, we walk out. We have many local bars, as well as the South Point and GVR, as alternative places to spend our money.

I like the M; it's close; the Bartenders are very good (Vicki, Juan, Eric, Stacey, Ringo, Glen) to good; but it is a CASINO -- start acting like it while simultaneously improving your bottom line and increasing happiness of your regular customers.

The Bartenders also won't enforce the 'no cigars at the bar' rule unless a patron complains.

Just to be clear: If the place is full of gamblers, we understand and don't get angry when we can't get two machines together; or two machines; or machine hop. But when the machines are not being used and we can't use them due to someone sitting there (usually drinking BUT not always), then we get really ticked off and leave. I sure do miss old Vegas; that wouldn't have happened then.

6. Las Vegas Distillery

7330 Eastgate Rd, Unit 100, Henderson, NV 89011-4044 +1 702-629-7534
Excellent
94%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 69 reviews

Las Vegas Distillery

Reviewed By AnnieMichelle - Portersville, Pennsylvania

Great to see someone start a new successful distillery. Sid was very informative. You can tell he loves his job. We didn't realize there were certain times for tours and testing and just showed up. He was very accommodating and stopped to take a lot of time with us. So check the times before you go and be prepared for a lot of sampling.

Only thing I struggle with now is packing these all bottles to get home .

7. Sunset Station Casino

1301 W Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV 89014-6607 +1 702-547-7777
Excellent
30%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 518 reviews

Sunset Station Casino

This 80,000 square foot casino includes slot and video poker machines, 40 table games, a keno lounge and live poker room.

Reviewed By Gary B - Las Vegas, Nevada

Sunset Casino is a large casino that caters to Southern Nevada "locals". They have many of the newer slot machines and a nice large Race and Sportsbook. Great selection of restaurants at all price points. Very good value buffet. Very friendly staff. I will return.

8. River Mountain Loop Trail

2800 Great Basin Highway, Henderson, NV 89015 +1 702-365-2191
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 52 reviews

River Mountain Loop Trail

Reviewed By gringofromcanada - ottawa, ontario

The path is cool, well-maintained and smooth mostly, and you get some nice views of the hills and desert-scape. Little dips and rolls make it fun and occasionally challenging. Take lots of water as there is none available near this path. I headed west from Lake Las Vegas and the path sort of just disappears, with poor signage and directions. I ended up in a crappy Las Vegas neighbourhood near a foul-smelling river wash - and had to double-back. Get help from someone and take a real paper map - there is some stuff online but if you find it it is really hard to view on a phone - ie. useless!

9. Lake Las Vegas

Henderson, NV +1 702-568-7948
Excellent
42%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 323 reviews

Lake Las Vegas

Scenic and privately owned 320-acre lake with 10 miles of shoreline.

Reviewed By McFerrid - Omaha, Nebraska

Finding a body of water in the desert is no small task! Lake Las Vegas with the adjacent property from the Hilton is a beautiful facility. Unfortunately, many of the shops nearby are shuttered. The lake itself is very attractive and very calming. I visited in March when the weather was cool and you just wanted to stay outside and have drinks and socialize. Postcard perfect but I wish that the shopping area had not been closed and the casino too. A few restaurants remain open but that’s about it.

10. Cowabunga Bay Water Park

900 W Galleria Dr, Henderson, NV 89011-4806 +1 702-850-9000
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 114 reviews

Cowabunga Bay Water Park

Reviewed By Phillitravels - Fort Myers, Florida

We have been to much larger water parks, but there were enough things here to keep my teenagers busy all day. Plus the price is great! (40$ each). Be sure to get there early so you can get a seat in the shade. The best spot we found was near the wave pool under the large umbrellas. Also, be sure to wear your shoes to every ride. The pavement gets EXTREMELY HOT and you can seriously burn your feet if you aren't careful. There are little shoe cubbies near each ride and several rides you are allowed to take your shoes with you down the ride. You can bring in water only so bring plenty of it.

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