Henderson, NV—Nevada’s second-largest city—is close to boundless entertainment in just about every direction you look, but also just far enough away. It’s a natural jumping-off point to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, as well as its own vibrant art, entertainment, recreation, shopping, and dining scenes. And we’re here to tell you where to find it.
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Welcome to the picturesque City of Henderson, Nevada—a thriving community just south of the Las Vegas Strip, where an entirely different pace awaits. The sprawling city of Henderson NV is a perfect basecamp for touring Hoover Dam or recreating on Lake Mead and the Colorado River, and is also a destination unto itself, with plentiful options for trying something new. Whether it’s golfing at one of Henderson’s eight championship golf courses before celebrating in the Artisan Booze District or attending one of Henderson’s many annual art and music events, the City of Henderson invites visitors to kick back and let loose with a whole world of more chilled-out options for vacation-making entertainment, culinary experiences, cultural activities, and beyond—all within comfortable striking distance of all the classic attractions in Las Vegas.
History of Henderson, NV
Located in Clark County, the township of Henderson emerged in the early 1940s and has continued to grow and flourish ever since. What was once (and arguably still is) a hardworking blue-collar community, Henderson NV got its start as a major producer of magnesium —nicknamed the “miracle metal”—which was used to make ammunition and aircraft parts for U.S. forces during World War II, which helped usher our nation to victory.
Digging even deeper into the past, Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area offers 48,438 acres of some of the most significant cultural resources in southern Nevada, with more than 300 rock art panels and over 1,700 individual design elements created by native cultures over a range of eras.
Meanwhile, Clark County Museum gives visitors a chance to wander numerous interactive displays detailing our state’s many waves of inhabitants, as well as an opportunity to explore preserved buildings built as far back as 1912.
Things to Do in Henderson
Henderson NV offers something for every type of vacationer. Relaxers can lounge poolside after luxury spa treatments. Golfers can choose from ten beautiful courses. Thrill-seekers can hit up 180 miles of hiking and biking trails or get on the water at Lake Mead or Lake Las Vegas. Art lovers can wander around Henderson’s mural-packed, gallery-studded Downtown Art District. And families can take excursions to animal preserves, a chocolate factory, and more. Here’s a brief fun-down on things to do in Henderson.
There’s plenty to flap about at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is continually named the “Best Place for Bird Watching” for being home to thousands of migratory waterfowl and over 270 species of resident birds. The Lion Habitat Ranch is an 8.5-acre big cat sanctuary just a short walk from Henderson’s popular M Resort Casino.
And then there’s the sweet retreat that is the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, which doubles as the site of Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden—one of the world’s biggest and best collections of its kind, boasting over 300 different species of plants.
Travel Nevada Pro Tip
Those with loftier goals can take off for the Las Vegas Sky Combat Ace professional flight training school, where you can climb into a cockpit, complete simulated attack missions, learn the basics of aerial dogfighting, and make all of your Top Gun dreams come true.
Hotels in Henderson, NV
If you’re looking for hotels in Henderson NV, start with The M Resort Spa & Casino. The official HQ of the Las Vegas Raiders, The M Resort Spa & Casino is a boutique resort located eight miles south of the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel contains 390 rooms in a 16-story tower and boasts a breathtakingly modern design and waterfall.
Staying on the resort train, Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino is your one-stop shop for all things luxury and relaxation. Family-friendly and loaded with tons of amenities, including a great pool, GVR is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.
If you’re looking for somewhere to relax and dance the night away, keep the Sunset Station on your radar. With great dining options, an expansive pool area, and some of the best live music and concerts around Las Vegas, plenty of guests are content never even leaving the property.
Right next to Sunset Station Casino and a mile from the Galleria at Sunset, the Hilton Garden Inn is close to family-famous Cowabunga Bay water park and shopping at The District at Green Valley Ranch, and is located just 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and Harry Reid International Airport.
If you’re the toasting type, don’t miss out on exploring Henderson’s vibrant craft beer and spirits scene with a trip to the Artisan Booze District. Visitors can peruse a commercial paradise filled with just about anything you’d ever want to wet your whistle. From Bad Beat Brewing and Crafthaus Brewery for the hop-heads to Grape Expectations for the wine enthusiasts, this district knows how to keep your glass full. But it all revolves around Nevada’s first ever—and still most decorated—distillery, Las Vegas Distillery, which was opened by George Racz and his family, first-generation American Hungarians from Transylvania. (Learn more about Nevada’s spirited distillery scene here.)
Thanks to Las Vegas, the entire metropolitan area is a culinary capital of the world—Henderson included. For mouth-watering barbecue, beeline it to Big B’s Texas BBQ or Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ. Fawn over fine dining at Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana and Hank’s Fine Steaks and Martinis. And then there’s the Chicken Shack, Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill, and The Omelet House, whose names most certainly don’t lie.
Events in Henderson, NV
Thanks to our state’s abundance of warm weather and sunshine, visitors can get out and enjoy this town just about any day of the year and plan their days around a packed calendar of Henderson NV events.
The Lake Las Vegas Golf & Food Festival is a premier display of music, cuisine, and of course, golf, during which visitors are treated to live performances, a delectable feast, and a legendary cocktail party.
B.A.S.S. Nation hooks anglers with a full reel of sportsmanship backed up by live entertainment. And Tuff-N-Uff is a prime display of amateur mixed martial arts that offers fans of MMA the opportunity to be ringside to all the action.
While these yearly events are the most well-known, check out the City of Henderson’s special events calendar when you’re in town, which features farmers markets, weekly concerts, art receptions, and far more.
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