You finally make your way to the famous Las Vegas Strip, and you’re ready to explore all the area has to offer—but your plan hits a snag as soon as you step outside. Sin City is hot—rolling sevens at the MGM hot. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat. So drink lots of water, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready to stay cool while painting the town red.
Every resort in Las Vegas has its own pool—and while some are definitely cooler than others, each has its own distinct personality. For instance, though we’re thousands of miles from the ocean, the Strip still has a beach: The 11-acre Mandalay Bay Beach pool complex is an oasis with a 1.6 million-gallon wave pool, lazy river, and 2,700 tons of sand. But all that water and sand doesn’t mean you can’t handle some cards. There’s a three-story beachside casino that lets you get in on some gaming action without straying too far from the shore.
For those who like something a little more low key, the secluded Vdara Pool is set a few stories above the Strip, and a lack of gaming facilities in the hotel makes it the perfect escape. Dip into one of three pools, and reserve one of 16 cabanas to relax in the shade as you enjoy fresh fruit, cold bottled water and other amenities.
If you want to cool off and work up a sweat, the powerhouse Encore Beach Club is one place where you can splash with other partygoers while listening to world-famous DJs. When the sun goes down, you can continue your EDM-filled adventure at Surrender, where the party spills out from inside the nightclub to the pool area (though you’ll need different outfits for each scene).
Save Sundays for Daylight, the sun-filled counterpart to Mandalay Bay’s Light Nightclub. As the week ends, they host Sundown, where underground DJs play for a crowd of scantily clad partiers.
Instead of immersing yourself in liquid, try culture. Avoid the sweltering sun by staying indoors where everything is air conditioned—often to meat-locker temperatures. Walk the halls of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, which currently features an extensive Picasso exhibition. You can gaze upon more than 45 of the master’s works, on display until January 2016. Or head downtown to the Mob Museum. There you can learn about Las Vegas’ storied past, from the perspective of the mobsters and the law. Their conflict was heated, but you’ll be refreshed.
You hit it big at the casino, and now you have cash burning a hole in your pocket. Vegas has no shortage of options for you to spend your hard-earned dollars, but heading to a mall might be best way to cool your hot streak and beat the heat. The Shops at Crystals is a stunning piece of architecture jutting out from the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard. Once you step inside, you’ll feel invigorated just looking at all the options at your fingertips. Don’t be afraid to plan ahead to take advantage of the best bonuses available to shoppers.
Should you become famished during your excursion, dining options from Todd English and Wolfgang Puck will restore your fortitude. They might even give you the energy you need to head a little farther down the Strip for a stroll through the beautiful Wynn Esplanade, which features the most coveted luxury brands. By the time you finish, the sun will have set on another day in Vegas, allowing you to turn your attention to the cool nightlife just beginning to rise.