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How To Spend Your Day

Kids

With 180 acres of scenery, wildlife, exhibits and attractions, it can be a bit tough to figure out where to start on your visit to the Springs Preserve. Below are some suggestions of how to best spend your time here.

Visiting with very small children? Many of the activities listed below should hold their attention, but we also have plenty of toddler activities designed just for them!

1-2 Hours

Spend your time at the Origen Museum. Visit the following attractions located inside and just outside the museum:

Big Springs Gallery and Theater

Watch "Miracle in the Mojave," an 8-minute, cinematic, sensory-surround film that introduces visitors to the Springs Preserve and explores the evolution of Las Vegas.

Natural Mojave Gallery

Become your own explorer with our 3-D and interactive displays. Dig up some dirt in our erosion pit and uncover fossil fragments in a recreated excavation site.

Flash Flood Exhibit

At one of the Preserve's most popular exhibits, you can feel the rush of 5,000 gallons of recycled water as the awesome power of a desert flash flood is recreated.

Animal Habitat

Get up close with some of our most famous desert dwellers including Gila monsters, lizards, desert cottontails, gray fox, pocket gopher, snakes and scorpions.

Half Day

Take in all of the sights and sounds of the Origen Museum mentioned above, then head to the Desert Living Center to explore the following attractions:

NV Energy Foundation Sustainability Gallery

Learn about recycling, composting and more with playful and interactive displays such as the Compost Crawl and Garbage Truck Theater.

Nature Exchange

The Nature Exchange at the Springs Preserve is perfect for budding archaeologists and scientists alike. Designed to encourage responsible and ethical collecting, the program encourages children to bring in shells, rocks, bark, pinecones and more. Points are awarded for their treasured finds and can be banked or exchanged for another item.

Botanical Gardens

You'll find themed gardens throughout the entire 180-acre site, but if you only have a short time, visit the display gardens located across from the NV Energy Foundation Sustainability Gallery. Enjoy a colorful and textural explosion of Mojave Desert Plants and other varieties and gain inspiration for your own garden.

DesertSol

Located near the entrance to our Botanical Gardens, DesertSol is a 754-square foot solar-powered home that was created and built by the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team. It showcases innovations in sustainable home design including technology, energy and material choices, and uses solar energy as its only fuel source.

Cafe and Gift Shop

Enjoy lunch or a refreshing snack in the spacious and relaxing cafe that includes stunning balcony views of the Las Vegas Strip. Before you leave, stop by the Gift Shop located directly below to take home a special memento of your visit.

Full Day

Enjoy all the regular attractions, plus these special features available at specific times throughout the week.

Trails, Train and Bike Rentals

Explore more than three miles of trails and follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you walk, bike or take a train ride through the very ground that is the birthplace of Las Vegas! Along the way you'll discover desert wetlands, cottonwood groves and interpretive sites that reveal milestones in Las Vegas History.

Animal Shows and Activities

On weekends, watch a live animal show in our amphitheater or participate in a drop-in craft activity. Check the calendar for a full schedule of events and programs.

Traveling Exhibits and Art Exhibits

The Springs Preserve hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, from large, interactive exhibits to intimate, locally-focused art shows.

Nevada State Museum

Come face-to-face with a 20,000-year-old Columbian Mammoth skeleton, explore a recreated stalactite cave, learn about Nevada mining history, see original Las Vegas showgirl costumes and much more. The Nevada State Museum is open Fridays-Mondays.

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333 S. Valley View Blvd. at US 95
Open Daily From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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