4 Fun Things to do at Lake Mead


Yes, I know it’s hard to believe. There are people who actually come to Las Vegas and never leave the Strip.  Shocking.  Some people just can’t fathom anything else beyond those bright lights and the crowds of people.  Or maybe it’s they just don’t know what else is really “out there”!

While Las Vegas possesses a dreamy nightlife and maybe an awesome day life around the pools.  But just imagine what you would discover if you rented a car and take a 40-minute drive south of Vegas.  That little drive will bring you past historic Boulder City and out to the gorgeous Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This lake was created in the 1930s by the building of the nearby Hoover Dam and is surrounded by spectacular desert views.

Here are 4 things to do in Las Vegas‘s Lake Mead that will make your vacation a once-in-a-lifetime experience:


Imagine boating across blue waters surrounded by soul-filling scenery. Lake Mead offers just that! There are also several options you can opt from. Rent one of the marinas or take it up a notch by bringing your own boat! However, that would require you to purchase a vessel pass from the entrance. This is guaranteed to make boating at Lake Mead a private moment for you!

Sidenote:  Like to fish?  Lake Mead is regularly stocked with largemouth bass, rainbow trout, black crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, and other freshwater fish.

The Northshore Drive

If the water-based activities get too much for you, drive along the north-western edge of Lake Mead. Driving miles overlooking the Muddy Mountains is sure to leave you awestruck. As a pro tip, remember to prepare a road-trip-worthy playlist before you hit the scenic road!



Not my idea of spending a night, but for others, the dreamy idea of camping under a starry sky will certainly come to life at Lake Mead. There are several campgrounds with different facilities. Look up options like the Boulder Beach campground that might prove to be your ideal camping site! From picnic tables to clean restrooms, these camping sites will make you feel like you are at home away from home.

Historic railroad Tunnels

Railroad Tunnels

Gear up to teleport back to the steam locomotion era! The 3.7-mile trail starts right before the park’s main entrance and takes you to the Hoover Dam. Originally built in 1931 to get the trains down to the dam site, this trail is great for a family walk since the path is flat and the walk does not take hours!

Final Thoughts

Out of the many things to do in Las Vegas, Lake Mead is an ideal natural respite! The combination of water and desert scenery makes Lake Mead an ideal stop to relax and catch a breath. If you are planning on visiting Las Vegas, make sure you pack your trekking shoes and camps. Lake Mead awaits you!

Related Post: Walking the Historic Railroad Tunnels

Other Links: Lake Mead National Recreation Area

White Castle Comes to Fremont Street

White Castle Opened in Las Vegas

Those famous or maybe infamous little square hamburgers have finally arrived on The Fremont Street Experience this past weekend.  The second White Castle Restaurant location opened next to the remodeled Harley Davidson gift shop under the big canopy.  You really can’t miss the big blue and white arrow!

This time, there weren’t any hours-long wait in lines and having to shut down because you ran out of supplies, compared to the chaos and crowds that came in 2015 when the first White Castle opened on the Las Vegas Strip. This time it was more of a steady stream of hungry guests and curious onlookers.  (See: Las Vegas Loves The New White Castle)

No, it was a little less fanfare and less of a rush.  More of just a steady stream of customers. When I was down there today, it was a nice flow of people. Never a long wait from getting in line to ordering to getting the food.  The people behind the counter were all attentive and busy working.  No burned out equipment or staff and they kept it all clean and orderly.  Unlike other Las Vegas fast food places, they actually got all the orders right while I was there!!

White Castle Workers

Other than In-N-Out, White Castle seems to be the only other fast food joint in town where getting the order right is the norm! Ok, maybe Chick-fil-A.  But that’s really it!

At least now I don’t have to run down and fight the chaos on the Strip when I have one of those cravings for the slider.  Instead, I get to go down to the freak show and get my fill of them. Plus I love the interior design with the old White Castle photos mixed with that Vegas’ gambling character.

Love the White Castle design

While I was there, I saw our friend from Vital Vegas, Scott Roeben, checking it out.  HI SCOTT!!  I think this was his first taste of the gut bombs.  For some, that may be an acquired taste that comes from years of facing last call at the bar and needing a place to find food fast and cheap.  For that, White Castle was the only place open.  For others, it’s just a delicious tradition from where we once came from!