Just a short drive from Las Vegas, Boulder City, Nevada, is home to several scenic stops, delicious dining and so much more. Whatever you’re looking for from a Southern Nevada getaway, this quaint and quiet lakeside destination is always going to be a “Dam Good Time.” If you want to know what to do in Boulder City, look no further! These Boulder City attractions and experiences will take your trip to the next level. 


Fantastic Food 

As seen on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Coffee Cup Cafe is a local favorite. The restaurant is known for its breakfast and lunch fare, and even offers its popular Bloody Mary mix by the bottle. 


Dishing up an assortment of dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Chilly Jilly’z Bakery & Café is most known for its Dole pineapple soft serve. A great addition to enjoy with your burger, sandwich or salad. 


Watch the game of the day while enjoying bar-food favorites at Jack’s Place Sports Bar and Grill. Delight in burgers, wings and more while taking in sports action, singing karaoke or enjoying live music at this local mainstay. 


Cornish Pasty Co. is the spot for British cuisine as restaurant patrons visit from all over so they can enjoy the restaurant’s eponymous pasties — also known as meat pies. The space is often lively and a place to hang out and introduce some friendly competition with a game of pool. Catch a glimpse into this popular spot, along with a few others from the VEGAS ON team below.



Want a burger and a beer? Look no further than The Dillinger, which offers an extensive beer list, a variety of gourmet burgers and so much more. Housed in the historic Bank of Nevada building, the restaurant’s namesake is from the famed bank robber, John Dillinger. 


Fox Smokehouse BBQ has a competitive BBQ team and is a member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, which explains why its ribs, wings and sides are absolutely spot on.  


Exciting Experiences 

Boulder City is a lakeside town, which means it’s the perfect place if you want to enjoy some exhilarating watersports. From wakeboarding and kayaking to tubing and boating, beautiful and thrilling Lake Mead National Recreation Area has everything you want to do and more. 


Kayaking at Lake Mead National Recreation Area 


For a guided tour of the area, hop onto a watercraft with Hoover Dam Rafting Adventures. The touring outfit explores the Black Canyon National Water Trail and Colorado River, offering a unique look at the desert wildlife and landscape aboard a motor-assisted inflatable raft. 


Shopping is always on a vacation itinerary, and Boulder City doesn’t disappoint. Check out Boulder City Co. Store for trendy clothing, accessories, souvenirs and home décor, plus you can discover various pieces within the store that showcase the history of Boulder City. Or peruse Boulder City Antique Market for interesting knickknacks such as Mexican pottery and sports collectibles.


Get a deeper understanding of this historic area at the Nevada State Railroad Museum Boulder City, where you can learn about the importance of railroading and transportation in the American Southwest. 


Southern Nevada is dotted with all kinds of public art, and Boulder City showcases many interesting works. The Boulder City Public Art Scape is home to more than 30 pieces, all available to view on a light stroll around the town. 


Kid-Friendly Activities 

Take the kids to the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum and go “back in time” to learn more about the man-made wonder and the community that made it happen. 


Hoover Dam 


For the booklovers, Browder Bookstore is right up your alley. This independent bookstore supports local authors, so consider finding a Nevada-penned read while you’re there. 


Whether you’re an alley cat or not, Boulder Bowl is going to be a great time! Remodeled in summer 2023 and with more plans on the way, this family owned business is a hot spot for the locals and visitors alike. So, bring on the friendly competition at the bowling alley — and don’t forget those socks! 


Boo! Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum offers visitors a journey through screen-used props, custom monster pieces from films and more. 



Whatever you end up deciding to do, Boulder City has more than enough to fill your vacation itinerary with fun and fantastic finds. Don’t forget to check out the town’s Main Street and be sure to explore all the family-friendly experiences this destination has to offer.