While visiting Boulder City and experiencing all the exciting things to do around town, why not carve out a day at nearby Lake Mead National Recreational Area? With a variety of activities to fill the day – on the water and beyond – experience two destinations in one trip.
Follow our fun-filled weekend itinerary to make the most of your time in town.
Start the day right with breakfast at the Coffee Cup Café. Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the Coffee Cup is known for rib-sticking breakfasts and, of course, a good cup of coffee.
Work off that meal hiking the trails around the lake. The Historic Railroad Trail is an easy, 7.5 mile roundtrip trail in the lakeshore area along a former railroad tunnel with panoramic views of Lake Mead and the Boulder Basin area. Head to the north-shore area to the one-mile Redstone Trail and wander through gorgeous red sandstone rocks to learn about the natural formations.
After that hiking adventure, get ready for some lake adventure! Rent a canoe or paddle boat from Desert Adventures and glide over to coves and beaches that can only be reached by small watercraft. Or take to the water on a self-guided tour with a clear-bottomed kayak from Vegas Glass Kayaks that comes with all the gear needed to really enjoy a wet and wild adventure.
Feel the need for more speed? Rent a watercraft from the Las Vegas Boat Harbor and go jet skiing, boating, tubing, or just relaxing and taking in the sights of the diverse landscape. The best way to end an afternoon of water fun is a picnic lunch on one of the lakeshore sites such as Boulder Beach or Willow Beach. Or enjoy an intimate lunch with a scenic view from Longview Overlook.
Make the evening special with a luxurious paddle boat cruise on Lake Mead Cruises’ Desert Princess to sightsee in style. Go for the VIP treatment and opt for the onboard seasonal Sunset Dinner Cruise offering a delectable meal and dine under the stars as the boat cruises into the sunset. If dinner on land sounds more fun, grab a seat at Harbor House Café – the original floating restaurant and bar on Lake Mead – for dinner and drinks with spectacular views of the marina. It is the scary season, so head over to Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum to check out the gallery dedicated to the art and history of special makeup effects, including new exhibits and movie monster characters. Brave souls can explore The Fright Zone on select dates in October, where your fear is a reality in this creep-tastic after hours gallery tour.
To calm your nerves, make your way back to Boulder City for a stroll through Wilber Square Park or Hemenway Valley Park, and grab a nightcap at Boulder Dam Brewing Company or Tap Restaurant and Bar.
Whichever the day is spent, Boulder City and Lake Mead has the adventure and excitement that can’t be found anywhere else.
The Hoover Dam has limited access at this time. For the most up to date information, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/.