Boulder City may be the home of Hoover Dam, but there are so many other exciting adventures to be had in this quaint and beautiful destination. From flying high in the sky to strolling downtown, here’s all the ways you can experience this charming town.


Admire the Views from a Helicopter

Take to the sky to witness the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the picturesque landscape in between. Departing from Boulder City daily, Papillion offers unparalleled excursions alongside white-water rafting trips, gourmet meals at the Canyon, and more. Try a Grand Canyon helicopter tour with West Rim picnic, for an adventure that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.


Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours


Grab a Bite and a Drink Downtown

To really explore the history and charm of Boulder City, a trip downtown is in order. Stroll among the captivating sculptures that stand throughout the city while enjoying a great meal and a drink or two. The beer garden at Boulder Dam Brewing Company offers a wide selection of handcrafted brews, and the original equipment used to build Hoover Dam is displayed throughout. Cool off in style inside Chilly Jilly’z Bakery and Café’s funky digs with a Dole Whip or shaved ice. Or, for a traditional sweet treat, pop into Grandma Daisy’s Ice Cream Parlor for an old-fashioned malt. When you’re ready for a hearty meal, The Dillinger offers gourmet burgers and other American classics with a bang in this swanky mob-inspired eatery. Close out your perfect Boulder City day with a glass of wine at the Tuscan-inspired Milo’s Cellar, where you can select from 350 varieties on display on the signature wine wall.


Boulder Dam Brewing Company


Head Underground on an Eldorado Canyon Mine Tour

As the oldest and most lucrative gold mine in Southern Nevada, Techatticup Mine offers an early view of the appeal of the canyon before Hoover Dam began construction. Take the Eldorado Canyon Mine Tour to experience the Old West, complete with some unexpected finds against a striking backdrop. Beyond the mine tour, Eldorado also offers kayak and canoe rentals, and a one-of-a-kind venue for weddings, BBQs and parties. 


Cycling Your Way Through Boulder City

Active visitors simply must explore the luminous sights of Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, Lake Mead, and the historic Railroad Trail tunnels by bike. All Mountain Cyclery and Desert Adventures will get you set up with bike rentals, guided tours, safety equipment, and more to see unrivaled views of the Mojave Desert’s scenery, wildlife and sprawling vistas. 


Reserve an Afternoon for Antiquing

The treasures that Boulder City holds aren’t reserved to the majestic scenery. Spend an afternoon exploring the numerous antique shops speckled throughout the town. It’s not only the name that is unique at Goatfeathers Emporium, where you can explore an endless supply of memorabilia, craft supplies and art. For vintage finds, including apparel and fine furniture, Sherman’s House of Antiques unites the treasures of yesterday with today’s shopper. Any antiquing journey must include a visit to Boulder City Antique Market and Auction House, a one-stop shop for collectables with several dealers all peddling their goods in one space. Finish off your day at Bloom to shop its collection of vintage and salvages items, home décor, clothing and jewelry.  


There are a lot more fun things to do in Boulder City. If you’re looking for more adventures, explore all the exciting outdoor water activities.