Las Vegas offers staycation options for locals

LAS VEGAS - While Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, resorts across the valley are still offering some great deals for Las Vegas residents.

Lake Las Vegas is 25 miles from the Strip, and many locals like boating there. Lake Las Vegas also offers kayaks, pedal boats, and paddle boards for visitors.

Prices for equipment rentals range from $25 to $40. Other specials exist for groups of eight people or more.

"It's right at the back door of Las Vegas, and many people don't even know about it," said Bali Kovary with Watercraft Rentals, Lake Las Vegas. "That's why we are trying to get it out and let people know. It's just literally from the Strip, it's a twenty minute drive."

If you want to enjoy the great outdoors at a higher altitude, Monday is the last day for the summer season at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort at Mount Charleston.

The resort is open all year and offers activities such as chairlift rides, hiking, disc golf and mountain biking. If you're buying winter season passes, you can pick them up starting October 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Red Rock Canyon also offers hiking trails and picnic areas. Camping opens October 1st.

If you wish to stay on the Strip, hotels offer staycation deals.

SLS Las Vegas opened August 23rd. The new resort offers a locals-only happy hour at its bars Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. SLS Las Vegas also provides a free program called "The Code" which enables participants to receive special offers.

"We want to be really local friendly. We want to be a locals-driven casino and, proximity-wise, the casino is in a great spot to take locals from Summerlin and Henderson," said SLS Senior Vice President of Restaurant Operations Matt Erickson. "Quite honestly, it's a really easy property to get in and out of."

Some resort pools on and off the Strip offer locals discounts. The long list includes Aliante, Golden Nugget, Luxor, and Monte Carlo.

"Enjoy all the festivities that we have to offer, whether it's indoor, outdoor and recreational, our restaurants, dining, nightlife venues," said Vanessa Doleshal with Vegas.com.

If you are looking for something family friendly, Springs Preserve has a lot of kid-friendly activities such as guided garden walks, crafts and energy conservation classes.


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