Five unmissable family experiences to discover in Nevada

SAM | 7th August 2019

With a selection of stunning and varied landscapes and a plethora of exciting outdoor activities for all ages, families looking for an action packed holiday should definitely add Nevada to their bucket list.


From stargazing at the Great Basin National Park to exploring the Wild West and flying through the Mojave Desert on an epic zip line, Nevada has a selection of exciting outdoor experiences on offer.


Whether parents are travelling with older children keen to try out a challenging new sport, or younger kids excited to spend their holidays exploring the great outdoors, there sure is something to please every member of the family.


Search for stars, planets and galaxies at The Great Basin National Park


Photographer: Sydney Martinez


For families, experiencing Nevada by night is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. Due to low humidity, minimal light pollution and high elevation, The Great Basin National Park is one of the best places to stargaze in the U.S. Parents won’t want to miss the chance to head to the National Park with the kids where they can expect to see thousands of stars, five of the solar system’s eight planets, star clusters, meteors and even the Milky Way.


For young children and older kids, this is a great activity for the whole family and for those keen to explore the park, there is a number of other activities including cave tours, biking and hiking.


Enjoy a number of activities for the whole family at Lake Tahoe



As the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe’s sheer size and stunning landscapes make this a great place for the whole family. As a year-round destination, parents and children can take part in a multitude of outdoor experiences in the area on a dedicated Lake Tahoe holiday, or whilst stopping over on a road trip vacation through the Silver State.


With a number of paths of various difficulties, hiking is a popular activity for families with older and younger children that are keen to experience the beautiful and vast landscapes of the lake. During the summer, Lake Tahoe is a great place to lounge on one of the many beaches with a picnic or enjoy watersports including fishing, paddle boarding, wakeboarding and sailing.


Watersport lessons are available for children as young as six, meaning that the little ones can take away a new skill. In the winter, skiing becomes a major attraction with many ski resorts offering some flawless ‘peak-to-shore’ trails where skiers can shoot down the mountain side with the jaw-dropping backdrop of the lake in the distance.


There are multiple ski resorts that are family-friendly, offering excellent environments for beginners and other fun snow-related activities such as snow tubing and snowshoeing. Skiing schools at some resorts offer lessons for children as young as three.


Speed through the Mojave Desert on an exhilarating zipline experience



Located close to Boulder City, Bootleg Canyon is a vast and expansive desert which is home to some of the longest and most epic zip lines in the State. With Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon, families can speed through the desert on four separate zip lines that cover a mile and a half of the Mojave Desert.


Adventurers and daredevils will take part in a four-part tour beginning at the top of Red Mountain, reaching speeds of 60mph all while taking in the stunning views of Lake Mead, Boulder City and El Dorado Valley. As well as being a fun activity for children of all ages, the experience is also educational, as a tour guide is on hand to provide historical, geological and ecological knowledge about the local area.


Discover Nevada’s Wild West whilst holidaying in the Silver State


Photographer: Sydney Martinez


Nevada’s identity is strongly linked to its Wild West history and the annual Wild West Extravaganza and Bluegrass Festival celebrates Nevada’s western heritage with a lively celebration each year. In 2020, the event will take place from 3 – 5th May. This colourful festival is family-friendly and includes live re-enactments of western melodramas and other interactive experiences including country rock music performances, role-playing and outhouse races, as well as crazy legs contests, horseshoe competitions and other games that are perfect for children wanting to get involved in the action. Entrance to the festival is completely free and a great activity for families looking for a fun day out.


Photographer: Sydney Martinez