5 Summer Adventures in Las Vegas

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High Roller, Las Vegas, Linq
Up to 40 people can fit into in each of the High Roller’s 28 air-conditioned pods.

On and off the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll find activities for groups that take the edge off the summer heat. For an unforgettable experience beyond the casinos and meeting rooms, try one of these:

1. Jeep tours of Red Rock Canyon. Red Rock Canyon is a striking contrast to the Strip, and just 17 miles away. Jeep tours of the 13-mile scenic drive (enclosed and air conditioned in summer and top-down in spring and fall) are extremely popular, says Tom Kostoff, CMP, president of local DMC Sofisticado. “Meeting planners looking for an excursion often think of Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon, but that can take up a lot of time.” he says. “This is the perfect fit because you can do it in half a day.” The ideal group size is 40 to 60 people.

2. Rock scrambling. In this unique teambuilding activity, guides lead groups over, between and through huge boulder formations, rough terrain and steep slopes. “The ideal group size is 6 to 8 people,” says Neil Sobelson of Hike This!, which is licensed to provide guides in Red Rock Canyon. The average age of hikers is between 30 and 45, he says, “though it’s not to say that people in their 50s couldn’t do it.”

3. Poolside event at Wet Republic. Located adjacent to MGM Grand’s main pool area, this 53,000-sf complex is a combination of pool party and nightclub, with intimate spaces for mingling and an exclusive vibe.

4. High Roller experience. Attendees can experience Vegas from high above the Strip—550 feet high, to be exact. The observation wheel is the focal point the new LINQ entertainment district. Up to 40 people can fit into in each of the 28 enclosed, air-conditioned pods.

5. Cool off at Minus5. With locations at Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo, this venue is ideal for sizzling summer days. Attendees don fur coats and gloves to sip signature cocktails served in glasses carved out of ice—at -5 degrees Celsius. There are semi-private rooms for groups and a variety of options including carving an ice sculpture of the company’s logo or product as the evening’s centerpiece.  The Ice Bar at Monte Carlo can accommodate 80 guests, while Mandalay Bay can host 160.


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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.