No one in the history of mankind has ever called me “outdoorsy”. I am in no way a hiking boots, knee-deep in dirt, grab the fish by your bare hands kind of girl. I don’t even know if that’s how you actually catch a fish. If it’s more than 90 degrees outside you can find me indoors. If it’s less than 50 degrees outside, you can find me indoors. If wind speeds are over 5 mph, you can catch me indoors. If the clouds look like they may be up to no good…well, you know where to find me. As you can imagine, Vegas weather doesn’t exactly allow me to get out much. The unpredictable hot and cold weather combined with butterflies, pigeons, ants and all other sorts of creepy crawlies usually keep me from exploring places like Red Rock and…I can’t even think of another outdoor place to go because I don’t outdoor. That being said, if you’re anything like me, this is the worst city to be in during the summer. While others complain but make the best of the heat, we’re trapped inside relying on businesses with strong air conditioning or restaurants that don’t charge for a water cup to get us through these hot summer months. To remedy this, I’ve compiled a list of the three best indoors spots in town, in my opinion, from someone who spends much of her time inside. To keep things fair, I’ve created a ratings system with four scoring categories all ranging from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

1. John’s Incredible Pizza Company

While I’ve listed these in no particular order, it is likely no surprise to my coworkers that John’s Incredible Pizza is listed first. I am known around here for being quite the pizza enthusiast. So that’s my first reason for suggesting this place. The food is pretty great, as they make their dough and sauces from scratch but it’s not necessarily the pizza that keeps me coming back during the summer. The seller at John’s is that they’re an all-you-can-eat buffet and they boast a pretty large arcade area. They’ve got salad, breadsticks, pizza, pasta and dessert on the buffet as well as endless sodas, icees and a bar for the adults. This means, that you can eat until your heart is content, play games, and then eat a little more.  I can easily spend 3 or 4 hours at John’s and if you time it right, you can avoid the hottest part of the day. If you’re a Dave & Buster’s fan on a budget, I’d highly recommend this place.

Food – 9.0

Drinks – 9.0

Air Conditioning – 8.0

Fun Factor – 9.5

2. DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

It is without any shame that I add this to my list. I recently discovered that Nevada had a children’s museum and I’ve been there at least once a month since. Unlike some museums that require that you look but don’t touch, DISCOVERY is completely hands on. From top to bottom, there’s something for everyone. Every activity is a learning experience from the miniature Eco-City where you can work a job, earn a paycheck and learn how to balance your budget all the way to the murder mystery you’re asked to solve in their Solve It! exhibit. There’s no shortage of things to do there, even if you go with a group of friends and no children. There’s even a Rachel’s Kitchen across the street so you can eat and then return for more fun. Although I can imagine it’d be great to see DISCOVERY through a child’s eyes, don’t let the name fool you. This 20 something still learns something new every time.

Food – 7.0

Drinks – 7.0

Air Conditioning – 9.5

Fun Factor – 9.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. King Putt/Battle Blast Laser Tag

While it’s certainly kid-friendly, if you’re thinking of heading here, I recommend either leaving the kids at home or holding off on having them because Battle Blast Laser Tag is a two-story arena and children will only slow you down. This is not for the faint of heart or for those just looking to try laser tag for the first time. Serious competitors only please. With 5,800 sq. ft. of space, you discover new hiding spots every time you play. My personal suggestion is to grab an all-you-can-play wristband for just $20 or a membership if you plan to come regularly. You’ll leave the arena sweating so hard you’ll think you just completed a Tough Mudder but that’s anticipated which is why they crank up the air conditioning! There’s a snack bar to keep you energized (don’t leave without funnel cake fries) but save your appetite for the sushi you’ve definitely earned afterwards.  This place is great for those looking for a high-energy activity that burns calories but doesn’t leave sunburns.

Food – 9.0

Drinks – 7.0

Air Conditioning – 10.0

Fun Factor – 9.5

 

 

 

 

 

~Submitted by Ashley Roberts