Over the years I’ve frequently been asked in interviews and even by friends what it’s like to live in Las Vegas. Often they are surprised to hear of the interesting and diverse elements of the city that I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate. By far the best part of living here is having most of my family close; and Andre being born and raised here adds to how quickly I got comfortable.
Las Vegas has more to offer than exceptional shows and some of the best restaurants in the country; including great parks, sport facilities; hiking trails at the adjacent beautiful Red Rocks and close proximity to skiing at Mt. Charleston. For me especially, the charm and life of the city comes from the community of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and artists. The extent and variety of culture offered has changed dramatically in recent years and lately, especially for Downtown, a new fresh outlook.
Here are a few of the highlights:
Last month the imposing Las Vegas High Roller opened just off the Strip at the LINQ – our newest outdoor entertainment district. It’s the tallest observation wheel in the world at 550 feet. A visit with the family is absolutely at the top of our list in the coming weeks. http://www.thelinq.com/
Symphony Park in Downtown has become an interesting mix of culture, art and medicine. The Smith Center for Performing Arts, which opened in 2012, offers theater, concerts, a sculpture park, exhibitions, workshops and guided tours for school children. www.thesmithcenter.com
Last year the Discovery Children’s Museum moved to Symphony Park giving children of all ages and social classes interactive learning, fun and games. www.discoverykidslv.org/
Also at Symphony Park is the fascinating building designed by Frank Gehry at the front of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, one of the nation’s leading facilities treating patients with Alzheimer’s. http://www.keepmemoryalive.org/
Another cool, different experience that recently opened is the Container Park, a quaint shopping, dining and entertainment district created from shipping containers. I’m looking forward to the open air concerts in the amphitheater during the summer. http://downtowncontainerpark.com/
Living in Las Vegas for 15 years already, I’ve seen the city change. What an incredible addition these innovative and creative districts are to enrich the city with art, entrepreneurship and ethnic restaurants.
Hope you enjoyed the little glimpse into my city!