|A permanent exhibit, it is one of only two replica sets authorized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Elsewhere, an adult giraffe rises toward the ceiling, dinosaurs lurk around the corner, and skimming through the Marine Life Gallery’s 3,000 gallon tank are live sharks and sleek stingrays.
Opened in 1991, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a treasure trove for kids of all ages! Open year-round at 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North, call 384-3466 to confirm times and cost of the nominal admission. Visit www.lvnhm.org for a coupon.
Lied Discovery Children’s Museum just across the street, is another exceptional chance for a fun family outing. This museum presents traveling exhibits, special programs and entertainment. At 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North, call 382-3445 to confirm times, programs and traveling exhibits. www.ldcm.org
Neat Nevada Notes: A recent road trip to Winnemucca with tourism cronies reinforced my enchantment with our magnificent State and reminded me how lucky we all are to live in the West with sweeping mountain ranges and rangy valleys. Wide open spaces with roaming white bottomed antelope cannot be seen just anywhere. Big Smoky Valley, 100 plus miles long, presents all of the above to roadies with minimal interference from only about 2,500 residents scattered over Esmeralda, Nye and Lander counties within the valley.
Gold mining continues at Round Mountain since the first ore was mined mid-1900; most of the employees live in the nearby planned community of Hadley. Not far is the tiny community of Carvers, and up SR377 is Manhattan. The Valley Floor is a few hundred feet shy of 6,000’ with surrounding peaks of South Summit Mt. Jefferson just under 12,000’, Bunker Hill at nearly 11,500’ and Wildcat Peak at 10,508'. Explore the Valley along SR 376 between Highways 50 and 6.
Contact Ginny at Lake Mead Cruises, www.lakemeadcruises.com.