Your Guide to a Las Vegas Labor Day Weekend
Throughout the country, Labor Day holds different meanings. In New York, it marks the end of the summer vacation; in the deep north, it’s the last holiday that won’t be shrouded in white; but Labor Day in Las Vegas, it’s just another reason to kick back with a group of friends and party. With summer creeping to an end, it’s always good to know the hotspots for one last bash amongst the desert sun.
In a city crowded with countless clubs and resort-style pools, it may come as a surprise that no matter where you go, you’ll be fighting for space. Even the large pool areas and Vegas daylife found in properties like the MGM Grande and Mandalay Bay are no match against the onslaught of tourists, vacationers, and lucky locals that find their way in. Despite how crammed full of people it may get, though, more and more people will continue to pile in in hopes for the chance to enjoy amenities like pool side bars and cabanas with built in television sets. Picture the Fourth of July scene in Jaws and substitute the vast ocean for several pools at a fraction of the size â€“ sounds like fun, no?
If roasting beneath a scorching sun amidst hundreds of hot, sweaty bodies isn’t your cup of tea, than it might be suggested that you stay off of the Vegas Strip on Labor Day. Check out one of the many off-the-strip hotels, most of which offer similar, though slightly less extravagant, amenities as the larger properties. The Station Casino locations (Sunset, Green Valley, etc.) tend to be far less crowded but still offer great restaurants and grand pools.
As the sun starts to dip behind the vast mountains, the party typically gets fancier and moves indoors. On normal weekends, clubs like the Venetian’s Tao and the Rio’s Voodoo Lounge will suffer from long and sometimes near impossible, so expect nothing less when visiting during Labor Day. Most of the higher end Vegas clubs, especially those that offer poolside partying, will be deemed the weekend hotspots. On the bright side, with most of the crowd suffering through unnecessarily loud music, some pools should be a bit more bearable.
Not everything needs to take place in a club or at poolside, though. Lake Las Vegas offers a quaint, small village environment that will undoubtedly attract a small fraction of people compared to the strip. Anybody looking to partake in some beach activities but not willing to drive to the coast can make their way to Lake Mead, which is outfitted with a marina that rents out all manner of water vehicles.
No matter your fancy, Las Vegas is a town filled with diversity. Whether you’re looking to cut a rug or just wish to spend your Vegas holiday lounging by the pool, it may come as a surprise, but the desert is the place to be.
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