Springs Preserve - A Fantastic Day Trip While in Vegas
My girl and I had a free day, so we decided to check out Springs Preserve. We had heard a lot about it, and we had been wanting to see what it was all about. I knew they had a Butterfly Exhibit, but as I looked on the Web for info, I found that it was only at certain times of the year. So we wanted to make sure that we went during that season. In the next few paragraphs, I want to tell you about Springs Preserve and introduce my Springs Preserve Collection here as well.
Springs Preserve - Introduction
Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate the dynamic history of Las Vegas and to provide a vision for a sustainable future. The Preserve features museums, galleries, outdoor concerts and events, colorful botanical gardens, and an interpretive trail system that meanders through a scenic wetland habitat. In 1978 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Springs Preserve is located approximately three miles west of downtown Las Vegas. It is referred to as the birthplace of Las Vegas and represents one of the richest and most unique cultural and biological resources in Southern Nevada.
Checking It Out - Some Things to Consider
The thing we found right off the bat was that if you don't arrive right when they open you will never get to see everything. Since we got there in the later part of the morning we decided that we would get a general look around and see what we absolutely wanted and then come back. We have that option since we live here; however, if you are wanting to make it all happen in one day, get there early.
You really should catch breakfast or lunch at the Springs Cafe. It's delicious. You have options of eating inside or outside. We stayed inside because the day was pretty warm. The food is very good and it was certainly more than we expected from park food.
The Origin Museum was very interesting. There are several exhibits located within that building. The movie showing the story of the Hoover Dam was very interesting. We really enjoyed the Flash Flood Exhibit and it's one of their most popular exhibits. There are a lot of things to walk through and see. When you think about it, there are a lot of people living in a desert city, and there is a very real delicate balance involved in making sure there are enough resources to make that possible. Nevada has made sure that very little water here goes to waste.
The Butterfly Habitat - Nature's Showcase
I am not sure what my obsession with all things with wings is, but this was something I wanted to see. My girl is a little less interested in flying bugs, but she was a trooper and walked through it with me. To her credit, she didn't swat any of them. Yes, there was that concern.
The Butterfly Habitat is open every Fall and Spring and is a showcase of some of the most beautiful butterflies that are indigenous to this area, as well as South and Central America. The butterfly pictured above is the Zebra Longwing, and the other in the bush is known as Julia. I was at the habitat later in the season and I was told that there were only a couple of weeks left as they just don't live through the warmer and colder climates. Catching this Exhibit in the first few weeks is likely to provide the largest amount of butterflies.
I have several shots of this and many other butterflies in my Springs Preserve Collection for you to take a look at. All of my images are shot in large format and are suitable for large-sized prints on paper, canvas, metal, or many other forms. If you don't see a size or material you'd like an image in, please feel free to contact me.
It's Worth the Trip
I know that people say that Vegas isn't the most family-friendly place in the world, but Springs Preserve is definitely an exception. It's a very popular location for educational tours of all ages. It really opens your eyes to a side of Las Vegas and its desert community that you don't often think about.
If you have visited Springs Preserve I would love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to drop a comment below. As always, thanks so much for taking the opportunity to read and check out my work!
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