By James Darien

Frequently overshadowed by glitzy casinos and the bright lights, there exists another side to Las Vegas. Showpieces in their own right, the public parks and gardens in Vegas are veritable oases of green in a desert landscape. We have selected some of the best gardens for you and your family to visit and have some quiet time in Las Vegas.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

The "creme de la creme" among public Las Vegas gardens, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a delight to the senses. The visually-stunning gardens showcase botanical marvels from all over the world. The plants are augmented by the employment of tasty garden structures and water features that make a naturalistic setting. Open year-long, the garden is an ever-evolving gem, offering themed and seasonal displays throughout the year. Admission to the gardens is free.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

A trifling 3 miles from the Strip and catering to all tastes and interests, The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is a must-see destination. It comprises both indoor and outside attractions. This dynamic, historic, and cultural attraction is not just a showcase for present-day Las Vegas: through its exhibits, it opens a window into the past, and also looks ahead to the future. There's much to keep children entertained and stimulated: hands-on exhibits; studios with video games; wildlife exhibits; playing areas; and trails. The preserve is home to an intensive botanical garden that includes flowers, cacti, palms, and trees, making it one of the top gardens in Vegas. The Preserve's restaurant, Springs Caf ', offers connoisseur pizzas, burgers, soups, and salads, as well as vegetarian options. Tall, glass windows allow patrons a panoramic view of the Preserve whilst dining inside. Patio seating is available too. The Preserve includes an concerthall for regularly-scheduled concerts; and a present shop offers a convenient stop for those wishing to take home evidence of their visit. The Preserve is open daily from 10 a.m. To 6 p.m.

The Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park

Vegas gardens include this favored mixed zoo and botanical garden. View endangered species and enjoy a lovely collection of plants in the middle of the desert. Expediently found, it is both recreational and tutorial. It is open daily, from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. Admission costs vary.

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs

Within the Las Vegas public parks system is the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. A stretching and verdant expanse of forests, it is home to diverse wildlife, glittering lakes and impressive mountain perspectives. Situated within the park is Tule Springs Ranch, a working and educational facility. Opening times: summer: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m./winter: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Entry charges apply.

Gardens Park & Community Center

The Gardens Park is a public park in the truest sense of the word. Integrated within the community, it is well-loved by people who visit it. The Gardens Park offers something for everyone: green gardens and multiple gardens provide settings for quiet speculation or enjoyment of a fave entertainment; the Community Center organizes games, camps and structured activities. A farmers market serves the community and sees good business each Tuesday.

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