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December 22, 2014

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Henderson, a top spring break destination? Website says yes

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Leila Navidi

The cactus gardens at Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson are shown in this 2011 image. The gardens were among the attractions cited by the editors of livability.com in listing Henderson as the No. 2 family spring break destination in the U.S.

Sunny and warm, check.

Pools and swimsuits, check again.

But is Henderson really the second-best spring break destination in the nation?

And for families, no less?

It is, according to livability.com, a Tennessee-based website that rates quality of life in U.S. cities based on statistics and surveys.

Despite the existence of casinos, escort card-slappers, strip joints and so forth in the Las Vegas Valley, the site has ranked Henderson behind only Sarasota, Fla., as a spring break family destination. A release from livability.com said the site’s editors consulted with members of the Society of American Travel Writers in creating the list.

Henderson’s “family friendly activities and attractions, combined with the close proximity to Las Vegas, make the city a great spring break vacation base,” the release said.

As for attractions, the site lists the carousel and stores at The District shopping center, and the Lake Mead National Recreation area — “where 1.5 million acres of camping, kayaking, biking and fishing opportunities are available.”

“Hungry? Visit the Ethel M. Chocolates factory and enjoy a complimentary sweet treat and a self-guided tour; once you’ve had your fill, check out the Ethel M. Botanical Cactus Garden, which features one of the Nevada’s largest collections of cacti.”

Hmm, and what about the card-slappers, strip joints and so on?

Stay tuned. The Sun has placed a call to the site, but has yet to hear back.

In the meantime, here’s the rest of the list, beginning at No. 3: Charleston, S.C., Lafayette, La., Harbor Springs, Mich., Hot Springs, Ark., Gainsville, Ga., Las Cruces, N.M., Ogden, Utah and Del Rio, Texas.

For more, see the complete rankings.

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  1. Thanks for reading the story and posting your comment, TeamSG1.

    Respectfully, I'd disagree with your assertion that we produced this story because we were "desperate for any positive news about this town."

    We posted the story because the ranking struck us as unexpected at best and odd at worst, considering the prevalence of adult-oriented establishments in Henderson and elsewhere in the Valley.

    Readers can decide for themselves how much weight to give to livability.com and its rankings. We were just reporting what we felt was a quirky story related to the Las Vegas area.

    Again, thanks.

  2. There are plenty of Positive things here and Most residents consider themselves part of the entire Valley not just a part of it. Lake Mead and The Valley Of Fire, Red Rock Park, Death Valley National Park, Lunch and Dinner Cruises, Hoover Dam, Museums, The Smith Performing Arts Center, AND we have something called THE STRIP. Most negative columns are by someone that spent far too much money and time on The Strip, when they should have planned a Day Trip to Zion National Park - one of the most Beautiful Places on Earth.
    Better Luck Next Time - Bless Your Heart TeamSG1

  3. Oh yes, TeamSG1 giving us his vast knowledge of the Internet and web sites.

    Funny part is livability.com is a 9 year old site owned by a Major publishing company founded by Two Pulitzer Prize winning Journalists.

    Anything that might even look like it is positive will never gain the approval of TeamSG1.