For most of us, the thrill of some casino action, nightclubbing and just being on the Las Vegas Strip at night is all the excitement we need on our Las Vegas vacations. But for those of you who need more of an adrenaline rush than lazing about the pool or sightseeing on the Strip all day can offer, here are some activities Las Vegas provides just for thrill-seekers like you. We wouldn’t want you to think Las Vegas is too tame, would we?
Ride the Rails
Of a roller coaster, that is. New York, New York has a roller coaster that wraps around the hotel’s facade and zips along at 67 mph, with a loop that simulates a barrel roll on a fighter jet. According to the resort’s website, the ride will “lift you up 203 feet” and “drop you down 144 feet”. I don’t know from personal experience, because I’m not fond of puking.
Go for an All-Terrain Adventure
Do you like getting off the beaten path? Then book yourself a few hours of off-road ATV fun in the desert terrain outside of Las Vegas. I have two words for you: Sand dunes.
Take on the Colorado River
Sign up for a day trip to the Grand Canyon to go whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. Man vs. Nature at its finest.
Ride the Zipline
Soar under the light canopy and over the heads of foot traffic on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas for 800 feet of ziplining fun. For a less urban and more adventurous ziplining experience, head on out to the Bootleg Canyon zipline, which has speeds up to 60mph and runs for a length of 1.5 miles in the Mojave Desert.
Swim with Sharks
Still have nightmares from seeing JAWS as a kid? Think you’re safe by going to the desert? Think again. Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef offers a Dive with Sharks Guest Diver experience (available to Mandalay Bay and Annual Pass guests who are certified divers). Are you up for the challenge?
Burn Some Rubber
Do you have a need for speed? Try your hand at driving a 600 horse power NASCAR race car, reaching speeds up to 155mph, at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. There are levels of the racing experience from a 3-lap high speed “Ride Along” where a professional does the driving while you ride shotgun, all the way up to the “Racing Experience” where you drive 50 laps around the track yourself. The Experience is located 15 miles off the Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Take a Flying Leap
If your life insurance doesn’t cover you for crazy things like jumping out of airplanes, you can scale it back to indoor skydiving, which simulates the freefall experience using a vertical wind tunnel. Indoor skydiving is available just off the Las Vegas Strip at Vegas Indoor Skydiving. If you do have full life insurance coverage, then go for the gusto, baby! There’s no greater rush than plummeting to the earth from 3 miles up, is there?
Well, maybe there is. . . .
Defy Death at 1,000 feet
The observation tower at the Stratosphere stands 1,159 feet tall, and as if walking out onto the outdoor deck up there isn’t enough to make you quake in your shoes, they’ve decided to install four of the most insane rides you’ll ever try up there:
- The Big Shot – Get shot into the air 160 feet up at 45 mph so that you are literally over 1,000 feet up above the Las Vegas Strip. But don’t relax when you come back down—because you’ll be going right back up again.
- X Scream – This ride is like a giant teeter-totter, extending 27 feet over the edge of the tower, 866 feet up from the ground.
- Sky Jump – Experience a freefall when you jump from the top of the tower 855 feet straight down (do put on the harness first); and finally, there is the aptly named
- Insanity – Remember those carnival rides that spin you around? Well, imagine that ride extended 64 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower (900 feet up), spinning at 3Gs and tilting your body down toward the ground, which is so, so far away.
If those rides don’t tear a scream out of you, nothing will.
What’s your idea of an adrenaline rush in Las Vegas?
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