The 9 Best Activities for Thrill Seekers in Las Vegas
People come to Las Vegas for all sorts of thrills raging from world-class food and celebrity chefs to handcrafted cocktails and non-stop parties. There’s also sensational entertainment and 5-star accommodations. Really, there’s a thrill for everyone, depending on what you’re into.
If you’re the type of person who thrives on thrills induced by roller coasters, zip lines and other gravity-defying rides (a.k.a. an adrenaline junkie) there’s also plenty of that. We have rides ranging from death-defying to family-friendly, and you’ll only find them in Vegas!
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1. Big Apple Roller Coaster: Start Spreading the News
This superfast roller coaster zooms out of its New York City Subway-themed station at nearly 70 miles per hour past a replica of the Statue of Liberty and other favorite Manhattan buildings. The yellow taxicab train plummets down hills, over loops, corkscrews, dives, a heart-pumping heartline twist—and at one point has you completely upside down—all in less than three minutes.
2. Exotics Racing: Pedal to the Metal
Forget about speed limits. Where you’re going there are no speed limits!At Exotics Racing, you get to slip behind the wheel of shiny exotic cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, or Mercedes. Drive fast and furious in these exclusive supercars at dizzying speeds on a custom-built course at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The experience includes one-on-one coaching from a professional instructor and the opportunity to ride shotgun with a professional driver.
3. Voodoo ZipLine: Zip Roundtrip
The Rio ZipLine at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino is a quick 70-second ride, but it’s one you will never forget. The ride starts from VooDoo Lounge, located atop the 50-story Masquerade tower and glides forward at 33 miles per hour to a second tower. As for the return trip, you’re facing backward. By the time it’s done, you’ll have enjoyed 360-degree open-air views of the Las Vegas Strip.
Completing this unique zip ride between two hotel towers will have you thankful to be back on solid ground.
4. High Roller Observation Wheel: In the Rotation
Adrenaline-inducing might be a stretch when describing the High Roller, but the world’s tallest observation wheel does take you to exciting heights—550 feet above the city when you reach the tip-top.
Located at the eastern end of the Linq Promenade, the High Roller is a thrilling way to see the city, even if you are safely enclosed in one of 28 comfortable and spacious glass pods. The full rotation takes 30 minutes, offering 360-degree views of the Las Vegas valley and Strip, and tons of photo opportunities. You can even get married on the High Roller. Talk about a thrill!
5. Fly Linq Zipline: Zip the Shops
Traversing a shopping mall on foot is so passé. Why not fly over it instead? Travel more than 10 stories high in the air across the Linq Promenade on the Las Vegas Strip’s only zip line.
Some zip lines take you through forests and across rivers. On the Linq Zip Line, you zoom above the heads of shoppers, diners and mere walkers at the Linq’s outdoor shopping promenade. You’ll ride in a seated position or a superhero position (think of Superman flying), before landing on the east end of the promenade, near the High Roller.
6. Vegas Indoor Skydiving: Floating on Air
Who needs an airplane and parachute when you can simulate the experience of skydiving at Vegas Indoor Skydiving. The facility is home to a vertical wind tunnel that produces enough wind to support the weight of an average adult. Instead of jumping out of a plane, you’ll be floating on air.
Most padded rooms are for crazy people, but this padded room is crazy fun. It also has a mesh trampoline floor, which sits atop a gigantic fan. Once you go through training and suit up, you’ll enter the vertical room and capture the sensations of floating, flying, and free-falling at wind speeds up to 120mph.
7. Adventuredome at Circus Circus
Speaking of indoor attractions, The Adventuredome at Circus Circus is a thrill a minute with rides for all ages. This 5-acre amusement park is a great place for daredevils, thrill-seekers and adventurous types to spend an afternoon or an entire day.
Canyon Blaster and El Loco are two of the most popular roller coasters at Adventuredome, but there are also tons of other amusement park rides, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, 18-hole miniature golf course, arcade, carnival games and clown shows. It’s fun for everyone—and it’s all housed under a pink glass dome on the Las Vegas Strip.
8. Strat Hotel and Skypod: A Trio of Thrill Rides
Perhaps the Strat Hotel, Casino and SkyPod built rides 800 to 1,000 feet above the Las Vegas Strip for the thrill of it. Perhaps they did it because they knew, at those heights, no one would hear you scream.
Home to the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States at 1,149 feet, The Strat is an iconic hotel offering three adrenaline-inducing rides high above the city. There’s the Big Shot, which shoots you 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour; Insanity, which spins at 3 Gs as you dangle way above the ground; and X-Scream, which teeter-totters you 27 feet over the edge of the building, 866 feet high. Be sure to take in the view while you’re up there if you aren’t too dizzy.
9. Slotzilla Zip Line: Zip the Jackpot
Downtown Las Vegas is home to a monstrous zip line ride called Slotzilla. This gaudy 11-story attraction is considered the world’s largest slot machine, but technically it dispenses people instead of coins.
There are two ways to fly on Slotzilla, a lower zipline and an upper zoomline. The zipline takes riders halfway down the Fremont Street Experience while the zoomline goes all the way to the end. Both experiences give you an opportunity to see downtown Las Vegas from a whole new perspective as you zip beneath the iconic Viva Vision canopy and above the heads of pedestrians.