Top 20 Cool Things To Do In Las Vegas
RACE GO KARTS AGAINST NASCAR, X GAMES STARSPole Position Raceway Indoor Karting
4175 S. Arville Road (behind Palms Hotel)
When you feel the need for speed, join stars like NASCAR champ Kurt Busch, X Games medalists Travis Pastrana and Mike Metzger, and SuperCross winners like Jeremy McGrath and Chad Reed at Pole Position Raceway, an indoor kart racing facility originally created in 2005 in Corona, California. Racing is all about speed, acceleration and handling and the Formula EK20 adult karts at Pole Position zip along at 40+mph which feels pretty quick when your butt is 3 inches off the ground. Beginner or veteran, Pole Position utilizes its RPM method of ranking you against every driver on the indoor European-style road course. Starting at only $20 per race, you may find yourself addicted after your first tour around the circuit.
JUMP Off A 1000 FOOT TOWERStratosphere Hotel and Casino
2000 Las Vegas Blvd., South
The argument made against skydiving is why anyone would want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. How to explain why anyone would want to be dangled over the edge of a building 1000 feet above the ground and spun around till they puked is a mystery. But thousands of people a year make it to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel to do just that. The longest-serving ride is the Big Shot, a four-person sled that shoots passengers straight up 160 feet at 45 mph (over 4 Gs) until they are 1,081 feet above the Strip. Want more? Try X-Scream, a giant teeter-totter that propels riders 27 feet over the edge of the Tower, and until they are hanging 866 feet above the ground. The newest ride is Insanity, a massive mechanical arm that extends 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and spins paying customers tilted toward the ground at a force of 3 Gs for a truly mind-bending experience. Stratosphere recently announced plans to add a fourth ride called SkyJump, a bungee experience that will drop lunatics 900 feet from the top of the tower in a 12-second controlled free fall. Price per person for the elevator ride up the tower ranges from $10-15.95. Price per ride per person is $12 or $13 based on the ride.
TAKE A FLYING LEAPVegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Drive
Vegas Indoor Skydiving, formerly known as Flyaway, operates America's first indoor skydiving facility built in 1982. Guests will earn their wings and experience bodyflight during a simulated skydive experience in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The experience is similar to skydiving with the addition of a mesh trampoline floor and foam padded walls. Guests are able to simulate the freefall aspect of skydiving without the use of an airplane or parachute. Vegas Indoor Skydiving uses a Vertical Wind Tunnel to introduce guests to the sport of Indoor Skydiving. The tunnel produces enough wind to support the weight of an average adult. At Vegas Indoor Skydiving each flyer will attend a brief training class, suit up in all the necessary flight gear, then jump in the tunnel and fly. The entire experience will take about an hour. Price for a single flight is $75.
SHOOT A MACHINE GUNThe Gun Store
2900 East Tropicana Avenue
Sometimes you just feel like shooting something. The jolting sound of the rounds firing off. The surprising kick of the gun in your hand. Or the fun of seeing a hole in the target...after you open your eyes. At the Gun Store customers have a choice of the most famous weapons ever made including the M249 SAW which you fire from a tripod position, an AK47, or a 12 gauge shotgun. They also have a wide variety of handguns for that Clint Eastwood "do you feel lucky, punk?" experience. The Gun Store offers weapon/ammo package deals for bachelor and bachelorette parties, the perfect way to prepare for your special day!
DRIVE 165 MPH IN A NASCAR RIDERichard Petty Driving Experience
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Your hands are on the wheel, your foot is on the gas and you are in the driver's seat for a 165 MPH spin around the 1.5 mile D-shaped oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Site of the February 400-mile Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300, the current single-lap speed record is held by Kasey Kahne who made the circuit at 184.856 mph in 2007. The Richard Petty Driving Experience gives you and your party a chance to turn laps around the track or go all out for their Ultimate Race Experience. In the URE, each team works together to determine the best pit strategy and technique for members to rotate through pit crew duties, acting as bucklers, sign holders, window washers and more. If you're not feeling confident about being behind the wheel, they offer ride-along packages with a professional driver. And don't forget to record your ride with their in-car DVD package.
PERFORM IN A VEGAS ACTShow in the Sky @ The Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino
3700 W. Flamingo Road
There are lots of fun free shows in Las Vegas, but only one in which you can become part of the show. Inside the Rio's Carnival Court a parade of Mardi Gras-like fantasy floats hang from the ceiling and make several passes over the casino floor during the show that takes place several times per day. Sexy entertainers in costumes from DKNY and Victoria's Secret dance and throw strings of miniature dice during each performance. Guests who meet the age and physical requirements can ride on the floats and toss beads. The Carnival Court is ringed with a second-level balcony where parade-watchers can get up-close-and-personal with the floats. The all-new Show in the Sky is performed hourly from 7 pm until midnight every Thursday through Sunday.
FLY DOWN A CANYONBootleg Canyon Flightlines
Boulder City, NV
The newest eco-adventure in southern Nevada is something you've probably seen on The Amazing Race and thought would be fun. Just south of Las Vegas are the Bootleg Canyon Flightlines, known to most people as ziplines. Suspended from cables and comfortably sitting in a para-gliding harness, you travel at speeds up to 50 mph from the top of Red Mountain down a multi-run and multi-line series of lines that range in length from 1150 to 2550 feet. Bootleg Canyon Flightlines utilizes the newest and safest patented technology to produce an experience that covers impressive distances and provides spectacular views. The entire tour package lasts approximately 2.5 hours and covers a total of 1.56 miles.
SWIM WITH SHARKSShark Reef Aquarium @ Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd., South
Dive-certified Mandalay Bay guests will now have the opportunity to scuba dive in the 1.3 million gallon, 22 foot deep Shipwreck Exhibit, surrounded by sharks, rays, sawfish, green sea turtles and schools of fish. This unique exhibit houses over 30 sharks; including Sandtiger, Sandbar and White Tip Reef Sharks. This program is available to Mandalay Bay guests who are certified divers. Note: there are a limited number of reservations available for Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The experience includes a guided tour of the Aquarium, exhibit & equipment orientation with your dive guide, and showers and dressing room. The experience lasts 3 to 4 hours and includes the dive, a video of your dive, and up to 4 admissions for diver's guests to Shark Reef Aquarium (Tour & Exhibit Only) to view your dive.
BE A DOLPHIN TRAINER FOR A DAYSiegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
The Mirage Hotel and Casino, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Live your dream! Be a Dolphin Trainer for a Day at The Mirage. If you always dreamed of being a dolphin trainer, then we can make your dream come true. Our 'Trainer for a Day' program is a dynamic and active opportunity for guests to get close and personal with one of natures most amazing animals. You will be working with our expert dolphin care specialists and training the dolphins first hand. As one of our day Trainers, you'll participate in many physical activities including playing with, training, getting in the water with, and caring for our family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Yes, however each day is unique at the Mirage Dolphin Habitat. Guests will experience in-water play and training sessions with dolphins where they will have the opportunity to have dolphins swim with, and amongst our guests. All interactions will be dictated on the animal's behavior and guest comfort and safety. Souvenir polo shirt and ball cap, complimentary 8x10 photo, photo CD, certificate of completion, continental breakfast, and three-course lunch.
RIDE A ROLLER COASTER THROUGH NEW YORKNew York-New York Hotel and Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd., South
Let the good times roll. The Roller Coaster will lift you up 203 feet, drop you down 144 feet and leave your pulse trying to catch up to 67 mph. Simulating a jet fighter's barrel roll, you'll turn 180 degrees, hang 86 feet in the air, take the famous "heartline" twist and dive, and get your negative G's on! Want to take it a step further? Have your wedding on The Coaster. Take the plunge at 67 mph. Ceremonies start at $600, including the minister.
HELICOPTER PICNIC ON THE GRAND CANYON FLOORGrand Canyon Helicopter Tours
You want to see the Grand Canyon, but maybe you don't want to spend a whole day on a bus getting there and back. Hands down the coolest way to see the Grand Canyon and make it back to your hotel in time for a little sun at the pool is by helicopter. But do it right. With this tour you enjoy incredible views of Hoover Dam and Boulder City on your way to the Grand Canyon. Once you arrive at the Grand Canyon, you'll descend 4000 feet below the rim and land next to the Colorado River for a light lunch, champagne toast, and time for pictures. Along the way you'll enjoy spectacular views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Guano and Eagle Points, the famous SkyWalk, extinct volcanoes, and the Grand Canyon. Special EcoStar EC-130 touring helicopters have a large cabin area with specially designed sightseeing windows and stadium seating for 180 degrees of unobstructed views, and microphone headsets that allow direct voice contact with others onboard, including the pilot.
LEARN TO WORK THE POLEStripper For A Day @ Sapphire
3025 Industrial Rd
A very popular alternative to the traditional Girls Night Out or Bachelorette Party is a pole dancing class.. This interactive pole dancing class is designed to help woman of all ages, shapes, and sizes feel great about themselves by releasing their sensual side. Students are encouraged to lose their inhibitions while having fun learning sexy strip club moves with boas, chairs and of course, poles! (No nudity.) Packages include transportation and a shot. Graduates earn an official souvenir Las Vegas Stripper License.
WHITEWATER ADVENTURE ON THE COLORADO RIVERBlack Canyon Hoover Dam Full Day Kayak Adventure
See Hoover Dam up close and personal from your own kayak or canoe, paddling through Black Canyon on the Colorado River. The construction of Hoover Dam transformed an arid desert into one of the most spectacular recreation areas in the southwest. Tours launch daily at the base of the Hoover Dam, and paddle to Willow Beach Marina approximately 11 miles down river. There are stops along the way to soak in the natural hot springs. You may encounter desert bighorn sheep, and lizards, explore ancient sea caves and hidden coves. Trips are perfect for beginners to advanced paddlers, and use the best equipment available. Professional and experienced guides will share their vast knowledgeable in the history of the canyon. Winter paddling is relaxing, with smooth and glassy waters. Summer temperatures make the cool waters of the Colorado River very inviting and the many hot springs are accessible all year round.
KICK UP SOME SANDDesert Adventure ATV Tour
Love to ride an ATV, but have trouble finding wide open enough spaces to really cut loose. Have you ever wanted to kick up a little sand? Get a few miles outside the glitz and glam of The Strip and you're in the middle of hundreds of square miles of desert. Perfect for ripping it up off-road. If you're in Vegas for a little vacation, the best way to enjoy an ATV side trip is a Desert Adventure ATV Tour. Check out the ultimate self driving Off Road Tour that will allow you to experience the Southwestern Desert from a unique perspective on a private trail system. Ride through a series of trails from Sand Dunes, Sand Stones, Washes and Gullies. Drive to the top of the mesas and see views of Lake Mead, entrance to the Grand Canyon, and the North Side of the Valley of Fire. The fun doesn't stop there, after the ATV Tour, drive laps in a Razr on a new Off Road Track! Tours also include a stop at Valley of Fire State Park, for some sightseeing, picture taking, and your chance to visit Nevada's oldest state park.
SKYWALK OVER THE GRAND CANYONGrand Canyon Skywalk
60 miles northwest of Peach Springs, Arizona
Step outside Ghostbar at the Palms and there is a tiny glass deck 50 stories above the ground. A little spooky maybe. For some real sphincter-tightening fun, try standing 4000 feet over the Colorado River on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a one-of-a-kind glass bottom, cantilever bridge. An architectural marvel completed in March, 2007, the Skywalk was built to withstand an excess of 71 million pounds in weight on top of it. (That's the equivalent of 71 fully-loaded 747 airliners piled one on top of the other!). To date, nearly one million visitors have experienced the Skywalk and its magnificent views of the Grand Canyon. The specially-made German glass which forms the platform for visitors to walk the experience also plays a big part in the durability and beauty of Skywalk. Each of the 46 panes forming the walkway are constructed of 5-layers of glass bonded together and laminated, weighing in at 1,200 lbs a piece, and making the glass incredibly strong while still providing a crystal-clear view of the canyon below.
THE FOUNTAINSBellagio Hotel and Casino
3600 Las Vegas Blvd., South
People love water. They take vacations at beaches, spend hours fishing on lakes, and get married under waterfalls. In a place that gets about 4 inches of rain every year water is a precious commodity. But to the people who build and operate some of the world's largest hotels, water also takes on an art form. In front of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, an 8.5-acre lake in the middle of the desert explodes with 1,214 spritzers shooting water up to 460 feet in the air - the water rockets and dances, perfectly choreographed to a clever concert of opera, classical and Broadway tunes. Every half-hour between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes from then 'til midnight a show of water, music and light is thoughtfully interwoven to mesmerize its admirers. Arguably one of the best free shows anywhere in Las Vegas, the Fountains have become a must-see feature for any visit. Watch the show from outside, or grab a window seat at one of the restaurants in the hotel with a view from inside.
GONDOLA RIDEVenetian Hotel and Casino
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
No trip to Venice - or The Venetian - would be complete without a graceful and romantic glide down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola. Float beneath bridges, beside cafes, under balconies and through the vibrant Venetian streetscape as your singing gondolier sweeps you down the Grand Canal for a ride like no other. A relaxing and romantic gondola ride reveals all the charm, excitement and passion that is Venice - and The Venetian. There is an indoor ride winding through the Grand Canal Shoppes and an outdoor ride in the lagoon in front of the hotel. There also is a special white wedding gondola for newlyweds. Ride hours are Sunday - Thursday: 10 a.m. -11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - midnight.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF LAS VEGAS SIZZLEMartini Time with Chef Tina Martini at M Resort and Casino
12300 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Henderson, NV
For a fun, healthy and tasty alternative to non-stop shows, shopping and drinking, check out the only live cooking show in Las Vegas. Seriously. Similar to a network television cooking show, Martini Time with Chef Tina Martini mixes cooking with nutrition, fitness and wellness for a deliciously entertaining and educational experience. The show treats a live studio audience to cooking demonstrations, food/beverage sampling and special "handy hints" and "tasty tips" on a variety of topics centering on three key areas of living healthy: nutrition, fitness and mind/body. Ticket prices include a Studio B Buffet lunch or dinner (depending on show time) and reserved seating at the buffet immediately following the show. She has been an educational chef with Whole Foods Market® and has acted as a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign®. Tina has been called the "Human Encyclopedia" of wellness related information. In 2003, she published Three Martini's A Day: A Self-Help Cookbook for Making Friends with Food.
GET MARRIED LIKE A PIRATEEnchantment Wedding Package at TI Hotel and Casino
3801 Las Vegas Blvd., South
Okay, you're going to get married in Vegas. That part is decided. You just don't know if you want to play Samson and Delilah, Elvis and Priscilla, bungee off the whole thing or do it in the car. No coin can solve this one. So why not try the Strip's idea of a wedding aboard the Song Ship in front of TI Hotel and Casino. Home to the Sirens of TI, the Song Ship is a scaled down replica of a British fighting ship. For a lucky bride and groom, it also can be the stage for their own journey down the plankÖerÖaisle. The Enchantment Package offered by the hotel provides a complete ceremony including limos, floral, music and spa treatments.
GET HIGH IN VEGASCloud 9 Balloon Ride
3951 Las Vegas Blvd., South
The Cloud Nine Balloon is the world's largest land tethered helium balloon ride. Its custom-built circular gondola holds 25-30 passengers allowing guests to safely soar 500 feet above the City of Las Vegas. The balloon is environmentally friendly and virtually silent. Day and night flights are available. Cloud Nine is perfect for corporate events, weddings, anniversaries and children's and adult birthday parties. 10 am - 10pm Sunday through Thursday. 10 am - Midnight on Friday and Saturday.