Only 24 Hours in a Day?
In a previous article, we had discussed the many venues of entertainment, drinking, and fine dining in Las Vegas. Perhaps your idea of a vacation features a bit more action than might be found at the gaming tables or golf courses. Here is my list of five favorite recreational activities that are enjoyed by excitement seekers. In the interest of brevity, I will refer you to a link for details of the attraction.
Glitter Gulch – Slotzilla
Las Vegas once had its own cruise for classic cars that rivaled the imagination of George Lucas’ American Graffiti. Those days ended when the road was paved over to create a giant mall of casinos. The Freemont Street Experience is a never ending Mardi Gras with it’s spectacular video canopy and steady supply of live entertainment. As if that wasn’t enough, a state of the art zip line has been added to whisk party animals over the throngs of tourists. Talk about conspicuous consumption!
Stratosphere Tower – Insanity, X Scream, Big Shot, and Sky Jump
It’s enough of an adventure for most people to take the elevator up to the Observation Deck or to the posh revolving restaurant. Clustered atop the very tall structure is an assortment of rides sure to create a terrifying memory of your vacation. Do you have a fear of heights? Don’t worry, you will.
The Linq- High Roller
After recovering from your heart attack, you might enjoy a sedate, but still exciting prospect of a private party in a first class airborne coach. The Linq is a pedestrian-only plaza which has many bars, music venues, and restaurants to enjoy off the beaten track. The feature attraction, The High Roller, rises to a spectacular 550 foot vista of Sin City. The tallest ferris wheel in the world will provide a magic carpet ride for you and thirty one of your closet friends.
New York, New York – The Big Apple
This theme driven casino is a formidable architectural presence on a corner that also boasts the mighty MGM and the Excalibur, as well as the historical Tropicana. The New York City of Las Vegas features close replicas of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the New York Stock Exchange. To complete the illusion, a crazy Coney Island roller coaster careens past the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks. People walking by on the strip below will enjoy hearing you scream.
Convention Center- Fly Away Indoor Sky Diving
This very discreetly located attraction has been on Convention Center Drive for years. It was near the Landmark Hotel that was destroyed in Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks!” After a brief instructional class, you will suit up in specialized gear that reminds me of Rocky the Flying Squirrel! Inside a powerful, vertical wind tunnel, experience the miracle of human flight. If you have wanted to try sky diving, but hesitated to depart from a perfectly good airplane, then this is the adventure for you.
Bonus– More Bang for the Buck- The Gun Store
I must mention a fad that has also sky rocketed in popularity in the recent year. There are several ranges that offer a chance to fire machine guns. It’s an ideal amusement for John Deere salesmen or bachelorette parties. Try it once and develop a new bad habit.
Stay Tuned for More!
That’s a short list with a lot of late entries that must be saved until the next article. Thanks for reading.