Las Vegas may be most famous for its fine dining, lavish shows, beautiful hotels, night clubs and gaming but there’s one activity that has been around for a while but is becoming more popular every day. Thrill rides!
One of the most famous thrill rides in Las Vegas is the Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York. You can see part of this ride just out of the hotel while standing on the Vegas Strip. This isn’t a kiddie coaster. The Big Apple Coaster travels up to 67 miles per hour and has loops, corkscrew turns and big drops. This is a legit roller coast that happens to be in a casino on the Vegas Strip.
While the Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York may be the most famous thrill ride on the Vegas Strip, extreme thrill seekers know to head north on the Vegas Strip to The Stratosphere where they have their choice of 4 rides at the top of the 1,149 foot Stratosphere Tower. The tallest free standing observation tower in the United States has 4 different thrill rides. The Big Shot will shoot you 160 feet in the air in an 2.5 seconds at 45 miles per hour, Insanity – The Ride will spin you 900 feet above ground with nothing beneath you at speeds up to three Gs, SkyJump allows you the chance to plummet through the sky 855 feet, or the equivalent of 108 floors and X Scream will take you 30 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower at 30 miles per hour.Circus Circus’s Adventure Dome may sound like an amusement park just for the kids but that’s changing. Thrill seekers can ride the Canyon Blaster which lasts only 2 minutes but has 2 loops over 70 feet high and a giant corkscrew turn. The first drop is only 45 degrees. The newest attraction, El Loco just opened and may be one of the slowest but scariest thrill rides you can find. You’ll rise 90 feet before falling backwards at 1.5 Gs. Then you’ll zip through a 45-degree reverse banked turn and a 180-degree turn that drops off the face of the earth (kinda).
Zip Lines are becoming all the rage with thrill seekers in Las Vegas. You can head to historic Boulder City and zip line through the beautiful nature of Bootleg Canyon (http://www.flightlinezbootleg.com/) or you can head to Downtown Vegas where you’ll find Slotzilla. In traditional Vegas fashion Slotzilla plans to be one of the most over-the-top rides you’ll see anywhere. Slotzilla is a zip line where you’ll shoot out of a 2 story high slot machine and zip across Fremont Street. Most thrill seekers will be able to handle this traditional zip line. Not everyone will be able to handle the zip ride. The zip ride will shoot you face first over the Fremont Street Experience canopy at 35 miles per hour. That’s serious. Another attraction planned for 2014, is the VooDoo zip line/ride at Rio. The original opening of this project has been pushed back, but when it opens the ride from one tower to tower of the hotel when it opens should be a real adrenaline rush, not to mention the views, which should be stunning.
Even mild thrill seekers are in luck with the debut of The High Roller observation wheel, which will anchor the new Linq project in the middle of the Vegas Strip. This ain’t your father’s ferris wheel. The High Roller observation wheel is 550 feet high, making it the tallest observation wheel in the world. The wheel has pods with panoramic windows so you can see the sites of Las Vegas on your 30 minute ride. The High Roller doesn’t have a set opening date but it should be ready to ride by this Summer.