Las Vegas is a city unlike any other. It is excessive, over the top, and downright amazing, it’s a city where you can do almost anything you like… for a price! One way to get your thrills in Las Vegas is by gambling, another way is to try any of the activities listed below. Las Vegas really is the perfect place for thrill-seekers to get the adrenaline hit they crave so desperately. This post discusses all the unusual things and activities you can do to get your blood pumping in Las Vegas. So whether you are looking for a small thrill such as riding a zip line or planning to push yourself to try something completely unique and outwith your comfort zone, for example doing a loop-the-loop in an aeroplane this is the post for you – I just hope you’ve got a big enough wallet to try them all!
Las Vegas is home to numerous zip lines, all with unique selling points. So depending on what you want out of your ride, Vegas will be able to cater to you. Whether you’re looking for the longest, the best views, the fastest, to fly like Superman, or to even fly through a canyon – we’ve got you covered!
First and foremost, arguably the most iconic zip line in Las Vegas, SlotZilla. This zipline has all the pazzazz and charm you would expect. You literally start the ride by flying out of the world’s largest slot machine.
If you are lucky, you may even be zooming down Fremont Street whilst the light show is illuminating the street below. This is a truly memorable experience.
Much like every zipline ever, in terms of value for money, it’s not the best. You may be paying over $50 for less than a minute of riding. Ill let you decide if it’s worth it!
SlotZilla is certainly hard to miss. The imposing slot machine stands proud on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas.
SlotZilla has two ways to ride. Firstly, the slightly lower and shorter zipline, you are seated in a more traditional seated position. This option costs $54.
The longer, faster and higher zipline has you positioned on your belly so you really feel like you are flying. This option costs $74.
For more information about this zip line click here.
The Fly LinQ zip line is the closest thing you will find to actually flying over the Strip. You will also be able to race up to 9 of your friends, perfect for anyone who thrives off competition (like us)! This is also the only zip line that allows you to ride it facing backwards!
You will fly above the LinQ Promenade between the Flamingo and LinQ hotels. This zip line is located very centrally on the strip making it the most accessible/convenient zipline.
This is the cheapest zip line on this list at a mere $48 if you pre-book online. What a bargain!
This is the perfect zip line for thrill-seekers looking to soar above the Las Vegas lights on a budget.
To find out more about the Fly LinQ click here.
The Rio Zipline is the tallest and fastest zip line in Las Vegas. Suspended 500ft above the ground this zip line spans the gap between the 2 towers of the Rio Hotel. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart as the height alone is pretty scary!
Despite boasting those 2 titles, it may not be the scariest as you are seated comfortably in an upright position with a secure seatbelt holding you in.
You can find this experience at the Rio Hotel located just off the Las Vegas Strip.
The price for this zipline is $34 and can be booked online here.
FlightLinez Zipline at Bootleg Canyon
FlightLinez provides a completely different zip-lining experience than any other on this list. Firstly, you will be flying through the natural landscapes surrounding Las Vegas as opposed to through the hustle and bustle of the Strip or Fremont Street. This experience will allow you to get closer to nature and feel more connected to your surroundings.
Flightlinez is also not just one zipline. It boasts 4 lines that amount to about a mile and a half in length. More ziplines = more fun, am I right?
The whole experience lasts approximately 3 hours.
This activity is located in Bootleg Canyon. However, a complimentary shuttle service from the Strip is provided. The shuttle is operated out of Excalibur Hotel.
The price for this experience is not cheap but provides good value for money as it includes:
- 4 zip lines.
- A small tour of Bootleg Canyon via the van ride to the top of the zip lines.
- Small hikes between ziplines with a member of staff who are well informed about the surrounding area.
- Complimentary transfers to and from the Strip.
The price ranges from $159-$179 depending on what time of day you choose to go.
To find out more about this experience click here.
Unusual activities involving aeroplanes in Las Vegas
Zero Gravity Airplane ride
This experience is easily the most unique, and definitely the most expensive on this list. If you want the thrill of being a spaceman without the risk of entering outer space, this activity should be at the top of your bucket list!
Experience the thrill of complete weightlessness as you float around the cabin. Feel the freedom of flying effortlessly whilst being in the safety of an aeroplane.
This is the best activity for thrill-seekers in Las Vegas looking to splash the cash!
This experience operates out of McCarran Airport, Las Vegas.
Note: This flight doesn’t operate daily, so be sure to check when the flights will be operating on their website prior to booking a hotel etc.
This experience is extremely expensive. The 90-100 minute flight costs $5400 per person (that’s almost $1 per second you are in the air)! So you better enjoy every minute as it will be over before you know it!
To find out more about this unique experience click here.
Skydiving is something that should be on every adrenaline junkie’s bucket list. There is nothing quite like the rush of adrenaline as you jump from an aeroplane at 14,000 ft of elevation.
Why not take the leap of faith over the absolutely stunning Valley of Fire? You might as well have a nice view as you descend.
Skydive Fyrosity offers the highest jump in Nevada – go big or go home!
Skydive Fyrosity is located 66 miles outside Las Vegas. There is a complimentary shuttle that has a pick-up location at the south end of the strip, at Whole Foods Supermarket.
The cost of the jump itself is a modest $185. However, if you want your memories to last a lifetime, media packages are available to immortalise your jump… or to prove to your friends you actually did it!
These range from $250-$410 (including the jump).
For more information about this experience click here.
Sky Combat Ace
This is the ultimate experience for any adrenaline junkie.
Sky Combat Ace puts you in control of an actual stunt plane! No, we’re not joking – this isn’t a simulation. You take the wheel (or controls)! Of course, you will be under the supervision of an instructor – but you don’t need to tell your friends that.
There are 2 main disciplines you can experience, acrobatics, and air combat. Or for the ultimate thrill-seeker (or big spender)- you can do a combination of both!
Make the sky your stage as you flip, roll, turn, and tumble through the air. Put on a show for your friends and family below! Just try not to lose consciousness as you experience some pretty epic G-Forces!
If you’ve always wanted to be a fighter pilot, but don’t want to be shot at, here is the experience for you. You will learn the art of Ariel dogfighting.
Sky Combat Ace is a mere 12 miles from the Las Vegas Strip making it extremely convenient to get to via taxi.
Unfortunately, this experience is not cheap! With packages ranging from $299 to $1,999, you will be sure to find something that will provide you with plenty of thrills for your budget.
To find out more, go to their website here.
Helicopter Rides over Las Vegas
One of the more unusual things to do in Las Vegas is to take a flight in a helicopter. Although not the most thrilling, a ride in a helicopter is a memory you will cherish forever.
There are several companies that offer this amazing excursion, so it is merely a matter of picking the right company and package to fit your needs. If you are considering taking a helicopter flight we recommend checking out this post by Capture the Atlas. It provides an in-depth analysis and comparison of all the helicopter tour options in Las Vegas
Due to Las Vegas’s proximity to the stunning Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, there is a variety of different flight options. So whether you are looking to see Las Vegas illuminated, or would rather go a little further afield you won’t be disappointed.
All helicopter flights leave from the Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Terminal. A complimentary shuttle is often included in the price from any hotel on The Strip.
Typically, prices range from $100-250 for a short 15-minute flight over The Strip.
Prices start from $500 per person for longer trips to the Grand Canton (this also includes a ride over the Las Vegas Strip, Fremont Street, the Hoover Dam, and the Colorado River).
Unusual Motorsports things to do in Las Vegas
Rent an exotic luxury Vehicle
There is no better way of flashing your wealth than cruising along the Las Vegas Strip in the ultimate status symbol, a luxury supercar (even if it is only rented). A flashy supercar will not only catch the attention of passersby but also satisfy your need to get your adrenaline pumping as you accelerate from 0-100 in no time and hit the open road.
The beauty of renting a vehicle is the freedom it gives you to travel to the many stunning national parks within a few hours of Las Vegas.
There are several companies that rent out supercars including Dream Exotics and Royalty Exotic Cars. These are two of the largest rental companies, both of which claim to have the largest fleet of supercars in Las Vegas at the cheapest price. So we will leave it up to you to decide which company is a better fit for you.
Once you receive your rental vehicle, there are no limitations on mileage so the world (or more likely state) is your oyster!
Depending on which vehicle you select, prices range from approximately $500 for a 4-hour rental to $19,999 for a 24hr rental.
Quadbiking / ATV tours
Another unusual adrenaline-pumping thing to do in Las Vegas is getting behind the handlebars of a quad bike.
The area surrounding Las Vegas is breathtakingly beautiful and what better way to explore than by quad bike?
There are several companies offering ATV tours in Las Vegas and its surrounding area.
One company offering a range of tours is Las Vegas ATVs.
They have three main tours and several package deals where you can combine an ATV ride with another excursion. The main 3 tours are:
- Lake Mead National Park
- Mojave Desert
- Las Vegas Dunes
All tours include a free shuttle from The Strip.
The Las Vegas Dunes and Mojave tours range from $100-250 depending on what day you want to visit and the Lake Mead tour ranges from $230-400.
Drive laps in a supercar
If you are an adrenaline junkie looking to test your mettle behind the wheel of an obscenely powerful supercar, then a day at the track is the perfect place for you.
This unusual thing to do in Las Vegas will not only satisfy your need for speed but also ignite your competitive spirit as you fly around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This excursion can be booked through Dream Racing and is operated out of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Prices start at $99 to be a passenger in a luxury race car.
If you are looking to take the wheel, prices range from $179 for 5 laps in a comparatively modest car all the way up to $1,299 for 15 laps in one of the most premium supercars.
The Strat Rides
The Strat is a one-stop shop for several doses of adrenaline. With 4 thrilling rides perched on top (and over the edge) of the 900ft tower, it is easy to see why it attracts so many brave tourists looking to get their heart racing!
Furthermore, the view from the top of The Strat is one of the best views of the Las Vegas skyline. So that is reason enough to visit the Strat.
the four rides on top of the Strat are:
- Skyjump – free fall jump off the edge of the Strat
- Insanity – a spinning ride that is suspended over the edge of the Strat and positions you looking straight down.
- X-Scream – a small rollercoaster-type ride suspended over the edge of the Strat.
- Big Shot – be shot up in the air 140 feet on this pneumatic tower ride.
Without a doubt, the SkyJump is for the bravest of all thrill-seekers. You will jump from a 900ft platform and descend at 40mph to the ground. This is as close to base jumping or sky diving as you can get with the reassurance of being attached to a wire.
The Strat is located at the North end of the Strip. It is extremely accessible via the monorail.
The prices range from $29 for one ride on the rooftop to $154.99 for their signature SkyJump.
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Dive with Sharks
Situated in the middle of the Mojave desert, Las Vegas is the last place you would expect to be swimming with apex predators.
Mandalay Bay makes this experience possible at the Shark Reef Aquarium located on its premises. So if you are feeling brave why not pluck up the courage and take the plunge into a pool of sharks?
Note: You must have a diving certification to participate in this activity.
Other Activities at Shark Reef Aquarium
If you don’t hold a diving certification you can get your thrills elsewhere at the aquarium. Most notably, you can feed the sharks and find out how ferocious these beasts really are!
You can also feed stingrays and turtles.
Like a lot of the activities on this list, swimming with sharks is rather expensive at $1000 for 2 divers or $650 for one.
Note: this activity must be booked 2 weeks in advance.
Feeding the animals ranges from $50-80 depending on what animal you choose to feed.
To find out more about this experience click here.
Las Vegas is a thrill-seekers paradise. From death-defying stunt planes to more subdued ziplines, you will be spoilt for choice of ways to get your heart racing.
So, what ride would you be brave enough to try? Let us know in the comments below.
If you have any questions about any of these activities, or just Las Vegas in general, leave us a comment, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
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