- Area15 is an entertainment complex packed with a diverse number of experiences and things to do that include virtual reality, axe throwing, artistic displays, a zipline ride, the popular Omega Mart, and more.
- While admission to Area15 is free, each activity carries an additional cost.
- It’s advisable to schedule your desired activities in advance, as timeslots tend to fill quickly.
Area15 is housed in a massive warehouse-like building across I-15 from the Strip, which doesn’t give too many hints as to what goes on within its walls.
Letting my curiosity get the best of me, I figured it was due time to stop into Area15 to see what its all about.
Of course, I brought my camera along with the intent of sharing my experience!
So, What is Area15?
Even after stopping by, summing up Area15 is somewhat difficult. Think of Area15 as a feast for your senses. While not really an “art person” per se, I found Area15 to be captivating.
The show starts outdoors, where there are a number of artistic creations and sculptures on display.
Among the items on display are a giant owl in flight, a glass prism sculpture, a different take on the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, and my favorite, the “Infinity Ship” perception tunnel.
Infinity ship was a simple glass tunnel but gave the perception of having much more depth.
Once I scoped out the outdoor area, I was let into Area15, where things turned a bit more “Ravey”.
While dabbling in psychedelic drugs has never been a hobby of mine, I can imagine Area15 as being something those that do would enjoy. Guests are immediately welcomed by a giant 3D skull that is brought to life via projector technology.
Sharing the “wow factor” of the illuminated skull was Area15’s Oddwood bar, which boasts an illuminated tree as its centerpiece that’s synchronized to Area15’s music (pictured below). In every direction you look, there’s a new, visually stimulating, piece of art on display.
How Much Does Area15 Cost?
Admission is free, and tickets to get in can be reserved here. That pass allows you to walk around the complex and enjoy the art on display, play yard games on the back patio, and gain access to dining options on-site.
Additional activities and experiences, which I’ll dive into next, can be added to your itinerary for an additional fee of $8-$25 depending on the activity.
Things To Do at Area15
Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart: The newest attraction at Area15 is Omega Mart, a 52,000 square foot “supermarket store experience”. Sounds weird right? It is.
Found inside Omega Mart is an abundance of odd, out-of-this-world, and even humorous product offerings. The trippy part, however, are the portals that you’ll find that lead to “other dimensions”.
This isn’t the type of attraction I’m typically attracted to, but I had a blast exploring. See my full review of Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart.
Reserve tickets in advance, because this one’s in demand.
Omega Mart Ticket Deal: Save up to $10 per ticket by buying through Vegas.com, here.
Birdly: A virtual reality experience, riders on birdly are strapped to what can only be described as a mechanical skeleton that moves like, and positions the rider like a bird.
VR glasses are strapped on, and a fan in front of the rider simulates the wind generated by their simulated flight. Riders choose where they want to fly and options include New York City, or prehistoric worlds.
Haley’s Comet: Riders take a spin on a “roller glider” which is essentially like a zipline/rollercoaster hybrid that is suspended from the roof and takes the rider on an aerial tour of the property.
I recently took a spin and found it to be decidedly “meh” – See my full review of Haley’s Comet at Area15.
Museum Fiasco “Cluster”: Cluster is an immersive experience that will stimulate your senses.
Think of it as an expertly synchronized sound and light show in a cavernous warehouse in which the artist has used the columns and depth of the space spectacularly. Tickets are $18 for adults and are worth every penny.
I recently stopped by to experience “Cluster” – See my Museum Fiasco review!
Emporium: Think cosmic bowling, but instead, Emporium at Area15 is an arcade with similar decor and theming. Complete with a bar, pool tables, and arcade favorites, Emporium is a great spot to let your inner kid out to play.
Note that Emporium is 21+ though, so leave your actual kids behind.
Illuminarium: Leveraging 360-degree video screens, scents, and in-floor vibrations, Illuminarium transports guests to deep space, a Tokyo night market, and an African safari.
At night, the venue transforms into one of the more unique cocktail lounges in Las Vegas.
I recently stopped to experience “Space: An Experience Beyond Earth” – See my Illuminarium Review!
O’Keefe: One Hundred Flowers: Calling the same venue as Illuminarium home, this attraction is a tribute to Georgia O’Keefe, who is known for her artistic depiction of flowers. Guests have the opportunity to watch her paintings come to life around them in a 360-degree projection room.
Particle Quest: Another VR experience, Particle Quest exposes participants to stunning visuals while seeking out the true origins of Area15.
Dueling Axes: Few places allow you to combine the consumption of intoxicating substances with throwing axes at a target. I invite you to meet Dueling Axes. With 18 throwing lanes that each accommodate up to 6 guests, you’re sure to have a unique experience.
Oz Experience: OZ is an immersive virtual reality experience that transports riders to either deep space or the fictional Birdly King Land. The ride lasts about 3 minutes and costs $13.50 for adults.
Five Iron Golf: Play a found of golf with your friends on a simulated screen with a fresh cocktail never far away. Especially if you prefer to avoid golfing in the summer heat, this could be a great option.
LIFTOFF: An “aerial experience”, LIFTOFF elevates riders to a height of 130-feet, providing a great panoramic view of Las Vegas. Before boarding, guests have the opportunity to purchase a cocktail at the LIFTOFF Lounge, which can also be brought onto the ride.
Live Music: Area15 also frequently hosts live music and events. You can check the calendar for upcoming shows here.
In addition to the Experiences at Area15, there is also an outdoor patio with yard games like cornhole, oversized cornhole, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, and some wild “Mad Max” looking vehicles on display.
Experience Passes: Notably, Area15 combines experiences into convenient experience passes that allow you to save a few bucks by bundling things to do. Experience passes are available in bundles of 4, 5, 8, and 10 experiences.
More Coming Soon
Excitingly, Area15 is adding a new year-round horror attraction, which will be a product of Universal Parks & Resorts.
Although details are still absent, the 110,000 square feet attraction will “Bring to life Universal’s vast library of classic horror films and today’s most terrifying tales”.
What’s the Best Way to Get to Area15?
The entertainment complex is a short drive (10 mins) from the Las Vegas Strip, and free parking is provided.
There’s also a dedicated rideshare dropoff and pickup location – An Uber from the Strip only cost $12 plus tip in my case.
Is Area15 Worth Visiting
Area15 is a trippy, feast for the eyes that allows visitors to craft their own itinerary based on their interests.
With activities that include pool, an arcade, virtual golf, a zipline, artistic displays, and more, I promise that there’s something that you’ll enjoy.
Understandably, this type of attraction in Las Vegas won’t be for everyone, and that’s OK! Vegas is a gambling town focused on vices, and that’s exactly what many of the city’s 40+ million visitors prefer.
With that being said, if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to tackle, or something the entire family can enjoy, then Area15 is a great option.
Below are some additional photos that I snapped of the complex!
Related: Things to do in Las Vegas with kids.
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I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.