Fresh off of a $100 million renovation project which touched nearly all aspects of the resort, from guest rooms to the gaming floor, STRAT is looking reinvigorated. As part of the overhaul, the property was re-branded from Stratosphere to The STRAT, which is what most referred to it as for years anyway. Additionally, STRAT’s tower was re-branded and is now known as the SkyPod. Weird, but we’ll go with it.
While the property sits in a somewhat isolated position without neighbors at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, we always make an effort to stop in as there are plenty of unique things to do at Stratosphere.
Things To Do at STRAT Las Vegas
Happy Hour at 107 Skylounge: Located up in STRAT’s SkyPod, this happy hour serves a dual purpose. First, it’s a fantastic value as drinks are half price from 4-7pm daily. That breaks down to about $3.50 for a bottled domestic beer, so the price is certainly worth the view you will enjoy.
Second, if grabbing drinks at 107, you get to take a free elevator to the top of STRAT’s tower instead of having to pay for a ticket to the top. After drinks, you’re able to step right out onto the SkyPod observation deck at no cost. Easily the best thing to do at STRAT in our book.
Observation Deck and Thrill Rides: Yes, the views from the observation deck on The STRAT’s 1,149-foot tall tower are stunning and can’t be missed, but the real draw, in our opinion, are the thrill rides. The rides, which either dangle you off the edge (Insanity and X-Scream) of the tower, or shoot you straight up in the air (Big Shot) are not only a lot of fun, but inexpensive.
The SkyPod observation deck costs $20 to access, and adding a ride is only $9 more if buying through STRAT, however, this current Groupon deal will allow for discounted admission, thrill rides, and even a SkyJump package.
The rides that dangle you over the edge are exhilarating and terrifying, but not overly fast or physically demanding. They are a great fit for all ages and make for a GREAT memory.
Eat at Top of the World Steakhouse: A perfect date night, he or she will be in awe at the view from 800-feet above the Strip below. Adding to the allure is the rotating floor which takes 80 minutes to complete a full rotation. The menu has been revamped following the property’s recent renovation and re-branding project. A great meal with an unbelievable view.
See MJ Live: A highly regarded Michael Jackson tribute show, earning 4.6/5 stars on Vegas.com, fans of the iconic performer should put this at the top of their list of things to do at STRAT. Tickets can be purchased directly with the box office here, however, you can commonly save a few bucks by booking with Vegas.com here. Price it out to get the best deal!
Take Advantage of Nearby Photo Ops: The city of Las Vegas has constructed a pair or arches that straddle the Las Vegas Strip with a sign hanging from it that says “City of Las Vegas”. Located right outside the resort’s front door, a quick photo with the new gateway should make for a fun thing to do near STRAT.
Below is a rendering of the arch via the City of Las Vegas Twitter account.
Just north of STRAT on Las Vegas Blvd. is another photo opportunity. This one features large dice, chip stacks, and 2 vintage Las Vegas showgirls.
Place a Bet and Watch the Game: STRAT’s sportsbook, which is operated by William Hill, was recently upgraded as part of the greater renovation project. If you are looking for a bite to eat or a cheap beer, watch the game you wagered on at the new PT’s Tavern now on site. Even if you’re not a sports person, you’ll become one with some money on the line!
See a Comedy Show: L.A. Comedy Club features a rotating collection of comics in the intimate 160-seat Dragon Room. Fortunately, there is also a current Groupon deal available (view the deal here) which will allow you to score discounted tickets.
Things To Do Near STRAT Las Vegas
Commonly overlooked by visitors, we recommend checking out the Las Vegas Arts District which is located between STRAT and the Fremont Street Experience. The Arts District puts off a completely different vibe than the rest of Vegas and is 18 blocks of restaurants, bars, breweries, and unique shopping to include antiques and of course, plenty of art. Personally, I am not a “shopping guy” per se, but thought the selection of shops was enjoyable, specifically antique shops offering vintage Vegas casino memorabilia.
Making things easier, guests wanting to visit the Arts District from STRAT can hop on the free Downtown Loop Shuttle to get both to the Arts District, and the Fremont Street Experience.
That wraps up the rundown of our favorite things to do at STRAT in Las Vegas, and nearby. Note that while STRAT is a worthy destination due to the resort’s unique things to do and see, it’s far from other Strip and downtown properties. I typically like to fit my stop at STRAT in on a night I plan on going downtown (if staying on the Strip) and stop in on the way.
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