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Things To Do at and Near STRAT Las Vegas

Fresh off of a $100 million renovation project that 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 iconic tower was re-branded and is now known as the SkyPod. Weird, but I’ll go with it.

While the property sits in a somewhat isolated position without neighbors at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, I always make an effort to stop in as there are plenty of unique things to do at The STRAT.

Itinerary Ideas at STRAT

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 my opinion, are the thrill rides.

The rides, which either dangle you off the edge of the tower (X-Scream), or shoot you straight up in the air (Big Shot) are not only a lot of fun, but inexpensive.

The SkyPod observation deck costs around $23 to access, and adding a ride is only a few dollars more when booking in advance with Vegas.com.

If you plan to visit STRAT’s SkyPod, ensure you book tickets in advance as they’re more expensive if you buy in person at the box office. I learned this lesson the hard way recently.

Strat Las Vegas Skypod Exterior
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Put Some Balls Down Range: Atomic Golf is a driving range on steroids that offers social golf games that are fun for novices and professionals alike.

While Atomic Golf has a “bland” look during the day, cosmic lighting brings the range to life after the sun goes down.

A close up of Atomic Golf's entrance with their logo, a radioactive golf ball front and center.

My favorite part of the experience was the *free* putting district, which offers 3 fun, easy-to-understand games.

A putting lane at Atomic Golf with a map projected on it.
The game “Territory” projected onto a lane in the putting district.

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.

Top of the World’s menu has been revamped following the property’s recent renovation and re-branding project. A great meal with an unbelievable view.

Related: More Las Vegas date night ideas!

View of the Las Vegas Strip from STRAT's 107 Skylounge
The view from To of the World

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.

A decorative gateway arch stands over Las Vegas blvd. with the base of STRAT's tower to the left.

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 which are a whopping 50 feet tall.

A sign that says "City of Las Vegas" with 2 large showgirls behind it and a roulette wheel painted on the ground in front.
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See a Comedy Show: L.A. Comedy Club features a rotating collection of comics in the intimate 160-seat Dragon Room.

Doubling as inexpensive, tickets typically land in the mid $20s and can typically be bought at a slight discount with Vegas.com.

See a Burlesque Show: If you’re feeling more risque, give Rouge: The Sexiest Show in Vegas a second look. Described as “A journey of seduction”, Rouge incorporates both men and topless women into their cast of 18 performers.

Uniquely, the production also incorporates variety acts including acrobats, dancers, comedians, contortionists, and more into the performance.

Tickets start at around $69 and can be priced out with:

Performers from Rouge on stage wearing very little clothing

Things To Do Near STRAT

Commonly overlooked by visitors, I recommend checking out the Las Vegas Arts District which is located between STRAT and the Fremont Street Experience.

18b Neon Sign in the Arts District
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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 including antiques and of course, plenty of art.

Mona Lisa mural with the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign in the background
A mural in the Arts District

I am not a “shopping guy” per se, but thought the selection of shops was enjoyable, specifically antique shops offering vintage Vegas casino memorabilia.

A collection of historic casino matchbooks
Vintage Vegas Casino Matchbooks for sale in the Art’s District

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.

Sing Karaoke: Among the more popular karaoke bars in Las Vegas, Dino’s Lounge, is located a short walk from STRAT. Karaoke is offered Thursday – Saturday from 10 pm until late. Dino’s is a “divy” that boats that they’ve been “Getting Vegas drunk since 1962”. It’s a blast.

Check out Resorts World: A short ride to the south is Resorts World, the newest resort on the Strip. Inside, you’ll find a sprawling casino, numerous opportunities to shop, and an abundance of dining options.

Resorts World Las Vegas Exterior

My favorite quirk of the property is the Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den Speakeasy, which is hidden behind the facade of one of the restaurants in the Famous Foods Street Eats food hall.

Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den interior to include the bar and seating
Once inside. Let me introduce you to the Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den.

See a Male Revue: Sahara is home to Magic Mike Live, which borrows its name from the Channing Tatum movie franchise. Qualifying as one of the best male revue shows in Las Vegas, Magic Mike could be worthy of bachelorette party itineraries.

Performers of Magic MIke LIve pose shirtless together on stage

Play Coin Slots: Fans of slots that take and dispense real tokens should catch a ride to Circus Circus to play their bank of $1 and $5 slots. Currently, Circus Circus is the only resort on the Strip that offers vintage slot games that offer that familiar “ting, ting, ting”.

Pile of metal slot tokens from various Las Vegas casinos

Shop for Souvenirs: The “World’s Largest” Bonanza Gift Shop is located on the Strip just south of STRAT and offers a variety of giftables not found anywhere else.

There, you’ll find shot glasses, flasks, toys, candy, clothing, jewelry, and so much more. Check it out if you have people to shop for!

Bonanza's weathered exterior marquee with STRAT's SkyPod towering over head in the background.

While STRAT is a worthy destination thanks to its unique attractions, the resort is a ways 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 to or from.

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