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Thrill Rides in Las Vegas – Rollercoasters, Skydiving, and More!

Las Vegas is known for gambling, clubs, and sprawling mega-resorts, but there is also a myriad of thrill-ride attractions that stand ready to entertain adrenaline junkies.

Whether you want to be dangled off the edge of a tower, or jump out of an airplane, there’s a thrill ride or experience for every taste. Below, I’ll dive into some of the most popular thrill rides in in town, both on the Strip and just outside the city.

See also: Check out these unique things to do in Vegas for a Bachelorette Party or Bachelor party.

Rides & Rollercoasters in Las Vegas

STRAT’s SkyJump: STRAT’s SkyJump gives you the opportunity to jump from their SkyPod 829 feet above the Strip below.

While you’ll hit speeds of over 40 mph on the way down, SkyJump slows you just in time to make a graceful landing.

Strat's SkyPod
Could you take the leap?© duha127/123RF.COM

Strat’s Rooftop Rides: STRAT’s SkyPod also offers 3 thrill rides atop the tower that are guaranteed to bring your fear of heights to the forefront of your mind.

The first thrill ride option, “Insanity”, dangles riders over the edge of the tower, 900 ft. from the ground while simultaneously spinning them at speeds of up to 40 mph.

“X-Scream” slides riders up to 27 ft. off the edge of the tower on a rollercoaster-like vehicle.

Lastly, “Big Shot” shoots riders 160 ft. up in the air at a speed of 45 mph to a max height of nearly 1,100 ft. above the Strip.

Insanity's arm extending riders out over the edge of the tower
Insanity

Skydiving: If STRAT’s SkyJump isn’t quite thrilling enough for you, hopping out of an airplane may do the trick. There are a number of operators around Las Vegas that can accommodate your need for adrenaline such as SkyDive Vegas, which boasts a 120 mph free fall and views of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas.

For such a unique attraction, pricing isn’t all that absurd, typically starting at $200 – $300 per person.

Indoor Skydiving: If you want the thrilling sensation of free fall without actually freefalling, check out Vegas Indoor Skydiving. Guests are outfitted with a suit that creates drag before taking flight in a vertical wind tunnel which is powered by a 1,000 horsepower fan.

The wind tunnel is fully padded so your risk of injury is minimal. Packages start at $85 which allows one person two opportunities to fly.

Indoor Skydiver flying in mid-air
Photo Courtesy of Vegas Indoor Skydiving

Big Apple Coaster at NYNY: Among my favorite things to do at New York New York is braving the Big Apple Rollercoaster which reaches speeds of nearly 70 mph, turns riders upside down, and drops riders 200+ feet at the beginning.

What was traditionally a pretty rough ride has been made a bit smoother by their addition of new trains in 2021.

Following the removal of rollercoasters at both Sahara and STRAT, Big Apple is now the only outdoor Las Vegas rollercoaster.

new York New York's Big Apple Coaster goes upside down
Big Apple Rollercoaster – Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Ziplines: Ziplines in Las Vegas can be found both on the Strip and on Fremont Street.

FlyLINQ starts on the Strip-side of the LINQ Promenade and sends riders flying toward the High Roller.

Slotzilla, located downtown is the most scenic option, sending riders through the neon canon made up of Fremont Street casinos.

Related: See both my FlyLINQ Review, and SlotZilla Zipline Review to get a better feel for the offerings!

Launching Tower for the FlyLinq zipline iwth wires exenting over the promenade.
FlyLinq Zipline Overhead

Rides at the Adventuredome: While the theme park at Circus Circus was designed with kids in mind, there are still some pretty adventurous thrill rides to check out.

One ride, “Canyon Blaster” is a double corkscrew rollercoaster that hits speeds of 55 mph.

The track for Canyon Blaster twists through rocks with the pink glass ceiling in the background.
Canyon Blaster’s track

“Inverter” does just that, inverts riders at the top of its circular rotation.

Inverter has it's passenter seating area extended towards the roof and upside down.
Inverter

While The Adventuredome is stocked with rides for all ages, there are a solid amount of things to do for older thrill-seekers. Circus Circus is the place to be for those looking for rollercoasters in Las Vegas.

A circular swing ride that spins riders in a circle slowly.

Retired Las Vegas Rollercoasters: Many folks stumble across this article hoping to learn more about “Speed – The Ride” at Sahara, or the “High Roller” rollercoaster atop Stratosphere’s tower. Unfortunately, both have permanently closed.

While gambling will always be the main focus, there are plenty of thrill rides to get your heart pumping in between blackjack sessions. Whether you want to jump off a building, ride a rollercoaster, there’s sure to be something of interest.

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