When I visit a destination I’m always on the lookout for unique experiences that I can’t replicate anywhere else. I found several bucket list adventures in Las Vegas that you will definitely want to add to your list!
1. Play with Real Construction Equipment at Dig This
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play with REAL construction equipment? At Dig This Las Vegas that dream can become a reality. Little did I know that it was even possible to do a wheelie in an excavator, and what’s even better is that I was the one doing the wheelie, at the direction of my instructor.
Guests at Dig This begin their adventure with safety instructions and demos inside followed by hands-on learning outside. Don’t worry, you will have an instructor on the ground giving you directions every step of the way through a two-way communication headset. The cabin is air conditioned so that you can play in the heat while still staying cool.
Ages 14 and up can operate the bigger equipment and 7 and up can operate the smaller equipment. All participants are required to take a breathalyzer before operating machinery so keep that in mind and save the drinks for after your adventure.
We had the option of the excavator or the bulldozer for our visit. We opted for the excavator, that allowed us to test our construction skills on a few tasks.
I know that it sounds silly but the most challenging part during the experience is connecting the commands that you hear to your hands on the controls. I’m confident that I know my right from left in everyday life but when you are called to do a series of movements with voice commands somehow it blurs a bit. Our instructor seriously had the patience of a saint as he led us through each task.
We picked up and moved GIANT tires from one section to another, we excavated dirt and tried to see whose pile was bigger and we even had a modified game of basketball. We also got to spin around while honking our horn as loud and often as we wanted which was just fun.
This is the type of adventure that has you smiling the whole entire time that you are in the equipment. Dig This gives you a great introduction to the fun of construction work without the real work.
2. Take a Controlled Jump off of the Stratosphere at Sky Jump
This is the kind of smile that comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone and facing your fears. For 3 nights I had a hard time sleeping in anticipation of making the 855 ft controlled jump off of the Stratosphere on the Sky Jump attraction.
You will be asked to remove everything from your pockets before you put on the one-piece jumpsuit and their special shoes. You can put any of your valuable items in a secure locker at no additional cost. You have the option to purchase a video package which I highly recommend because the whole experience lasts 17 seconds. The GoPro is securely wrapped to your wrist to capture your expressions on the way down and you will definitely want to relive your bravery and also show it off to friends and family.
There are multiple safety inspections downstairs before the elevator ride to the 108th floor, followed by a few more final safety checks before your jump. The jump takes place from the 108th floor and gives you a birds-eye view of Las Vegas.
I watched a lot of youtube videos to help visualize my jump and to reassure myself that there have been over successful 250,000 jumps made so if they could be brave, I could be brave too.
I was totally ok with all of the safety checks because I wanted to live to tell about this adventure. When I got to the top, it ironically wasn’t as bad as I had rehearsed in my mind and I didn’t have a fear of the height… which I know seems counterintuitive. I think because it was one of those moments where you just had to face your fears and take the leap of faith.
The workers count you off quickly once the final safety checks are complete. Don’t hesitate, don’t overthink it, you don’t get a refund if you chicken out so just go!
3 seconds of bravery.
That’s all you need.
Friends and family can film from below on the landing deck to help document your jump as you go down. I was instantly mad at myself for losing so much sleep over such an incredible experience. The adrenaline rush was nothing short of AMAZING! The safe and secure feeling of a smooth ride in your harness mixed with a glimpse of a sense of flying while taking in a bird’s eye view on the way down is like no other.
If you are on the fence about making the jump, I highly encourage you to just do it! I promise that you won’t regret it! If you are considering checking out the other thrill rides at the top of the Stratosphere make sure that you purchase your ticket at Sky Jump because completed jumpers can purchase a discounted unlimited rides pass.
3. Ride the Extreme Thrill Rides on Top of the Stratosphere
There are three rides at the top of the Stratosphere. Insanity, Big Shot, and X-Scream. As a result of my incredible Sky Jump experience, I was then brave enough to try all of the thrill rides at the top of the tower too. I lucked out and met someone in line who rode with me for two of the rides…. which then made me braver to ride the ride that I was most intimidated to try.
Insanity angles riders to a position that allows you to stare straight down at the Las Vegas Strip. The mechanical arm extends out 64 feet over the edge of the building, 900 feet in the air, with speeds up to three ‘G’s. I was told that we made about 20 rotations and I was more concerned about feeling dizzy vs being scared of the height. The older I get the harder it is for me to do rides that spin in a circle.
Big Shot! propels riders 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour going from a platform height of 921 feet to 1,081. The hardest part of this ride is the anticipation of your launch but after you are up in the air it’s a wonderful way to take in an incredible view.
Don’t forget to take a picture by the sign after your ride on Big Shot! to show that you were at the highest observation point in Las Vegas!
X-Scream dangles riders 27 ft over the Tower edge 109 stories in the air. Of the three thrill rides, this was the ride that I was most intimidated to go on.
As fate would have it there was no one else in line for X Scream which meant that I had to ride it by myself because the ride does not need to be weight balanced before you ride it.
If you plan on facing your fears on all three rides you might as well purchase the Unlimited Pass that includes everything but Sky Jump.
After you conquer all of your fears at the top of the Stratosphere, you can celebrate with a drink at 107 Sky Lounge Las Vegas’s highest bar while you watch others take the leap of faith on the Sky Jump.
4. Experience the SlotZilla Zipline Over Fremont Street
You have two adventure options on the Slot machine–inspired thrill attraction. The Zipline takes you halfway down Fremont Street, 7 stories up, at a height of 77 feet in the air in a seated position. This is a great introduction to ziplining or facing a fear of heights.
For the extra adventurous or the “go big or go home” type, Zoomline is the perfect option! Guests travel 5 blocks superhero style flying 11 stories in the air… so of course, Zoomline was my option of choice.
You don’t see the street until the slot door opens which is good if you are scared of heights. SlotZilla also has bags that zip and go with you so that you don’t lose your valuables or have to worry about where you will put your latest purchases.
Superhero style definitely gives you a feeling of flying and it’s pretty wild to travel overtop of crowds of people below. You can purchase pictures after your ride to bring home as a souvenir of your bravery.
5. Enjoy Meals with a Mermaid at the Silverton Casino Hotel
I don’t eat meals with mermaids very often but when I do, it’s amazing! I honestly thought that a “Meal with a Mermaid” was going to be a character lunch geared toward little kids and this was so much better!
On Saturdays and Sundays, you can reserve a table for up to 4 people for a very special meal at a table right in front of the aquarium glass at Silverton Casino.
Your mermaid dreams can come true as you dine with one right in front of you. My husband and I attended the meal kid free and absolutely loved it. Our brunch table came with several pastries, fruit, and a yogurt parfait. We also found several menu items on the brunch buffet that we enjoyed and one of my favorites was the french toast.
What I loved most about this adventure was how relaxing it was. To dine with a variety of beautiful fish inches from you while you eat is both really calming and also creates a sense of wonder. This is a very popular experience so make sure that you make reservations as soon as possible for your preferred day and time.
6. Take a Helicopter Ride Over the Las Vegas Strip
See the Las Vegas Strip in all of its glory from the sky for an incredible aerial view via helicopter at night. Sundance Helicopters takes guests on a 12-15 minute flight over the major landmarks with a commentary by the pilot and perfectly timed music.
For the best views try to sit up front by the pilot or on the left side of the helicopter.
This is a great adventure for a special occasion or for anyone who enjoys seeing the city from another perspective.
7. Watch “Brilliant” at the Neon Museum
One of my favorite museums in Cincinnati is the American Sign Museum so of course, we had to check out the Neon Museum during our visit!
If you want an even more unique adventure at the Neon Museum make sure that you also get tickets for “Brilliant.” The show combines music and lights projected on former neon signs for a pretty spectacular experience with a limited group of people.
Guests are asked to wait until the end of the show before they take pictures which allows you to really be present at the moment and enjoy the songs and lights that take you on a trip down memory lane. The name lives up to the experience.
More Bucket List Adventures
I had a blast on these bucket list adventures in Las Vegas. You can find more ideas from the Visit Las Vegas website.
Disclosure: Visit Las Vegas hosted my visit. All opinions are my own.
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