The Best Thrill Rides in Las Vegas

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Do you seek out a thrill when you are in Las Vegas? Do you need adrenaline with your Las Vegas vacation? Are thrill rides your thing? If you need more thrills than watching a guy split tens you need a Las Vegas roller coaster. Las Vegas provides enough thrill rides to satiate the thrill seeker in you. What do you want to do, jump off a tower, skydive indoors, swim with sharks, you can do it in Las Vegas.

Quite often visitors to Las Vegas consider these attractions to be more kid friendly but don't be mistaken to think that some of the heart pumping attractions on and off the Las Vegas strip will make even the most hardened adult call out for mommy.

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  • 01 of 09

    Tumbling a plane seems unnatural but it's a lot of fun. Get in a plane and take the controls with Sky Combat Ace and you will question your sanity and your ability to hold down your lunch. The most exhilarating attraction in Las Vegas and well worth the cost. Do it and then do it again! You fly with trained pilots who guide through the small things you have to learn to fly an airplane. Once you are airborne you take the controls and attempt stunts and drops and spins that will change the way you feel about flying forever. This is the best thing to do in Las Vegas but be warned that you have to have a strong stomach for this adventure.

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    Why would anyone want to leap off the top of a tower and head straight down to the Las Vegas Strip? Maybe the question I should be asking is why wouldn’t you? 829 feet of decelerated free fall and you are treated to an adrenaline rush that only Las Vegas can give you. The view before you jump is worth the elevated adrenaline alone but the feeling of flying as you rush down toward the Las Vegas strip is why you do this.

  • 03 of 09

    The stratosphere gives you three opportunities to thrill yourself into an alcohol induced coma. Try Big Shot, Insanity and/or X-Scream and soon you'll realize that thrills are what Las Vegas should be famous for. If you fear heights you should know that all of these attractions are up high on the stratosphere tower so when you scream nobody down below will hear you.

  • 04 of 09

    In case you have never seen it, Jeeps can scale sheer rock cliffs. When I jumped into one of the Las Vegas Rock Crawlers’ Jeep for my off road experience I didn’t believe it but no sooner than I had started the engine and placed the Jeep in drive I was on a rock with rubber to sandstone and my heart in my throat.

     

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  • 05 of 09

    Manhattan Express Roller Coaster at New York / New York

    A monster drop and a loop and all out on the Las Vegas strip the Manhattan Express will give you what you need when it comes to thrills and roller coasters in Las Vegas.

  • 06 of 09

    Adventuredome at Circus Circus Hotel

    Get wet, get flipped, get tossed and soon you find yourself trying it all over again. Adventuredome at Circus Circus gives you climate controlled fun in a large indoor amusement park. There are plenty of thrills for all ages, with a roller coaster for the small kids and a roller coaster for the big kids.

  • 07 of 09

    Fly Away Indoor Skydiving

    You know you want to do it but the idea of plummeting to your painful death from 12,000 feet has stopped you. Go indoors and sky dive in Las Vegas without the sky and with very little diving.

  • 08 of 09

    Single Tracks and nasty descents are what real Las Vegas thrill are all about and you can partake in some great riding that will get your adrenaline pumping all around the Las Vegas valley.

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  • 09 of 09

    Drop into an aquarium in Las Vegas and swim with sharks. Don't worry about getting eaten alive as these sharks will barely even look at you. Instead they swim all around you and acts as if you do not even exist. They instruct you not to touch them but these beautiful creatures will slide against you over and over.