Betting it all on a card game is not the only way to make your heart beat faster in Las Vegas — this city also has a number of great extreme sport opportunities including skydiving (indoor and outdoor), kayaking, shooting and much more. Perhaps you aren’t into gambling, or you want to take a break from the casino floor? You can head out into the Las Vegas sunshine and get a thrill from one of these fun activities.
Here are a few of the most exciting extreme sport adventures that you’ll find when you search for Las Vegas vacation ideas.
Throwing yourself out of a plane seems absolutely crazy, but those who have done it say that it’s as good as it gets when you’re seeking a rush. If you feel like taking the plunge while in Vegas, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do just that. Las Vegas Extreme Sky Diving offers tours that will take you up high above Red Rock National Park, Mount Charleston and the Las Vegas Strip, and then let you jump with qualified tandem instructors.
If you want to experience the thrilling weightlessness of skydiving without actually having to jump out of a plane, why not try simulated indoor sky diving? You can do this in Las Vegas Too, at Vegas Indoor Sky Diving. The simulator has foam padded walls, a trampoline floor and a vertical wind tunnel which produces enough wind to support the average adult.
Red Rock Canyon is a well-known climbing area located west of the Las Vegas city limits. Climbers have been coming here since the 1970s and more than 2,000 rock climbing routes have been established here. More than 100,000 people come from all over to climb at Red Rock Canyon every year.
The interesting rock formations of the region, such as enormous petrified sand dunes, layers of sedimentary rock and much more make it a unique and fascinating place to climb. You can rock climb here all year round, but spring and fall are the best times to visit. There are several different companies that offer guided rock climbing trips, including Jackson Hole Mountain guides, the National Outdoor Leadership School and Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Adventures.
Have you ever been kayaking? It’s something you should try at least once in your life and once you get a hang of the rhythm of paddling, you will love the adventure.
There are many different tour companies offering kayaking trips from Las Vegas. Most of these trips take place on the Colorado River from the base of Hoover Dam to Willow Beach. Some tour packages will also include a hike to the nearby hot springs from the river. Other more relaxing trips might include a gentle paddle to the island beaches of Lake Mead for swimming and sunbathing.
Do you want to experience the thrill of shooting a big gun? It can be quite an adrenaline rush to hold a powerful weapon and shoot at a target.
There are six different Las Vegas shooting ranges that have opened up recently, where you can experience the thrill of shooting large weapons. For example, the Strip Gun Club on Las Vegas Boulevard offers packages including a t-shirt, rifle, pistol, target and all of the required ear and eye protection.
Some ranges will have age restrictions on how old you have be to shoot, while others will offer packages for teenagers and children. Make sure that you bring your Photo ID and remember that many of these places will have very long lines, so expect to wait a while or avoid going on a weekend.
Las Vegas has a great selection of roller coasters that will give you butterflies in your stomach! The Roller Coaster at the New York New York Hotel drops you down 144 feet and performs a jet-fighter-style barrel roll, and Insanity at the Stratosphere Hotel spins you at a force of 3 gs. Hold on tight!
These are just a few of the thrilling adrenaline rush activities that you can enjoy while you are in Las Vegas, so have fun on your exciting adventure!
About the Author: Mark Clarkson is a freelance travel writer and blogger. He loves to visit Las Vegas and has been skydiving, rock climbing and kayaking at this great destination.