Vegas Thrills: Spooky Sides & Wild Rides of Las Vegas

Like a Disneyland for adults, Las Vegas has many thrills. People come from far and wide for the highs and lows of the city, and those experiences extend well beyond the casinos and shows. Home to heart-pumping attractions like zip wiring between towers, haunted houses, and roller coasters, Vegas itself is one wild ride. You won’t need any luck to leave Vegas a winner with experiences like these—strap in, and hold on tight!


3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

NY NY Roller Coaster

Can you fathom what it would it be like to fly at 67 mph in a taxi cab through New York? The immensely popular Roller Coaster at NY NY is the place to simulate this, with over a million visitors every year! Whirl, twist, and spiral through tight turns and down steep drops of 144 feet on this suspenseful coaster where you can also catch breathtaking views of the Strip thanks to its prime location. Make sure you don’t miss it, as it’s one of the most iconic rides of Las Vegas.

Roller Coaster at NY-NY


31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Primm, NV 89019-9119

Desperado roller

Imagine yourself cuffed to a roller coaster track with the 80 mph Desperado Roller Coaster screaming down the tracks towards you. Okay, maybe this isn’t exactly the thrill you had in mind, but the dangerous stunt was actually performed by Lance Burton In 1999 with this coaster as his stage (he managed to escape). If its thrills you’re after, the Desperado has what you’re looking for, and the ride definitely has more to offer than being cuffed to the track. Formerly the tallest coaster in the world, its drops of 225 feet and rises of 206 feet, along with its speeds that earn it classification as a hypercoaster, are sure to leave your blood tingling.


2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Photo Curtis & Renee via Flickr Las Vegas

Take your fears to a new level at SkyJump Las Vegas—then leap off and leave them behind. The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest building in Vegas and offers a 829 foot freefalling plunge from a launch platform on the 108th floor to a padded surface below. It’s a controlled freefall where you’ll be kept safe and on track by a descender machine and guided wires, but you’ll reach speeds up to 40 mph as you drop. As the world’s highest sky jump, Skyjump is the ultimate test of guts.


200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Vegas Indoor Skydiving via Facebook

Fear of heights? No problem. Skip the heights and jumping out of planes but still discover the joys of defying gravity at the Vegas Indoor Skydiving Center. Suit up, and learn how to fly in the miraculous skydiving simulator. You’ll hover 10 feet in the air of a padded room, suspended by fan-generated winds of up to 120 mph, with a safety net below. Get all the freefalling action, without the anxiety!


3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103

Voodoo Zipline via Facebook

You’d have to be crazy to fly between the two Rio Towers in Las Vegas, strapped to a zip wire 800 feet in the sky…or would you? Test your courage on one of the most popular attractions of Vegas, the VooDoo Zip Line. The adrenaline rush and breathtaking 360 views of the valley make for an unforgettable experience. You can pick partner for moral support, or if its liquid courage you’re after, the VoodDoo rooftop bar has you covered too.


2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Fright Dome via Facebook
For all things terrifying, check out Fright Dome. Six haunted houses, four scare zones, horrifying 4-D movies, live shows, rides—Fright Dome earns its top ranking as one of the scariest haunted house attractions in the nation. During the Halloween season it has seen visits from celebrities like Michael Jackson (he knows his thrills), Missy Elliot, Stevie Wonder, and Paris Hilton among others. You’ll see gruesome sights to gore and more. Beware that this spot isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re feeling brave, come get spooked out of your socks for an exhilarating experience you won’t soon forget!


121 E. Sunset Road Las Vegas, NV 89119

Sin City Scare Fair via Facebook

October is the season to scare yourself silly at the Sin City Scare Fair, which runs the whole month of October in Vegas in honor of Halloween. Qualified guests such as Travis Love from The Walking Dead, or Naomi Grossman who played Pepper in American Horror Story, the fair brings the eerie experience to life. Take a simulator ride into a funeral parlor to get buried alive, explore haunted houses for the stuff of nightmares, or race for your life on Go-Karts, among many other chilling interactive activities. No tricks here, just treats. 

You don’t have to be gambling to enjoy the rush that Vegas has to offer. From extreme roller coasters to horrifying haunted houses to jumping out of buildings, or flying between them, this wildly entertaining city has all the thrills for you to test your courage and ride out as a winner.

A big thanks to Las Vegas Pass ( for providing this article!

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