LAS VEGAS — You don’t have to gamble and go clubbing to fill a Vegas vacation agenda. There’s always something new to do in the desert city that never sleeps.
Here are five new things to check out when you visit in 2019:
1. Fly Linq zipline
The first decision you have to make at Las Vegas’ newest zipline is a big one: seated or superhero style. I had only done seated ziplines in the past and was hesitant to try the prone position, in part after a Google search turned up a TV report of a man who ended up with staples in his head after a hard landing shortly after this one opened in November. Superhero rides have since been recertified by county safety regulators.
So i channeled my inner child and picked superhero, a $10 upgrade that was seconded by the ticket agent (“If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it”) and worker at the pre-ride weigh station (“Oh, superhero, I love superhero.”) Only one worker called me crazy.
The verdict after a 35 second ride that traveled 12 stories above the bustling Linq Promenade, past Sprinkles cupcakes, Brooklyn Bowl and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips toward the towering High Roller observation wheel: It’s a little unnerving getting into position and the landing is less than graceful, but I had no regrets flying head first.
Fly Linq isn’t going to set any speed records or put ziplines in the lush Costa Rican rainforests out of business. It’s a short, fairly leisurely ride but you can leave saying you rode the first zipline on The Strip. Not the first zipline in Vegas, of course. There’s the VooDoo zip-line at Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino just off The Strip, and Slotzilla at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.
Pro tip: Look for discounted Fly Linq tickets on deals sites like Groupon. Regular prices are $25-$35 during the day for seated and $35-$45 at night. I rode during the day but, like The High Roller, the views are probably best at night, when Vegas sparkles.
2. The Underground at The Mob Museum
There are no signs on the green side door outside The Mob Museum. Visitors push a buzzer and a narrow just for fun slots in the door opens to reveal a pair of dark eyes. “Baloney,” I say, and the door is unlocked.
Inside, a combination speakeasy, distillery and Prohibition exhibit. It’s called The Underground and, like the Mob Museum itself, is a must-see in downtown Las Vegas.
The attraction, which opened in April 2018 in the basement of the museum, is a great stop on its own or after a tour of the museum. Entrance is free with Mob Museum admission or free on its own after 5 p.m. through the side entrance with the weekly password posted on Instagram.
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