Moonshine, ziplines and neon signs: 5 new Las Vegas attractions for 2019

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.

Details: caesars.com/linq/fly-linqhttps://www.caesars.com/linq/fly-linq

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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