Las Vegas is as iconic as it is wild. People visit for so many different reasons. Some visit Vegas for the obvious: gambling, partying, and all around debauchery. Some visit for the shows, shopping, food, and the high life. Soon, Vegas will be bringing in NFL fans and their families, as Las Vegas Stadium is being built as the new home for the Raiders! But, there is another side to Las Vegas that is more on the down-low, but there regardless … Las Vegas Adventures!
Las Vegas Adventures: Not For the Faint of Heart
My husband and I recently had our first getaway without children since our honeymoon. That’s 24 years, y’all. And it was as exciting, fun, and romantic, weird as it was, we found it hard to be away from our kids. By the second day, I’m not going to lie, I was ready to pay the $100 fee to change our flights. Luckily, my husband was having none of it and we stayed.
I say luckily because we truly did have a really awesome time. We did some partying and dancing. We gambled. The two of us walked the strip twice, so I got in some exercise. This was great because I made a solemn promise to myself I would NOT worry about diet or working out for the entire vacation! Obviously, we lounged at the pool, went to bed crazy late and woke up even later. Dan and I spent great quality time together. It was a really really amazing time.
We even did Vegas without getting arrested, and from the tales my friends tell me, that’s quite a feat. But we weren’t there just to get wild and crazy. We have this insatiable thirst for fun and adventure. We are adrenaline junkies. That’s just who we are. So, I began a quest to find the best Las Vegas adventures.
However, we were in Vegas with a couple whose claim to fame is their impressive partying. Nothing wrong with that, especially in Vegas. But while we can hang, it’s not our “thing”, you know. So, prior to going to Las Vegas, I scoured the Internet looking for epic Las Vegas adventures that would meet all our interests.
Las Vegas Adventures
Surprisingly – or maybe not – there are countless Las Vegas adventures, all of which we would have loved to partake in, but for limited time and no car. We narrowed our search to the Strip and preferably indoors due to the heat.
Now, there are some pretty impressive hikes. We passed on the hiking in Vegas, given the fact that we went in August and it was literally 110 degrees.
My husband, Dan, way vying for some Go Kart racing. I must admit this sounded super fun, but again, crazy hot. As I said, I was really looking for indoor adventures, on the Strip and easily accessible.
There is an Exotic Car Driving Experience, which is on the docket should we ever return to Las Vegas. I mean, I’ll never own an Aston Martin, but I sure as heck would love to drive one!
Dan was game for the many Machine Gun Experiences. I was game for the Lake Mead exploring via ATV in the a.m. and shooting in the afternoon adventure, but neither was close to the Strip. Getting there would have cost a fortune via Uber.
There is a place that offers air combat training, where you get to fly like a fighter pilot and learn basic maneuvers. Pretty darn cool, no? This just might be the ultimate Vegas adventure. I had no idea there was even such a thing!
Are you sitting down? Because I saved the best for last. The Operation Zombie Apocalypse. Shut the front door, I’m bringing the whole family to this one. I mean, who hasn’t ever wondered if they could survive a zombie apocalypse? You’ll find out with this simulation that collaborates with real live Special Ops!! Kids, pack your bags! We are going in!
So, I realize I just listed all the incredibly amazing adrenaline packed Las Vegas Adventures that we didn’t do, for my – and your – viewing pleasure.
The question remains, what did we actually do? What Las Vegas adventure did we partake in?
Well, we actually went indoor skydiving at Vegas Indoor Skydiving! We literally got off the plane, checked into our hotel room at the Luxor, grabbed an Uber and headed toward the east end of the Strip.
The though of indoor skydiving made me crazy excited. You see, I have been trying to set up a real skydiving trip for years now. But my husband is reluctant, to say the least. Last fall, I actually booked a jump in Houston. We were going. Dan, my Marine, my soldier of a husband, kept saying he wasn’t going. My two older kids were on board. I was on board. But Dan … not so much.
I told him we were going, he was coming and there was no way we were going to have this experience without him. But then we got cancelled on the day of our jump, due to bad weather in Houston.
The kids and I were so disappointed, so bummed. Bu not Dan. Dan was literally dancing in the hallways of my aunt’s home. He giggled for hours, like a man who just had his death sentence commuted. I think he really believed he’d die.
Safe & Controlled
So, while scouring for wild indoor Las Vegas adventures, I found Indoor Skydiving. I was intrigued enough to click on the link.
Vegas Indoor Skydiving was touted as fun for the whole family, which meant even my terrified of heights husband could be expected to enjoy it. The website said that flying at Vegas Indoor Skydiving gives you an actual taste of the rush skydivers enjoy during the free fall portion of their jump.
And, when I read that, everything clicked. Maybe, just maybe, this would be the ticket to getting Dan to really and truly jump out of a plane with me. I quickly made reservations for the first day we were in Vegas, thinking any other adventures would pale in comparison to one that simulates a free fall.
When we arrived, we were instantly ushered into a room with another family. We watched a quick video presentation discussing all the Dos and Don’ts. Then we were introduced to our instructor, who reiterated everything on the video.
Basically, don’t drink and jump, keep your head up while flying, be sure to tuck when you get shot out of the air, be sure to jump out of the way if a body is hurtling toward you. You know, basic things that really have more to do with common sense than anything else.
So, after the quick video and summary of the video, we were taken to the next room to suit up. We were given big fly suits, socks, a helmet and googles. At this point, I was giddy with excitement. If Dan was at all nervous, he didn’t show it. He didn’t even say anything.
We were given access to the big room with the enormous fans that push our bodies up into the air. Now, I’d seen indoor skydiving before, specifically in the movie, Keeping Up With the Joneses. I had visions of group flies, Dan and I holding each others hands, romance circling around the adventure …
But none of that happened. In order to maintain a safe and controlled environment, one person at a time flies. Makes sense because it’s really not as straightforward as it seems.
How to Make the Perfect Jump
First, you jump out over the fan and the guy in the control room determines how much air your body needs to take and maintain flight. They don’t want you crashing into the ground, any more than they want to see you fly 40 feet up in the air!
The jumping out part was super fun. Now I flew instantly, but I could never ever remember to keep my head up the entire time. When I flew out of the wind, I was equally skilled at the tucking and hitting the padded walls.
Dan rocked the entire thing. He flew instantly, kept his head up, went way higher than I did, and stayed in way longer. And he nailed the tuck.
The experience was amazing. Needless to say, we had a great time. The instructor was so great, so energetic and knowledgeable, that my rather stingy, budget-conscious husband tipped her big time.
Indoor skydiving with Vegas Indoor Skydiving was so much fun. I just wish we got more time. It maybe lasted 20 minutes. We were each given three jumps and when we managed to stay in for any length of time, the instructor shoved us out!
This Las Vegas adventure was great fun, but we wanted more. So much more.
And I’m sure all of you are wondering, did it have the intended effect? Did it, in fact, make Dan want to jump out of a plane? Well, yes and no. He said he’d do it, if I really wanted him to, but that he sees no real reason to ever jump out of a perfectly good plane.