Adventure Activities in Las Vegas - Try if You Dare
1. Sit in the "splash zone" at the "Blue Man Group" show
If you enjoy having your senses assaulted with paint, toilet paper, percussion instruments, loud music, pulsing lights, comedy, digital signs, projection screens and more – you should definitely get tickets to see the Blue Man Group show, and if you dare, make those seats in the poncho-wearing paint "splash zone." It's difficult to describe this 95-minute show at the Venetian. Three silent men with blue heads and hands and dressed in black beat drumsticks on PVC tubing, eat Twinkies and splatter paint into the crowd, all the while using their eyes, facial expressions and gestures to elicit reactions from the audience. Since my husband and I wanted to get the full experience, we purchased half-price tickets for the front section, or "splash zone" area. We, and others in this section, were given ponchos to wear to protect ourselves from the various liquids and other items we were pelted with during the show. Blue Man Group is exhilarating, fast-paced and a fun family adventure, and the only way you'll leave this theater feeling blue is if you are splashed with paint.
Blue Man Group, Venetian Hotel and Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd, South Las Vegas, NV 89109; 800-258-3626; Shows nightly at 7PM & 10PM; prices start at $59
2. Volunteer to go up on stage at Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity
Zumanity is the sensual, adults-only version of the athletic and acrobatic Cirque du Soleil. A transvestite hostess presides over this racy 90-minute show and gets members of the audience involved in its sexual antics. The erotic acts include striptease, contortions and Cirque skills, and you'll have to be the daring type just to attend this show, as this is one of the most sexually charged adventure activities in Las Vegas. Daring audience members can volunteer to appear on stage and perform simulated sex acts throughout the show, but don't be surprised if you unwittingly find yourself in the spotlight during the "warm-up" acts. When my husband and I went to the cabaret-style show, it was with another couple that had seen the show previously. Before it begins, characters from the cast wander up and down the aisles and make guests the "butt," so to speak, of their jokes. For example, one of two obese twins in fishnet body stockings and little else came down our aisle and "greeted" our male friend by sitting on his lap and grinding into him. I have never seen our friend's face so red in all the time we've known him. The show also includes such highlights as an aerial bondage display, a comedic sex therapist skit and two women cavorting in a gigantic, water-filled martini glass. Try it if you dare.
Zumanity, New York New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109; 866-606-7111; Tues-Sat 7:30PM & 10PM, tickets from $69
3. Experience human flight at Vegas Indoor Skydiving
You won't have to jump out of a plane or wear a parachute to experience flight. Earn your wings at Vegas Indoor Skydiving, which was built in 1982 as the first indoor skydiving facility in the U.S. In this simulated skydive, you'll experience freefall in an enclosure with a mesh trampoline floor and foam-padded walls. The vertical wind tunnel produces enough wind to support the weight of an average adult. If you're looking for memorable Las Vegas adventures aside from the expected nightlife shenanigans, this is certainly something you must try. After attending a brief, mandatory training class, you'll put on the flight suit and gather up the necessary gear, hop into the tunnel and take flight.
Vegas Indoor Skydiving, 200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109; 877-545-8093; daily from 9:45AM-8PM; flights start at $75 per person
4. Learn to pole dance at Stripper 101
Ladies, have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a stripper? Wonder no more. At Stripper 101 Studio in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, let your daring side escape as you safely and easily learn all the special moves with tools of the trade including feathered boas, chairs and even poles. Women of all ages (at least 18 years old), sizes and shapes are encouraged to lose their inhibitions and bring out their sexy side. Ladies, wear shorts or a skirt – something that allows skin contact with the pole – and bring high heels to practice in. There is no nudity involved. Upon "graduation," you'll earn your official souvenir: a Las Vegas Stripper License. Stripper 101 has been featured in such magazines as Cosmopolitan, US Weekly, InTouch and Life & Style and newspapers including USA Today and the L.A. Times. Cosmopolitan listed it among the "Top 16 Ways to Have a Blast in Vegas" and E! Entertainment named Stripper 101 one of 12 Sexiest Jobs in Las Vegas. Adventures like this are certainly a unique way to have fun and get fit in Sin City.
Stripper 101 Studio at V Theater, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109; 702-260-7200; Classes (and private classes) held daily; Prices start at $49.99
5. Learn to spin plates
For a kid-friendly adventure activity in Las Vegas, learn circus skills such as aerial trapeze, stilt walking, juggling, plate spinning and more at Sandou Theatrical Circus School. Did you ever want to run away with the circus? Well, you won't have to go that far, but you can still learn to be a circus performer and turn somersaults on a trampoline, walk on a wire, ride a unicycle, perform acrobatic feats and more. For kids, it's one of the best adventure activities in Las Vegas since they are able to build confidence and learn discipline, all while having fun. The recreational program is for students ages 6 and up, and the coaches will tailor the lessons to each student's abilities. There are also summer, spring and winter camps for children.
Sandou Theatrical Circus School, 6375 S Arville St, Ste 7B, Las Vegas, NV 89118; 702-454-5005; Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM, Sat 11AM-5PM; Prices vary depending on the type of camp, class or workshop.
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