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Las Vegas for Teens

November 1, 2007 By: Glenn Haussman Home-Based Travel Agent
 

Teens will be far from bored in this entertainment mecca


Although teens are not able to legally do everything Las Vegas has to offer, the truth is, it really doesn't matter. The city is so packed with great things, you'll think you're in a supercharged Disneyland. The thrill rides are crazier, the shows are showier and the attractions are wilder. There are also great arcades and other experiences that you can't find anywhere else on earth—teens will have plenty to keep them entertained. Teens are prime customers for the Insanity ride on top of the Stratosphere

Thrills and Spills

If you think you can handle it, this city has some of the scariest rides you'll ever see. Some are so outrageous they'll have you wishing you never left home. Most notable are the three rides atop the Stratosphere,

perched more than 900 feet above the Las Vegas Strip. The height raises the scares to blood-curdling levels. Insanity—The Ride spins you at 40 miles an hour over the tower's ledge. Oh, and you'll be face down. X Scream travels about 30 feet over the edge and will freak you out with outlandish free-fall maneuvers while racing back and forth. The Big Shot shoots you up 160 feet in 2.5 seconds along a 238-foot mast perched atop the tower, and then drops you faster than gravity.

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas features the world's only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster, the Canyon Blaster. There are a total of 24 rides here, including the Rim Runner flume ride, the SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D Thrill Ride, laser tag, bumper cars, an arcade, of course, circus acts.

Roller coaster lovers will feel the adrenaline rush from Speed—The Ride at the Sahara, which goes back and forth at up to 70 miles per hour. The Manhattan Express at New York-New York is a head-popping high-speed tour around the property, featuring what was the world's first-ever heartline roll—providing a sensation similar to that felt by a pilot during a barrel roll in an airplane.

Virtual Fun

If you want some thrills but prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, the Las Vegas Hilton features Star Trek: The Experience. Set phasers to stun and prepare to travel to the 24th century at two attractions. There's the BORG Invasion 4D, where you'll get "assimilated" into the BORG Collective. The Klingon Encounter will put you on a Federation shuttle craft and inject you into the middle of a major battle. There are also re-creations of the U.S.S. Enterprise's bridge, turbo lift and grand corridor; a museum featuring Star Trek props; and Quark's Bar & Restaurant. Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef showcases rare creatures  from the sea

Speaking of museums, you'll see some of the world's most famous celebrities and notables at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum at The Venetian. There are more than 100 wax figures, including Shaquille O'Neal, Matthew McConaughey, Britney Spears and Princess Diana. Take a photo with your favorite celebrity to make the experience complete.

Game lovers must visit GameWorks, a gigantic arcade with more than 250 games and activities. They've got cutting-edge games, such as House of the Dead 4, Dance Dance Revolution and Indy 500, classic games, billiards and an area dubbed the Big Win Zone, where you can win prizes. Excalibur features the Fantasy Faire carnival midway. Test your skills and win a prize or play the newest video games. There are also arcades at the Las Vegas Hilton and MGM Grand.

Lions, Tigers and Lots of Fish

One of the coolest aquariums ever, Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef showcases rare creatures from the sea. Here you'll find many types of sharks, as well as sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, moon jellies and rare golden crocodiles in more than 1.6 million gallons of seawater.

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden at The Mirage features royal white tigers, white lions, black panthers, a snow leopard, golden tigers and an elephant, while Dolphin Habitat has a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, including some calves.

Shows Aplenty

In addition to all the music and comedy performances and other extravaganzas on offer every night, here are some suggestions tailored to teens. For a fun dinner show that will take you back to the days of King Arthur, see the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur. You'll experience jousting, dancing maidens and fireworks while eating with your hands. Rio's Masquerade Show in the Sky has state-of-the-art floats suspended from the ceiling above the casino floor, evoking the spirit of Carnivale. Treasure Island's Sirens of TI is a swashbuckling sea battle wherein pirates battle the women of Sirens' Cove. And don't miss the volcanic eruption at The Mirage. And Downtown, the Freemont Street Experience runs overhead for several blocks featuring an hourly light and sound show in the evening.

With so many rides, shows and attractions, you'll be hard-pressed to experience just a fraction of what's available.


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