Las Vegas Theme And Water Parks

Las Vegas is the home of many theme and water parks. Some hotels and casinos also offer rides; roller coasters are especially common.

Nobody needs to be told that Las Vegas is an exciting city to visit. Known for its luxury hotels, casinos, and shows, Las Vegas is an entertainment capitol. But while lots of Las Vegas's entertainment is targeted at adults, Las Vegas also offers plenty of activities suitable for the entire family. Children and adults alike can enjoy the many theme and water parks in Las Vegas.

The Adventuredome Theme Park is a five-acre park conveniently located right next to CircusCircus. The Adventuredome is open daily, and visitors can buy an all day ride pass or pay for each ride individually. The theme park's rides are divided into three categories: large rides, family rides, and junior rides. The large rides include bumper cars and a large, swinging pirate ship. The family rides can be enjoyed by people of any age and include a ferris wheel and a carousel. The junior rides are perfect for children. The Adventuredome also offers a miniature golf course, clown shows, an arcade, virtual reality games, and a rock climbing wall.

The Stratosphere Tower is 1,149 feet tall, making it the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. Although the sheer height itself might be enough of a thrill for some people, the more daring visitors will want to scoff at gravity as they experience the Stratosphere Tower's rides. In the aptly named Insanity ride, passengers are dangled over the edge and spun around very quickly. The High Roller has the privilege of being the world's highest roller coaster; the X Scream is the world's third highest thrill ride.

Located just outside of Las Vegas, the Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino was made famous by the Desperado roller coaster. Once the world's tallest roller coaster, the Desperado takes its passengers up 209 feet and drops at knuckle-clenching speeds. Buffalo Bill's now has other rides, too. The Turbo Drop, the Adventure Canyon Log Flume ride, and a 3d simulation ride will please thrill-seekers. Visitors at the hotel can also enjoy the large, buffalo-shaped swimming pool.

Although the Wet "˜n Wild water park in Las Vegas is closed for 2005, the park offered Las Vegas visitors and residents a great way to cool off and have fun. The park's funnel ride, speed slide, and two tube rides are worth experiencing; visitors can visit the water park's website for up-to-date information regarding the reopening of Wet "˜n Wild.

In addition to the complete theme parks that are available in Las Vegas, single rides and attractions can also be found throughout the city. At the Sahara Hotel and Casino, visitors can take a break from the slot machines and ride the Speed roller coaster. The New York - New York Hotel and Casino also offers visitors a chance to ride a roller coater; the Manhattan Express twist around at speeds up to 67 miles per hour. Science fiction fans can ride the Las Vegas Hilton's Star Trek ride.

Whatever your reason for visiting Las Vegas, there is always time to enjoy the city's amazing roller coasters and gravity-defying rides. Spend an entire day at an amusement park of just hop a ride in between poker games and shows.

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