The Stratosphere Hotel, Rides & Casino

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The Stratosphere Hotel, Rides & Casino

If you’re looking for a thrill, you’ll be pleased to find the Stratosphere Hotel, Rides, and Casino combo that has it all in one place. If you’re looking for those thrill rides, then buckle up for 3 ‘Gs’ of insanity, hold tight for some scream sessions, and hang on for the big drop.

Come for the Thrills

Amid the glitzy lights you'll spot the Stratosphere tower with its four insane rides awaiting you at the top. The rides spin, throw, or drop you out over the city skyline for more than just your average ride, at nearly 1000 feet in the air. Check out the insane thrill rides at the Stratosphere Hotel in the following video:

Insanity the Ride

Insanity the Ride is a massive, mechanical arm that extends out 64 feet over the edge of the SkyPod. At the height of 866 feet, it spins you and the other passengers out into the open air at three Gs in speed. You’ll be propelled up to a 70-degree angle, then tilted straight down. And while you’re at it, you’ll get breathtaking views of the historic section of downtown Las Vegas—assuming you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open.


Or you can try out the X-Scream, a teeter-totter looking ride that propels you 27 feet over the edge of the SkyPod while up 866-feet in the air. After being shot over the edge, you’ll hang weightless above the Strip before getting pulled back and propelled out again and again.

The Big Shot

If you love a free-fall ride, you’ll dig the Big Shot drop tower. It’s a lot like the freefall drops at theme parks, except one thing: it’s a 160-foot version of the ride perched atop the nearly 900-foot Stratosphere Tower. Crazy enough, this freefall drop over the city of Las Vegas is considered the “gentlest” of the ride choices.


Passengers get strapped into a harness that’s tethered to a pulley system. You then walk out to the edge of the platform at the base of the SkyPod, which rests nearly 900-feet in the air above the city. And then, you jump. Of course, instead of plummeting to the Strip below, you’re doing a controlled drop that slows before you reach the bottom. This still may be the most nerve-wracking thrill ride of the Western Hemisphere.

Take to the Sky at the Stratosphere!

Cover image by Joao Carlos Medau is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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