The Stratosphere Tower is the best place to see Las Vegas short of a helicopter ride. If you are a guest of the hotel access is free tonthebobservation deck. All other adults is $18 unless you are over 21 and go after 9pm, then it is free. I recommend going at night. With the boulevard casinos all lit up it is a great view.
The Stratosphere is a tall structure that has 360 degree views of Las Vegas. There is a charge to go upto the viewing area and another charge if you would like to try out any of the rides at the very top of the tower (more than 100 floors above the strip!).
The prices (2011) were:
Observation tower $16 adult $10 child
Rides $12-$13 each (15 yrs and younger have to be accompanied by an adult)
For up-to-date prices, go on their website listed below.
I do have to admit that none of these ride were for me! One of them shoots you up, another shoots you over the edge of the tower and the third hangs over the side of the tower and spins you round! The observation deck gives excellent views and that's was thrilling enough for me!
Stratophere hotel has the highest rides in all of las vegas and the views around the tower are simply stunning. If you have an Iron Stomach, you should try their assorted rides at the tower. The last time I went to vegas in 2005, We Rode the High Roller Coaster but on a revisit, it has closed. Too bad. Anyway, there are other rides here at the stratosphere like the Big Shot, Sky Jump, X Scream and Insanity.
according to their website:
Jutting 1,149 feet into the Vegas skyline, the iconic Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and one of the most exciting attractions among Las Vegas resorts. Our exceptional Vegas resort hotel offers one-of-a-kind thrills you can’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas, including the world’s highest thrill rides. Our newest thrill, SkyJump Las Vegas, is a controlled free fall that sends you jumping off the 108th floor of our Vegas resort tower at a scream-inducing speed. So, if you’re an adrenaline junky, a thrill seeker, or a daredevil – our Vegas resort tower is the place for you.
* Big Shot
Adult - $16.00
Child - $10.00
Senior - $12.00
Nevada Resident - $12.00
Big Shot - $13.00
X-Scream - $12.00
Insanity - $12.00
SkyJump - $109.99 and up
EXTREME VALUE PACKAGES*
Tower Admission + All Day Unlimited Rides - $34
Tower Admission + 3 Rides - $31
Tower Admission + 2 Rides - $26
Tower Admission +1 ride - $22
Express Pass - additional $10.00
If you visit the highest building in Las Vegas, the Stratosphere Tower (a multi-functional place providing things like casino, hotel, fashion shops, restaurants), don't miss the XScream up there. It is a hilarious and unforgettabe feeling; a different attraction.
Why to stop at the edge when you can go over...It is an open, floorless vehicle that dangles you 900 feet (300 m) above the Las Vegas Strip, then propels 30 miles an hour over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower. You think it's over as it pulls you back...until you notice you slide down once more towards and over the edge. It does it three times.
Try it - it is a once in a lifetime experience. A thrill ride of the next generation.
Well the stratosphere has yet another ride aded to their top of the world. They call it the X-Scream, it will plunge you over the edge of the stratosphere tower at a height of 866 feet above the ground (compare with over 100 floors). Although it might have a short track (about 31 feet over the edge of the tower) you really do not have to have a fear of heights. Onxe your are safely seated the ride tumbles forwards and the cart goes with a speed of 30 mph over the edges and leaves you hanging for a while to enjoy the view..
It might not be the fastest attractions or the longest attraction but you should try it...Niki decided not to she took the pictures and a short movie...just mail me if you want to see that.
Picture taken June 2, 2004 at 16:12
I don't know if this is a truly "must" see or not, but we thought it was fun. We enjoyed being able to go up to the top of the Stratosphere Tower and see the city and the surrounding desert and mountains. It's just a different perspective.
We didn't ride the rides, we just took a look around.
The Stratosphere, that can't-miss-it tower at the north end of the Strip, affords a great view over the sprawling light show that is Las Vegas. My husband and I headed up here, via a fast elevator, for a glass of champagne on our wedding anniversary (awwwww . . .). The view, while spectacular, can be tough to capture on film. ( Oh yeah, it's actually a hotel and casino too . . . )
The tower itself is the highest free-standing observation deck in the US, and the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
For those who want to walk on the really wild side of Las Vegas, take a ride downtown to the Stratosphere. The Tower is almost 1,150 feet tall! The Stratosphere offers three of the highest scariest thrill rides in the world. Insanity, Big Shot and X-Scream.
Big Shot is a free-fall ride that uses the Observation Desk as it's base.
Insanity hangs you out away from the deck where there is nothing below you but air and turns you around in circles.
The X-Scream plunges you downwards, up and backwards, and all this is done with nothing, I mean NOTHING under your feet! X-Scream is EXTREME!
Hours: 10 am-1 am Sun-Thurs and 10 am-2 am Fri-Sat
Price $19.95-35.95 +10.00 for an Express Pass
For those who like the thrill without the chills, The observation desk at the Stratosphere offers a magnificient view 360 degree of all of Las Vegas. The viewing deck has access to the outside as well as the inside. The hours are the same for the observation deck as the rides.
Admission to the observation deck without the rides is $13.95
To get a great birds eye view of the strip head up to the Stratosphere Tower. We went at night because we wanted to see the strip lit up but it is open during the day. We did have to queue for a while though so be prepared. Tickets are around $11 I believe and attached to your ticket you get some vouchers.
There is an inside and an outside. Don't do what I did and wear a skirt because its very windy outside. Outside there are also 3 rides - one that shoots you high, one that spins you round and one that shoots you off the edge. I was way too chicken to try any of them!!!!
These reidsa on top of the Casino are a kick. Just be cautious if your ar a little afraid of heights ( obviously) most of the rides make you feel like you are going to fall off the side of the building. Fun if you are in to that. Not so much if you were up late drinking and ars starting to feel the negitive effects of the morning after.
We decided to go all the way to the end of the famous Strip- which was the Stratosphere Hotel. We took a shuttle going there and my children wanted to ride on the Death rides!
At the top of the Stratosphere is a view deck where you can see the whole of Las Vegas. There are coin-operated telescopes which you have to pay for 50 cents. Also, before you get to the top, there are several stores selling different kinds of products.
There is also a painter over there who paints black and white portraits.
There is also a rodeo ride over there where you can ride a electric-operated bull!
It's not really a bay. It's a hotel. The Mandalay Bay Hotel has a Shark Reef - kind of like an aquarium where you can see sharks and other smaller aquarium with different fish to see. There is also a place where the children can actually touch the rays and the sea urchins. The aquarium is vey nice but not really an outstanding aquarium. If I were you, I would save the money and go watch other shows than going to this aquarium.
I have been to bigger aquarium in the world like the Monterrey Aquarium in Monterrey, California, Seattle Aquarium in Washington or the Aquaworld Aquarium in Oarai, Japan. I think this is just one of the attractions of Mandalay Bay to attract visitors.
Instead, spend that entrance fee of $16.00 and go to the Circus Circus for many more exciting and fun rides for your children!
The Stratosphere Tower is located at the northern end of the main Strip area. At 350m high it is the tallest observation tower in the USA and hence a major Las Vegas landmark. From the top you can enjoy excellent views of the Strip and the surrounding landscape from the outdoor observation deck.
But this isn't just the place to come and enjoy the views from the safety of an observation deck. The tower is also home to the world's highest thrill rides, which hang off the top of the tower, 110 stories above the Strip! There are three different rides to choose from, and there is no way you would get me on any of them!
You can buy a ticket to just access the observation deck, and then pay for any ride tickets as you go, or buy combination tickets too.
After a visit to the tower, you can always recover with a meal or a drink or a gamble at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, which sits below the tower.
Security is tight and they inspect and have everyone go thru metal detector. They also have a huge list of rules before you can go up in the tower. Make sure you read them before you either purchase your tickets or before you head for the entrance incase you have to leave something at the car or bell desk.
Since opening in 1996, this 1,141-foot-tall Stratosphere Tower has captured the attention of everyone alike. It is 869 feet high with a 360-view of the city, the Stratosphere's outdoor observation deck is the tallest of its kind in the country. Yet, I hate heights, but I enjoy this. What a spectacular view. I keep telling myself I am going to do this at night and some day, I will.
A TIP: If you hate heights and get some vertigo, go outside on the deck, do not stay inside it makes it worse. I noticed the observation glass is set at an angle, so it kinds of distorts the senses. I know, I know, but it helped me and the fresh air helps too. What a view!!!
Hours of operation: Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Cost: Please either check the website of call the attraction for current cost.
The hotel is actually called Stratosphere. But up at the top of its needle-like tower there is a ride called Insanity. They strap you in, dangle you over the edge with a 300-metre drop below you and then subject you to a 3g force as the arm whirls round and round. They should have called it Stratosfear.