Flying Over Downtown Vegas Like Superman Beats a Night On the Strip

 Las Vegas' Downtown Container Park features a Burning Man-inspired praying mantis that shoots fire while jamming out to classic rock tunes. Image courtesy of Downtown Container Park.

Las Vegas' Downtown Container Park features a Burning Man-inspired praying mantis that shoots fire while jamming out to classic rock tunes. Image courtesy of Downtown Container Park.

 

Zooming over downtown Las Vegas with Slotzilla

If getting bombarded with stripper advertisements while wearing a Long Island ice tea around your neck sounds like a hellavuh night out to you, by all means continue hanging out on the Las Vegas Strip. For those with, um, a slightly different definition of fun, do as the locals do and head downtown.

 The five-block entertainment district, the Fremont Street Experience. Image courtesy of the Fremont Street Experience.

The five-block entertainment district, the Fremont Street Experience. Image courtesy of the Fremont Street Experience.

Formerly a magnet for ne’er-do-wells AKA Vegas’ unofficial capital of sleaze, Downtown Las Vegas has been undergoing a renaissance in recent years. This rebirth is evidenced by the trendy Downtown Container Park, Fremont East’s row of hip bars (including an old-school arcade bar) and the annual Life is Beautiful music festival, which brings huge headliners from Major Lazer and Mumford & Sons to Empire of the Sun. Without question, Downtown Vegas owes much of its new-found success to the rowdy five-block entertainment district, the Fremont Street Experience

Arguably, the biggest draw at this pedestrian mall and entertainment space is Slotzilla, a 12-story, slot machine-inspired zipline that flies over the crowds of downtown Vegas. And of course, I had to try it. So I took The Moms and my adventurous cousin out for an evening of high-flying good times.

We discovered that there are two ways to fly at Slotzilla: the lower zipline, where you rappel in a seated position, and the upper Zoomline, where your legs extend backward and you fly like Superman. Since we’ve all tried traditional ziplining before, my mom, cousin and I opted for the more thrilling, upper Zoomline. 

Watch this video to get a first-person POV and find out what riding the Zoomline is actually like.

 
 

Slotzilla ranges from $20 to $45 per ride, and sometimes there’s a long wait. That only adds to the anticipation though. 

Don’t be afraid to skip the casinos and veer off the Vegas Strip for a night. Out of all the things you could spend your money on in Sin City, doubling down on Slotzilla is a bet you just can’t lose.