extreme sports

While Las Vegas is best known for its gambling thrills, if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush outside the casinos, there are some amazing extreme sports for visitors to try that are sure to make their stay even more memorable. While they may not be as lucrative as a spin on the slots, they can be just as testing on the nerves and just as exciting as a win at the blackjack table. Here is a rundown of some of the top extreme sporting activities to enjoy during a Sin City vacation.

Jump Out of An Airplane

If you’re looking to really push the boat out on serious thrills, skydiving has to be the most extreme sport of them all, and where better to do it than over the spectacular Nevada landscape! While jumping out of an airplane may sound terrifying, those who have tried it often find that it’s pretty addictive. It’s easy to see why when you see the unique bird’s-eye perspective over famous landmarks, such as the Valley of Fire, Colorado River, and the Hoover Dam. On the other hand, if you aren’t quite ready for the actual experience itself, the Vegas Indoor Skydiving experience could be perfect for you. Replicating all the sensations without any of the terror, this thrilling experience allows you to skydive indoors in a vertical wind tunnel!

Our favorite placeVegas Indoor Skydiving
Address: 200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5

Jump to It

Perhaps the idea of trampolining doesn’t strike you as being particularly extreme, but Gravady Extreme Air Sports will change your mind. This CircusTrix experience offers more than 25,000 square feet of trampoline-filled space. These aren’t your standard trampolines that you used in school. There are launching decks, angled wall trampolines, and even surprises hidden in the ceiling. While you could just try a little free bouncing, the more adventurous will love the extreme dodgeball, the ninja obstacle course, the slackline, and the trapeze, as well as the aerial silks experience, which are suspended high above a foam-filled floor for a Cirque du Soleil feel.

Our favorite place: Gravady Extreme Air Sports
Address: 7350 Prairie Falcon Rd #120, Las Vegas, NV 89128
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5

Hit the Water

flyboardIf you’d like to get off The Strip for a while and leave the bright lights behind, why not head out to Lake Mead for a spot of kayaking? This beautiful location is perfect for a bit of water exploration, and you can either go it alone, take a lesson or even join an organized trip. If kayaking is a little too sedate for your liking, why don’t you try something a little more adventurous? Flyboard Las Vegas on Lake Las Vegas is a jetpack experience that will shoot you 20 feet over the surface of the water for a 40-minute unique experience that will give you a trip to remember.

Our favorite place: Lake Las Vegas Water Sports
Address: 20 Costa Di Lago #130, Henderson, NV 89011
Tripadvisor Rating: 5

Shoot Off A Few Rounds


If shooting counts as an extreme sport, Machine Guns Vegas is the ultimate destination for you. Just 10 minutes from the heart of the famous Strip, this thrilling destination boasts a cutting-edge indoor gun range in a 10,000-square-foot facility. There is an enormous breadth of firearms to choose from, so whether you have always wanted to handle a fully automatic machine gun, would prefer a regular pistol, or want something a little more unusual, such as a vintage World War II weapon or a one-off gun used by a U.S. Navy SEAL, you can live out your dreams here, guided by highly trained staff, which includes many veterans.

Our favorite place: Machine Guns Vegas
Address: 3501 Aldebaran Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Tripadvisor Rating: 5

Take an Aerial Tour of The Fremont Street Experience

The famous Fremont Street Experience is a pretty exciting destination, but you can bring an extra thrill to your visit by climbing 12 stories to ride the SlotZilla zip wire. This thrill ride whisks you on a 1,750-foot-long journey for a truly unique experience.

Our favorite place: SlotZilla Zip Line
Address: 425 Fremont St #160, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5

Throw Yourself Off a Tower

If throwing yourself out of an airplane isn’t for you, perhaps throwing yourself off a tower might be more up your street. Only for true extreme sports enthusiasts, Sky Jump Las Vegas gives thrill-seekers the opportunity to bungee jump off a 1,149-foot-high tower at The Stratosphere on The Strip.

Our favorite place: SkyJump Las Vegas
Address: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5

Get Behind the Wheel

If you’re only happy when you’re behind the wheel, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the perfect extreme sporting activity for you. Enjoy the rare opportunity to drive a high-octane racing car and try out one of several different experiences, including drag racing, exotics racing or the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Our favorite place: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Address: 7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89115
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5

Explore the Desert

Head out to the Nellis Dunes and have an adrenaline-pumping adventure in a customized dune buggy. Or, alternatively, hop on an ATV, get off-road and explore the rough and ready desert that way. There’s no better way to explore the natural environment while getting your thrills.

Our favorite place: SunBuggy Fun Rentals
Address: 6925 Speedway Blvd #106, Las Vegas, NV 89115
Tripadvisor Rating: 4

Sail on Land

land sailing

If you’re a keen windsurfer, you’re not going to find much action in Vegas with its dry desert surroundings. However, there’s another fun alternative that you are going to love – land sailing. Take an excursion to the dry lake beds that lie on the edge of town and enjoy an outdoor experience with a difference as you cruise around the terrain on a low tricycle that has its own sail.

Our favorite place: Omega Land Sailing
Address : 3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Caesar’s Palace Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tripadvisor Rating: 5

Climb A Canyon

If you’re ready to get away from The Strip for a while, the canyons and deserts surrounding Sin City are the perfect destinations for extreme sports enthusiasts. Red Rock Canyon is a great place to try your hand at rock climbing, and while you get your exercise fix, you’ll have the opportunity to appreciate the splendor of Nevada’s natural environment.

Our favorite place: Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
Address: 8221 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Tripadvisor Rating: 5

Explore on Horseback


While it may not appear to be an extreme sport, if you’ve never ridden a horse before, a Wild West horse riding experience could certainly be a white-knuckle adventure. Explore the outlaws’ famous trails or take a sunset scenic ride and enjoy a Wild West-style dinner as part of the deal.

Our favorite place: Wild West Horseback Adventure
Address: 2470 Chandler Ave # 11, Las Vegas, NV 89120
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5

Try Something Completely Bizarre

If you are a committed thrill-seeker who has tried absolutely everything on this list, it’s time to take a different tack. Thinking laterally along the extreme sports line, it’s time to come up with something totally out of the ordinary that you almost certainly will never have done before. What about ax throwing? Axe Monkeys is just off The Strip and offers those who are looking for a taste of the extraordinary: an ax-throwing master class. What better way to let off steam than by gathering a few friends together and setting up a little friendly competition? Or, why not make the experience even more all-encompassing by hiring a private booth and trying your hand at a little ninja star or knife throwing as well?

More Extreme Sports Are on Their Way

The Clark County commissioners have realized the tourist draw that extreme sports can have in Las Vegas, and in September 2017, they approved extraordinary plans for an impressive $800 million extreme sports park to be constructed to the south of The Strip. The plans for this amazing destination look set to satisfy even the most hardened adrenaline seeker, with wakeboarding, rock climbing, bungee jumping, ziplining, white water rafting, mountain biking, scuba diving and indoor skydiving all on the premises.

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Richard Holmes was born in Tampa, Florida and studied computer science at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola Florida. A devout Baptist, volunteer Sunday School teacher and online gaming fan, Richard works as a part-time systems administrator at Baptist Hospital and part-time professional blogger specializing in statistics, probability and computer science issues. He is an ardent believer in the future of artificial intelligence as a tool for transforming human society for the better, particularly in the area of health care and modern medicine. A chess player, and competitive online gamer Richard actively participates on online gaming tournaments in his free time.