Manhattan Express Roller Coaster
New York-New York Hotel and Casino
3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Las Vegas has been building a lot of fun attractions, but the Manhattan Express roller coaster at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino remains one of the best. It’s a combination indoor/outdoor structure that takes you both inside the casino and outside along the Strip. Along with the wild scenery, you get a lot of loops, and it climbs more than 200 feet and has speeds exceeding 60 mph. Be warned — this is a real roller coaster and will rock your socks off. A single ride is $14 and a “Scream Pass” is $25, which includes all-day ride pass along with a discount of $2 off a 5×7 photo. The ride is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight. It is closed in bad weather. You must be 54 inches tall to ride it.
Pole Position Raceway
4175 South Arville
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Most tweens just can’t wait to get that driver’s license and get behind the wheel of a car. Now, they can jump behind the wheel of a go-kart and go up against other kids on a race course at speeds up to 25 mph. Driving instruction is given, and tweens must wear a full safety suit with helmet. Kart races start at about $18 each, with a day of unlimited racing from $125. There is no minimum age, but drivers must be at least 48 inches tall. Adults can have fun here as well, as Pole Position offers separate cars and races for adults. The karts in these adult races reach 45 mph. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.
Vegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Located right off the Strip is Vegas Indoor Skydiving, offering a real indoor skydiving experience for the whole family. There is no age limit, but sky divers must be a minimum of 40 pounds. The experience starts off with a brief training class on how everything works and, very importantly, how to control yourself in flight. Next, you suit up in your jumpsuit and then it’s on to the wind tunnel. The whole experience lasts about an hour and is something tweens (or anyone else) won’t soon forget. Flights cost $75 for the first flight and $40 for the second jump the same day. Various multiple jump discount plans are offered, as well as plans for professional skydivers to sharpen their skills. The Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving Web site includes a $10 discount coupon. The facility is open daily from 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is an easy cab ride or drive from the Las Vegas Strip.