Fly Like It’s 2062
Can’t wait for The Jetsons technology to finally emerge in real life? Thanks to Invert Sports, now you can feel what it’s like to use a jet pack. Its Flyboard lets you hover up to 45 feet above Lake Mead as you travel nearly 20 mph. Make reservations at least two weeks in advance. $4,500 for four hours or $6,995 for eight hours (for up to 20 people), 888-205-7119, InvertSports.com.
Go Hard for Nevada’s Birthday
You only turn 150 once! The Silver State’s birthday celebration includes scavenger hunts, horse shows and vintage restaurant tours this summer. Find a list of Southern Nevada’s events at Nevada150.org, and visit our special sesquicentennial historic sites guide at VegasSeven.com/NV150.
Tee Up it on the Edge of Town
Las Vegas Paiute Resort, a half-hour north of town, is home to three striking courses designed by architect Pete Dye, and now’s the time to finally try one as a) there are summer discounts for locals and juniors, and b) it’s about 10 degrees cooler there. You can play Wolf, the longest course in Nevada, for as little as $47 a round. 702-711-1400, LVPaiuteGolf.com.
72 Seconds of Thrills
El Loco, the new shriek-inducing coaster at Adventuredome, doesn’t last long, but considering the 1.5 vertical-G force, 90-degree drop and gut-wrenching rolls at 45 mph, it’s all you’ll need. In Circus Circus, $30 for all-day pass, Adventuredome.com.
Get Wet, Two Ways
In just one year, the number of Valley water parks has gone from zero to two. Cowabunga Bay, the newcomer, is slated to open in early June. In addition to seven rides, it brings us the cult-classic dessert: Dole Pineapple Whip! Even the “old” water park, Wet ’n’ Wild, has something brand new come Memorial Day weekend: the Tornado, a slide boasting zero-gravity spins and a 36-foot drop through a 110-foot tunnel. Wet ’n’ Wild: $40, 7055 S. Fort Apache Rd., WetNWildLasVegas.com, Cowabunga: $36, 900 Galleria Dr., Henderson, CowabungaBay.com/LasVegas.
Get High in the Morning
What’s breezy, beautiful and 1,000 feet tall? A hot-air balloon in flight! Vegas Balloon Rides conducts 45-to-90-minute sunrise voyages for eight to 12 passengers at once. Flash a Nevada ID to ride for $175 Mon-Thu and $195 Fri-Sat. 702-553-3039, VegasBalloonRides.com.
See the Real Vegas Stars
National parks lock their gates around sunset, but that’s when prime stargazing begins. Our advice: Park your car on Kyle Canyon Road (near Mount Charleston Lodge) or, better yet, join one of the monthly Astronomy in the Park sessions (the next one will be in June). LVAstronomy.com.
Read a Book (Just Kidding)
The Book of Mormon, the satirical musical about missionaries in Africa from the creators of South Park that won nine Tony Awards, comes through The Smith Center from June 10 to July 6. And it’s not yet sold out! We suggest an afternoon or weekday show toward the end of the run for the best-available seating. $39-$150, 702-749-2000, TheSmithCenter.com.
Pay Homage to the King
Our city’s love for Elvis is obvious, but only once a year do we go all-out for Elvis Fest. On July 10-13, LVH hosts an Elvis Tribute Artists contest, themed tours, memorabilia sales and more. And given that this is the 50th anniversary of Viva Las
Vegas, it’s bound to be a special festival. Priced per event, 800-222-5361, LasVegasElvisFestival.com.
Indulge in Late-Night Oddities on the Strip
With so many fresh openings on the Strip, it’s gonna be a good summer to play tourist. Check out Monte Carlo’s sidewalk plaza, which has great snacking places that are open way late, such as Yusho (we love the sweet-potato doughnuts and nori-flavored soft serve). At the Linq, you can eat a cupcake at any hour thanks to the Sprinkles ATM. Starting May 23, you can also swing by FAME for treats from the Fukuburger food truck.