Unparalleled views, thrill rides, and so much more is a part of the experience for the adventure-seekers at the Strat, which was earlier called the Stratosphere. While the tower itself stands at 1149 ft, you are allowed to look at the entire Las Vegas with the amazing mountain range in the background from the 109th floor, which stands at 866 ft.
It claims to be the tallest observation tower in the United States, and second in the entire western hemisphere region, the Strat tower still has the adventure options for visitors to keep themselves thrilled choosing one of the rides, or do a controlled jump straight from 108th floor to zero! While I chose not to do any of those, thanks to the fear of heights and worse when I am to jump down, even if in a controlled manner, from a height of around 860 ft, I still did like the amazing view of the city from up top.
Compared to some of the famous towers, this is taller than the Macau Tower, about a 100-ft taller than even the Eiffel Tower, and almost four times the height of the Statue of Liberty. But you cannot compare it with some of the much taller ones, with the tallest in the world being Japan’s Tokyo Skytree, which stands tall at 2080 ft, and Canton Tower at 1982 ft, followed by CN Tower at 1815 ft. But coming to the U.S., you won’t be finding many such tall structures for observations.
Now, if you are someone who wants to do the Skyjump, which is the controlled descend, you are doing basically a free fall but a lesser risk one from 855 ft, but imagine the rush in adrenaline when you are just jumping down and have no control on it. For this kind of a jump, this is the world’s highest! That’s enough motivation right?
There are some thrill rides that you can get into if you aren’t high enough with the Skyjump 😉
Big Shot – This takes you further up from the 109th floor for a vertical thrill ride, and while you might be seeing Las Vegas from a better height, you might forget about it at that time when all you feel is your heart being in your mouth.
Insanity – As the name says, this insane ride takes the group of riders out of the edge of the tower and then gives them a circular ride. It’s not slow, as the spinning is at 40 miles an hour.
X-Scream – is more like roller coaster with a single car moving back and forth on a single track, but the thrilling part here is the velocity it picks up when moving forward, with no block ahead giving you a feeling of going for a free fall for hundreds of feet, except that it suddenly brakes down.
There are restaurants, shops, and even a lounge on the 108th and 107th floors, but the fun part is being on the outside on the 109th floor for the chilly winds (especially in January when I visited it) and the breathtaking view just around the sunset time.
Most of such observations towers and decks are only for the view they offer, of the entire city around, but this particular one has records to its name for hosting the adventurous rides and trips at a height of over 850 ft, which is something worth experiencing if you don’t fear heights and are always up for such fun.
The Strat Adventure Trip Costs
The Observation Deck on the SkyPod is open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday, while on Friday and Saturday, it is open up to 2 a.m.
- Only watching Vegas from the observation decks on both 108th and 109th-floor costs $25.
- Observation deck + 1 thrill ride of each (Big Shot, Insanity, and X-Scream) costs $34.
- Observation deck + Unlimited thrill rides cost $43.95
All these costs are not inclusive of the convenience charge, which was $4 for the first option.
Now, let’s check out the prices for the SkyJump.
- Only the jump is $129.99
- Skyjump with a photo is $146.23
- Skyjump with the action camera is $154.99
These prices can change, but these were the current costs in January 2020.
While I did go only for the top observatory deck at SkyPod, what I hear from most is that even the SkyJump or every other thrill ride on the top is worth the penny, as there are only a few such high adventure rides around the world, and you don’t come to Vegas every year.