LAS VEGAS, Aug. 4, 2015- When it comes to bachelor parties, few if any, other cities can hold a candle to constant hysteria and hyper stimulation of Las Vegas. While this age-old ritual of pre-matrimonial inebriation is one that for millions has been tried and true, there is more to the Entertainment Capital of the World than the glittery breasts of strange women or the thrill that accompanies the pairing of a royal face with an elusive ace.
At any hour, day or night, along this frantic sparkling strip of taxis, limousines and malfeasance, one can find tight clusters of chino-clad, testosterone-crazed males puffing cigars, sipping purple-tinted Everclear from “yard glasses” and scratching their heads in effort to unravel the mystery of the previous night’s nefarious activities.
While such a journey for many males is a rite of passage, Las Vegas also offers a variety of activities that provide thrill-seeking travelers with rare opportunity and an unrivaled release of endorphins.
Just one block off of the Strip, located off of Convention Center Drive on the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard, is Vegas Indoor Skydiving. The first one of its kind in the country, Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving has been a part of Las Vegas since 1982. Indoor Skydiving provides customers with the thrill of free falling without ever having to set foot on an airplane.
After a 10-minute safety briefing, a friendly instructor escorts clients into a small room where they are issued a diving suit, Velcro shoes, goggles, gloves, a helmet and ear plugs. Five minutes later, a 1200- horsepower engine roars to life and for the next minute to minute and a half, participants, suspended between five and 15 feet above the ground, may as well be in a free fall, spiraling toward the earth, only in the safety of a padded room. You are guaranteed to leave with your heart pounding. Beginning at $89 for your first flight and $50 each additional flight, Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving offers a series of group rates and takes reservations. For more information visit www.vegasindoorskydiving.com.
THE GUN STORE
If being suspended in mid-air isn’t enough to solidify a place within Masculinity’s Hall of Fame, it is easy to raise the bar. Head to 2900 E. Tropicana Ave. to the Gun Store, where guests have the opportunity to fire a variety of weapons ranging from the infamous Dirty Harry 44 Magnum to the rapid fire of the inconceivably powerful M249 S.A.W.
Guns are divided into three categories, and there are more than 45 guns to choose from. Machine guns run $50 for anywhere from 15 to 50 shots, handguns run $25 for anywhere from five to 20 shots, and semi-automatic rifles are also $25 for five to 20 shots. The machine gun category includes the Thompson .45, the AK-47, and the Uzi. Handgun options include the Ruger MKIII, the Beretta M9, the Glock 17, and the Dirty Harry 44 Magnum. Rifles include the Sniper Rifle, Beretta CX4 and a 12 Gauge Shotgun among many others.
Because one magazine of machine gun ammo takes just under 20 seconds to fire, guests are encouraged to choose two or three guns. Typically such packages include one machine gun, one semi-automatic rifle, and finishing it off with the powerful blast of a machine gun. For more information go to http://thegunstorelasvegas.com/.
EXOTICS CAR RACING
If high-powered weaponry or skydiving isn’t enough to satisfy that need for adrenaline, just 20 minutes outside of Las Vegas is Exotics Racing. Located adjacent to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Exotics Racing offers customers a chance to drive some of the most expensive exotic cars in the world, including Audis, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, the way they were meant to be driven on an actual race track. Guests arrive to a festive environment. Over the loud hum of sports cars whizzing around the track, music blasts and a food trucks sells barbecue as guests await their turn to get behind the wheel.
After checking in and selecting their cars, drivers are taken to a briefing room to be educated on not only how to operate the controls of the car but also how to actually drive the car on a race track to ensure that the car is driven at its maximum performance and speed.
Next, they pile into one of two Porsche Cayennes where another instructor proceeds to drive them twice around the track to familiarize new drivers with the various apexes and straightaways.
At the track, customers receive their helmets and meet their personal instructors, who escort them to their cars. Once on the track, drivers are immediately instructed to gun their automobile as they make their way to the first turn. It is terrifying and exhilarating.
By the last lap, they are taking the turns like NASCAR racers. Each ride consists of five laps and ranges in price, depending on the car, from $199 for a Porsche Carrera S to $399 for a Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640. Other cars include the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, theFerrari 458 Italia, the Audi R8, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and the Nissan GTR. Multiple car packages and private events are also available.
For more pricing go to exoticsracing.com.