Monday, September 1, 2014

Surf's Up

Vegas gets a water park

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Most of the time, the most terrifying thing in Vegas is waking up next to you.
 
Not this time.
 
This summer, get your thrills at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas, a sprawling oasis of aqua adrenaline now open on the outskirts of town in Rhodes Ranch.
 
Smack against the desert hills about as far west as you can go without hitting the mountains, take advantage of stunning views of Red Rock Canyon as you plunge to near certain death.
 
Such plunging comes courtesy of Canyon Cliffs, a four-story vertical drop that has you plummeting a terrifying 33 feet per second into the cool waters below.
 
Feel like experiencing an earthquake? Step up to The Rattler, North America’s only waterslide that has you shaking with custom oscillators as you drop into the pool.
 
You can also body surf three-foot swells, race headfirst down a six-lane speedway, and experience category five whitewater rafting on a weightless half pipe.
 

Oh, and did we mention the highest-banking slides in the world, which you can navigate on a six-person raft through a series of spirals and insanely tight turns?
 
Because it's not a trip to Vegas until somebody loses their lunch.

Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas wetnwildlasvegas.com
7055 S. Fort Apache Road, Rhodes Ranch
(702) 979-1600
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Price: $25-$70 here
Nearby: Red Rock Casino; Element Las Vegas; Ravella

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