Summer is already upon us. If you have kids I am sure they are already complaining that there is nothing to do. My teenager seems to have every electronic contraption known to mankind and still has nothing to do.
I started to look up things that a family can do together. Then I remembered, when I first moved to Las Vegas ten years ago I was taken to the New York- New York and the Sahara Hotels to ride the roller coasters. Unfortunately the Sahara Hotel has since closed.
The idea of riding a roller coaster brings back memories of me as a kid. My friend Ricky and I would stand in line and ride the roller coaster over and over again at an amusement park in New Mexico.
It didn’t matter how many times you rode the roller coaster you still got a thrill. The anticipation as the roller coaster creaked and groaned it’s way to the top. The shock of fear as you heard the mechanism release and the roller coaster car would plummet towards the ground. The exhilaration of the wind blowing in your face as the rail car whipped around the track. Then finally you would feel sadness when the ride ended. The sadness was quickly replaced as you made a mad dash to get back in line to ride it again.
I also remember after the roller coaster ride, looking at the photos the ride would take. You know the ones you can purchase to show all your friends. It takes skill and timing to really get a good funny face. Ricky and I would always try to come up with some obnoxious pose.
So to relive my youth I looked up the New York-New York Hotel and Casino, and to my delight they have new summer hours. So here is what you need to know.
What: The New York-New York Roller Coaster
When: Daily 10:30 a.m. till Midnight
Where: The New York-New York Hotel and Casino
Costs: $14 Individual ride
$25 Scream Pass (all-day ride pass and $2 off 5×7 photo)
$60 Family Fun Flight (4 Individual tickets and two 5×7 photos)
Locals get a free same-day re-ride pass with valid i.d. and purchase of a regular price ticket.
The Roller Coaster at the New York-New York brags that the coaster will lift you 203 feet into the air, just to drop you 144 feet. The roller coaster gets up to speeds of 67 mph while taking you through the barrel rolls and the famous “heartline” twist.
Now I just need to drag my teenager away from his precious video games and other electronic devices so we can have some outside fun.
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