UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks.
The Pirate Cove Resort & Marina grants families, groups, and thrill seekers a year-round fix for the adventure itch. A lineup of four heart-jolting attractions populate the resort's grounds, including the giant Bosun Swing, which oscillates riders gently above the Colorado River, granting picturesque views of mountains in the distance. Standing eight stories high, the Plank Walk plunks adventurers 80 feet to a soft, sandy landing, and the Rum Runner, a motorized zipline, whisks riders through the air at 50 mph, or the same speed as Superman's groggy shamble to the bathroom in the morning. The resort's latest addition, the Pirates Quest zipline tour, consists of five ziplines that run as long as 1,300 feet, supplying explorers an adrenaline-infused vista of the land.
The lights and luxury of the Strip end rather suddenly, returning to the sand and sun of the desert within just a few miles. The desert, though, stretches on with its own beauty that the trail guides at Las Vegas Trail Riding love to show off. They invite guests to come out to their barn, meet a friendly horse and take a riding lesson, then head into Eldorado Canyon to see the sights. The staff carefully chooses a horse whose temperament suits a rider's skill level, and supply tack, saddle, and even a hand to mount and dismount the animal. After excursions, they welcome new riders to stick around and visit the various friendly critters who call the ranch home.
At Posh For Kidz, infants and kids up to 6 years old divvy up into age-specific playrooms to explore indoor-playground equipment with up to nine of their peers. The well-monitored play place puts an emphasis on providing enough room for kids to run around without ever feeling too hedged in. In addition to open play times, two-hour birthday parties give kids free rein over two playrooms, plus a party room in which to eat cake, open presents, and compare retirement plans. As tykes traverse playplaces, parents and older children can relax in a comfy lounge.
At Sand and Sage Tours, adventurers set out on a two-hour guided horseback trek across the scenic Nevada landscape. Knowledgeable tour guides select horses to match riders' skill levels, whether it's their first horseback jaunt or the ghost of John Wayne inhabits their bodies. A pre-ride mini lesson equips riders with the basics needed to navigate the deserts, where mountains to the west and east frame a magnificent skyline whether the sun is rising or setting. Sand and Sage's exploratory horses transport riders across stunning sands and through gullies. Rides depart seven days a week, though ride times vary depending on the weather.
Terrible's Town Casino & Bowling Center provides first-rate 10-pin recreation for expert lanesmen and gutter-ball masters alike. Outfitted with specialized scuff-minimizing bowling shoes, duos get three games each to demonstrate their ball-rolling prowess, time enough to peacefully settle long-festering feuds before pistols come out at dawn. Those whose bowling powers are only activated by food can take advantage of the snack bar, packing empty bellies with filling fare and amassing the necessary calories to disrupt adjacent games with gloating victory laps.