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At one lab station, an interim investigator carefully examines bullet casings. At another, single strands of hair deliver the DNA samples necessary to send a suspect to imaginary prison for a long, long time. Around every shadowy corner of CSI: The Experience, the latest recruits in forensic science slide into the latex gloves or behind the majestic mustaches of popular TV characters to solve crimes through interactive detective work.

A total of 15 lab stations harbor the evidence of three murders, each of which throws multiple suspects into the mix to trip up investigations. Videos featuring cast members and real-life scientists provide guidance throughout analyses, and afterward, newly established sleuths receive certification by prying an official CSI: The Experience diploma from the cold, lifeless hands of their email inbox.

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Vegas Indoor Skydiving was one of America’s first indoor skydiving facilities, built in 1982 right in the heart of the Strip. The wind tunnel, which blows air up to 120 miles per hour, has a mesh trampoline bottom and padded sides, creating a safe environment for novices and experienced fliers to simulate skydiving without an airplane or parachute.

Like celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Ozzy Osbourne, three past fliers, you’ll start your session with a short safety tutorial. Then you’ll be outfitted with a flight suit, goggles, and helmet and hit the wind tunnel for a 3-minute controlled flight—which is 5–6 times longer than the average duration of an outdoor skydive.

200 Convention Center Dr
Las Vegas,
NV
US

At Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing, which earned CityVoter's Best Sports and Recreational Activity title in 2009, visiting motorists whirl around a 1,200-foot indoor track designed by former IKF racers. Drivers suit up with protective helmets and neck collars before strapping themselves into Sodi karts, whose gas-powered Honda 200-cubic-centimeter engines and miniature horses power them through 10- to 12-minute races. The indoor facility?s professionally engineered exhaust system ensures safe, clean air for all racers as they wind through the course with up to 11 other competitors. Computerized timing systems accurately record photo finishes, and video helmets and race suits are available to enhance the experience. A slew of celebrity guests have been known to frequent the track, giving visitors a rare opportunity to outwit IndyCar drivers or trade high-speed knock-knock jokes with Hollywood comedians.

4288 Polaris Ave
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Live entertainment, amusement rides, and delicious Italian food mark San Gennaro Feast - Little Italy, which celebrates Italian heritage and the festival's saintly namesake. During each of the feast's five days, vendors will serve a wide range of delicious foods, including pasta, pizza, and italian sausage and peppers. Live musical acts perform on the main stage every hour. All the while, Italian folk songs wander from the instruments of strolling musicians and amusement rides light up the night skies while sending guests or thrill-seeking hunks of biscotti whistling through space.

3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Battlefield Vegas is as much a living history museum as it is an interactive shooting range and training complex. At a 5-acre military-style compound just off the strip and at a more than 200-acre offsite desert training facility, instructors guide guests in operating handguns, rifles and shotguns, and automatic weapons that range from Prohibition-era weapons to current arms carried by NATO forces. Alongside this impressive weapon collection lies a fleet of vehicles that contains specimens such as Willys MB Jeeps driven in World War II and a UH-1C "Huey" helicopter flown in Vietnam.

In addition to managing the collection, Battlefield's staff also lets guests feel what it's like to handle the weaponry through 15 scenario experiences. In these supervised programs, instructors supply era-appropriate arms and guide guests through scenarios that re-create historic battles and common military campaigns. In Defending Stalingrad, for example, role-playing soldiers take aim with Tokarev pistols, Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles, and PPsh-41 submachine guns. Beyond overseeing these scenario experiences and the training facilities, Battlefield's leadership plans to build a 32,000-square-foot outdoor airsoft field, as well as a military museum.

2771 Industrial Rd.
Las Vegas,
Nevada
US

Described as ?Bob the Builder on steroids? by The Los Angeles Times, Dig This reconstructs childhood play for adults letting them climb aboard excavators and bulldozers for digs inside a giant natural sandbox. Employees outfit grown-ups with the knowledge and safety gear necessary to get behind the wheel before explaining all the levers and buttons of the control panel. Patrons are then left alone inside climate-controlled cabs, connected to their instructors via headsets in case they need additional guidance. Patrons steer mechanical mammoths around the play yard, excavating trenches and toppling huge tires. Once they've mastered easy moves, they graduate to games such as Bulldozer Teeter-Totter and Excavator Basketball. After playtime, operators are awarded a certificate to commemorate their accomplishments and can cool off under a shower of their own joyful tears.

3012 S Rancho Dr
Las Vegas,
NV
US