At a Glance
What is it?
A zip line attraction that allows you to fly seated or superhero style.
Where is it?
At the Linq Promenade on the Center Strip.
Is it worth the cost?
If you like zip lines it’s relatively affordable.
What else do I need to know?
Tickets are more expensive at night.
What’s the bottom line?
Maybe not the most thrilling zip line but a lot of fun anyway.
For the record, I do not like heights. I get vertigo on step stools. When they have those shots in movies or TV shows where the camera is looking straight down at the rooftops of buildings, I have to look away. The idea of going on one of those rides at the Stratosphere fills me with such dread that just the suggestion of it makes me need to go lie down.
But for some stupid reason, I decided to do the FlyLinq zipline at the Linq Promenade on The Strip. Part of it was because it was a friend’s birthday celebration weekend and he wanted to do it and part of it was because I had done the SlotZilla zip line before and somehow survived it and so I figured, how bad could this be?
I think the people below are still laughing at the guy flying overhead screaming “Why am I doing this?!”
The first thing to know about FlyLinq is that all of those signs inside the Linq Hotel that direct you toward the zipline are lying to you, or at least leaving out a crucial bit of information: you need to go out to the Linq Promenade to buy tickets before you take the elevator up to the admission line. You have some choices to make at the ticket booth including if you want to fly day or night; if you want to do it seated or “superhero” style, lying prone facing down with your arms out; and if you want to go facing forward or backward.
Then you take the elevator to the admission line where you have to sign a waiver that basically says if it all goes horribly wrong and you end up as a stain on the Linq Promenade that you’re not going to sue. I’m paraphrasing.
After that you take another elevator up to the launch platform, some 120 feet up. You’ll get a harness and a bag to put all your belongings in. I wanted to ask if the latter was because things fall out of people’s pockets or just so it’ll make it easier when they have to give your things to your next of kin but I decided that probably wasn’t in the spirit of things.
Then you head out to the edge of the platform where they hook you up to the line, attach a bunch of cables, and double check everything. I appreciated that last part.
Sitting there (or lying there as the case may be) isn’t as scary as the SlotZilla platform because of the way they have built it and what’s around you. At SlotZilla you are inches away from the edge, with nothing but a big dropoff in front of you. At FlyLinq, you’re set back a little from the edge, there’s a net that extends out beyond that, and the very first part of the line goes over the roof of a building beneath you so it’s not quite as intimidating, or so I’m told. I was too busy rethinking all of my life choices that had led to that moment.
I will say that the ride is shorter than SlotZilla and, depending on when you do it, not quite as visually stimulating. If you do SlotZilla at night with the overhead Viva Vision canopy on the Fremont Street Experience all lit up, it’s a remarkable thrill. Here, you’re mostly surrounded by hotel towers, although zipping toward the High Roller Observation Wheel is pretty cool.
Be warned that the end of the ride is quite a jolt. They sort of warn you about that, but not enough.
The normal prices range from $30 for daytime seated up to $45 for nighttime superhero, but you can get discounted tickets online.
If you’re only going to do one zipline in Vegas, you’ll probably have a better experience at SlotZilla but that involves you getting off The Strip and going Downtown. If you don’t want to do that, FlyLinq is a worthwhile alternative.
Just watch out for the guy muttering “Why am I doing this?” as he stands in the queue line. He may bolt for the exit at any minute and is willing to push people down to get there.