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You Look Fly: The New Backwards Way At FLY LINQ Is One To Try

Last updated: May 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm. Posted by in The LINQ, Things to Do in Las Vegas. No Comments on You Look Fly: The New Backwards Way At FLY LINQ Is One To Try.

This year I made a promise to live a little — or at least how I lived before parenthood. Being a mom of two, life can get a bit crazy. When you’re singing nursery rhymes to yourself, watching cartoons (long after the little ones left) and stepping on countless Legos, these are all signs you need a serious break.

When asked if I wanted to do some fun field work, I jumped at the chance to try the FLY LINQ Zipline at The LINQ Promenade. (Did you know this $20 million attraction is the only zipline on the Strip?) Not only is this a fun break from the kids, I’m living up to my promise of a more spontaneous, adventurous me. This would be a breeze, right?

Little did I know I would be flying like a superhero backwards. But enough with all the talk. Let’s get to the ride!

Ride Backwards on FLY LINQ Zipline

Preparing rider in FLY LINQ Zipline safety gear

In the voice of Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em: “Yooooou!” Make the most of your FLY LINQ ride by going backwards. Photo by Nina Corpuz / Total Vegas Blog.

ANTICIPATION BEFORE THE FLIGHT

To me, this is probably the scariest part. You feel that initial rush the moment you step into the elevator and fly up to the zipline platform. After you sign a waiver via iPad, your Fly LINQ attendant helps you get dressed into your safety gear. While you’re waiting for your turn, you get up-close views of the riders zooming off toward the High Roller wheel. That freaked me out a bit, but they assured me all I have to do is have fun. (I can do that!)

They’ll do a countdown and prepare you for takeoff. And even if you’re dangling midair (like how you see me in the picture below), you’ll have the peace of mind that it’s going to be an awesome ride.

Rider about to take off on the Fly Linq zipline.

Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane… no it’s Jeannie! Try and get this money shot before you ride. Photo by Nina Corpuz / Total Vegas Blog.

THE RIDE Of A Lifetime

I’ve done zipline rides forward facing before, but riding backwards is way different. This is something you need to try at least once, whether it’s seated or superhero style. (I vote superhero — you should go all out.)

The ride is both thrilling and believe it or not, relaxing. Once you take off, you’re flying at an easy pace. Since you’re coasting 12 stories high, you’ll probably shout “Woo hoo!” and “Wow!” a dozen times as you’re looking at views below you.

What’s great about going backwards is you don’t know when the ride is going to stop. That’s part of the suspense that makes it so exciting. Fun fact: the length of each zipline is 1,121 feet.

The backwards ride hyped me up big time. Just remember: It goes by fast, so you have to enjoy every bit of it.

GO AGAIN (AND AGAIN… AND AGAIN)

Would I ride this again? Heck yes! It felt so freeing. I loved how the staff made me feel really comfortable too. Add this to your Vegas must-dos list for sure.

Make sure to bring your friends when you ride the FLY LINQ Zipline.

Friends let friends have fun, real talk. Take your buddy with you on the FLY LINQ when you’re in Vegas. Selfie by Nina Corpuz for Total Vegas Blog.

Before You Take The LEAP

Since we rode FLY LINQ, here are a couple of things we like to keep in mind:

  • Keep your eyes open and don’t forget to look around. When you’re on the ride, don’t just look down, which is exactly what I was doing for the first few seconds. Turn your head. Take in the breeze. Admire your surroundings. The view of the LINQ Promenade is really sweet. Plus, you can wave to the people below you. It would be a waste if you squeezed your eyes shut the entire time.
  • Stay hydrated. Whether it’s before or after your ride, make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. (Just make sure to use the restroom before the ride!)
  • Don’t overthink it and just have fun. It’s not every day you’re flying in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, so let loose and live it up.

Ten riders can fly the zipline at the same time. Rides before 6 p.m. are $25 (seated) and $35 (superhero). This price also applies to the new backwards rides. Night time rides (any time after 6 p.m.) are $30 (seated) and $40 (superhero). Riders must be at least 60 pounds and can’t weigh more than 300 pounds. Riders must be at least 40 inches tall. The ride opens daily at 11:30 a.m.

Now its your turn to be bold, daring and take on the sky.

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I live for a crazy Vegas adventure, but not in ways you may think. Sure, our nightlife scene is all fun and dandy, but I love discovering all of the city's vegan options, relaxing in hotel rooms and seeing the best concerts - no matter how big or small the crowd may be. Since I've ditched the rain in Seattle two decades ago, I graduated from UNLV and covered Las Vegas entertainment articles for Vegas.com, the LA Times and our very own Total Vegas Blog. When I'm not writing, you'll find me spending time with my husband, toddler and two pets.

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