One of the more recent attractions to be added to the Las Vegas Strip, the High Roller Ferris Wheel has become very popular in a short period of time. This is a great way to get a view of the city from high above Las Vegas Boulevard, and it is a must-do for anyone who is planning a trip to Sin City.
About High Roller
The construction of High Roller was announced in 2011 when Caesars planned to spend half a billion dollars upgrading in renovating the area around the Linq Hotel (the former Imperial Palace). The Ferris wheel was to be completed in late 2013. However, like many construction projects, there were delays that pushed the opening back further and further, until it finally opened to the public in March 2014.
Today, this is the centerpiece of the new Linq complex that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. With dining and entertainment options all around, people still flock to the High Roller to get heir view of the city.
Three reasons you should visit High Roller
The incredible views of Las Vegas
Vegas is an incredible city from a design perspective – unlike anything in the world. This is on full display from high above Las Vegas Boulevard. The High Roller is open day and night, and you would be well served to give it a try during both times of day – Las Vegas and the desert look very different when the sun comes up. Even though most people are looking for pictures of the famous sights of the Strip, during the day, you can see far off into the city to see what surrounds this famous location.
You can drink on the High Roller!
What better place to have a romantic drink with your partner or to have a few celebratory drinks with your buddies! This trip allows you to purchase beverages, meaning you can toast the high life – literally! There is even a Happy Half Hour – cabins that offer free drinks as part of the admission – for those that want to take Happy Hour to the next level, high above the hotels.
High Roller is the tallest Observation Wheel in the world – for now
Do you like visiting world-record holding locations? Then, for the time being, this is one to cross off your list! Upon its completion, the High Roller Ferris Wheel was the tallest of its kind in the world. Standing at 550 feet, it will remain the tallest until the proposed wheel in Dubai is completed. That project, however, has been delayed by several years, so there is still time to get to Las Vegas and jump on the High Roller while it is still the champion!
One thing to remember about High Roller
Many people come to Las Vegas wanting to go on the High Roller, only to come away disappointed by the economics of it all. Starting with the fact that it is not a very long trip (from start to finish it takes 30 minutes to complete the ride) to the cost of the ride ($25 to $60 depending on the time of day and type of ticket), many aren’t thrilled with what they have received for the price. Also, the wheel is full almost all the time, so plan to be standing in line for a while unless you book well in advance.
High Roller FAQs
Can I book an entire cabin?
Yes, you can! It won’t be the cheapest, but you can get a group together and book an entire cabin either for personal or business use. Many weddings have taken place on the High Roller over the years, as well as many private business functions.
Can I buy tickets online?
Yes, you can buy them before you get to Las Vegas, and we encourage you to do so, so you have fewer lines to wait in. If you can’t commit to buying them online, then you can always spend an extra $20 for a VIP ticket that allows you to Fast Track onto the wheel without having to wait in line.
Where is the High Roller located exactly?
Although you can see the wheel from blocks away, the entrance to the wheel is actually behind the Linq Hotel. You can walk through the promenade from the Linq to the ticket booth and line in a couple of minutes. This is the easiest way to get to the High Roller.
Can I bring my kids on the ride?
Yes, of course! The only reason to be over 21 is to order a beverage from the bar. Parents should bear in mind that there is no way to get off the ride once it starts, so you are in for the full 30 minutes once the door closes.
How many people fit in each cabin?
There is room for up to 40 guests in each of the cabins, so you can plan a decent-sized event if your group is large enough!