8 Coolest Things To Do At AREA15 In Las Vegas

By Elle
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You’ve probably seen the billboard or heard about it from friends, but what is AREA15 all about anyway?

AREA15 is an Off-Strip entertainment complex in Las Vegas. But… it most definitely is not your average entertainment complex.

It’s an otherworldly blend of art, technology, and immersive experiences that’ll blow your mind. If you can picture a futuristic wonderland filled with larger-than-life art installations, mind-bending virtual reality adventures, touch-responsive installations, mirrored rooms, colorful environments, and an assortment of other experiences (VR, a zip line, and even an observation deck ride) dotted throughout a massive warehouse, that’s AREA15 for ya.

Whether you’re into cutting-edge art, interactive exhibits, or just want to experience something totally unique, AREA15 is the place to be. Plus, it’s not far from the famous Vegas Strip, so you can easily add it to your must-see list when you’re in town.

In total, there are about almost 30 experiences at AREA15. They’re always rotating, too. You can grab drinks under a maple tree made of over 5,000 twinkling LED lights, dine at a couple of restaurants, and experience a few attractions all in one epic night.

Not sure where to start? Here are the X coolest attractions we recommend you check out during your day there.


Discover the psychedelic world of Omega Mart

Meow Wolf Omega Mart Las Vegas
Courtesy of AREA15

Described as the weirdest and most psychedelic grocery store, Omega Mart is an art installation where everything, including the quirky items on display, is available for purchase.

This other-worldly art exhibit invites participants of all ages to step into new and surreal worlds, where storytelling takes on a trippy and playful form. As you navigate through the Omega Mart “supermarket”, expect the unexpected – discover secret portals, explore landscapes that defy imagination, and lose yourself in the innovative artistry that goes beyond the confines of a typical supermarket.

Within the whimsical aisles of Omega Mart, where hilarious products and mysteries abound, lies a hidden gem – the Datamosh Bar. Tucked away within the exhibition, this secret speakeasy bar adds an extra layer of intrigue to your adventure!

Even though this exhibit is on the pricier side compared to other attractions at AREA15, it’s still the best bang for your buck if you consider its size and how long on average people take to get through the experience.

Your experience will be equal parts glitchy, campy, and colorful!

Rum tasting and a show at Lost Spirits Distillery

Lost Spirits Distillery Las Vegas
Courtesy of Lost Spirits Distillery

While there are too many things to do at AREA15 to list here, we highly recommend heading to Lost Spirits Distillery to taste 19th-century-style English rum and watch their enthralling modern cirque-themed show (complete with 44 acrobats and performers).

Lost Spirits is a self-guided tour where you can taste rums, see performers, and walk through a labyrinth of art. The tasting tour has been called adult Disneyland and Willy Wonka Factory… for booze. It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before and is easily the coolest distillery tour out there.

Putting the awesome out-of-the-box show aside, the rum is actually quite good!

Lift Off at AREA15’s Observation Deck

One of the highlights at AREA15 is the observation deck attraction known as Lift Off. Positioned 130 feet above ground, this deck offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding area.

Visitors can grab drinks from the nearby Lift Off Bar and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, including glimpses of the Las Vegas Strip and the freeway.

You can even drink on the ride! Don’t worry, your drinks won’t fly all over the place — this is a slow-moving observation tower-type ride. The whole journey takes about seven minutes.

Eat handrolls at Kaia

Kaia, AREA15’s newest restaurant, specializes in hand-rolled sushi prepared by chefs right in front of diners. The menu offers a variety of hand rolls, such as Blue Crab, Scallop, and the intriguing Lobster Truffle. Prices range from $7 to $8 per roll, with the Lobster Truffle being a standout choice.

The food experience extends to beverages, including Asahi beer and Bushido sake.

Wink World

Wink World Area 15
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Wink World at AREA15 is an immersive art experience created by Chris Wink, the Chief Creative Officer of Blue Man Group. This psychedelic art house offers visitors a unique journey through six infinity mirror rooms, each designed to integrate sound, light, color, and motion in a captivating way.

As you step into this enchanting world, you’ll first wander through a narrow hallway adorned with curated art pieces, setting the stage for the sensory adventure ahead.

One standout room is the “breathe room,” which is a favorite among visitors for its immersive and tranquil atmosphere. We won’t give you too many more spoilers on that one!

All in all, if you have a fondness for the Blue Man Group, you’re likely to appreciate the creative genius of Chris Wink showcased in Wink World.

Illuminarium

Illuminarium AREA15
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At Illuminarium, get ready to dive into a mind-blowing cinematic journey like never before.

With state-of-the-art technology and 4K interactive projection, 360° audio, in-floor vibrations, and scent systems, Illuminarium guarantees an unparalleled cinematic immersion. During the day, it’s a family-friendly adventure, but when the sun sets, it transforms into an exclusive adults-only nightlife venue.

Illuminarium currently offers two different experiences — you can experience the wonders of space with “Space: A Journey to the Moon & Beyond” showcasing breathtaking visuals from the James Webb Space Telescope, or embark on a virtual safari with “Wild: A Safari Experience” where you’ll come face-to-face with exotic animals in their natural habitats, complete with authentic sounds and scents!

After dark, Illuminarium becomes an immersive escape for adults, offering a full bar with specialty cocktails and late-night bites. Indulge in signature drinks while being transported to ever-changing, magically immersive settings, from the vibrant night markets of Tokyo to enchanting floral gardens and beyond.

Birdly

Birdly is a small and affordable VR experience that mimics every aspect of the avian experience: from the wind beneath your wings to a bird’s-eye view of some of the richest landscapes in the digital world. Choose from the following experiences:

New York – Get a bird’s eye view of the Big Apple and soar over tall buildings and through the city streets and see world famous landmarks like the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park.

Jurassic Flight – Step back in time, 150 million years ago and embody a pterosaur, Kepodactylus. Fly amongst dinosaurs roaming the Earth during the Jurassic time period. Explore the flora, fauna and all the dinosaurs.

Wingsuit – Feel rush of adrenaline pumping through your veins as you speed down the mountain. Birdly Wingsuit lets you experience the high speed and close proximity feeling of a wingsuit. Fly from the highest summit towards the valley, always close to the ground and limits.

Haley’s Comet Zip Line

Haleys Comet AREA15 Las Vegas
Courtesy of AREA15

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Haley’s Comet is AREA15’s zip line experience. Dip, soar, and glide down The Spine, the nerve center of AREA15. Priced at $18, it offers a quick ride around the venue, providing a unique perspective of the colorful and neon-lit surroundings.

While the cost might seem a bit high for the duration of the ride, consider the fact that SlotZilla at Fremont Street starts at $49 and Fly LINQ tickets start at $35.

Other Things To Do At AREA15

  • Asylum Bar + Arcade – Second-level arcade bar + event venue. Must be 21+ to go here.
  • Brainstorm – Reads your expressions and responds by giving you a unique experience every time.
  • Dueling Axes – Axe throwing.
  • Five Iron Golf – Indoor golf experience featuring industry-leading golf simulators, pro teachers, and a bar.
  • Museum Fiasco – Light and sound exhibit exploring the relationships between space, time, and perception.
  • OZ Experience – VR experiences. Choose between two thrilling adventures set in space or in the land of animation.
  • See the murals – There are massive murals on the backside of the building worth checking out.
  • Particle Quest – Interactive AR experience that takes you throughout the space.
  • Grand Prix Racing Sim – Experience high-octane excitement racing on the Las Vegas Strip on an immersive simulator.
  • Virtualis VR – Powered by the latest technology in virtual reality, you can immerse into new worlds in ways they’ve never experienced before.

They also have a ton of events at AREA15. On any given week, you’ll find a new DJ spinning, a themed party, and more! You can check out all the recent happenings on their events page.

Where To Eat At AREA15

There aren’t a ton of options for food in AREA15, but you certainly won’t go hungry there. You can stop for a quick meal, snacks, or drinks while you check out the attractions.

  • The Beast by Todd English – Todd English is a renowned chef and four-time James Beard Award winner and has curated a menu of mouthwatering food. Dining at The Beast is first-come, first-served for same-day AREA15 visitors.
  • Kaia Handroll – AREA15’s newest restaurant, serves handrolls with bar seating.
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Lost Spirits – An immersive 16-course tasting dining experience with only 12 seats. Reservations required!
  • Dream Weaver Milk & Boba Bar – Soft serve and boba.
  • Lumin Cafe at Illuminarium – Features a menu with American cuisine items
  • Oddwood – AKA the lit-up tree! Serves a wide variety of beers and cocktails.
  • Rocket Fizz – A modern-day, old-fashioned soda and candy shop.

Ready To Experience AREA15?

AREA15, open until 12 AM on weekdays and 1 AM on weekends, offers a diverse range of activities for adults looking to escape into a world of entertainment. With almost 30 different destinations and experiences, it’s a place where each visitor can craft their own unique journey!

Here are a few essential things to know before your adventure:

  • When they first opened, each experience had a separate cost which was pretty lame. These days, they offer package deals, so be sure to check their site if you want to buy a bundle of experiences.
  • Some of the experiences offer discounts for locals (Nevada residents). You will need to check with each experience to verify what the discount is exactly.
  • Most attractions do not take cash so be sure you have your credit card handy.
  • Must be 18+ with valid driver’s license or I.D. for Late-Night Entry after 9 PM on Friday & Saturday nights.
  • Oddwood Bar and Asylum Bar & Arcade’s 2nd Floor remain 21+ entry at all times. Valid driver’s license or I.D. required.

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About The Author - Elle
About the author

My name is Elle and I'm a travel blogger based in California. I love helping people plan trips and create unique itineraries based on their interests and their budgets. I'm a huge fan of outdoor adventures and doing off-the-beaten-path things in Las Vegas (and around the world too)!