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4 Can't Miss Rooftop Attractions

Features & Advice | Cherese Weekes | March 25, 2015

4 Can't Miss Rooftop Attractions

Image courtesy of the Stratosphere Hotel

It’s a bird, it’s a plane! Nope, it just a rollercoaster dangling off the side of a skyscraper. If you are afraid of heights, you might want to push your fears aside to visit these four rooftop attractions. They may be geared for the adrenaline junkie who loves to live on the edge, whether taking a dip in a pool, or racing through history on a test track. Yet, sometimes the best adventures occur while perched on top of the world. So let the following elevated experiences take you to new heights where not only the brave are strong enough to go, but the tentative are encouraged to let the inhibitions run free.

Singapore: Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool

Are you tired of the mundane swimming experience that consists of large crowds, and a tireless search for a great spot? How would you like to escape to a sparkling oasis in the sky that only guests of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore can enjoy? You’ll have to ascend 57 stories to splash around in the 150 meters of aquatic adventures that the SkyPark Infinity Pools provides; however, your venture to the top will be rewarded with a mesmerizing view of Singapore’s skyline and the opportunity to swim in the largest pool of its kind while the world sits at your feet.

St. Louis, MO: Rooftop Ferris Wheel

It takes just one visit to the City Museum to become smitten by its eccentric attractions which consist of treehouses, jumping ramps, a shoelaces factory, an aquarium, and so much more. But it is the Ferris wheel that sits on its dome that takes the museum’s thrills to new heights. Measuring four stories high, the leisurely ride on the Ferris wheel is arguably the best way to capture St. Louis in all of its glory. And the fun doesn’t stop there, since the City Museum’s roof can also be enjoyed by plunging to the earth at top speeds from the slide as well as exploring the Splash Pond.

Las Vegas, NV: X-Scream Ride

Towering over the city at more than 1,000 feet, the Stratosphere Tower does much more than offer a bird’s-eye-view of the cityscape. It sends visitors catapulting through the air from one of its thrill rides like the X-Scream. Not even your cries for help will be heard since you’ll be hundreds of feet above ground and holding on for dear life since it will have you clinging off the side of the building. So proceed with caution because like many of Las Vegas’ attractions, the X-Scream ride is not for the weak of heart.

Italy: Lingotto Building

In the early 1920s, the Lingotto Building was a thriving automobile factory that manufactured a wide collection of Fiats. As a result, a test track was embedded onto the roof, where the cars would spiral by as their engines roared thunderously before they could hit the streets. Although this high-speed action no longer takes place on top of the building, since it has been converted into a complex comprised of a mall, theater, and convention hall, the test track remains a testament of the Fiat’s evolution. However, you don’t have to travel all the way to Italy to witness this historic site since it made big screen and TV appearances in The Italian Job and The Amazing Race.

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