Area 15 is one of the newer attractions in Las Vegas. It opened on September 17, 2020, and for a while, we heard rumors of how it was a new type of experience that mashes up art, food, and shopping.
Since we’ve been quarantining, we didn’t make it out when it first opened, but last week we were finally able to see what all the hype was about. We can’t wait to see all the art installations and events that will come through in the future.
Check back to see the latest updates.
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Last Updated: February 6, 2022
Your Ultimate Guide to Area 15 Las Vegas
What is Area 15?
It’s hard to describe the AREA15 experience, but to put it simply, it’s a futuristic shopping center. As you enter, you come into a large open space where there are different vendors mixed in with art installations. To the left and right of you, there are spaces filled with museums, interactive exhibits, and shops.
It’s not only contained within the massive warehouse, there are also outside spaces that are used to house art from Burning Man plus other murals and art installations.
Local Tip: When you first enter, you walk through a spaceship airlock, which sets the mood for the rest of your experience. You don’t get much time in it when there’s a line.
Area 15 Las Vegas Tickets
Here’s what you need to know about what tickets to buy before arriving.
General Admission into AREA15 is free during the day, but they currently require you to reserve a ticket to help control capacity (you only need one entry pass per group). An entry pass isn’t required if you have tickets to an AREA15 experience or event.
There is a cover charge on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 10 pm. It’s $15 at the door or $10 in advance.
There are also CIP Group packages for groups of 6-18 people. This will give you expedited entry, a VIP host to escort you through the night, a reserved table inside The Sanctuary, entry into Museum Fiasco and Wink World, two drinks per person, family-style dinner at The Beast, and a swag bag. The package is $150pp.
Keep in mind that the General Admission ticket only allows you to get inside. Then you can do some window shopping to see if you want to purchase tickets to any of the exhibits or attractions. If you want to see something specific, it’s always a good idea to buy your ticket online ahead of time.
AREA15’s current hours:
Monday: 12 pm – 1 am
Tuesday to Thursday: 12 pm – 12 am
Friday: 12 pm – 2 am
Saturday: 10 am – 2 am
Sunday: 10 pm – 12 am
How to Get to Area15
3215 S Rancho Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89102 (map)
Getting to AREA15 is easy. It’s off the north end of the strip and they have a dedicated flow for ridesharing. If you’re driving, they have plenty of parking all around the building.
7 Things You Can't Miss at Area 15 Las Vegas
We haven’t checked out everything in Area15 (some exhibits are still opening) but will eventually go and update you with our thoughts. In the meantime, check out our favorites below to help you plan your visit.
Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart is the anchor experience at AREA15. It’s a huge space and hard to describe. It feels like you’re in another dimension, and you can either walk through and interact with the art on your own or follow the narrative.
Even though this exhibit is pricier, it’s still the best bang for your buck if you consider its size and on average how long people stay for the experience.
Lost Spirits just started their tours in Vegas, and it’s my favorite thing I’ve done here in a long time! It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that is part distillery tour and tasting and part art exhibit.
We got a private tour with Bryan Davis, the co-founder and the artist behind the Disney or Willy Wonka-like experience for adults.
What’s equally impressive is that he’s a self-taught chemist, who came up with a new revolutionary distilling method to “age” rum (20 years in just 6 days). Made me miss the days I worked in a Chem lab.
They have plans to expand the experience, so I can’t wait to see the magic they come up with.
Local Tip: They give you plenty to drink, so pace yourself.
3. Wink World
If you’ve ever been to a Blue Man Group and love the show, you will love Wink World.
Chris Wink, one of the three co-founders and Chief Creative Officer of Blue Man Group, created Wink World, which is a psychedelic art house. It gives you a small taste of his genius. You start out walking through a narrow hallway checking out art pieces that he’s curated.
Afterward, you enter six infinity mirror rooms. What’s different about these infinity rooms is it takes out the “self” and beautifully integrates sound, light, color, and motion. Our absolute favorite was the breathe room!
Local Tip: You’ll want to purchase the Chromadepth glasses before checking out the Aliume 3-D Psychedelic Art Gallery (and the main piece outside). I dabble in painting, but it’s mind-blowing how the artist, Alex Aliume, uses different colors to create different depths.
Dates: April 6 – September 30, 2021
If you love Van Gogh’s art, this 30-minute immersive art show is a great way to see his work come to life. They also have a guided painting experience (Sunflowers & Rose) happening 7/29, 8/12, and 8/26.
Local Tip: There were tables in the center and along the walls. We sat in different seats and thought the best seats were at the corners along the wall.
LIFTOFF is the newest attraction at AREA15 (opened Feb 2022), offering panoramic skyline views of Vegas.
It’s hard to miss the giant balloon and spiral structure located just outside the main entrance, and it’s the first of its kind built in the US.
When you board, you are all facing inwards with a seatbelt securing you into your seat. It looks like an inverted version of Big Shot at the Strat, except it’s more of a leisure ride for the views than a thrill ride.
The balloon then ascends to the 130-foot summit and spins around so you can enjoy the 360-degree view of the strip and surrounding area.
There’s a lounge area where you can hang out as you wait and a bar to grab a drink for your ride (there are cupholders!).
PS Don’t look down at your dangling feet if you’re afraid of heights. You can see a reel of our ride here.
Local Tip: They provide a phone case for you that you wear around your neck.
6. Museum Fiasco | "Cluster" by Playmodes Studio
Museum Fiasco is a fully immersive installation that uses light and sound to explore the relationship between space, time, and perception.
I know that sounds abstract but the exhibit is abstract! Imagine an infinity room filled with columns and mirrors. Then mix in intense sounds with lights on the columns that go along with it. The concrete floor is semi-reflective too creating an even more open space.
While you’re inside, you’re free to wander around, but I definitely recommend standing in one spot to take in the experience. The overall show last around 12 minutes.
We thought it was pricey for the one exhibit, but the exhibits will continue to rotate and this one is only here for a limited time.
Local Tip: For $1 more, you can purchase an all-day pass if you want to go in and out as you please.
7. Get a Drink Under Oddwood's Maple Tree
Tickets: No admission. Purchase drinks.
This is our favorite piece in the whole place that is free to view. It’s so mesmerizing; I could watch it all day.
The 23-foot-high Japanese maple tree is located at the center of Area 15 and is made of over 5,000 twinkling LED lights that change color. Order a beer or cocktail and enjoy a drink under the branches.
Local Tip: The view of the tree is nicer from the second floor.
Electroroll: Skate. Rock. Radiate.
The A-Lot which typically houses art is currently transformed into an outdoor roller rink through the end of March. On Friday and Saturday nights, it turns into a 21+ Disco night and ticket prices go up. Rentals are included in the ticket price.
Mon to Thur: 5 pm – 9 pm
Fri: 5 pm – 8:30 pm (Disco 21+: 9 pm – midnight)
Sat: 12 pm – 8:30 pm (Disco 21+: 9 pm – midnight)
Sun: 12 pm – 8 pm
Best Place to Eat at AREA 15 Las Vegas
There aren’t a ton of options for food in AREA15 yet but plenty of chances for snacks or drinks while you check out the other attractions.
- Emack & Bollos – Loved their ice cream. They also serve yogurt, homemade fudge and chocolate, micro-brewed sodas which I need to try, and they have vegan selections.
- Oddwood – Serves a wide variety of beers and cocktails.
- Rocket Fizz – It’s a chain, but if you’ve never been in one, think of a modern-day, old-fashioned soda and candy shop.
- 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. We enjoyed their BBQ, but I wasn’t a huge fan of their Korean fusion items.
More AREA 15 Attractions
If you have the time, here are some more things to check out at Area 15.
- A-Lot – Outdoor art space featuring large-scale and desert-festival inspired pieces.
- Birdly ($13.50) – A VR experience that mimics every aspect of the avian experience.
- Brainstorm ($5) – Reads your expressions and responds by giving you a unique experience every time.
- Dueling Axes (starts at $35) – Axe throwing! 20% off for locals.
- Emporium (free, reservation required) – Next level arcade bar + event venue. Every Monday and Tuesday from 4pm-12am, locals get free game tokens.
- Five Iron Golf (starts at $35) – Indoor golf experience featuring industry-leading golf simulators, pro teachers, and a bar.
- Gallerie 360 ($20) – A fully immersive audio and visual experience inside The Portal.
- Haley’s Comet ($18) – Hang glide + free falling on the first indoor, electric dual-track suspension ride in the US.
- Murals – There are massive murals on the backside of the building worth checking out.
- OZ Experience (starts at $30) – They have two VR experiences. We only did the seated one (which is skippable), but we definitely want to try the immersive one!
- Particle Quest ($8) – Interactive AR experience that takes you throughout the space.
- Portal – 360-degree 3D projection-mapped walls. While we were there it was a sports bar with TVs all around.
- Sanctuary – Giant volcano-shaped, airy dome built from natural materials. Great spot to take a break and grab a drink.
- Wild Muse Boutique – A unique shop with one-of-a-kind, handcrafted apparel, accessories, and art.
- To avoid the largest crowds, arrive early. We got there 10 minutes before it opened, and there were already 20+ people in front of us.
- They offer packaged deals throughout the year, so be sure to check their site if you want to buy a bundle of experiences.
- Some of the experiences offer local discounts. You will need to check with each spot to verify what that is.
- Most attractions do not take cash so be sure you have your credit card.
- AREA15 was built for special events. Check this page for the latest events.
- Masks are required at all times.
- DSLRs are not allowed inside AREA15 and you will be asked to leave them in the car.
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Have you been to Area 15? What did you think? What were your favorite exhibits?
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