How to feed ‘The Walking Dead’ addiction in Vegas

WTF happened to Daryl? Whew, now that I’ve got that off my chest I feel like we can have a semi-civilized conversation about this. If you’re like me, still reeling from last week’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” you’re probably a ball of nerves waiting for the finale and wondering what the hell you’re going to do when the show goes on summer hiatus. I have good news. Vegas has been bitten by zombie fever and there’s no shortage of ways to get your TWD fix until the new season starts in October.

Adventure Combat Ops photo by Doralynne Valenzuela.

Adventure Combat Ops photo by Doralynne Valenzuela.

Adventure Combat Ops

One of the best damn attractions we experienced in 2015, Adventure Combat Ops is one of the wildest things you’ll do in Vegas. No, we’re not talking about that leggy blonde you met at the bar wild – but full on heart racing, adrenaline pumping, chest beating wild. You’ll be armed with an air-soft rifle and military-style gear before you’re taught real life tactical skills by our nation’s finest retired Special Operations Warriors. Then, your “unit” will be deployed into a 54,000 square-foot warehouse that has been fully transformed into an active movie set. There are Hollywood caliber special effects, a neighborhood with fully staged houses and smoke-filled streets crawling with actors dressed as zombies. It’s a fully immersive experience in a simulated combat zone that’ll have you wanting more the first time you kick a door down and crawl through a window.

See what happened when we sent our Vegas Insiders into the heart of the zombie apocalypse with Adventure Combat Ops.

Photo courtesy of the Zombie Apocalypse Store.

Photo courtesy of the Zombie Apocalypse Store.

Zombie Apocalypse Store

If you want to hunt zombies, you gotta have the gear. We’ve all seen how much harder it is to decapitate a walker without the right equipment. The Zombie Apocalypse Store is stocked with everything you need to survive in a post-apocalyptic world like a Zombie Brain Saw, a brass-knuckled Zombie Hammer and Zombie Response Team T-shirts to let everyone know that you’re one of the good guys.

Stocking your underground bunker with all the essentials is easy when you’ve got access to the latest in survival gear. The store has a great selection of MRE’s, first-aid kits, survival guides, ammo and weaponry for all your prepping needs. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, they also work with gunsmiths to make customizable weaponry and specialty survival items. You can even learn how to properly throw knives to inflict maximum zombie brain trauma.

Photo courtesy of Zombie Burlesque.

Zombie Burlesque

Zombies can be sexy, right? Although they’re not much more than decaying slop on AMC, Vegas has managed to preserve these putrid cadavers right before their sensual lady lumps fell off. Too graphic? Not for someone as well versed in the undead as you. Zombie Burlesque is a provocative musical designed to be so seductive you’ll willingly want to be nibbled on. These horny brain eaters perform sultry stripteases and crack jokes about eating, fornicating and everything in between. From the guy whose intent on devouring a beloved part of the male anatomy, to the women who look at you like a piece of meat (because you are), you’ll never look at zombies the same way again.

Photo courtesy of Combat Zone Paintball.

Photo courtesy of Combat Zone Paintball.

Combat Zone Paintball

This is your chance to unload a .50 caliber paintball shotgun into flesh-eating zombies, under the cover of night. The outdoor battlefield at Combat Zone Paintball is operated in rain or shine — you’re in combat, remember? A little bit of rain (which we almost never get) can’t stop you from completing your mission and clearing all four zones roughly the size of two football fields. Soldiers don’t get that luxury, and neither will you. The difference between the Zombie Apocalypse Experience and your average paintball excursion is that you won’t get hit. Zombies want to eat you, not shoot you, so although you won’t get paint splattered you’ll be crawling through the desert terrain and should be nice and dirty by the end of your mission.


Photo courtesy of Millennium Fandom.

Millennium Fandom

You’re probably used to hearing about people dressing up and role playing in Sin City, but one of the newest bars in downtown Las Vegas takes it one step further. Millennium Fandom is the ultimate nightlife destination for living out your Sci-Fi fantasies, kinda like the place everyone wants to hang out after they’ve spent the day perusing the aisles of Comic Con or maybe just Wal-Mart if you’re on that level of cosplay. They recently held a “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” night at the bar and we’re desperately hoping they continue their zombie-themed movie parties. Before long, you may be seeing all the character from “The Walking Dead” bellied up at the bar.

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Born a Buckeye - raised a Hoosier. I grew up in a one-horse town that straddles the Indiana/Ohio state line and until 2006, was in two different time zones. There were three stoplights and a whopping 48 students in my graduating class. Fast forward a few years later, I was bitten by the travel bug and decided to head west. It seems like no matter how long I live here, there’s always something that still makes my jaw drop. That’s what I love about Vegas; you never know what you’re going to see next and that’s what makes living here so much fun. Basically, if you’re bored in this town, there’s something wrong with you…not the city. I’m an avid traveler with an incurable case of wanderlust so stay tuned for all the tours, attractions and shopping adventures that Sin City has to offer.