So we’ve discussed where to stay and where to eat. Now it’s time to discuss where you go to play while you’re in Vegas!
THE BELLAGIO FOUNTAINS
Tune into just about anything Vegas related and it’s going to have some shot of the Bellagio fountains going off. They really are pretty cool. Considered the best free show in Las Vegas, the Fountains of Bellagio is a vast visual water symphony choreographed to light and music. The Bellagio fountain show takes place in front of the Bellagio hotel and is visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip, both from the street and neighboring structures.
THE MIRAGE VOLCANO
One of Las Vegas‘ most renowned icons, the Volcano at the Mirage is a sight to see and an experience that should be on the top of your list of things to do in Las Vegas. In December 2008, after undergoing a dramatic enhancement, the Mirage volcano wows audiences with an audio / visual spectacle that features never-before-seen fire effects. The Mirage volcano features more than 150 eruption points, that shoot fireballs choreographed to the music. The volcano show lasts approximately 10 minutes and ends with a giant fire eruption 60 feet into the air.
The Mirage Volcano erupts nightly every hour on the hour from dusk until 11pm. The first show is at 7pm. The volcano can be viewed from the sidewalk on the Vegas strip in front of the Mirage Hotel Casino or from inside the hotel premises. Personally, I’m a big fan of standing across the street, in front of Casino Royale to get a great view without all the stinky tourists climbing all over you.
To get a good viewing spot, plan to arrive 15 minutes before the next volcanic show. This is important especially if you have young children with you. We have also found that the best viewing spot is right in front of the Mirage entrance behind the valet kiosk. This spot will place you about 100 feet from the volcano and you will definitely feel the heat from the exploding volcano. This area fills up fast so remember to get there 20 minutes early.
THE SIRENS OF TI
The Sirens is Treasure Island skanky-ist show on The Strip. The production features a clash between a group of beautiful, skanky sirens and a band of renegade STD-laced pirates. From daring swordplay to high-diving acrobatics and eye-popping pyrotechnics, the show is something you’ll only be able to stomach once.” VIP viewing” is available for hotel guests, but don’t stay at TI just for this alleged perk. The show runs for about 20 mins and starts at 7 pm., 8:30 pm., 10 pm. and 11:30 pm. daily.
Fremont Street is the second most famous street in Las Vegas, after the Las Vegas Strip. The Fremont Street Experience is an exciting pedestrian promenade located in the heart of the downtown casino corridor, it is the address for many famous casinos such as Binion’s Horseshoe, Four Queens, Golden Gate and the Golden Nugget. This really is “old school” Vegas at its best!!
Running as long as five blocks, the Fremont Experience is packed with free live nightly entertainment, great odds and loose slots, more than 60 restaurants, free light and sound shows, and ten classic casinos, all within four blocks. A distinct perk is that there are many new, fun bars starting to open up around here for your inexpensive drinking pleasure.
The exhibit, filled with lush plants, vibrant flowers and towering trees, changes five times a year and celebrates each of the four seasons and Chinese New Year. Winding pathways invite guests to experience this visually stunning display at their leisure. The Conservatory is free to the public and open 24 hours.