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Free things to do in Las Vegas
The pirate show called ‘Sirens of TI’ at the Treasure Island Hotel is a free show that can be seen from the side walk 4 or 5 times a day, depending on the season. It features high diving, acrobatics and flamboyant swordplay. The Sirens try to enchant the captain and crew of The Bull, however they are suspicious of their motives and a battle ensues.
Next door at the Mirage is another free show that runs every 15 minutes from 8 p. m. until midnight, it’s called The Volcano. The calm waterfalls in the front of this Polynesian themed resort are transformed with red lights, gas jets and explosions. The original show has been built up from just the eruption to include fire bursting out of the lake below. If you don' t get to see this then it’s not worth a special return trip.
Across the street tucked down an alleyway between Harrah' s and Flamingo is Carnival Court. It’s an outdoor festival and has performers and a fair like feel. There' s also a stage with other live performances and a bar that boasts it has some of the best performing bartenders in the country. Even if you are not drinking it’s that impressive you should check it out.
Down the strip a bit and back across the street is the best free show in Vegas, the Bellagio fountains. They run from 3 p. m. until midnight every 30 minutes or every 15 minutes depending on the time of day. So don’t worry if you miss it because another show will be starting soon.
The Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel across the street from the Bellagio fountains has an observation deck and a restaurant inside it. Both of these provide amazing views of not only the Bellagio fountains but all of the entire Las Vegas Strip. Sometimes the queues can be long but if you can stand waiting around it' s actually a really nice view.
Further down the street and across the strip is New York New York which boasts a roller coaster that weaves you through the buildings that make up the New York skyline. The cyclone, as it’s called, runs all day and night weather permitting start around 10 a. m. and finishing close to 1 a. m. on the weekends. The view is free but the coaster is not.
The Venetian offers a wonderful place to just look round. However it also offers a number of different costumed entertainers, street performers and opera singers from 11:00am each day. At 9:45 and 4:15 each day the gondoliers march through the shopping area to St. Mark’s Square.
Some of the lesser known places around the area can also offer some worthwhile entertainment. I will list some of them here so that you can explore if it’s something you like the sound of.
Azure offers an underwater show with mermaids and fish in a 120, 000 gallon tank. The Bonnie & Clyde exhibit has their original getaway car. Airplay aerial show at the Tropicana and a Mardi Gras at the Rio. Those that like cars might want to go to the Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati display at the Wynn. A 100, 000 sq. ft. of display area that includes Steve Wynn’s $1. 5M Enzo Ferrari.
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