Monday, May 28, 2012

7 Las Vegas Free Attractions and Shows

1-The famous Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada sign

This sign from 1959 is in the center of Las Vegas Blvd, south of Mandalay Bay by a block or two.  A small parking lot has been made in the center of Las Vegas Blvd at the sign to allow a safe way of getting to the sign.

The parking lot is entered only from the southbound side of Las Vegas Blvd.  Stay in the left lane, slow down when getting close to the sign; (you will be approaching from the back side of the sign which says "Drive Carefully  Come Back Soon)" and observe for the entrance on the left, just as you pass the sign.

Lock your car at the Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas sign.  Recently, (2012) the Welcome sign parking lot was on the television news in Las Vegas, as some tourists had valuables stolen from their cars while taking photographs at the sign.  A culprit has been caught, but you full well know that wasn't the only culprit in the world, so lock your car.

Parking is free, although sometimes crowded.  In daylight I would go to the sign in the morning.  By afternoon, it is crowded.

The sign is neon however, so you might wish to visit it in the evening when it is lit up.

You may visit the sign 24 hours a day 7 days a week in person, as well as online.

Welcome To Las Vegas Sign - Live Video From Earthcam

2-Fountains Of Bellagio

(as seen in the accompanying photo)

Bellagio is located on the southwest corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd.  The lake with the fountains is located right out n the open on the Las Vegas Blvd side.

Water music and light shows are free, just walk up and watch.

Showtimes Monday to Friday are every half hour from 3pm to 7pm, every 15 minutes from 7pm to midnight.

Showtimes on Saturdays, Sundays*, and holidays are every half hour from 12 noon to 7pm, every 15 minutes from 7 pm to midnight.

Showtime on Sundays* begins at 11AM, running every 15 minutes, for the Fountains Brunch at Jasmine.

If you like, you can walk up to the front entrance of Bellagio to get a view of the fountains against the background of the Eiffel Tower and Flamingo just across Las Vegas Boulevard.

During high wind, a voice may come on from the Bellagio sound system, letting everyone in the street know that the fountains have been cancelled due to wind.  It does not happen too often.

Fountains Of Bellagio are great anytime, although at night it is enhanced by the lights in the water, as well as the subtle lighting in the areas and walkways of Bellagio.

3-Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Bellagio changes their exhibit regularly, but it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is free.  Just walk in and check it out.

If you are at the end of the lake which allows you to look across at Paris, you are already close enough to the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.  Turn your back to the lake, enter Bellagio right there at the front, walk straight in and follow the signs.  If you do it right, you do NOT have to walk through the casino in order to get to the garden.

4-Mirage Volcano

Mirage volcano erupts once an hour, five times a night.
Volcano eruptions are at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, and midnight.

The volcano used to erupt much more frequently, but that was before the volcano was rebuilt.

The volcano is located right out in front of Mirage on Las Vegas Blvd.  Mirage is on the same side as Bellagio, but further north.  Caesars Palace is between Bellagio and Mirage.

5-Sirens of T.I.

Treasure Island (T.I.) Hotel & Casino has a small lake in front of the hotel on Las Vegas Blvd.  In that lake are two pirate ships.  Some of the pirates are sexy women..

The pirates and their ships battle and put on an excellent free show.  Just walk up, and watch.  It gets crowded at these performances.  Guests who stay at T.I. may enter a reserved viewing area by showing their hotel key.  Everyone else crowds to get  a good view.

Stand in front of the ship on the left if you want to be closer to the ship of women pirates.

Shows are:  7pm, 830 pm, and 1000 pm,

A 4th show is scheduled as follows:

Fall/Winter 530 pm

Spring/Summer  1130 pm

6-Rio Masquerade In The Sky

Sexy women dancers in hot outfits, dancing on illuminated floats which travel above the slot machines, as the floats travel on tracks hanging from the ceiling of the casino.

Often there is also an element to the show occurring on the floor of the casino as well.  All free to see.

The show may be watched from the casino floor, as well as an upstairs hallway of shops which has a rail on one side at which people line up to see the Masquerade In The Sky from a more eye to eye level.  (This level is also where guests with children go during the show, as children are not allowed on the casino floor).

Rio is not on Las Vegas Blvd, nor is it on Fremont Street.

Rio is located at 3700 W. Flamingo Road; that is about a mile west on Flamingo from Caesars Palace.

I am not sure how accurate the show schedule is, which is listed on Rio's site.  Check it out yourself at:

I would call them to check show times to be sure.

Rio is a sexy place, unfortunately for many, not quite as close to The Strip as they would like.

Rio also has a well reviewed bar (Ghost Bar) and restaurant on the roof of their larger building, (I do not think you can go up for free, but I am not sure.)  Nonetheless if you intend on going to Rio, you may wish to time it so that you can see the Masquerade In The Sky (for free) as well as hanging out at Ghost Bar on the roof (not free) at the same time.

7-Fremont Street Experience

A giant overhead video screen running for many blocks, all the way from Golden Gate Casino to D (formerly Fitzgerald's).

This is cool.  This is free.  And it happens in a large enough area that you can walk all around Fremont Street and check out the show from anywhere you like on Fremont Street between Main and Las Vegas Blvd.

Viva Vision is what it is called on the official website, and they do post what shows are playing at what time.

Roughly the shows start at 8pm, and are every hour on the hour until either midnight or 1am.

Check out the schedule on their website - click the blue viva vision tab to see the shows schedule.

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