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Free Las Vegas

May 21, 2008 By: Glenn Haussman


With the economy putting the damper on seemingly limitless vacation budgets, visitors to Las Vegas are feeling the pinch. So even though they may not want to cancel their dream vacation to the Las Vegas Strip, it’s likely they’ll want to spend a little less than they might have last year.

Fortunately, there is plenty of stuff to do either for free or on the cheap. Take entertainment, for example, where there are myriad options of no-cost stuff to experience. A group can spend virtually the entire evening traipsing up and down Las Vegas Boulevard, taking in plenty of complimentary entertainment.

Treasure Island, which is mostly being called TI these days, offers The Sirens of TI. Replete with pirates, a sinking ship, fireworks and plenty of scantily clad ladies, this show is a swashbuckling 17th century adventure. It’s held four times nightly, every 90 minutes starting at 7:00 pm.

The ubiquitous volcano at Mirage was the first major free attraction when it debuted in 1989. Now, it’s being recreated with 21st century technology to make the explosive show even more exciting. When it reopens later this year, expect to be blown away.

Meanwhile, Bellagio offers what many consider the signature free show on the Strip– The Fountains of Bellagio. Opera, classical, and country hits accompany choreographed movements of hundreds of fountains. It’s larger than life beauty on a grand scale. Shows are every half hour before 8:00 pm, and then every 15 minutes until midnight.

MGM Grand is known for its iconic lion mascot, and they have the real thing, too. Feast your eyes on The Lion Habitat, which features a live lion from a nearby ranch every day. Sometimes they sit right overhead, which provides an amazingly close point of view through the attraction’s clear plastic walls and floor.

At Rio All Suites, starting at 6:00 pm daily and running hourly through midnight, is The Masquerade Show in the Sky. The entire show takes place above visitors’ heads. It’s been closed the last few weeks as an entirely new show is set to debut on May 22. Management promises all new sets, costumes and choreography.

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