Sunday, July 7, 2013

Free and Fun Attractions on the Las Vegas Strip!

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

So you’re coming to Vegas and have no money, huh? Will you be joining one of the vagabonds, who adorn the walking bridges, to “collect” money each day…or will you simply make the most of the free things to do in Las Vegas? (Some of the vagrants make out pretty good here and a perk to that “job” is that you get a nice tan ;)… so it’s something to consider!) In all seriousness, if you’re wanting to forego the high roller’s table and hit the pavement for some of the best free shows in Las Vegas, the Strip has plenty to do and see! If you do a web search for “free things to do in Las Vegas”, you will find hundreds upon hundreds of time wasters mingled in with the “stuff you’d actually want to do,” so we’ve sorted through the pile-o-mess and narrowed it down to the “LUCKY 7things to do in Las Vegas for FREE! You can do all seven of these in one day or spread it out; the choice is yours (as was putting your last $100 in that money grubbing slot machine...forcing you to cancel the rest of your itinerary and find “free things” to do)! :P

Bellagio Fountains

Rated 5/5 stars on nearly every “customer rating” site out there, the Bellagio Fountains would be worth having to pay to see…but they’re FREE! I’d put them right there, at the tip top of the list, of free things to do in Las Vegas. Playful and flirty, the fountains’ dancing water, fantasy invoking lights, and whimsical music are perfectly married, creating a breathtaking scene. The expansive pond of twirling and spinning fountains tantalizes your senses every 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the day and time! The dancing water blasts into the air, in perfect rhythm with the classical, opera, and show tunes that have been tastefully coordinated with the fountain’s “dance”.

Bellagio’s Botanical Gardens
What else is there to do in Las Vegas for free? Since you’re already at the Bellagio, don’t pass up the opportunity to see the botanical gardens ; they boast a phenomenal colorful display of flowers, bridges, and seasonal objects. Over 120 employees create whimsical scenes in this glass enclosure, which takes up over 13,000 square feet of the Bellagio, just past its main lobby. Check out the floral arrangements in the lobby as you head to the gardens…they’re fit for a palace!

Volcano at Mirage

Put this on your calendar, sometime between 7pm and 11pm, any night of the week! Happening each hour, the pyrotechnics of the erupting Volcano at Mirage will keep you jumping! With these explosions and balls of fire, you’ll get the most “bang” for your buck (sorry, my sad attempt at a pun) when you go to see the Volcano show. Oh, wait a second, it doesn’t even cost a buck! It’s one of the best free shows in Las Vegas!

Sirens of TI Show
You don’t need to pull off to the side of the road to make way for an emergency vehicle with these “sirens”! In fact, you’re probably walking, so pulling over would just be plain odd. ANYWAY, another thing to do in Las Vegas for free is to check out Treasure Island’s (hence the “TI”) Sirens Show. Cover your kids’ eyes while half naked sirens seduce some 17th century, hardcore pirates. Luring them with their wry ways, involves a lot of song and dance! I personally think kids see more provocative dress on television…and probably at school…and would be fine to join in the fun of this free Las Vegas show!

Circus Acts at Circus Circus
Oh Circus Circus, how we love thee (sigh). Back in the day, when I was a kid, this was THE PLACE to stay! You’re not going to find this place on a list of elegant, classy hotels, BUT it does boast some pretty cool free things to do in Las Vegas . Circus acts of all kinds happen “center ring”. From flying trapeze artists to jugglers, from wire walkers to high speed roller skaters, the kids will have a good time and more importantly…it costs you NOTHING!

Fremont Street Experience

Let me say that I LOVE FREMONT STREET. It gives a person a taste of what Vegas was all about decades ago, with a sprinkle of 21st century flair! I’ve heard people call Fremont Street dirty and gross but it’s merely OLD! If it didn’t have a little wear, it’d be the architectural equivalent of Joan Rivers! Fremont Street itself is a pedestrian street (no vehicles allowed), covered with a 90 foot high canopy. At night, people emerge from every casino, bar, and hotel, crank their necks skyward, and enjoy different themed (from 70’s to aliens) light shows. It’s fun, the crowd is friendly, and it’s FREE!

Fremont Street Concerts
Finishing off the list of our “Lucky 7” Free Things to do in Las Vegas is The Fremont Street Concerts. The 2013 summer series is dubbed “Rock of Vegas” and features all the hairband music of the 80’s that you can stand and then some! I’m a product of the 80’s so I think it’s fantastic to be able to stroll up a pedestrian street, stop at a stage, and get blasted by the sounds of KISS, Alice in Chains , and GNR (to name a few). Crimp your hair, put on your best black eyeliner, squeeze into that spandex dress (which are back in style now, ugh), and grab your family and friends to head out and enjoy the bands!

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