With so much to do in Las Vegas, it’s easy to forget that a lot of Vegas hotels (especially those located on the infamous strip) have attractions of their own. Better yet, some of these are FREE!
I didn’t have enough time on my short visit to Las Vegas to see even half of these but when I go back, I will definitely be making time for the ones I missed.
- The Mirage
There are a few different things to see at the Mirage and I think they are quite worthwhile. Firstly, there is the famous Mirage Volcano located out the front of the hotel. The Volcano features eruptions, water features and a fire shooter that shoots flames 12 feet in the air, all timed to an awesome soundtrack. The Volcano erupts on a schedule which is subject to change, so it’s best to check their website here so you don’t miss it.
Inside the Mirage, you can walk through the beautiful Atrium, filled with lagoons, waterfalls and exotic plants and flowers. You can also see the huge aquarium located near the check-in desk.
Finally, the Mirage is also home to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat. This attraction is not free – tickets will set you back $22.0o. Walk past the dolphin pools (which look so blue and inviting you’ll want to jump right in – especially on a hot day!) and enter the Secret Garden where you can see Tigers, Lions and Leopards.
Bellagio is home to one of, if not the most iconic Las Vegas features – the Bellagio Fountains. This is a must-see while in Vegas – I only saw this show from above (from the balcony of a 65th floor suite in The Cosmopolitan!) and I regret not taking the time to see it from ground level. The fountain show features music, lights, and of course, the dancing fountains. The show is free and runs every 15 minutes from 8pm – midnight (so it’s hard to miss!).
Sorry for the shoddy quality video!
The Bellagio is also home to the Bellagio Conservatory – a 14,000 square foot garden inside the hotel. The conservatory is something I most wanted to see but never had the chance! Next time I go to Vegas, it’s on the top of my list! The gardens are changed five times a year and they make the most amazing displays just with plants and flowers.
- New York New York
At New York New York, you can see iconic New York attractions – in Vegas! See the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge along with the Manhattan skyline. New York New York is also home to the Big Apple Rollercoaster. I was so excited to ride this coaster! Tickets were $14 per ride or you can get an all-day pass for $25. The coaster is actually more extreme than it looks from the strip – it’s pretty high and has some crazy twists and loops. It’s a lot of fun and offers a different view of the strip. It’s a pretty rickety coaster and you do get thrown around quite a bit so if you have back or neck problems, I’d probably avoid this one!
What’s a trip to Paris without a visit to the Eiffel Tower? And you can do it right on the Vegas Strip! Seeing the tower is free, but if you want to visit the observation deck, it will cost you (tickets cost $11.50).
- Caesar’s Palace
The Forum Shops are itself a great attraction – you can shop til you drop under a starry night sky, and visit a replica of the Trevi Fountain as well. Inside the Forum Shops, you can see a free animatronic show – Fall of Atlantis. The show features fountains, fire and animatronic figures who tell the story of Atlantis. The show plays every hour on the hour.
- Mandalay Bay
At Mandalay Bay, you can visit the Shark Reef – a massive aquarium featuring over 1,200 species of marine life. Unfortunately, this is a ticketed attraction and will cost $20 to enter. This is not your typical Vegas aquarium – it’s the only accredited aquarium in Nevada making it one of America’s most prestigious aquariums.
- Circus Circus
Circus Circus is home to a permanent circus and you can see various circus acts – jugglers, acrobats, and high-flying trapeze artists. The circus performers perform every half hour for about 10 minutes or so and it’s absolutely free!
- The Venetian
How about a slice of Italy while you are in Vegas? The Venetian is themed to perfection – and the best part is, you can even enjoy a relaxing gondola ride, either indoors or outdoors. The gondola rides are pricey! Which is why I didn’t take one, but if you have the cash, it might be worth it just to say you did it!
Writing this post makes me want to go back to Vegas soon!