When you take a trip to Las Vegas, there is already a good chance that you will leave with much less money in your pocket than you arrived with due to the enticement of the city’s many casinos. It’s understandable, then, why you might be hesitant to shell out even more cash to attend one of the myriad shows that take place behind closed doors on The Strip each night. Luckily, if you plan your days right, you can discover plenty of free entertainment scattered throughout the different hotels. Here is a look at several shows that won’t cost you a dime to watch.
1. The Fountains of Bellagio
They have become such a staple of Sin City that it’s hard to believe that the Bellagio fountains have only been around since 1998. These jets of water truly “perform” as they dance to one of 29 different songs, 2-4 times per hour. The fountains are choreographed differently depending on the piece of music, so you can watch the show multiple times and still be surprised by every performance. Watch the show from the street outside the hotel for the best view or see if you can spot it from various locations around The Strip. After you’ve seen the daytime show, come back at night for a totally different experience.
2. Singing Gondoliers at The Venetian
Walking by the canals at The Venetian is almost like a show in and of itself, but the experience of watching the singing gondoliers pass by on their boats is not to be missed. These performers are trained musicians who have learned to row (not the other way around), and their songs echo magnificently through the corridors of the hotel as they whisk their passengers away.
3. Fall of Atlantis at Caesar’s Palace
Combining audio-animatronic figures with fountains, fire effects, and a fun story, the Fall of Atlantis show takes place at the top of every hour in the East Wing of Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. This free 11-minute show tells the story of sibling rivalry that led to the destruction of the great city of Atlantis. It culminates in a thrilling climax that features a 20-foot winged dragon, and spectators of all ages will love witnessing the spectacle.
4. Volcano Eruption at The Mirage
Since 1989, the enormous volcano that stands forebodingly in front of the beautiful Mirage Hotel has been erupting several times each night to the delight of passersby. In 2008, the attraction underwent a $25 million renovation that has made it more exciting than ever to watch. Don’t miss the exciting flame-shooters, fountains, and fireballs, which are choreographed to a soundtrack by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Indian composer Zakir Hussain. The volcano erupts every hour between 6pm and 11pm.
5. Circus Acts at Circus Circus
You’ll never get bored on the main casino floor at Circus Circus Hotel–even if you’re losing miserably. High above the casino, permanent circus acts perform constantly from 11am to midnight each day. Don’t miss the collection of trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats, and more, who all perform death-defying stunts to the delight of gamblers and other spectators. Even if you miss one show, stick around, and the next one will start just 10-20 minutes later.
6. Fremont Street Experience
Located about five miles off The Strip in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience features an exciting combination of lights and sounds in a show that takes place about 90 feet above the ground. The canopy that covers Fremont Street is actually the largest video screen in the world. It spans five blocks and features over 12 million LED lights. Every hour from dusk until midnight (1am on weekends), the ceiling comes to life with light shows that feature some of the 20th century’s most iconic rock groups, including KISS, The Who, and Bon Jovi.