Totally Free Las Vegas Attractions

If you purchase a 5-dollar day pass for The Deuce (brand new double-decker buses) or some other Citizens Area Transit system, you can make a day of participating in all the free stuff that extends up The Strip all the way to downtown Las Vegas.

The adventure begins at the MGM Grand with The Lion Habitat. Between 11am and 10pm daily, visitors can visit a few members of the resident pride of lions. The lions are brought in daily from an off-site ranch habitat where they reside full-time. They are rotated out several times a day. Guests may experience the surrounding environment by way of a glass tunnel that extends through the center of the habitat.

New York-New York boasts a collection of sports-themed art throughout the ESPN Zone restaurant. Examples include a mixed-media portrait of Evel Knievel, a statue of Oscar De La Hoya, and a neon-framed Andre Agassi. In addition, don’t miss New York-New York’s September 11th display and memorial in front of the hotel entrance.

At the Mirage, guests can take in the Royal White Tiger Habitat nestled along the moving walkway inside the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance. Here, you can see the home of Sigfried and Roy’s playful white tigers from mid-morning to late at night. Outside you can’t miss the eruption of the 54-foot high volcano that spews smoke and fire up to 100 feet above the bustling Strip. It erupts at the top of each hour from 6pm to Midnight.

The Fountains of Bellagio are an absolute must-see, and an attraction that is hard to miss with more than 1,000 jets of water shoot water up to 245 feet in the air. The fountains dance to the music and light show every half hour Monday through Friday 3pm to 7pm; Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, Noon to 7pm; and every 15 minutes nightly between 8pm and Midnight.

Treasure Island hosts a thrilling show of four performances nightly at 7pm, 8:30, 10pm, and 11:30pm. The Sirens of TI is a sexy standoff between the Sirens and a band of pirates in the cove in front of the resort. It features music, dance, temptation, danger, excitement, and seduction as a pyrotechnic battle ensues. A must see event free of charge.

The Hawaiian Marketplace located in front of Polo Towers on The Strip modeled after the International Marketplace in Honolulu features Joe Krathwohl as The Birdman of Las Vegas. Guests can see his feats of flight show Friday through Sunday at 1pm and 3pm in the Luau Courtyard. The show features exotic and endangered birds as they talk and fly in this wonderful outdoor display.

Guests can witness live circus acts daily from 11am to Midnight at Circus Circus. There are clowns, acrobats, and more free of charge. They perform right in front of you, and you may even become part of the show.

There are a variety of acts to see at Desert Passage at the Aladdin hotel including Joe Krathwohl; Lilia, a 17-year-old contortionist; Spirit, the acrobatic duo; and many, many more presented hourly Thursday through Monday 1:15pm through 8:15pm. Guests can also enjoy solo pianists throughout the shopping center every hour on the half hour.

Don’t miss Atlantis and the Festival Fountain at the Forum Shops at Caesars for a 7-minute show where Roman statues come to life. Guests will witness a dazzling light show as an epic battle filled with fire and smoke is portrayed around a 50,000-gallon aquarium. Show times are every hour on the hour 10am through 11pm daily.

Visitors can catch a couple of different free shows at the Riviera. Vegas would not be Vegas without an Elvis show. Paige Poole’s True Tribute To The King is featured Mondays between 10:30am and 4:30pm at the open-air center stage and Tuesday through Friday at 11am to 5pm on the Penny Town Stage. There are a plethora of different acts to be seen at “Riv It Up” daily presented on the open-air center stage at 11:30am, 2pm, 3:15pm, and 4:45pm. Some of the acts featured include: Mr. Stoyan Metchkarov, the Rolla Bolla Russian bar acrobat; Nelson Pivaral and Goulia Rozyeva’s Passion 2 Balance, the exotic adagio balancing duo; Larissa Youens’ acrobatics with hoops; and hostess Mary Jane Samoy and her troupe of acrobatic entertainers.

Finally, the free tour wraps up in historic downtown Las Vegas with the Fremont Street Experience. Guests will stand on a section of the street that started it all while taking in the light and sound of Viva Vision, the largest big screen on the planet in addition to free concerts and special events throughout the year. Viva Vision shows happen nightly starting at 8pm and continuing hourly through Midnight.

Don’t end your Las Vegas vacation without a day of free shows and entertainment available to you up and down The Strip.

Ava Fails

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