THINGS TO DO FOR FREE IN LAS VEGAS
We spent a week in Las Vegas and apart from food we enjoyed free sightseeing the entire time we were there.
THE BELLAGIO FOUNTAIN SHOW
This takes place throughout the day and is different each time so try and catch it at least twice. The night time shows include lights where the daytime the lights are not so spectacular but the fountains and music are choreographed perfectly. Get there a bit early especially if you are there in holiday times as it does get busy.
This is like a sort of mini flower show within the hotel. They change it from season to season so if you have been one year then it will be different if you visit again. It is open 24 hours a day. In the South garden they have live musicians playing at 5pm and 6pm so try then and you might be lucky. There are also small birds enjoying the atmosphere which you might see fluttering passed you.
We did go and see the lions but I am not sure how happy I was to see them in their glass enclosure. They say they swap the lions with others so that the same ones are not kept in the small enclosure but it is something for children to see and a chance to see real lions if you have not seen them in the wild or in a zoo.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The MGM Lion exhibit was closed in January 2012
This is amazing it is a sort of film set of a very clean stylised Venice but quite fun to see. You can go and visit the rather expensive and in my view tacky shop where Michael Jackson spent a small countrys' national debt. You can ride on a gondola or just wander around as we did marveling at the blue sky roof and the different shops.
Rather like the Venetian this one is similar only based on Paris. The Eiffel tower recreation is outside and I believe you can go up if you pay. We enjoyed wandering around once again taking in the very clean and neat version of Paris which was a quite fun to see.
PIRATE SHOW AT TREASURE ISLAND
This was the most bizarre show as scantily clad ladies hung around the rigging of the ship. Lots of bangs and canon shots and people hanging from ropes with music and a sort of commentary. No idea what it was all about but the men enjoyed the young ladies and it was free and quite amusing. Not sure whether it is that suitable for children but certainly not offensive.
FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE
This is the old part of Las vegas cleaned up and covered with a roof. It is lively and a bit different from the Strip. It can be a bit seedy at night in some parts so be wary when walking around. The huge screen plays band performances, or it did when we were there which was quite noisy but did give a bit of atmosphere to the place.
THE VOLACNO AT THE MIRAGE
I have to say this was a bit of an anti climax but children might enjoy watching this. It takes place every hours from 6pm till 11pm. It combines a bit of music which is choreographed to go with the fire shooting out and it okay but hardly mind blowing but worth catching if you are passing at the right sort of time.
SEEING PINK AT THE FLAMINGO
These beautiful birds enjoy the correct diet to keep them pink and seem pretty content but they are trapped wild animals none the less. This is open for viewing from 8am till dusk. In this wildlife habitat you can also see fish, koi carp I believe and other water birds but the flamingos steel the show.
There are others but these are the ones we saw. It is also worth going into the Luxor casino and the one with the sights of New York seen from a roller coaster but that isn't free. You can go into any casino for free and if you are playing on the tables or machines they will bring you free drinks but they do expect a tip and of course it costs to play the machines and play at the tables so they are hoping to keep you there so the drinks are not really free!
You don't have to spend or lose a fortune while staying in Las Vegas in order to have a good time.