Free Shit to Do on the Las Vegas Strip

Sure, you came to Las Vegas mainly in search of slot jackpots and blackjacks, but sometimes you’ve got to step outside and enjoy the scenery. Las Vegas Boulevard, or “the Strip,” offers plenty of attractions to keep you entertained. Here’s your quick guide to some of Las Vegas’s best sights and sounds, which you can catch after checking out Crazy Girls in Las Vegas.

Perhaps the best of the free attractions are the Bellagio fountains. More than a thousand separate fountains shoot water more than 20 stories high in the lake in front of the Bellagio. The fountains put on a show every half hour during the day and every 15 minutes after dark until midnight, and “dance” to music ranging from classical to show tunes.

About a 10 minute walk north of the Bellagio is the Mirage volcano, which “erupts” after dark every 15 minutes until midnight. The 54-foot high structure in front of The Mirage emits a show of light, steam and water to approximate a volcano eruption. Go across the street to the second floor of the terrace at St. Mark’s Square outside the Venetian for a good, unobstructed view of the eruption. After taking in the show explore this square, which is a replica of the historic corner in the real Venice. Head inside the Venetian to admire the paintings on the ceiling and the Grand Canal Shoppes, where you can shop (or at least window shop) at high end retailers.

Just down from the Venetian and across the street is TI and its Sirens of TI show. It’s a cool show if you’ve never seen it, but viewing can be difficult due to the large crowds that gather in the small viewing area in front of the casino. If you have time to spare for the show, get there at least 30 minutes early (shows are at 7, 8:30, 10 and 11 p.m.) to stake out a good spot. Male and female pirates duke it out on two ships on either side of the crowd in a display of acrobatics and pyrotechnics.