Practical ways to live better on less.
Trips to Vegas are getting pricier and pricier as the time goes on. Buffets, hotels, shows…you name it – everything is now much more expensive then it was back in the days. The days of the $1.99 buffet and $30 hotel rooms are probably never coming back. To top it off, the guaranteed free parking to get you into the casino, is almost gone too as MGM resorts will begin charging for self parking beginning in April.
Despite all these new drawbacks, Las Vegas is still the entertainment capital, which means there are wonderful free shows and attractions to take advantage of during your visit. To keep your trip as budget friendly as possible, be sure to consider a few of these fun and fabulous freebies!
The iconic synchronized music, light, and water show, held in front of the beautiful Bellagio, is just one of those things you need to see for yourself in person. Fortunately, it is completely free, and therefore, great for any budget! Shows typically run every half hour in the afternoon/every 15 minutes at night. Times vary on weekends/holidays. Check the Bellagio website for details.
The Mirage’s erupting volcano show, complete with exploding fireballs and a soundtrack from Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, is another one of those can’t miss shows on The Strip. The times are a bit more limited, so plan ahead (8 & 9pm each night, with additional 10pm shows on Sat & Sun).
You have probably caught a glimpse of the famous Mirage Aquarium in various movies such as the classic “Vegas Vacation.” Located right behind the check in desk, this massive 20,000 gallon tank filled with all sorts of colorful fish, is quite a nice welcoming for guests, although anyone can take a peek. While you are here, you can also check out the Volcano, the beautiful atrium, and The Beatles Love shop, making the journey over even more worthwhile.
Near the front entrance of The Mirage, you can enjoy a quick relaxing stroll through an indoor rainforest complete with all sorts of lush tropical plants. After seeing the beautiful tropical inspired design theme of the Mirage, you might just decide to stay here on your next visit! Nothing too fancy, just something to add on to your list of Vegas freebies.
Take some time out on your trip to explore The Bellagio’s gorgeous gardens, featuring more than 10,000 flowers and special seasonal decor (a staff of more than 120 works on this garden to make it the amazing place it is today!). The unique theme changes along with the seasons. The fall display, featuring a covered bridge and autumn decor is fantastic, as is the lovely Christmas display.
The gorgeous 5 star luxury resort inspired by Venice Italy is worthy of a look even if you are not staying at The Venetian. Just walking through the hotel is a fun experience as the design is the most spectacular in all of Vegas. The magnificent ceilings of The Venetian were modeled after Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece.
The Grand Canal Shoppes of The Venetian is a fun place to take a leisurely stroll while window shopping luxury designer stores and people watching. The entire shopping area is absolutely gorgeous, a recreation of a street scene in Venice. Here you can lust after designer goods and watch the gondola boats gliding by on the Grand Canal.