"Free shows for the budget traveller" Shows Tip by St_Vincent

Shows, Las Vegas: 58 reviews and 64 photos

  The Fremont Street Lightshow
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  • The Fremont Street Lightshow - Las Vegas
      The Fremont Street Lightshow
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      More from Fremont Street
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  • The Volcano at the Mirage - Las Vegas
      The Volcano at the Mirage
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You can of course pay $100 or more for the big show tickets but if funds are a bit limited you can still enjoy the Vegas experience, and do it a lot cheaper. Take a long evening stroll along the strip from the wonderful Bellagio Fountains, to the erupting volcano at the Mirage (please note the Volcano is closed for renovation until the end of 2008) then the pirate show at Treasure Island (arrive early for a good view). When you are at Treasure Island turn around and you'll get a great view of the Venetian on the other side of the Strip. All these shows are free, you can see them from the strip and they are all on the same side which makes it easier.

There is a free masquerade show inside the Rio Casino, you may need to get a taxi although if you have plenty of time the Rio runs a free shuttle to and from Harrah's in the middle of the Strip. The Tropicana has a free circus type show in the casino and also has an interesting gambling museum that is worth a visit.

My biggest tip for a free evening show though is to get a bus Downtown to Fremont Street (just get off where the crowds do) for the hourly lightshow. There's a real carnival atmosphere and it really is something not to be missed. There are also smaller, some say friendlier, casinos downtown that have lower table limits if you feel a bit overawed by those on the Strip.

Directions: If you are on the Strip and want to get to Fremont St catch the Deuce bus and get off with the crowds.

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  • Updated Jun 22, 2008
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