The Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas are featuring a Game of Thrones theme until April 13th, 2019. If you can’t make it to Las Vegas in time to see it we have the video for you to watch. We wish the Fountains at The Bellagio would do this more often. This theme is pretty amazing and you can hear the crowd loving it. Even if you are not a Game of Thrones fan you should appreciate the beauty of this Bellagio Fountains show.
There is a new light show taking place at The Eiffel Tower at The Paris in Las Vegas. The Paris has added a new light show that lasts 5 minutes and runs every half an hour between sunset and midnight. The Paris in Las Vegas has added the show to honor their 20th Anniversary. The project which has been in the works for the past few months includes over 1,000 new lights. Sources state that there will be upcoming renovations to the rooms at The Paris as well. Read more about the Eiffel Tower Experience at The Paris in Las Vegas and see pictures from out visit to the observation deck.
The Eiffel Tower Experience at The Paris in Las Vegas is an attraction you can’t miss. When you visit the Las Vegas strip the one thing you notice is The Eiffel Tower. You can travel up to the 460 ft.-high observation deck atop the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower for amazing views of Las Vegas. The observation deck give you great views of the strip in all directions and an amazing view of the Bellagio Fountains.
Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas
The observation tower at the Eiffel Tower at the Paris in Las Vegas is located on the 46th floor. You are whisked up there on a quick ride in a glass elevator. Once at the top spend as much time as you like taking in the sights. The Observation Tower is one of those attractions that doesn’t seem to want to get you in and out in a hurry.
Note that you will be viewing through a wire cage that surrounds the deck. They do have ample view ports or cut outs in the cage so you can grab photos or even get a clear view. When you leave they wait for a full elevator to take you down so it may be a small wait. There is also no washroom so take that into account.
We suggest the Night Time as the best to go as the lights are fantastic and the view of the fountains are top notch.
You will find the entry for the tower on the casino floor at The Paris. It is a small souvenir store where you can buy shirts, mugs, key chains and about everything else. You can also purchase your tickets but lets talk more about that.
There are ticket deals for the Eiffel Tower Observation deck in Las Vegas but you have to do some digging. Groupon and Travel Zoo regularly have discounted tickets for packages. These have been the two reliable resources to find discounted tickets. It is rumored that you get a free pass on your birthday but that seems hit and miss. If you are staying at a CET property you could ask the Total Rewards or concierge if they have any discounts.
Night Time Views from The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas
Hopefully our little guide will get you set for your trip to the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas. We have yet to visit the Eiffel Tower Restaurant for a drink but it is on our list of things to do. Make sure you see our Las Vegas Attractions page for more great places to visit while in Las Vegas.
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign is one the of most recognized symbols you will see in Las Vegas. The symbol of the Las Vegas Sign is everywhere from shirts, hats, key chains and coffee mugs. No Vegas vacation would be complete without a visit to the famous Las Vegas Sign. It is one of the many free attractions on the Las Vegas strip that is worth a visit. Lets talk about visiting the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.
Getting to The Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
Getting the the Las Vegas Sign takes some work as it is not located at the far south end of the strip. Just south of The Mandalay Bay. You have several options to get to the sign which include walking, bus or driving. The sign is located at 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Walking to The Las Vegas Sign
Walking to the Vegas Sign is an easy option but we would only recommend it if the weather is cool. Google Maps tracks it as a 16 minutes from inside The Mandalay Bay. If the weather is hot as it is in Vegas in the summer you might want to pass on walking.
The walk is fairly flat so that it should be easy for mostly everyone to make. You also pass by a police station which makes the day time walk safe. I personally would not be making the walk at night. We would also recommend bringing a bottle of water for the walk as there are no shops or stores along the way.
Taking the RTC Bus to The Las Vegas Sign
Using the The Deuce bus in Las Vegas is probably the preferred method to the visit the Las Vegas sign. The buses in Las Vegas hit each stop every 15 minutes making it easy to use as transportation. Passes are as low as $8 for 24 hour access and can be purchased at vending booths located at every stop. You can see the bus stops and routers on the RTC Routes website. When we visited the sign the stop was just slightly past the sign but we do note that they are showing it an official stop now on both sides of the road.
Driving to the Las Vegas Sign
Driving is certainly an option if you have a car while in Las Vegas. It’s a very simple drive right the strip. Parking is free at the sign. It is very easy to get in and out of.
Taking Pictures at the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
Taking photos at the Las Vegas sign is 100% free. You will more than likely find that there is a person there offering to take photos for a fee. This person is not affiliated with the City of Las Vegas or the Las Vegas Sign in any way. You do not have to pay this person to take your photo. That being said the girl that was there when we visited took amazing photos. Having her take the photo was an easy way for us to get photos of the pair of us at the sign. So we tipped her a few dollars and were happy with our photos. Of course you can always ask another visitor to take your photo if you like.
Las Vegas Sign Souvenirs
As we previously mentioned, there are no shops or stores at the sign location. Don’t worry you won’t have a hard time finding sign souvenirs in Las Vegas. Every store or shop that you visit in town will have some type of memento with the sign on it. If you looking to add to your shot glass or fridge magnet collection you will find them at any Walgreen’s, CVS or Casino store.
We have reviewed how to get to the Las Vegas Sign and taking photos at the sign. Having a few photos of the Fabulous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign is a perfect keepsake to remember your Vegas Vacation. If you are looking for other attractions see our Fun and Free Things to Do on the Las Vegas Strip post.
The Shark Reef Aquarium is a public aquarium located at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The aquarium is home to a number of species such as sharks, turtles, rays and a komodo dragon. The main tank is 1,300,000 US gallons and features a shipwreck. Guests can walk around the entire tank and enjoy a real 360 degree view. One of the other more noteworthy features is the shark tunnel. There is also a touch pool where visitors can get up and close with a number of species.
There are also a number of other special tours that can be taken at the Shark Reef Aquarium. This includes a shark drive, sea turtle feed, stingray feed and shark feed, For those interested you can also get married at the Shark Reef.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Address: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours: Sun – Thur 10:00 am – 8:00 pm & Fri – Sat 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (last admission an hour before close)
The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay is true family gem on the Las Vegas strip. It is a real family friendly attraction in Las Vegas that will keep both kids and adults entertained. If you are looking for a unique experience in Vegas to get away from the casino and glitz this aquarium is perfect. Mandalay Bay is a very big resort and this attraction is a decent walk from the front doors. You can also take the Free Tram System down to Mandalay Bay,
It doesn’t have to be Halloween to get a good scare in Las Vegas. There are a number of attractions in Las Vegas that will be of interest to fans of horror and the macabre. They will be a little tougher to get to as they are scattered around Las Vegas. With a car rental it is fairly easy to visit the best horror attractions in Las Vegas.
Best Horror Attractions in Las Vegas
Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum
The Haunted Museum is a 11,000-square foot property built in 1938 on northern Las Vegas. The property has a long history of spiritual activity and locals claim dark rituals took place on the property in the 70’s. The tour takes about an hour and a half and leads your through winding hallways and 30 rooms each with an eerie theme.
Location: 600 E. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104
Times: Monday, Wednesday – Saturday, 1pm – 9pm and Sunday, noon – 8pm (closed Tuesday)
Website: Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum
Fear The Walking Dead
Fear The Walking Dead is a relatively new horror attraction located on Fremont St. It’s part thrill ride, part escape room, part maze, part haunted house and part interactive video game and motion ride. Reviewers have given the attraction positive reviews and state that the event lasts roughly 20 minutes.
Location: 425 Fremont St Ste. 150, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Times: Sun. through Thu., 1:00 p.m. to midnight; Fri. and Sat., 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Website: Fear the Walking Dead
The SAW Escape Room
Fans of the SAW movie franchise will be familiar with what The SAW Escape Room entails. It is a multi-room escape game where you must work as a team to solve each room and move onto the next. The game lasts for an hour and you can have a team of up to 10 people. Enter the historic Egan & Co. Meat Packing plan and find yourself immersed in a diabolical plan set out by the Jigsaw Killer.
Currently there is a walking ghost and mob related tour that leaves from The Heart Attack Grill on Fremont St. The tour takes place every Friday night at 7:00 pm and lasts just over an hour. The tour visits haunted Fremont Street hotels, the Mob Museum, and Vegas’ “Motel of Death”. There are mixed reviews about the tour being more mob related than ghost related. Visit this Groupon link for more information.
Looking for more of a unique experience our your next Vegas vacation? You will find that The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas is perfect. Located a short distance off the main strip the Pinball Hall of Fame is a perfect get away. They offer a family friendly experience that will surely keep you entertained and amused.
Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
Located on E Tropicana Ave roughly a 10 minute car ride from the strip. The facility is 10,000 sq ft of nothing but pinball machines. Pinball machines are from the 1950’s up to the 1990’s. Another great feature is the price. The older generation machines are .25 cents to play and the new models are .50 cents. There is also a collection of classic arcade games.
Website: Pinball Hall of Fame
Address: 1610 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119 Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 11 pm & Friday – Saturday 11 am –12 am
Regrettably we did not take many photos at the time of our visit. We spent more time playing. Bally’s Capt. Fantastic featuring Elton John as The Pinball Wizard was our favorite. I spent many an hour as a kid in the back of our local store playing it. It was so nice to see it fully restored and in mint condition. All of the machines are in perfect working order and fully restored to their original beauty, If you had a fav pinball game from way back odds are you are going to find it here.
The Volcano at The Mirage is one of the most popular free attractions located on the Vegas Strip. The current schedule of The Volcano at The Mirage can be found here as well a photos, videos and fun facts. The volcano opened in 1989 and has undergone a number of changes since then. Most notably a 25 million renovation in 1989. The Mirage Volcano was designed by WET who also designed the Bellagio Fountains.
The Volcano at The Mirage Schedule
The schedule of The Mirage Volcano has changed effective April, 2018. It no longer goes off at 10:00 pm on weekends. The following schedule has been taken from The Mirage website. It should also be noted that the show may be cancelled due to high winds and times are approximate.
The current schedule is as follows: Daily 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM
Best Places to View the Volcano at The Mirage
The Volcano is one of the more busy attractions on the strip. Since the number of times the volcano erupts has been scaled back the crowds can be quite busy. There are a number of different places to view the Volcano show at The Mirage.
If you have a Strip View room on the 14th floor or higher at The Mirage. We recently had a 24th floor with a perfect view of the Volcano but there is something about the experience up close that is much better.
The Sidewalk right on the Strip itself. This is the busiest spot and you can expect large crowds.
A hidden gem is right across from The Valet at the front doors of The Mirage. There seems to be more and more people picking up on this place so it too may be busier than expected. From the photo below you can see how close to the Volcano you can can get from Valet Parking area.
The view of the Mirage Volcano from the Valet Parking at the Mirage.
Random Facts About The Mirage Volcano
The show last about four and a half minutes.
The music is by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, and Zakir Hussain created specifically for the eruption.
The Mirage fills the air with a Pina Colada scent to mask the smell of natural gas from the explosions.
There are 120 fire shooters which are capable of sending fire 60 feet into the air.
One of the most noticeable attractions in the Vegas skyline is the The High Roller at the LINQ. Night or day when you leave McCarran airport you are sure to notice The High Roller. We have been on the High Roller for three rides during our trips to Vegas so we thought we would share some photos and review our experiences.
The High Roller at the Linq
The High Roller was constructed in 2014 and sit at the back of the Linq Promenade. It is a 550 ft high ferris wheel. There are 28 cabins which can accommodate up to 40 people each. The cabins or pods themselves rotate in place so as to maintain a perfect horizontal view throughout the ride. The wheel takes approximately a half hour to rotate. There are approximately 2,000 LED lights which can display multiple colors.
Rides are offered as either a daytime ride or a nighttime ride and the price varies as to which one you choose. There is also a Happy Half Hour ride which offers an all you can drink option. A bar car is wheeled into the pod and set up by a bartender. There are no washrooms in the cabins so you might want to take that into consideration when choosing the Happy Half Hour option.
Note that if you do not want to pay for the Happy Half Hour ride you can buy beverages at the bar before you go out to the cabin platform. There has been questions on social media if you can bring your own refreshments and the answer is no. You have to purchase them at their bar which of course has Vegas prices in full effect.
We obviously believe that the High Roller is worth it having done it three times. It’s an amazing way to take in the enormous view and size of Las Vegas. We featured it our Best Bars in Vegas with A View post although its not a proper bar. If you want to see Vegas from the top and experience the lights The High Roller is a perfect way to do it.
Cost of High Roller at the Linq
As mentioned the costs to do the High Roller varies on whether you do it during the day or the night and if you choose the Happy Half Hour ride. The ticket prices below have been take right from the official website.
Happy Half Hour $35
Happy Half Hour $47
If you want to find a deal the your best options are either Groupon or Travel Zoo. They always have a coupon on sale but the extend of the sale varies greatly. In December we paid $59 for two nighttime happy half hour passes and previously we paid $35 for two daytime happy half hour passes.
It is not like the attraction sells out so there is no reason to buy tickets months in advance unless you find a good sale. If there isn’t a good sale on we would prefer to wait until a week or two before our trip to buy passes.
Daytime or Night High Roller Ride?
We have done two day time rides and one night time ride. One of the day time rides we did roughly around sunset so we could see the sun fall on the Vegas horizon. Which ride is better? They are both awesome for different reasons. With the daytime ride you get to an amazing view of the properties. It really gives you perspective of just how big the resorts are in Las Vegas. The night time ride of course you get to experience the lights of Vegas and that is spectacular in its own right. The only part about the sunset was the glare that the sun caused when trying to take photos.
If you have never been to Las Vegas and have a vacation coming up you may be overwhelmed with all of the activities and attractions the city offers. We have read through dozens of fun and free things to do in Las Vegas lists but many of them are misleading in recommending things to do that are not on the main “Las Vegas strip”. This list is fun and free things to do on the Las Vegas strip. We will tackle Downtown and Fremont St later on. When we get things together we plan on adding a google map for the listings.
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign has been standing since 1959 and is a great tourist stop for photos. The sign is completely free to visit and take photos of. The photo above is from our 2014 trip and you can see Mandalay Bay in the background. This is the far south end of the Las Vegas Strip.
Location: 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: Always open.
Getting there: It is about as far south as it gets for visiting the Las Vegas Strip. It is not close to the middle of the strip and takes some travelling to get there. You can either take the Bus and get dropped off close to the sign or you can make your to Mandalay Bay and then walk which will take you about 10 minutes. The walk is considered safe as you actually walk past a police station but using common sense we would not be walking there at night.
Tips: When we visited there was a person there offering to take your photo for a tip. They are not affiliated with the sign or the City of Las Vegas. They are just trying to make a buck. We did tip $5 to get a photo of my wife and I and the girl did take a good photo but don’t fee inclined to pay for a photo.
The Park is the name for the area between NYNY and The Monte Carlo and in front of the T Mobile Center. It is host to a few restaurants, art structures and a wall waterfall. There is lots of shade making it a nice place to visit, relax and take in the atmosphere.
Location: 3782 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Getting there: Located between NYNY and The Monte Carlo.
Tips: We have been there a number of times. When there is an event on like Vegas Knights hockey game the place is rocking and a lot of fun. We also stopped in when LVU was playing Duke and had a fantastic time. But we also ventured down there at night when there was nothing on and there wasn’t too many people around. It was great for taking photos like the one above but a little too quiet for Vegas.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Hershey’s Chocolate World is a little closer and located at the New York New York Hotel & Casino. The store is 13,000 sq ft and home to over 800 Hershey’s chocolates and candies. The Statue of Liberty pictured above is made out of 800 lbs. of HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate. If you have a sweet tooth you will be very satisfied with a visit to this chocolate store.
Location: 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 at the New York New York Hotel & Casino.
Getting there: It is very easy to get to Hershey’s Chocolate World as it located right off the sidewalk in front of New York New York.
Tips: No tips required. The store has it’s busy times but we have visited a few times and have never had any problems. If you have a tip feel free to share.
The Bellagio Fountains
The Bellagio Fountains are probably the most recognized feature of the Las Vegas Strip. The lake itself is 8 acres in size and fed by a fresh water well. The fountains can be described as a symphony of lights, music and water. It is the one thing on the Strip you are not going to miss. The photo above was taken from the top of the Eiffel Tower across the street (which is not a free attraction but worth it).
Location:3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Saturday and Holidays
Every 30 minutes from 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Every 15 minutes from 8:00pm to 12:00am
Every 30 minutes from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Every 15 minutes from 7:00pm to 12:00am
Monday to Friday
Every 30 minutes from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Every 15 minutes from 8:00pm to 12:00am
Getting there: Located in front of the Bellagio Hotel and is considered mid strip so it easy to get to.
Tips: The Bellagio Fountains can be quite busy at night so you have to have some patience when trying to get a good spot. They are obviously less busy during the day. You can get a good show from the bridge/walkway which leads into the Bellagio but there is glass between you. We also like to watch them from atop the Eiffel Tower at The Paris across the road but it is not free.
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are a real free hidden gem in Las Vegas. There are five seasonal themes that are celebrated with a floral display. The five themes are and dates are listed below. The display is 14,000 sq ft in size and is home to tens of thousands of flowers on display.
The photos above are from a December and May trip.
Location:3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Hours: Open 24 hours
Chinese New Year – January – March
Spring Celebration: March – June
Summer: June – September
Harvest: September – November
Winter: December- January
Getting there: Located just past the Main Entrance and Main Lobby.
Tips: The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens like other attractions can be very busy at peak hours and times. We have always had luck either going early in the morning or later at night. Just be aware that everyone is trying to get that perfect photo or selfie so it’s easy to get crossed up with others.
The Mirage Volcano
Another iconic attraction on the Las Vegas Strip, the Mirage Volcano will leave you feeling the heat. Literally if you are standing close enough. It is a great free show of music, lights and most importantly fire and explosions. The Mirage has scaled back the amount of times it goes off so expect some crowds but you will still be able to take it in.
There is also a large fish tank located behind the main check in so if you are exploring The Mirage make sure you have a look.
Location: 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 at The Mirage Hotel & Casino.
Hours: The times were a little off on our last visit but they did go off twice a night regardless. Sunday – Thursday 8:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Friday – Saturday 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM
Getting there: It is very easy to get to The Mirage Volcano as it is located right on The Strip in front of The Mirage.
Tips: The scaled back times means bigger crowds and this is the one place where it can be frustrating to get a good spot. Here is a pro tip, you can view the Volcano from the other side of the lake which is right outside the main entrance to The Mirage and get a great view with less crowds. I would just get there early as well.
Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Forum Shops
The Fall of Atlantis is told through an animatronic show filled with special effects and of course, a dragon. It’s sure to dazzle and is for all ages. A nice free touch inside a very upscale shopping plaza. There is also a large fish tank located at the base where the show is held.
Location: 3500 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 in Caesars Palace Forum Shops
Hours: Every hour/on the hour, Sun – Thr, 11 am – 10 pm; Fri – Sat, 11 am – 11 pm
Getting there: Located inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
Tips: Put your walking shoes on it is located at the back of the Forum Shops and if you come from the street or via the casino it is still a hike to get there.
If you are trekking the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace make sure you stop by Kalifano’s. They have unique metal sculptures like Darth Vader, Predator and Terminator. They are truly an amazing site to see.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Not only will you find a flock of Chilean flamingos at The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat you will find ducks, swans and lost of koi fish. It’s a nice peaceful garden walk that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the Vegas strip. You will almost forget you are in sin city.
Location: 3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 at The Flamingo Hotel and Casino
Hours: Daily from dawn until dusk.
Getting there: Located inside The Flamingo Hotel and Casino
Tips: Try to make it for the Pelican feeding Pelican at 8:30 AM and 2 PM every day.
The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian
If you want to experience some decadence in Las Vegas then you will want to take a tour of The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. The canal winds it way through the shoppes and with the painted ceiling you will forget that you are indoors. You can opt for a paid gondola but you can just enjoy the water and people watch.
We took this photo in December of 2017 as we made our way to visit the Rolling Stones exhibit.
Location: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 at The Venetian Hotel
Getting there: Located inside The Venetian Hotel
Tips: The Venetian is a massive property. We have been there a number of times and never seen the entire thing. Put your walking shoes on and be prepared for a hike.
Big Elvis at Harrah’s
If you are looking for a free Elvis experience in Las Vegas you do not want to miss Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee. The man is a Vegas icon who puts on one heck of a show. Not only does Big Elvis belt the tunes out he also gives you a bit of a story or history about the songs and give you great insight into the King himself.
Location: 3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109 at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino
Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm
Getting there: Located at The Piano Bar inside Harrah’s. The entrance is right near Carnival Court in the open area between Harrah’s and The Linq
Tips: Get there early to get a good seat. Ideally you want the center or right side when entering the Piano Bar. Once the show starts and the seats are taken gawkers will come in the left side and stand there blocking the view for everyone until they get yelled at. You can also stand outside the bar by the entrance and watch from the outside if you don’t want to enter.
Pirates at Treasure Island
The free Pirate show at Treasure Island is long gone. The Pirate Ship is still there and worth a look. It’s too bad the show is gone but we couldn’t help stop and take some photos. Who knows if you might want to venture into Gilley’s and catch some bull riding.
Location: 3300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
Getting there: Located at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
Tips: It’s a short stop to add to your photo collection.
All of the activities and locations we have presented are located right on the The Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas Strip is amazingly large with countless activities and attractions. These are just a few of our favorite. Check back as we add more in the future and enjoy the Las Vegas Strip.