Las Vegas has some of the most exciting shows and entertainment options available among all the cities of the world. Best of all, several of the signature 'Vegas style' shows are free. The following are seven of the most entertaining shows available in Las Vegas today. Some shows have morphed and changed over time, but these are the best you'll find available for free when you make your trip to Las Vegas.
The Sirens of TI at Treasure Island Hotel. (pirate battle show), which occurs in front of the hotel main entrance (facing the strip) every evening 7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, 10:00 pm, and 11:30 pm. It lasts about 20 minutes and gets crowded, so show up a few minutes early. This show is no longer as much of a pirate battle as it is scantily clad women prancing around a ship, apparently remarketed to appeal to the spectators' primal desires. Nonetheless, it's still a very entertaining show that still has real fire (you can feel the intense heat if you're close enough), explosions, a sinking ship, and people doing backflips into the water.
Water fountain show at Bellagio Hotel. The water is delicately and tastefully synchronized to music and typically near the end of the song, the water will reach its highest peaks, up to 240 feet high. It's very impressive. The shows are short- 5 minutes or so, but a must see. Mon - Fri, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., a show every 1/2 hour and 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., a show every 15 minutes. On Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., a show every 1/2 hour, and 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., a show every 15 minutes.
Masquerade Show in the Sky at the Rio Hotel. Full-feathered dancers mimicking the Brazilian Carnival perform inside in the middle gambling area if the Rio for a very nice free show. The very attractive girls stay after and offer to have your photos taken with them for a fee. It performs every hour from 6pm to 11pm, Thursday through Saturday. Website.
Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. This free, must-see light show appears in the evening (when it's dark), every half hour. Two million lights are animated to music and appear on a canopy that is 1,500 feet long and 90 feet tall. Underneath the canopy are a variety of activities, including street performers, musical artists, and zip lining (fee).
Fall of Atlantis show at Caesars Palace Forum Shops. It features statues that move and talk, debating who is a better warrior. Fountains appear to erupt and dazzling lights and sound touch the senses in a setting that is beautiful and impressive. A 20-foot dragon appears near the end of the 10-15 minute show. Nearby is a 50,000 gallon saltwater tank with small sharks, rays, tropical fish, and other sea creatures.
Circus Show at Circus Circus Hotel. The show features juggling, aerial acrobatics, trapeze stunts, and clowns. The show is held throughout the day on the floor above the main casino.
Mirage Volcano. The show is short, about 5 minutes, and occurs in the evenings, approximately every hour at dark. It's basically the water fountains lit up with red lights, supplemented by some real fire here and there, and audio rumbles. It's not worth making a special trip to see, but something to check out if you're already in the hotel area.
12 more fun free things to do in Las Vegas:
See the lion exhibit at the MGM Grand
See the canals of Venice along with singers and performers in St. Marks Square in the Venetian Hotel
See the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in the Bellagio Hotel
View Las Vegas from the top of the Stratosphere Hotel (plus, amusement rides)
See a 27 feet tall chocolate fountain in the Bellagio Hotel
See the decor at the Rainforest Cafe in MGM Grand
See music memorabilia at Hard Rock Cafe
See movie memorabilia at Planet Hollywood
Free Live Music and DJ Dance Party every night outside, between Harrah's and Imperial Palace
Free Live Music at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Hotel (select days)
Watch free magic demonstrations at Houdini's Magic Shop in New York, New York Hotel
Browse impressive art galleries in the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace, Venetian, and other shopping malls.
Did you know THIS about Las Vegas?
MGM Grand used to have a full 33 acre amusement park behind its casino, but they tore it all down to make room for condos and a larger pool.
MGM Grand had one massive entrance where people entered the casino through the mouth of a lion. It was soon remodeled, because Asian guests thought it was bad luck.
Luxor used to have a laser light show with lasers coming out the eyes of the sphynx.
Luxor used to have a Nile River boat ride that took passengers around the inside perimeter of the hotel.
Tropicana used to have a laser light show in front of its hotel.
Tropicana used to have a free air show inside the casino which operated above the main gaming area, featuring ladies dancing and performing acrobatics.
Caesars Palace had a laser light show in the Forum Shops.
A $6 million impressively decorated restaurant with real race cars and a monster truck as part of its decor, Race Rock, existed in downtown Las Vegas; it went bankrupt, relating to a host of issues with its location.