Fantastic Free Pirate Show
Las Vegas is known for its over-the-top performances and the "Sirens of TI" was one free show that you wouldn't want to miss, according to the Michelin Guide. In 2013, the sirens sang their last song and The Bull pirate ship sank for the last time.
"The Sirens of TI" had been a free daily show (with four show times) provided by the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino (also known as TI) on the Las Vegas Strip. The show was a major draw attracting large crowds along the Strip. People would line the sidewalks and jockey for a good view of the 15- to 30-minute long show (depending on when you saw it, it was shortened in later years).
The show featured a group of 13 tempting sirens engaging with a band of 11 renegade pirates led by the infamous Blackbeard. The story was loosely based off of Homer's "Odyssey." The setting was Sirens Cove, which was a giant pool with pirate ships that would battle each other in front of the TI hotel and casino. You were treated to pyrotechnics, giant flames, and a sound system that had more than 40,000 watts of power.
History of the Show
The "Sirens of TI" cost $5 million to produce every year. It had a decade-long run from 2003 to 2013. It had replaced "The Battle of Buccaneer Bay," which was geared towards a younger audience. The first show had been playing since Treasure Island opened on October 27, 1993.
By 2011, "Sirens of TI" had been performed 7,440 times. That means 630,000 pieces of pyrotechnics had been detonated, 52,000 gallons of propane had been fired, and The Bull pirate ship had traveled 480 miles.
The attendance for the premiere showing of "Sirens of TI" on October 26, 2003, was estimated at 5,000, which was double the standing capacity of 2,500. During the premiere, the crowd spilled from the sidewalk onto Las Vegas Boulevard, which forced the closure of several lanes.
By 2011, It had been viewed by nearly 17 million people.
The Show's Departure
While the pirate ships can still be seen at Treasure Island many have expressed great sadness of the free show's swift exit. "Sirens" and its predecessor show had been deemed the eighth-greatest attraction in Las Vegas history in 2017 by Las Vegas Weekly.
On October 20, 2013, the show was halted for what was intended to be a temporary closure until December 26, for the construction of retail space nearby. But in late November 2013, Treasure Island announced that the closure was permanent, surprising several cast members.
The space has since been remodeled with shops and the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit, which opened in 2016. The new multi-level shopping mall reduced the size of Sirens Cove by approximately one-third, which still includes the two (no longer moving) ships and fountains.
Free Entertainment in Las Vegas
Most of the Las Vegas casino resorts have an attraction to draw crowds in. For example, some of the nearby free shows that can still are the volcano at the Mirage, the Fountains of Bellagio, or the circus show at Circus Circus.
If you head downtown, the Fremont Street Experience still produces plenty of quality entertainment for free in the form of light shows and live music.
Also, there is art at the Aria Resort that can be toured for free and digital art inside the Cosmopolitan resort is also worth seeing. Inside Bellagio Las Vegas, the Dale Chihuly sculpture is on for viewing as is the conservatory and gardens. Stroll through the Park Las Vegas and play a free game of connect four or cornhole. There are still plenty of free attractions in Las Vegas as well as cheap things to do.