Known as the gaming and entertainment capital of the United States, Las Vegas is chock full of can’t miss sights and must do attractions. Along with all of these great things to do are spots that you must see and simply experience in order to get your full helping of Las Vegas culture. The best part about places that are pleasing to the eye is that they are often free of charge. These are a few of our favorites.
The Iconic Dancing Fountains of Bellagio Las Vegas
You cannot see it once. You can't stand there in front of Bellagio Las Vegas and walk away after one show of the dancing fountains. It's not possible. Something draws you stick around. It is as if the music and the water and the choreography almost make you sentimental.
I get nostalgic.
I feel like I should kiss someone.
Maybe a should have a memorable thing to say.
That is why you should see the Fountains of Bellagio. Sure, they are iconic on the Las Vegas strip but something is in the air and you should find out what it is.
Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. show every 1/2 hour 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. show every 15 minutes
Saturdays & Holidays 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. show every 1/2 hour 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. show every 15 minutes
Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. show every 1/2 hour 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. show every 15 minutes
Open 24 hours a day at Bellagio Las Vegas Resort and Casino
The Erupting Volcano at Mirage Las Vegas
Every night the earth trembles, the mantle roars with a release of energy and flames shoot high in the air as a volcano erupts on the Las Vegas strip. You'll feel the heat from the eruption and you’ll take a few too many pictures but you can't miss this free show. The crowds gather in front of the Mirage Resort and are treated by the fiery display. This mega resort redefined Las Vegas with its display and the attraction continues to go strong two decades later.
If you want a different spot to watch the eruption walk across the street to the Venetian for a wider angle of the action or grab a seat at Rhumbar right beside the water for a view that will most likely singe your eyebrows.
More to See at Mirage Las Vegas
The Fine Art Collection at Aria Las Vegas
Take a stroll around Aria Las Vegas and you’ll see a collection of boats titled Big Edge by Nancy Rubins, the Colorado River recreated in silver in Silver River by Maya Lin as well as a thought provoking scrolling marquee by Jenny Holzer simply titled, Vegas. The free art installation can be found all around City Center from a typewriter eraser to a large image of an erupting volcano inside Mandarin Oriental. Use the mobile app for a guided tour or just go off on a sightseeing adventure.
Located at City Center Las Vegas
Aria Resort, Vdara Resort and Mandarin Oriental
The CityCenter Fine Art Collection is free and open to the public, some of the pieces are not available 24 hours a day
See the Dancing Woman at The Park Las Vegas
She stands guard over Toshiba Plaza but the dancing woman really watches as visitors explore the free concerts and open space of the Park Las Vegas. This 40 foot sculpture known as Bliss Dance is from artist Marco Cochrane and was inspired by his first experience at Burning Man. Toshiba Plaza is right outside T-Mobile Arena and is home to outdoor events that range from free concerts to ice skating.
The Park Las Vegas is a large open space with a mixed use plan of entertainment, food and beverage and recreation. well, recreation in the Las Vegas sense of the word, so naturally the picnic benches have games that you can enjoy while having a beer from a nearby bar.
Restaurants and Bars have individual hours of operation
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
During any given time of the year the conservatory and botanical gardens' 1400 square foot space will showcase flowers and plants in displays that celebrate the current season. From butterfly habitats and aquariums to covered bridges and floating balloons the display are always impressive. The gardens are free and open 24 hours a day. A staff of over 120 horticulturalists maintain the display with fresh plants, flowers and trees. The overriding themes are Spring Celebration, Summer Garden and Harvest Show with minor tweaks to further enhance the seasonal celebrations.
Pictures of Bellagio Conservatory and Gardens in Las Vegas
Bellagio Las Vegas
Conservatory and Gardens
Open Daily: 24 hours a day
Take a Gondola Ride on the Canals at Venetian Las Vegas
If you hear singing coming from the mall you'll know that a gondolier is close by in the canals of the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian Resort. The waterways are lined by fancy shops and casual restaurants. A ride on a gondola is almost as good as the real thing...ok, not really but it’s Vegas so get your picture taken with a guy with a bad Italian accent. Two options for gondolas exist with one ride giving you a quick tour of the space on the outside of the property and the other being a float along the shops of the mall. The inside attraction feels longer and is more picturesque.
Venetian Las Vegas
Grand Canal Shoppes
Indoor: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Outdoor: Daily: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Go Back In Time at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas
Situated in the corridor between the “Strip” and Downtown Las Vegas is the neon Museum with its collection of signs from days gone by. If you are into nostalgia you’ll appreciate the vast array of neon that has been collected in this location. While the remnants of iconic casinos have long been hauled away, imploded or re-branded, their original signage has survived and can be found in this outdoor museum with a nod to a Las Vegas that has almost been lost.
Neon Museum Las Vegas
770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tours are available through guided one hour tours booked in advance. Tours are available seven days a week and tour times vary based on the season
Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas
Maybe it’s not the real thing but when you consider your savings on airfare and the money you saved on not having to learn a new language you’ll notice that Paris Las Vegas has an Eiffel Tower that suits your needs best. You can stand at the base of this replica or take the elevator to the top and catch a 360 degree view of the entire Las Vegas valley. Either way you’ll be looking at pretty much the same view as you would be in France only in half scale. This replica was built to the same specifications as the original only at half the size.
Paris Las Vegas
Open Daily Mon-Fri 9:30am-12:30am Sat & Sun9:30am-1am
Experience Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas
Take a walk along Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas and you’ll see a different Las Vegas than what you see on the strip. I don’t want to go so far as to say it is down market but it is definitely a bit more on the budget side. The kiosks with trinkets and souvenirs can be a bit much and the street performers are a little tired but that just lends to the atmosphere. Live music is blaring from three stages and overhead people are zooming by on zip lines. The light show entertains, the people watching is magnificent and food and drink specials are in abundance.
Downtown Las Vegas
The Auto Collection at The LINQ Resort
You don’t need to be a car enthusiast to enjoy this collection of automobiles on the top level of the parking garage at The LINQ Las Vegas. It’s as if you are walking through a rolling history lesson when you tour the showroom. The collection of over 250 automobiles display classics that were once owned by celebrities as well as vehicles from prominent manufacturers and eras. All of the vehicles are for sale and the showroom is open daily. If you want to buy a car, sell a car or just love to admire the craftsmanship of classic cars this is something that you must see in Las Vegas
3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Telephone: (702) 794-3174
Located on the fifth level floor at the rear of the The LINQ Hotel & Casino.
Open Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm - closed Sunday