Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - Attractions on the Strip

 

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The Las Vegas Strip itself offers free and inexpensive entertainment for families and adults alike.  One thing I've always loved about Las Vegas is that it gives you an opportunity to pretend that you are in a different place.  Many hotels offer replicas of European buildings and monuments.

The Bellagio is one such hotel.  It puts on a water show several times a day.The water show is located at the man-made lake at the front of the hotel. The shops that line the lake is reminiscent of Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy.  In its conservatory, they display a seasonally changing exhibit, free though busy. Inside the Bellagio, the world's largest chocolate fountain is on display by Jean-Phillipe Patisserie. It's full size is 27 feet but only 14 feet of it is visible to the viewing public.

Bellagio Conservatory Christmas Exhibit, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Bellagio Conservatory Christmas Exhibit, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

 

The Venetian offers gondola rides through its meandering canals. If not wanting to spend on gondolas (understandable), a walk inside this hotel on the non-casino floor will have you reminiscing about Venezia. In some ways, it's more beautiful in this Las Vegas version since you get a view of the canals almost the entire time. Of course you'll have to look past the fact that it is not a real 1000 year old city built on stilts in the middle of the Adriatic Sea.

Gondolas in the Venetian, Las Vegas, NevadaGondolas in the Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Keeping with the Italian theme, Caesars offers a Roman pseudo-experience. Across from the Bellagio, an Italian landmark copy is the first time I saw Il Vittoriano. In Rome, it is a monument to honor the first king of unified Italy. In Las Vegas, it is a splendid structure to symbolize the glory of  Rome. It also houses a casino and hotel. Celine Dion sings at the theatre inside, the Colosseum. Inside there are many statues and fountains that greet you as you peruse along the shiny marble floors of Caesars Palace. Outside Caesars, you will be greeted by the Trevi Fountain (replica).

Paris is another European experience you can enjoy right on the Las Vegas strip. A mini Eiffel Tower adorns the landscape across from the Bellagio along with an Arc de Triomphe (replica). Inside there is a creperie and a French food buffet served. Unfortunately, that was all I found at Paris that accentuated the French experience. But a walk under the Eiffel is always nice; it will start you dreaming of a French vacation.

Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

 

The Mirage puts on a flaming volcanic show several times daily.  Inside there is a huge aquarium, featuring over 1000 fishes, representing 60 species.  If you interested in seeing dolphins and tigers, the Mirage offers an all day adventure ticket starting at $22 per adult ($17/child) for their Secret Garden.  Check Mirage's website to get $5 off tickets.

Flamingo offers pink flamingos in its courtyard for visitors to view. Occasionally, huge parrots make an appearance too.

Pink flamingos at Flamingo Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV (yes, those are real flamingos)

Pink flamingos at Flamingo Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV (yes, those are real flamingos)

 

High above the strip you may have spotted a giant ferris wheel.  Called the High Roller and dubbed the world's largest observation wheel, you can ride the High Roller to get a view of the strip from high above. Kids under 12 ride free. Locals get a 50% discount with a Nevada ID. The Promenade, as it is called, the alley below the High Roller is quite a destination in itself.  Lined with shops and restaurants, it is the best stroll on the strip, in my opinion.  During the holiday season, there are free holiday shows that are put on by the surrounding shops.  During our last two holiday visits there in the evening, we managed to unintentionally walk into a free show.

High Roller - Tallest ferris wheel in the world, Las Vegas, NV

High Roller - Tallest ferris wheel in the world, Las Vegas, NV

 

Circus Circus offers a free mini Circus several times a day. Trampolines, acrobats and jugglers are all on tap. Different shows feature different performers. Arrive early to get seats. Surrounding the circus stage are fairground-like games available for per ticket play. Adventuredome is a 5 acre theme park found within Circus Circus. All day passes can be had for under $35.

At the other end of the Strip, Mandalay Bay offers Shark Reef Aquarium.  Here you can view 100 sharks (of 15 different species), crocodiles, piranhas, komodo dragon, turtles and many more sea creatures.  Tickets start at $20/adult.

One restaurant worth mentioning is Ellis Island. They offer a $6.99 steak and egg special. It may not be on the menu, but just ask the waitress. (It is usually on the Specials board as you walk into the restaurant.) One steak, country potatoes, 2 eggs and toast for the awesome price of $6.99. Ellis Island is located just off Strip close to the Linq, walkable during the day. For beer lovers, Ellis Island brews its own beer and root beer and offers it up for a reasonable price.

 

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.

 

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