Outdoor free shows in Vegas

Vegas has so many shows that it can be difficult to comprehend how long it would take you to see all of them, and how much it would cost you. We saw a number of shows that are free and available to anyone who happens to be in the right place at the right time.

Treasure Island

Outside of Treasure Island there has been a show going on for almost as long as I can remember. They have changed the story over the years but the props are the same – sinking ship, canon blasts, exploding building. It is quite good although you do need to get there in plenty of time so that you can get a good place to see the action. I would suggest that you get somewhere on the front left as you look at the entrance to the casino/hotel as that is where most of the action and dancing happens. Alternatively stand in the raised part of the sidewalk towards the back where you will be able to see more of the action, but all at a bit of a distance.

Be prepared for a total people jam in this area when a show is going on and particularly when it is ending. Getting around can be difficult.

Bellagio Fountains

This was a highlight of my trip. We saw a couple of numbers at night when the water and light display takes your breath away and the interpretation of the music can bring a tear to your eye. So long as you get close to the action there is no bad place to see this although it is difficult to take in the sheer magnitude of it from any place I happened to be. This is a must see event on your trip.

Fashion Show

While we were in the Fashion Mall, a fashion show started on the runway in one of the concourses. We got to see the latest clothing line of one of the retailers in the mall in a similar manner to how you expect the big runways in Paris or other fashion centers to be. It was great fun and I can’t wait to see the photo’s that my travel companion took. I on the other hand forgot my camera on that trip so remain pictureless. Sigh…

The Lions

You should really try and catch the lions at the MGM grand. We just happened to come across them as we were passing through and several lions were in the exhibit with their trainers/care takers. Since none of the lions stay in there for too long, when they do come out they are quite active in comparison to the ones you normally see in a zoo. Well worth checking on feeding times.

Street performers and such

Almost everywhere you look there are street performers. Many of the frozen statue types, some of which come to life when passersby least expect it, lots of Elvis impersonators, fairies, transformers, cartoon characters, female police officers who will gladly have their pictures taken with you for a buck or two.

Then of course there is just people watching. What some people will do when they have had a few drinks and they think what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Glenda, my travel companion also had some great interactions with people. She gave away a flashing ring that had been given to her in a drinks promotion at one place we stopped for dinner. She gave the ring to a young girl from Switzerland and brought a smile to her face. She saw a couple of “Paris Hilton” types of women who of who had a dog in her bag that looked just like her own dog – a great picture opportunity. She enjoyed dancing with people in one of the hotels. The more you put yourself out there, the more you can get in return.

Brought to you by Brian Bailey

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