Appearances in movies like Ocean's 11 have certainly raised the hype around the Bellagio Fountain Show, and by seeing it in person you'll understand why so many love it so much. Of all the free shows available outside of hotels, this is the one to choose because it has everything: the music, the perfectly choreographed fountain dancing, the prime location on the strip and convenient availability of every half hour between 3 and 8 pm.
This is one of those Vegas shows that you hear about which is actually worth an evening of your precious time. The gymnasts' abilities are impressive to the point of being nearly unbelievable, their costumes are brilliant, and the French Canadian roots of this performance give it an entertaining flavor rarely seen in the USA. The tickets aren't cheap, but they aren't impossible to afford, either. And you can't really leave Vegas without seeing this show, can you?
A visit to the shark reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a great way to continue to make your rounds seeing all of the hotels while also experiencing something that only the "Bay" offers. The tank is one of the largest in North America and even has a shark tunnel. Here you will see all the sharks, rays, fish and reptiles that you could ever dream of admiring in one place.
This is the smaller, older part of the city of Las Vegas that has all the lights and excitement of the strip but with some history and unique experiences added in. This is where you'll be able to watch the "Fremont Street Experience," the outdoor mall's light, movie and music show on the ceiling.
Who hasn't heard about people running off to Vegas to get married? Here is one of the first wedding chapels on the strip that was part of those stories. It has been recently renovated too, so you'll enjoy a trip to the place where couples from all over the world have come to get married. There have been some famous names that have graced the carpets of this chapel, including Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman, and Doug Hutchinson and Courtney Stodden.
Unless you're in Vegas during a holiday season, the line at this coaster tends to move pretty quickly, and you should be to the front within 10 minutes. As you fly by upside down and every which way you're able to catch a pretty fantastic and unique aerial view of the Strip. Riding this roller coaster is also a chance to check out the lovely interior of the hotel that houses it.
The Canyon Ranch Spa at the Venetian is your ticket to affordable luxury and pampering during your time in Vegas. You're in one of the best cities in the country as far as spa treatments are concerned, so take advantage of it! The Venetian offers what it calls an exclusive Aquavana suite where guests can enjoy water and thermal environments in addition to your typical facials and massages.
This is a great getaway from the lights, hustle, and constant 'on the go' feeling of the strip and downtown area of Las Vegas. The red rock formations are unforgettable as are the petroglyphs and the unique and beautiful scenery. You've got great hiking and picture-taking opportunities in the foreground and mountains in the background. It's a win-win at Red Rock Canyon.
Being a luxury hotel and casino, Caesar's Palace offers quite the spread of entertainment. There's the mall and the free fountain show at the Festival Fountain. It's fun to walk past the high-end shops and watch the animatronic Greek gods act of scenes as you pass by. You've also got plenty of world-class restaurants and chefs ready to give you the meal of your life. Afterwards the Pure Nightclub and The Pussycat Dolls Lounge have your night covered for you.
Stratospheres in other big US cities tend to be no more than a view and perhaps a cafe or restaurant, but in Las Vegas the stratosphere is of course also a hotel and casino. It also happens to be the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, meaning that Vegas did it big with their tower as they tend to with most things. The hotel and casino portion offer excellent singing and dancing performances as well as a nice mall called The Tower Shops.