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Free Things To Do On The Strip In Las Vegas And Shhhh... A Secret Pizza Place
After A Day Of Enjoying Free Attractions, Have A Great, Inexpensive Meal At A Secret Pizza Place!
Las Vegas offers a wealth of free and inexpensive things to do, it is just a matter of finding them! Here are some free things to do on the strip that are entertaining for the entire family. For instance, you can begin at a centrally located hotel, like the Bellagio Hotel pretty much in the center of the strip and find enough to do to fill up an entire day of enjoying free attractions!
Be sure to check out the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Fountains of Bellagio while you're at the Bellagio Hotel. And one of the best "free" attractions found on the strip? People watching!
But seriously, from Bellagio, it is a relatively short walk to Treasure Island, where in the evening, visitors are thrilled by two pirate ships and a show put on by very talented and artists and gymnasts known as "The Sirens Of Treasure Island." Enough to thrill any lover and fancier of the pirate lifestyle, this is a fun attraction to visit, especially for families. Kids of all ages will enjoy this wonderful pirate themed attraction.
From Treasure Island, it's another short walk to the Mirage hotel where visitors can watch the free volcano shows. At different times of the year, the volcano show will change the times they occur, but generally the show is featured on the top of each hour. It sometimes happens more often during the summer and during busy tourist seasons.
From there, it's a bit of a trek, or hop onto one of the buses to visit "Circus Circus." A playground for kids of ALL ages, there is a fun and family friendly circus show that happens each 1/2 hour from 11 am until Midnight.
After visiting Circus Circus, the fashion show at fashion show mall is another fun event to take in. Fashion shows are done five days a week, up to seven times a day. They take place on an 80 foot runway-stage that is retractable and is anchored to a 784 square foot stage inside of "The Great Hall". The hall is a large venue located in the Fashion Show's new west wing. Watch as the runway and stage rise almost as if by magic out of the floor of the shopping center several times each day. There are also state of the art special effects incorporated into the show such as snow and fog.
On the way back up the strip, there are several hotels that offer the opportunity to enjoy "Dueling Piano" shows. Harrah's has a nice show, which starts at 9 pm and goes until 2 or 3 am, and a venue called "Napoleon's" at the Paris Hotel also has a dueling piano show featuring songs from the 1950s through today. This show takes place from 9 pm until 1 pm nightly.
Begin Your Free Day At The Bellagio...
A great place to start is near the center of the strip at the Bellagio Hotel. Here visitors can enjoy the gorgeous Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a free indoor attraction that changes the way it looks with each new season, allowing visitors to see something new each time they visit!
Beautiful flowers are found here in addition to interesting and topical structures decorated so they stay within the theme of the current season. Not only is it a beautiful feast for the eyes, it also smells wonderful due to the abundance of amazing floral displays there. It will have visitors wondering "how do they do that?" It takes a lot of talented people and a lot of effort, and Bellagio hotel willingly applies and highlights the artistic talents of their workers to create something very, very special.
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are decorated five times a year. Once at Christmas time, again for Chinese New Year, in the Spring for a festively beautiful springtime display, and in the Summer featuring many different and wonderful aspects of the Summer. I think my favorite season at Bellagio is the Fall, due to the gorgeously expressive Fall colors, and the HUGE (and I do mean HUGE) pumpkins they will usually have featured there. How in the world they are able to bring 900 pound pumpkins into the hotel is beyond me, but they are amazing to look at!
All of the floral displays feature REAL flowers, that need to be watered often. Sometimes visitors can watch the workers as they lovingly tend to these gorgeous displays and provide them with water and trim off the flowers that don't look up to par any more. A tedious job I'm sure, but one that is not without its rewards as well. I can just imagine the beauty that surrounds workers as they tend to these flowers. It must be a rewarding job once they step back and admire how beautiful the display looks.
While at the Bellagio, take in the spectacular water show out in front of the hotel. A small lagoon located there with underwater fountain fixtures that spray water is organized into geometric shapes and is also synchronized in tune with a great variety of different songs. It is definitely a beautiful and interesting display that creates some fantastic photo opportunities with the "Eiffel Tower" in the background. Or, if you are facing the Bellagio, the Bellagio hotel makes a spectacular and classy backdrop for photos as well.
Some of the best songs featured during the Fountain's of Bellagio water show are songs by the early greats of Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra among them. Some of the stand-out musical selections include:
- One Singular Sensation - done by the original Broadway cast, composed by Marvin Hamlisch, from 1975
- Singin' In The Rain - sung by Gene Kelly, from 1952
- Luck Be A Lady - by Frank Sinatra, from 1955
- Hey, Big Spender, sung by Gwen Verdon, along with the original Broadway cast, from 1966
- Fly Me To The Moon - another great song from Frank Sinatra along with Count Basie, from the year 1957
And my personal all-time favorite:
- Viva Las Vegas, by Elvis Presley, a stellar talent, gone too early, this song is from 1963 and transports you back to the early days of Las Vegas, when dames were dames and gentlemen were... gentlemen (I think that's how it goes!)
There are three new songs that were just recently added to the repertoire of songs, the song "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, the song "In The Mood," which is a 1940s Glenn Miller hit, and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" done by the Beatles.
Showtimes of the Fountains of Bellagio are seven days a week, including holidays, from 3 pm until 7 pm, every 1/2 hour. Later at night, from 7 pm until midnight, shows are every 15 minutes. On Sundays, the fountains sometimes begin an hour earlier, at 11 am.
And at Christmas time especially, some of the song selections featured are well known Christmas pieces. Such a beautiful way to celebrate the sights and sounds of the festive Christmas season at the Fountains of Bellagio.
The Not So Secret Any More "Secret Pizza" Place
For a good meal that is definitely cheaper than eating at the Chef inspired steak houses and sushi type places, check out the "Secret Pizza" place at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, located next to the Bellagio. Make that, the "not so secret" Secret Pizza place!
Located on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan, across from the pool tables, and down a secretive looking "tunnel" type hallway with the walls lined with record albums (remember those?). You get to the end of this hallway, and VOILA! There's a great little hidden treasure, New York style pizza, freshly made, pinball machines (remember those?). There isn't a whole lot of room for sitting here, but for a quick bite after doing a lot of walking, it is a wonderful respite from the heat outdoors and from the hustle and bustle of the strip.
The pizza is really good, and reasonably priced for a strip restaurant. Most slices will be around $4, maybe $5 depending on the toppings, and a whole pizza can be bought for about $23.00. Famous for what they call their "white slice," it is heaven on a crust and melt-in-your-mouth good. It's a cheesy and garlicky slice of heaven. And for someone like me who gets tired of the red sauce pizza's that are usually more popular, it's a nice break from the usual.
Most reviews of this restaurant, or "pizza joint" give it about 4 stars. Some say it is very similar to a New York pizza place, I would have to take their word for it, since I've never been to New York!
So, now that I've given you an "inside tip" on one of Las Vegas's "secrets"... this is your mission should you choose to accept it, and this hub will... do something...in 30 seconds!
Enjoy your trip to Las Vegas! Hopefully this has been helpful in giving you some good entertainment ideas.
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