For those looking to make the most of their travel budget while visiting the "Entertainment Capital of the World," there are several options for the value-conscious visitor. Here are just a few:
Free attractions line the Las Vegas Strip and they're not hard to find. The Mirage's volcano erupts in a lagoon filled with waterfalls and palm trees every 15 minutes from dusk to midnight. The Mirage joined forces with legendary Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Indian music sensation Zakir Hussein, and the Fountains of Bellagio design firm WET to create an audio/visual spectacle for its famous volcano attraction. WET forges a primal volcanic environment of sound, light, music and heat with choreographed FireShooters, which send massive fireballs more than 12 feet into the air. The volcano attraction features a state-of-the-art sound system with music and sound specially created by Hart and Hussein.
Next door, nightly passersby can catch the "Sirens of TI" at Treasure Island. The revamped version showcases the popular pyrotechnic war as male renegade pirates battle "sexy sirens" of Sirens' Cove. Performances run every 90 minutes beginning at 7 p.m and 5:30 p.m. in the fall and winter
Meanwhile, the world-famous Fountains at Bellagio thrill visitors with more than 1,000 water-emitting devices choreographed to music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Whitney Houston and Andrea Bocelli.
Downtown's famous, casino-lined street is now the Fremont Street Experience, a 175,700-square-foot pedestrian area covered by a continuous canopy studded with more than 14 million lights. Each evening on the hour, this canopy comes alive with spectacular light-and-sound shows.
From the LVH to Luxor to JW Marriott, most major resorts offer free lounge entertainment that is available practically around the clock.
Low-priced attractions abound as well. "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" at Harrah's Las Vegas is a great show value, with tickets priced at $32.95. The show contains quirky humor, visual gags and King's sleight-of-hand, all delivered in a tongue-in-cheek fashion.
For lunchtime bargain-hunters, nothing beats the classic $1.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, the oldest hotel in Las Vegas. For gourmet on a budget, many Las Vegas buffets now offer fare from around the world and at a reasonable price.
Purchase the "Take 2 Buffet Pass" and enjoy both the Excalibur and Luxor Buffets all day for only $35 per guest. Offering a savings of more than $20 off regular pricing, the value package includes VIP buffet line passes and unlimited reentry privileges. Caesars Entertainment's family of Las Vegas resorts now offers guests all-day, unlimited access to dine in six resort buffet restaurants with the Buffet of Buffets pass. Guests may purchase a 24-hour buffet pass ($44.99 for Total Rewards members and $49.99 for non-members) from any participating buffet's cashier stations and can use it at Paradise Garden Buffet at Flamingo, Flavors at Harrah's Las Vegas, Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas, Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Carnival World Buffet at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. For an additional $15, guests can upgrade the Buffet of Buffets pass to include the all-new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.
What could be more romantic than renewing your wedding vows in Las Vegas? Show her that you love her all over again with reasonably priced Renewal of Vows packages. Priced from just $195, couples can relive their special day at Chapel of the Flowers. Renewal of Vows includes use of the chapel, a candle-lighting ceremony, traditional music, courtesy limousine service, a DVD of the ceremony and much more.
A group of Las Vegas-based tourist attractions have banded together to form Best Vegas Attractions. BVA's objective is to provide value-added opportunities for travelers and visitors through special offers and values. The program is designed to save visitors up to $500 or anywhere from 15 to 50 percent off the regular prices. Participating attractions include BODIES...The Exhibition at Luxor; Fashion Show mall; Las Vegas Monorail; Madame Tussauds Las Vegas; Papillion Airways; and Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibition.
Looking for discounts at the mall? Go to http://www.lasvegas.com/. Under "Shopping," users can download the Shop Las Vegas Passport coupon redeemable for gifts and discounts at most Las Vegas malls including Fashion Show, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and Las Vegas Premium Outlets to name a few. While you're at the malls, check out the variety of free entertainment they offer such as the Forum Shops' Roman statues that come to life inside Caesars Palace or the street performers inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.
While you're at it, check out the Special Offers section at http://www.lasvegas.com/ for hotel packages and great discounts on dining, shows, spa and entertainment.