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Las Vegas is an expensive city, but it doesn’t have to be. There are all kinds of free things to do in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for something fun and to save a little money in Vegas, check out guide of free things to do in Las Vegas:
The Fountains of Bellagio have become one of the staples of the Strip. The Bellagio put on an electronically orchestrated water show set to the likes of Celine Dion and Tony Bennett. Special programs are also created for the holidays.
Like the Fountains of the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage is another can’t miss sight on the Strip. The volcano erupts every half hour—shooting flames and lightning effects, all set to a heart-pounding soundtrack.
You may not realize it, but Las Vegas is one of the greatest cities to view free art in the world! From the CityCenter campus which includes work by Nancy Rubin, Claes Oldernburg and Coosje van Bruggen to Jeff Koons statues at the Wynn.
Bellagio’s botanical garden is another can’t miss Las Vegas tourist spot that is totally free. The garden is 14,000-square-foot with seasonal and holiday displays throughout the year.
The Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat is home to swans, ducks, koi, turtles, two rescued pelicans, and, of course, flamingos. The habitat costs nothing and is very family friendly. It’s the perfect escape from the neon Strip with easy walking paths to wander through with your kids.
While the rides aren’t free at Circus-Circus, you can catch the world’s largest permanent Circus for free. Watch highflying acrobats, above the casino floor, every half hour at completely no charge.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory is a sweet place to check out in Las Vegas. Ethel M Chocolates is located in the Botanical Cactus Garden, the largest cactus garden in Nevada! Take a leisurely stroll through the cactus garden and a factory tour of Ethel M’s (with free samples, of course).
While it may cost a lot of money to shop at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, it costs nothing to check it out. The area includes the Fall of Atlantic show with huge talking statues and pyrotechnics. The show is free and fun to watch.
The Downtown Container Park is a retail, dining, and play space built from shipping containers. Free entertainment events and outdoor movies are held through the year. Check Container Park’s calendar for special events.
Located away from the city, the Red Rock National Conservation Area is a great spot for picnics, hiking, sightseeing, and has no entry fee. Summer temperatures may get a little extreme, so check ahead before taking a hike yourself.
Las Vegas is known as Sin City, but while this adult playground may seem no place to bring the family there are actually many activities to do for all ages.
If your kids are a bit older, the Adventuredome Theme Park is not to be missed. Located at Circus Circus, this indoor theme park has plenty of rides and games for children and adults alike. Admission is free, so watching your kids enjoy the rides won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
For outside fun, check out the Wet ‘n’ Wild water park. Perfect for a hot day, your family members will all love the more than 25 slides and attractions. For young children, there is a Kiddie Cove, and many more thrill rides for older kids and adults.
If your family wants to see more of Vegas than the amusement parks, taking a tour is the way to go. Showtime Tours has many great options for families. Your kids will love the Pink Jeep tours of the Hoover Dam, Las Vegas strip or Grand Canyon.
Ever wanted to go skydiving too afraid of heights? Luckily Vegas Indoor Skydiving is a short shuttle ride from the Strip. Kids and adults alike will love the thrill of learning how to float in a vertical wind tunnel of 120 mph winds.
If you’re thinking you’ll have a hard time finding family friendly restaurants in Vegas, you couldn’t be more wrong. These restaurant options are kid tested and approved. Rollin Smoke Barbeque is a cult classic. This casual spot is just a short shuttle ride from the Strip, and has some of the best BBQ in town. For delicious food on the go, Shake Shack has opened a Las Vegas location. This is a convenient spot on the Strip, and while the food is fast it’s hardly fast food.If you’re looking for a less meaty option, Giordano’s Chicago pizzeria is a great option for the family. Located at the Grand Bazaar Shops in Cally’s, their deep dish stuffed pizzas are not to be missed.
Showtime wishes you and your family have a fantastic stay in Las Vegas!
Due to popular demand, major professional sports teams are finally headed to Las Vegas. An issue with professional sports coming to Las Vegas has traditionally been centered on gambling and the strict anti-gambling policies of most major sports leagues. However, the door was first open with the NHL expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights! Then later with the approved relocation of the Oakland Raiders (with the axtual Las Vegas franchise relocation slated for either 2019 or 2020).
The Vegas Golden Knights will begin play in the 2017-18 NHL season at the T-Mobile Arena located on the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas Raiders’s timeline is a little less clear. Plans for a Las Vegas Stadium have been submited and approved, and are expected to be completed in by 2020. The Las Vegas Stadium is expected to replace UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium and will be located west of Interstate 15.
There are currently no plans for expansion or relocation of either MLB or NBA teams in Las Vegas. However, the NBA’s Summer League is held in Las Vegas, as well as, training for past Olympic basketball teams.
Will more sports team take a roll of the dice on Vegas?
Las Vegas has events every night of the week, all year round, and summer is no different. Sin City is the capital of the country for entertainment. Here’s a short guide to the must-see events for the summer months.
Las Vegas entertainment is world class, and this summer is no exception. The month of May has famous acts visiting such as Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Celine Dion, Fergie and David Guetta. Other kinds of performances include several by world-class Cirque Du Soleil. Their performances include Le Rêve, KÀ, Mystère, 'O' and Love among others. If you’re looking for something more “magical”, David Copperfield will be hosting shows in the MGM Grand and Penn & Teller have taken up residency in Rio.
For something far more adventurous, Las Vegas has a number of helicopter tours available. See the Strip by night and 220 miles in the air. This tour offers a champagne toast, and then breathtaking views of the Venetian, Bellagio fountains and more. For more natural views, there is a 45-minute Grand Canyon helicopter tour that takes you over one of the most famous natural monuments in the world. If you want something more romantic, the VIP tour option flies at sunset before touching down on the Grand Canyon’s West Rim for a beautiful dinner.
Travel to Venice, Italy without ever stepping a foot out of the desert. The St Mark’s Square replica in Vegas has crystal clear aquamarine canals that wind around Venetian-inspired architecture in authentic wooden boats. The charming gondoliers will serenade you as you and your loved ones or friends tour Vegas by water.
Summer in Las Vegas is hot, but that won’t stop you from having a great time. Don’t forget to reserve all of your Las Vegas transportation reservations ahead of time with Showtime to save yourself stress.
Surprise, surprise… the best tours of Las Vegas are offered by Pink Jeep Tours! They offer fantastic experiences, whether you want something city-centric or out in nature, in our signature open air pink jeep Wranglers. Here are three tours that Showtime has to offer, no matter what your reason for being in Sin City.
Las Vegas is the gaming and entertainment capital of the world. This 2.5-3 hour evening-only tour takes you around the famous Strip, from the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign to Fremont. There’s no better way to see the bright lights than an open air Wrangler. The guides are knowledgeable and fun, taking you through the most exciting parts of Vegas without the hassle.
This 4 hour tour is an exciting adventure through one of America’s architectural wonders. Get there in a custom Tour Trekker vehicle, and then enjoy the Dam, including live presentations, captivating films, a view from the observation deck and more. This tour is offered both in the morning and afternoon. There is also an upgraded tour option with an additional boat trip to the base of the Dam. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Bring a hat and extra sunscreen. This is also an excellent tour for children!
This epic 13 hour tour is a full-day trip around the South Rim. On this tour, you’ll experience the iconic Route 66 and Williams, Arizona an old railroad town. Our tour guides are knowledgeable about the natural wonders you’ll see on the way, including the mountains and Coconino Plateau ponderosa pine forests – all before you’ve even arrived at the Grand Canyon! This is a long tour, so probably not the best option for young children. Breakfast, snack, lunch and a bottle of water are included. Bring extra sunscreen and a hat.
The West Rim tour is an exhilarating ten to eleven hours, where you’ll experience close-up views and incredible photo opportunities. This tour takes you through the natural wonder that is the Mojave Desert, the Hoover Dam, the Joshua tree forest and the Colorado River. This tour is a must-do! Lunch and bottled water are included. Please make sure to dress comfortably, and pack a hat and extra sunscreen.
Enjoy your time in Las Vegas! Book a tour today!
Whatever the purpose of your trip to Las Vegas is, the number of hotels to choose from is overwhelming. Showtime has a guide for you to choose the best one, at every price point.
The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is the choice for premium and glamorous hotels in Las Vegas.
With a calm atmosphere, this hotel is the place to go to escape the noise and chaos of the Strip while still staying on the Strip. The spa and gym are top of the line, and the pool is far more relaxed than the Mandarin’s neighbors. What makes this hotel most special is it’s top notch concierge service. There is also free parking and a complimentary house car. Each room is luxuriously equipped with everything you could need, or want. Oh, and there is also a champagne vending machine on the top floor.
Other hotels at this price point include The Four Seasons Las Vegas & Aria Sky Suites.
Located on the Strip, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is a well-known and reliable choice that is both beautifully decorated and conveniently located. While not the cheapest option, this flashy option has everything you could need. There is excellent and personalized customer service, happy to make your stay as comfortable as possible. There are also a number of numerous top of the line restaurants within the hotel. The Cosmopolitan is not ideal for families – it’s known for its crazy pool parties and the Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub which regularly attracts the top DJ’s.
The Mirage offers a more affordable Las Vegas experience. This hotel boasts a clean, friendly and accommodating atmosphere. There are numerous shopping and dining options, and the pool is busy but not overcrowded. The rooms are large and clean, and the spa and salon are equally accommodating. The front of the hotel’s iconic Volcano hosts an explosive display set to the soundtrack of The Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, and Zakir Hussain, Indian tabla sensation. Don’t miss the shows from 8pm to 10pm. At a lower price point, and more suitable for families, this hotel is a great way to still have the classic Las Vegas experience!
Other hotels at this price point include The Marriott’s Grand Chateau and New York New York Hotel & Casino.
When you think of Las Vegas, you think of the Strip. The Strip is great, but there’s more places to see and more neighborhoods to eat in. Showtime Tours has done the research for you, so your next trip to Vegas for fun or work won’t be wasted on bad food.
Did you know Las Vegas has a Chinatown? Close to the Strip, this neighborhood is full of both tourists and locals alike. Are you looking for Japanese food? The grill at Raku and the ramen at Monta are a must try. But Chinatown has more than just Chinese, Japanese and southeast Asian food. Leatherneck Club, a restaurant and bar dedicated to military veterans, has one of the best burgers in the city. Just looking for a drink? Check out the Golden Tiki, a Hawaiian themed bar.
Ever heard of Summerlin? This west-Vegas ‘hood is great for restaurants. Hearthstone, 8 Noodle Bar and Other Mama are all great establishments. Looking for Italian? Nothing beats the pizza and wine at Due Forni.
In Downtown Vegas, restaurants abound. Carson Kitchen is casual but delicious. Looking for tapas or small bites? Check out Itsy Bitsy. For steak, Vic & Anthony’s and Triple George Grill are equally good.
More delicious Asian food awaits you East of the Strip at Lotus of Siam and Komol. Komol is also great for vegetarians. For the opposite of vegetarian fare, check out Ellis Island Casino for some great barbecue.
Southwest has a few great mom-and-pop restaurants in this mini-Chinatown. Soho, Pier 215 and Japaneiro have great sushi. In a rush? VegeWay is a popular drive-thru vegan burger place.
There’s so much to do in Vegas, but add any of these restaurants to your itinerary, and you’ll go home feeling fed. As always, Showtime has your back for all your transportation needs to and from the airport, a restaurant or a tour.
Whether Las Vegas is your layover or final destination, here’s a quick guide to the area’s major airport, McCarran International Airport, to make your visit an enjoyable one.
McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the primary commercial airport serving the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The airport itself is 5 miles south of downtown Las Vegas, in a town called Paradise.
Built in 1942, the airport was named after Pat McCarran, a former Nevada senator, a major figure in American aviation. The airport has two terminals, and is the 26th busiest airport in the world for passenger traffic.
McCarran provides travel tips for pre-flight preparation on their site. These include notifying your airline of special requirements including assistance for unaccompanied minors, disabled passengers or medical supplies. They also advise to check in with the airline before embarking for the airport to check the status of your flight and make sure there are no delays.
While McCarran has plenty of electrical outlets, it is advised to charge all your electronics beforehand, including mobile phones, tablets and laptops. To avoid delays at security, make sure all liquids, gels and aerosols are in 3-ounce containers in a small plastic ziploc bag. Dress comfortably, and, as always, make sure you remember all necessary travel documents and valid identification.
During your time in McCarran, there are conveniently located information booths with Passenger Service Representatives eager to assist you with any questions you may have. They are dressed in blue and gold around each terminal.
Need to mail something from the airport? McCarran has you covered. All security checkpoints have self-service drop boxes to ensure your valued items arrive to your final destination. For your convenience, there are several ATM’s located in each terminal and spread out throughout the gates. Need to exchange currency? Each terminal has its own Travelex currency exchange booth.
Bored? If you find your flight taking out of Terminal 1, there is the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum located in the Esplanade. Open 24/7, this small but informative exhibit has more than 30 display cases and a short video presentation on Las Vegas aviation history. The rest of the airport has several other multi-faceted showcases placed for your entertainment.
For more Vegas-style entertainment, there are a number of slot machines located throughout the airport for travelers over 21 years old. Get started with the Vegas fun without even leaving the airport! There are also a number of restaurants and shops spread out throughout the terminals.
Enjoy your travels!
Walking around the Las Vegas Strip can be a bit… confusing. The half-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard takes you from Paris to Venice to Ancient Rome. Showtime Tours has made a short guide for you of some of the monumental replicas and what you need to know.
Never been to France? You can visit their most famous monument in Nevada! Appropriately situated right in front of the Paris Las Vegas hotel, the Eiffel Tower replica is built at half scale to the original. Built between 1997 and 1999, the original plans intended the tower to be exact size, but this was a problem so close to the Las Vegas airport. You can take a glass elevator to the top for panoramic desert views and a restaurant.
Head to Polynesia for a volcanic experience… literally. In front of the Mirage is a three-acre lagoon. Wisps of smoke will give you a hint as to when the volcano will erupt, to the soundtrack of a Grateful Dead drummer and Indian tabla musician.
You don’t need to hop on a cross-country flight to take in some of the Big Apple’s most famous monuments. Located right outside the MGM hotel and casino, a miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler building, Empire State building and Brooklyn Bridge stand to scale. Wrapped around the hotel itself is the Big Apple roller coaster, with NYC taxicab replicas for the carts.
Caesars Palace is known worldwide for its casino as well as its ostentatious facade. The front of the building has magnificent fountains, that Evil Knievel himself jumped over them on a motorcycle infamously in 1967 (he survived with a shattered pelvis and fractured skull). The Colosseum boasts of many of Las Vegas’s most famous acts, including Celine Dion and Elton John. The back of the hotel is equally fabulous, with the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis.
One of the most eye-catching features of Las Vegas is the Luxor’s great pyramid. Named after the splendid ancient Egyptian city, the building itself is a sleek and refined homage to ancient Egyptian architecture. Built in 1993 and standing at 30-stories tall, the apex of the building has the world’s most powerful beacon, which is said to be visible to astronauts. In front of the Luxor is a 10-story tall crouching sphinx and sandstone obelisk.
The Strip boasts of many fascinating sites, so be sure to take a walk around no matter the reason you’re in town. Book your airport transportation or tour with Showtime Tours soon to make your trip comfortable and affordable.
For whatever reason you’re coming to Las Vegas, there’s no reason to not take advantage of one of the entertainment capitals of the world. Showtime has created a quick guide to this spring’s must-see shows.
Las Vegas’s biggest concert series in April is Ricky Martin, the pop icon. He’ll be performing beginning April 5th at MGM’s Park Theater at Monte Carlo. The Latin sensation’s show, directed under the acclaimed Jamie King, is sure to be a blast: ““I’m extremely excited to have my residency in Las Vegas; I have been thinking about it for years and to see it become a reality is just an unbelievable feeling. I’m inspired, and I can’t wait to show you what we have in store.”
Las Vegas’s newest resident artists are the boy band favorite, Backstreet Boys. However, you don’t need to be a preteen to relive the early 2000s. The best selling boy band in music history begins their performances in March, but will be around Vegas for 18 shows. Starting at $39, you won’t want to miss this show.
Britney is back in Vegas, opening April Fools Day at Planet Hollywood. The star of the electrifying “Britney: Piece of Me” show was voted “Best Resident Performer in Vegas”. Her show sells out quickly, so buy now for cheap tickets!
Want something a bit slower? The Montreal superstar begins her residence on April 5th after a yearlong hiatus. Catch Miss Dion at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace to hear her classic hits and fan favorites.
Another classic. The British rocker is bringing his famous hair and voice to Caesars hotel through April for “The Hits” concert series. Be prepared for one hit after another with this icon.
Enjoy your time in Las Vegas, and don’t forget to book your ride to the shows with Showtime!
When you think of Las Vegas, you think of casinos. After you take a sightseeing tour, here is a short guide to the casinos you can’t miss, and what you need to know.
Caesars Palace, one of the most iconic casinos in the world, is a great first stop. If you’re not keen to play, it’s worth a visit to take in the spectacular building or watch the gambling action. Other iconic casinos with a classic Vegas atmosphere include the Golden Nugget, the Hard Rock and the Monte Carlo. Lesser known gems include the El Cortez, Orleans casino and Silverton casino. It’s especially hard to avoid the casinos in Vegas when they are in some of the most iconic buildings.
While you can watch from the sidelines, don’t be afraid to participate, if you’re over 18. Here are some key etiquette rules:
While these general tips should get you around without a hassle, each casino may have their own individual rules, so keep yourself well-informed during your stay. Bet responsibly, but most importantly, enjoy your time in Vegas! Make the most of your time in Vegas and book your transportation ahead of time with Showtime Tours.
Enjoy your time in Las Vegas!Las Vegas is world renowned for its entertainment. Beyond the casinos, shows and restaurants, the choices can be overwhelming. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, Showtime Tours has made a quick entertainment guide for you.
After taking your Showtime Tour airport shuttle to your hotel, take a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip. During day or night, the Strip has all you need to keep you entertained. See the world without ever leaving the sidewalk, including Venice’s gondolas outside the Venetian hotel, Italy’s Lake Como at the Bellagio, and Paris’s Eiffel Tower. Day or night, the Bellagio Fountain shows, which start every 15 minutes, are a must-see. The fountains shoot almost 500 feet into the air to coordinated music.
Escape the heat with one of the many unique museums Las Vegas has to offer. The Pinball Hall of Fame has over 150 pinball machines for visitors to play. The Atomic Testing Museum will teach you the history of Nevada’s use as a nuclear-weapon testing site. The Mob Museum tells the story of how the mafia built Las Vegas into what it is today. Whatever your interests may be, there is surely something for you.
The Strip, museums, restaurants, shops and casinos can be overwhelming to take in. Don’t worry about missing a thing with Showtime’s Bright Light City Tour. This 2.5-3 hour evening tour in an open air pink Jeep Wrangler is the perfect way to take it all in, Vegas-style. Is nature more your thing? Showtime also has tours to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.
No matter when or why you’re in town, Vegas is sure to have enough to keep you entertained. Keep your ride to and from the airport comfortable and reliable with Showtime Tours.
Hotels offer parking throughout Las Vegas, however, parking your vehicle always comes with a cost. Free parking has become a thing of the past on the Las Vegas Strip. Most Las Vegas hotels now institute paid parking.
It means parking has become a lot more expensive in Las Vegas, and you have to plan your travel accordingly. There are two types of parking in Las Vegas: self-parking and valet parking. With self-parking, you park yourself and costs $5-$7 for vehicles parked 1 to 4 hours and $8-$10 for vehicles parked over 4 hours to 24 hours. With valet parking, the hotel parks the car for you, and costs a little more than self-parking. Valet parking fees are $13 for the first 4 hours and $18 for over 4 hours to 24 hours. There is an additional valet parking fee of $18 for each day or fraction of a day the vehicle is valet parked in Las Vegas.
Free parking on the Strip was once a Las Vegas staple, but has become harder and harder to find. The end of free parking started when MGM Resorts International announced they would start charging for parking, both valet and self-parking on all properties except Circus Circus. This was quickly followed up with Caesars Entrainment, who announced it would also phase out free parking on all properties except the Rio.
A shuttle service is a great way to avoid the cost of parking on the Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas has a vibrant Chinese community and you can find some incredible Chinese New Year celebrations throughout Las Vegas. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster and festivities are set to kick off on January 28. Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration, so there is plenty of time to see it all! Check out just some of the best Chinese New Year events scheduled in the Las Vegas area:
The LINQ Promenade is hosting a four-day Chinese New Year festival, Jan 27-30, which features parties, special events, and dragon dances on the Fountain Stage. Authentic dragon dances by a Sichuan dance troupe will be held nightly at 6 pm. The biggest feature of their "Chinese New Year in the Desert" program is the DragonFest Benefit Concert at The LINQ Theater. The DragonFest Benefit Concert showcases a variety of local performers and international Chinese troupes as well as a very special performance by J.D. Miller Middle School. All LINQ events are free and open to the public.
New displays at the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are always an event and Chinese New Year is no exception. The Bellagio will feature a vibrant Year of the Rooster theme January 8 - March 4, 2017. The conservatory display features tranquil ponds with live Koi fish and a 10-foot animatronic rooster to welcome visitors at the door. The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are open at all times.
The Lucky Dragon is the first casino in Las Vegas that truly tries to recreate an authentic Asian gaming experience. The same can be said for their Chinese New Year festivities; this is the casino to go to for a more authentic Chinese New Year. Special events and performances include firecracker shows and dragon dances.
The Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza is the only place to get a real traditional Chinese New Year experience as well as a taste of best authentic Asian food in Las Vegas. The Chinatown Plaza has cuisine ranging from Mandarin, Canton, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, and more. Performances include lion and dragon dances, Chinese acrobats & martial artists, and Chinese folk dances. Other activities include arts & craft, calligraphy, and fortune telling. The Chinatown festival is set for February 12.
Looking for traditional Chinese New Year celebrations in Las Vegas? Traditional dragon dances will be performed throughout Las Vegas:
It’s almost 2017, and you know what that means… new tech! The Consumer Electronic Show takes places every year at the beginning of January in Las Vegas, and is the premier electronics trade show in the country. CES 2017 is taking place January 5-8 2017at the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you’re headed to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, a Showtime Tours convention shuttle is a great way to get you the convention floor or to your nearby hotel on Strip.
This year’s CES show is the place to see all the latest in tech, games, and gadgets. Some of the big technology of 2017 includes HDR and OLED TV’s, Sony’s Ultra HD Blu-Ray player, the latest smartphones, and lot’s of VR. Virtual reality is here, and the cheapest and most mobile, new VR tech will be on display at CES 2017. Companies set to exhibit at CES 2017 include BMW, HTC, Intel, LG, Microsoft, Nvidia, Panasonic, Sony, and more. More pre-show announcements will be made shortly before kickoff on January 3 - 4.
CES features keynote presentations, booths, a tech demos. 2016 was a recoding breaking year for the Consumer Electronics Show and 2017 is already set to repeat. If you need a ride to the Las Convention center, Showtime Tours can provide a CES shuttle to make your trip to Las Vegas Convention Center.
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