A trend started in Las Vegas when the Mirage put a regularly erupting volcano in front of its main entrance–that’s when the era of fun and free curb-side shows took off. Some of those original shows are still entertaining the crowds in front of the hotels. The Mirage Volcano and the Fountains of Bellagio still dazzle the crowds. If you’re lucky enough to be driving by when either show happens, be careful: it’s hard to keep your eyes off what’s going on, and it's not unusual for people to simply stop their cars in the middle of the street to watch the shows.
Shopping malls in Las Vegas have emerged as experiences that combine shopping and excellent restaurants with entertainment. Artfully done interiors with elaborate building facades, wandering performers, and features like water-filled canals and rain storms are an entertaining backdrop. You don’t have to buy anything to wander through these shopping experiences and enjoy the atmosphere. For visitors traveling with kids, these malls offer a family-friendly experience free of the adults-only climate prevalent in most of Las Vegas.
In Downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience is the major attraction. The canopy that covers the pedestrian walkway features the free overhead light show Viva Vision. Down on the walkway, street performers bring their own brand of cheap entertainment (tips are expected). Visitors looking for cheap and free things to do in Las Vegas will find a Downtown Las Vegas full of great deals.
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