Vacationing in Las Vegas! Your pocketbook can really take a beating when in Las Vegas but it’s easy to find free attractions in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. Unless you are one of those individuals who have endless money streams, you might want to visit a few of the most interesting attractions in Las Vegas costing you absolutely nothing and offering in addition to entertainment, education.

Below are just a few of the family oriented free attractions offered in Las Vegas that are guaranteed not to damage the pocketbook:

The Fremont Street Experience_ Delight yourself when visiting the Fremont Street Experience. This show provides entertainment from dusk to midnight. Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas close to the Plaza Hotel Casino. The lights will simply mesmerize you with their awesome visual and sound effects. Thousands enjoy the shows so be ready to mingle, the streets are lined with shoulder to shoulder entertainment seekers. This street experience offers free live entertainment, an intimate party atmosphere and not too far away are the lights of some of the area’s most interesting casinos.

MGM Grand Lion Habitat_ located at 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd. inside the MGM Grand hotel-casino. If out of the area, obtain additional details by calling (800) 646-7787. If you are one of those privileged to be in the area, dial (702) 891-1111. The Habitat is open to the public from 11 am thru 10 pm. For your information however, the lions are switched around from 3:30 pm thru 4:30 pm daily. While being switched, the lions are not on display. Be aware, while watching as these majestic animals feed, play, groom themselves and sleep, they are separated from you by only one and one half inches of glass.

CBS Television City Research Center_ located at 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd, the Research Center is open daily from 8 am thru 10 pm. The center has a policy that children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult. While observing, provide your opinions regarding new shows. Visitors viewing the shows can offer their opinions by using test pads and monitors. Ever wanted to get in on the cutting edge of a new movie, sitcom or talk show? Visit the CBS Television City Research Center.

Fountains at Bellagio_ Each evening a force now known as nucleation assisted by manipulation by mad scientist type individuals, the Fountains at Bellagio brings to the delight of thousands, an amazing, awe inspiring correlation between water and music. Several choreographed musical routines are performed daily; Along with rushing water which can sometimes soar at heights as high as 460 feet in the $40 million, 8.5 acre lake. This has been tagged as being the most ambitious water feature created by what is known as “WET” design. Watch this celebrated dance of the water at 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd. If needing additional information, call (888) 488-7111.

Fountain shows at Caesars_ This Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain show at Caesars Forum Shop is located at 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd. The show opens every hour on the hour Sunday thru Thursday from 10 am till 11 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10 am till midnight. The shows are located inside Caesars Palace. Location is described as being found at the intersection of what is known as the popular Strip and Flamingo Road. For more details or to obtain information, call (800) Caesars!

Ethel M Chocolate Factory_ Do you, as most Americans, love chocolate? Well if so, the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens are for you. Travel about 10 miles from the Strip to Two Cattles Garden Drive in Henderson, NV. This is not for those who are dieting or trying to eat healthy, because, the visitors are constantly picking up pieces of chocolate and popping it. Visitors not too consumed in the eating process, are provided with details as to the time and effort that goes into creating the perfect chocolate morsel. For information and driving directions, call (702) 433-2500. Oh, and by the way take a few minutes to visit the Cactus Garden. For your entertainment, the Cactus Garden has more than 300 different varieties of cactus plants some may have never see.

The Sirens of TI_ located at 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. “No man is safe in Sirens Cove!” The sirens are said to be part muse, part temptress and part pirate. The show runs for approximately 12 minutes and offers dance, music, energy, temptation, danger, excitement ,sensuality and seduction. The stage is the size of four football fields and is filled with water. The Sirens lure pirates into the cove with their spellbinding voices. They ultimately sink the pirate’s ships. Remember the legend of Ulysses? For additional information, call (800) 944-7444.

Streetmosphere at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian_ For shopping in Grand style, visit the Shoppe’s at Streetmosphere. Hours of operation vary based on the shop. The shops are scattered throughout the Venetian Hotel-casino at 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd. For information regarding shops, location and hours call (702) 414-4500. As guest visit throughout the shopping area, they are entertained by street performers of all shapes, sizes and talent.

Volcano at the Mirage_ As if a clock ticks within, this volcano erupts and explodes all of its glory every hour. Visitors anxiously await the entertainment. Crowds gather to see the volcano in action wondering what goes on within. The Volcano is located at 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd. For details and information regarding the grand reopening in late 2008, call (800) 963-9634.

The Neon Museum_ This open air museum is located at the East end of Fremont Street Experience. For information or details, call (702) 387-NEON. The museum is open 24 hours each day. The Neon Boneyard within the museum is described as “a giant shoe, a shoe bigger than your refrigerator, a shoe bigger or so it seems, than any tiny space within an apartment or house”. Visit the Neon Museum, but if wanting to obtain entrance into the Bone yard, call ahead.

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