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The Mirage Casino and Volcano free

3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South | Las Vegas, NV 89109 | Official website
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  • Type: Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife, Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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You may recognize this Polynesian-themed casino hotel as one of the three establishments robbed by Danny Ocean and his crew in the 2001 remake of the film "Ocean's Eleven." In addition to its Hollywood credits, The Mirage has earned a reputation among frequent Vegas visitors as one of the best places to gamble along the Strip. The casino's poker rooms and table games draw high-rollers and thrifty betters alike, and though some say that drink service here can be a bit slow due to the massive size of the casino floor, most travelers praise The Mirage's casino for its spacious, clean atmosphere.

If you're not much of a gambler or you've got kids in tow, the main reason to visit The Mirage — located mid-Strip across the street from The Venetian and next door to Caesars Palace — is its massive volcano. Between 6 and 11 p.m. every evening, the ground rumbles and the man-made mountain spews fireballs sky-high to the sounds of The Grateful Dead. According to one TripAdvisor user, "It absolutely looks like a volcano exploding and when the music kicks on and the fire is going, I promise you, you will not take your eyes off of it." Best of all, this exciting show is free to enjoy.

In addition to the volcano, The Mirage boasts a number of family-friendly attractions. The hotel houses a 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium (located behind the check-in desk at the hotel), as well as Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Here, you can come face to face with a variety of big cats and watch several friendly bottlenose dolphins put on a show. General admission is around $20 for adults and $15 for kids ages 4 to 12 (children ages 3 and younger can get in for free). If you're feeling more adventurous and have some extra cash to spare, you can participate in a "Yoga with the Dolphins" session or try your hand at being a dolphin trainer.

The Mirage also features a number of shops, restaurants, nightlife venues and shows, including "LOVE," the Cirque du Soleil performance inspired by The Beatles. Though you don't have to pay to explore The Mirage, the on-site shows and attractions may charge separate entrance fees. To learn more about what to see and do here, visit The Mirage's website.

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