The Mirage Casino and Volcano#4 in Best Things To Do in Las Vegas
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 for high rollers and thrifty betters alike.
If you aren't a gambler or you've got kids in tow, the main reason to visit The Mirage is its massive volcano. Every night at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. (and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), the ground rumbles and the man-made mountain spews fireballs sky-high to the sounds of The Grateful Dead. Recent travelers said it's an impressive show, and best of all, it's 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 $22 for adults and $17 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. You'll find The Mirage centrally located across the street from The Venetian and next door to Caesars Palace. To learn more about what to see and do here, visit The Mirage's website.
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#1 The Strip
Once you pass the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign along Las Vegas Boulevard South, it won't be too long until you're cruising the Strip. Sin City's notorious artery acts as the epicenter of any Vegas getaway. Here you'll find Las Vegas' most iconic landmarks, including the Bellagio Fountains, the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Las Vegas, the pyramid and sphinx belonging to The Luxor and The Venetian's Grand Canal.
The "Strip" technically runs from Mandalay Bay on the south end (home to an aquarium and a man-made beach) to the Stratosphere casino on the north end, where you'll find the tallest free-standing observation tower in the country (this is where you'll go for the perfect Vegas photo).
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