Las Vegas is adding new shows, attractions and events.

As the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas is continually adding new shows, attractions and events to its already impressive repertoire. For those traveling to the Strip, whether on vacation or a staycation, it can be difficult to decide which of these shows and experiences to include in your Vegas plans. While the amount of attractions and events to see and do can be overwhelming, the good news is that Vegas has something for everyone!

Bat out of Hell musical

We recently had the opportunity to attend the latest hit show in Las Vegas, Bat Out of Hell-The Musical and we highly recommend that you add this show to your list. Hailing from London, the award-winning production landed at the Paris Hotel and Casino and is the only musical on the Las Vegas Strip. Featuring the signature songs of, you guessed it, Meat Loaf, the incredible talent of this cast will blow your mind with their vocal abilities and choreography.

Sebastian at Bat out of Hell
Sebastian at Bat out of Hell

Among the energy of music and dance is an incredible story, described as a “Rocky-Horror, Romeo and Juliet celebration.” The show has performances every night from Tuesday to Sunday, and more information can be found on their website, www.batoutofhellvegas.com

Nat Geo Rarely Seen
Nat Geo Rarely Seen

For those who enjoy an immersive educational experience, Vegas has you covered! Next to Paris, visitors can find two unique attractions on the lower level of Bally’s Hotel and Casino (which is currently in the process of upgrading to Horse Shoe).

Sebastian with Tom Zaller, Imagine Expositions
Sebastian with Tom Zaller, Imagine Expositions

Both run by Imagine Exhibitions, visitors can get tickets to experience both National Geographic’s Real Bodies and Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary. Rarely Seen is an immersive experience where guests can view a collection of rare photographs, set to sound and light during a self-guided tour.

real bodies
real bodies

Real Bodies is just that, real human bodies! This educational experience offers guests the opportunity to explore both anatomy and humanity. Imagine Exhibitions has also just opened another new exhibit, Discovering King Tut’s Tomb, at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. For more information, see their website www.imagineexhibitions.com

topgolf
topgolf

If you’re looking for something fun to do between shows and immersive experiences, head to Topgolf, located next to the MGM Grand. While Topgolf exists in other cities, the Las Vegas location of course upped the ante. Topgolf Las Vegas is the only location with four levels, the top two being 21+ and it is also home to a Guinness Book of World Records driver.

Sebastien at Topgolf
Sebastien at Topgolf

That’s right, the world’s longest pilot can be found displayed on the wall over there! Actor Anthony Anderson even tried to do some swings with it! Top Golf is not just for golf pros, but for groups of family and friends who enjoy friendly competition while enjoying drinks, food, and even watching sporting events. It’s a must-do experience in Las Vegas and fun for all ages! For more information on Topgolf Las Vegas, visit their website www.topgolf.com

They say nothing is free, but that’s not necessarily the case in Las Vegas. There are tons of fun freebies on the Strip and here are some of our favorites. Starting right in the center of the Strip, the Bellagio Hotel and Casino is home to two. The Bellagio fountains are an iconic part of the city and cannot be missed. Choreographed to music, with lights added to the mix at night, this spectacular show performs in front of packed crowds several times a day. Inside the property is the Bellagio Conservatory. This is not your average flower garden! It takes about seven days to switch between themes and there are five themes per year.

The Wynn Hotel and Casino also has a flower garden and a smaller-scale choreographed fountain show. It is also home to the Lake of Dreams, an incredible free spectacle. The Lake of Dreams is a forty-foot-tall waterfall that comes to life with lights, music, and holographs.

Next to the Wynn is the Venetian, home to the Grand Canal shops. Although the shops themselves are not free, walking around the neighborhood is. Shoppers visiting the shops on the Grand Canal will find themselves in an inner Venice. From watching gondola rides to seeing statues come to life, it truly is a magical place.

Just across Las Vegas Boulevard is the iconic Mirage Volcano. Now, there are rumors that the volcano’s time on the Strip is coming to an end, due to plans for a guitar-shaped hotel tower once Hard Rock Casino takes over. It’s not yet determined when this will happen, so be sure to add this Vegas classic to your list before it’s gone.

The next freebie is located at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. The Flamingo Habitat is home to a flock of Chilean flamingos, as well as other waterfowl. Visitors to the Habitat can also see koi and turtles swimming in the ponds.

Las Vegas sign
American, Nevada, Welcome to the City of Never Sleep Las Vegas

Finally, you can’t take a trip to Vegas without visiting the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. The city of Las Vegas has done a great job providing parking in the area, but it’s still a busy area. No matter what time of day it always seems to be crowded, so be patient! For more information on these fabulous Las Vegas freebies, watch this video.

Whether you are a Las Vegas local or just visiting the ninth island, be sure to get out and explore this beautiful state! For more information on each of these destinations, watch this video or tune into Ninth Island Connection on Youtube or YurView (channel 14) Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

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