Last year, around Thanksgiving, this blog put together a fun (but lazy) list of 10 Things to Be Thankful for in Las Vegas.
We figured, this Thanksgiving, why not just rehash our previous blog post idea and save some precious energy that could be better spent diving headlong into some potatoes au gratin?
This year, we’re making our list 11 things, and we’ve added a “free” twist. That way, you’ll feel like we’re going the extra mile, but without our having to actually “do very much.” Here we go, 11 free Vegas things to be thankful for.
1. Numbered lists.
Not specifically a Vegas thing, but look at all the progress we’re making on our list! One down, 10 to go.
Insert random photo we took of a Thanksgiving turkey here.
2. Big Elvis at Bill’s.
He’s big. He’s awesome. And his show is free at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall. For this, we are thankful.
Big Elvis is a Vegas institution. You can call him Pete.
3. Fremont Street Viva Vision light show.
It’s not just a must-see light show, it’s kind of the soundtrack for the ongoing party that is the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. Bonus: We’re also thankful for the people on Fremont Street who take “dance like nobody’s watching” to heart, in a big way.
Casinos just love it when people go outside to watch free light shows.
4. “Show in the Sky” at Rio Vegas.
There you have your choreography and your music and your exposed, well-toned thighs. What more could you want in a free Vegas extravaganza? Learn more.
Bonus free thing to be thankful for? The Rio's bevertainers, and not just because we couldn't find a photo of the "Show in the Sky."
5. Hotel hower caps.
What? Hotel shower caps are both free and useful. See what we mean.
Oh, like you're not going to try this.
6. Aquarium at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
This blog loves it some fishies. Stop by this massive aquarium, and while you’re there, catch the also-free ”Fall of Atlantis” animatronic show thingy attraction. Since you’re in the neighborhood, see the seahorses at the Seahorse Lounge inside Caesars Palace, too. Oh, and there are tanks boasting hundreds of goldfish at Beijing Noodle No. 9, too.
Now you know why they say much of Las Vegas is under water.
7. Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio.
Changed seasonally, these gardens are on just about everyone’s “free things to do in Vegas” list. We’d pay to get in, but don’t tell the Bellagio that. We like free things better.
Yes, the tree talks. Don't be alarmed.
8. Flair bartenders at Margaritaville Casino.
The wacky bartenders at Carnaval Court outside Harrah’s Vegas are getting some serious flair competition from the beach bums at the new Margaritaville Casino at Flamingo. Can you say “beach bums” in a corporate blog? If not, please feel free to “complain” to “someone who cares.” Moving on.
Sometimes, people in Vegas have booze on the brain.
9. Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden.
We can’t stop thinking about our recent visit. Again, free, and fun for the whole family. Read more.
It ain't neon, but it'll work.
10. Las Vegas sign photo op.
Did you seriously think you’d come to Vegas and not have a photo taken with the most famous sign in the world? Oh, please.
Curved sides means nobody puts an eye out.
11. Everything else.
Are you kidding? Vegas is so full of free things to be thankful for, there’s no way we could fit them into a list of just 11. There are the flamingos at Flamingo, visits to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, sassy Sirens at TI, the volcano at Mirage, Paul Vigil’s mesmerizing magic show (also at Mirage), circus acts at Circus Circus, and free go-go dancing just about everywhere else.
Right, like we were going to post a photo of the volcano.
Here’s wishing you and yours a great Thanksgiving, whether you’re in Las Vegas or not. Although, honestly, why would you ever want to not?