Mirage, Las Vegas
The Mirage has this really beautiful aquarium that is 20,000 gallons of saltwater that is home to angelfish, puffer fish, tangs, and many other beautiful exotic creatures. The tank is 53 feet long, eight feet height and six feet wide. The walls are 4 inches thick. This aquarium houses up to 1,000 coral reef creatures that come from 60 countries such as Australia, Hawaii, Tonga, Fiji, the Red Sea and the Marshall Islands, Sea of Cortez and Caribbean. It is very beautiful and impressive. If you walk in from the main entrance from the strip, take a right and located behind the reception desk.
The Mirage Volcano, once the free number one star attraction of the strip, took some time off for quiet time for almost a year. Now that it has been remodeled, it has been reborn into a spectacular fire show with lights, music and huge fireballs that shoot 12 feet in the air. I will tell you, you can feel the heat coming from this attraction so it is very realistic. A very awesome show that I think every one will enjoy. Make sure you get there early so you can have a good view of the show. It continues to erupt every 15 minutes until 12am.
If you're at that part of the strip, stop at the Mirage and watch the volcano in all its glory. I believe it 'erupts' on the hour every hour after dark from 8pm until midnight. Something free to do thats a bit different! Its pretty amazing how they created it. Don't forget your camera!
Experience something a little more exotic than the bright lights of the strip and head to The Mirage. It costs $15 for adults for access to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and the Dolphin Habitat where you will find dolphins (obviously) as well as lions, tigers, leopards and alpacas. We also saw some white tigers at the entrance which were free to look at, much like the MGM lions, if you didn't want to pay to see everything.
The Secret Garden is pretty much a big cat zoo but its definitely worth a look. The dolphins, however, are a bit more special as they won't be asleep and if you're lucky you may get to see them do tricks for their keepers. We saw some getting fed and jumping about. We also saw a baby!!!
Closes at 5.30pm.
Here is another once in a life time event at The Mirage, however, I find this visit more cute and cuddly. This is the home of Siegfried & Roy's Royal White Tigers. You won't be able to pet these Tigers, because there is a glass window between you and them. Remember to turn your flash off the camera! This is another exhibit that won't cost you anything. This exhibit is open 24-hours a day, but remember that the tigers will be gone during performances.
The Mirage has a 54 feet volcano replica, which erupts ever so often with water and fire. It also circulates 119,000 gallons of water per minute. This is a free show, which can be found out front of the Mirage, next to Las Vegas Blvd. Don't worry about arriving early to get a good spot, because there is plenty of viewing areas. Mirage recently changed their entire show, which opened in December 2008. The previous show was pretty cheesy; however, after seeing the new show, I have to say that I am really impressed! The show times are as follows:
Sunday - Saturday (6pm - 12am) Every hour
The Mirage was the first hotel and casino built by famous Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn. Built in 1989 at an unprecedented cost of $630 million, The Mirage became an instant success and brought thousands of tourists to the Strip, which paved the way for all the big resorts that now surround it. It is well worth going in to explore the "rainforest atrium" that waits for you just as you step inside, and also to see the 20,000 gallon saltwater aquarium filled with exotic and colorful fish species that is located right behind the lobby's front desk.
From 1990 to 2003, The Mirage was of course famous for being the home of Siegfried & Roy's magic show, which ended when Roy was attacked by one of the white tigers that were prominently featured in the show. The Mirage is now home to Love, a very popular Cirque du Soleil show based on the music by the Beatles. The Mirage also offers another free outdoor attraction: every evening starting at 6:00 pm, its artificial volcano erupts and sprouts larva and fire; it sort of does with fire what the Bellagio fountains do with water. The volcano was renovated and improved in 2008 but unfortunately, we were there just two days before the grand reopening. We did however manage to catch a rehearsal and it was pretty impressive, so I can only imagine what it must be like to watch the full show with sound effects!
The Mirage is a Polynesian themed hotel and casino, which was opened back in 1989. I thought it was showing its age and wasn't as flashy as some of the newer resorts we visited. It certainly seemed a more affordable place to visit anyway, with some lower minimum casino tables, and a decent range of inexpensive dining options.
Its main draw card, an erupting volcano(!) was unfortunately being restored when we were there, so I have had to make do with watching videos of it on YouTube instead.
Inside there is a large glass atrium filled with tropical plants and waterfalls. There is also The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, which we didn't visit as it cost $15 and I had read that the dolphins were kept in cramped conditions.
While visiting the Mirage we stopped for a giant slice of cheesecake at the Carnegie Delicatessen. If you are into massive portions of food then this could be the place for you.
Trips to Las Vegas can be very expensive, extremely expensive if you have a gambling problem, but there are also a remarkable number of free attractions and some of them are not all that hard to find.
I posted a Tip for the Bellagio under hotels which might be better placed here because I encourage VTers to go to their sound, light, and water shows but I am not going to move it just now.
Another hotel with some interesting, and potentially exciting, freebies is the Mirage, credited by many as the first "truly modern" hotel in Las Vegas. The entire property attempts to carry out a tropical theme.
Their fountain area is not as spectacular as those at the Bellagio but they are still very impressive and may generate mental images of Tarzan far up the Zambezi trumpeting down to warn Jane of impending danger.
If that danger is from wild animals, they literally may only be a brief walk away as the Siegfried and Roy Habitat for White Tigers is also on the property and is open around the clock with free admission.
Siegfried and Roy have two more wild animal habitats on the property but they do have a $12 admission fee. These are the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat and one admission fee covers admission to both, where you can see more tigers, lions, leopards, an elephant, and dolphins.
The last attraction at the Mirage is left for last because it is currently closed, although it is expected to reopen by the end of 2008. It is the Volcano which is located on a three acre lagoon.
If you happen to stop by The Mirage Hotel and Casino dont leave without paying a visit to the White Tigers Habitat which is just off the casion area and doesnt cost anything to view them and watch a video documentary about their life and progress with Siegfried and Roy the two men who have dedicated and nearly given their lives to these wonderful animals. Throughout my various visits to the Mirage Ive always stopped to see the tigers but have never been so enthralled as this time. The male tiger on show was in performing mode which made for lots of great pics.
You can see more tigers and white lions in the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat which will cost you just $15 entrance fee and kids 4-12yrs go in for $10. All monies are ploughed back into the preservation of these wonderful creatures and the tour is worth every cent.
Upon entering the Mirage, your first thought will be that you've discovered a palace in a tropical jungle. It is a 3,044 room hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The casino is owned by MGM MIRAGE and the gold exterior color is from the gold used in the windows.The Mirage is connected by a free tram to Treasure Island, its sister property immediately to the north. The marquee in front of The Mirage is the largest free standing marquee in the world.
The construction of the Mirage Hotel in 1989 ushered in a new era in Las Vegas. The Mirage Las Vegas, the first to put elegance and refined glamor to the forefront of their business, brought forth a burst of renovation that transformed Las Vegas into having the splendor that it possesses today. Having been the first to put a great deal of care into the quality of the Mirage Las Vegas, the maintainers of the Mirage work hard to keep that reputation in place. When you visit this Mirage hotel in Las Vegas, you can expect the best treatment on the strip while being submersed in grandeur and beauty.There are many notable features to the Mirage hotel, including the volcano that erupts every fifteen minutes during the night, The Siegfried and Roy Habitat for White Tigers, another Siegfried and Roy habitat that houses dolphins, lions, tigers, leopards and even a ceremonial elephant andTable games include Roulette, Pai Gow, Caribbean Stud, Craps, Roulette and more. Non-smokers can enjoy the non-smoking tables. The casino also has an array of slots and video poker machines for guests to try their luck. The Race & Sports Book at the Mirage is especially impressive, with over 10,000 square feet of modern facilities.
This seemingly innocent looking piece of rock bursts into life every night. It starts with a slow rumble and ends with mighty flashes of fire. One of the better free shows around the Las Vegas strip at night; better than the Bellagio Fountains i must say. You can actually feel the heat from the bursts of fire. Worth catching if you have time to spare and can actually pull yourself away from the clubs. And its just down the street from Trasure Island, so you can time it such that you can catch the free hourly show at Treaure Island after watching the volcano. I missed the show at Treasure Island though. The last show at TI is at 11p.m.
Behind the check in counter in the front lobby of the Mirage hotel there is an enormous fish tank full of a huge variety of tropical fish, eels and sharks. We weren't staying there but we went by anyways just to take a look and I gotta say, there's some pretty cool fish in there!
Another of the strips free attractions is the volcano out front of the mirage hotel. Every night from 6pm to midnight at the top of the hour the volcano erupts. There is a few pops of steam followed by a low rumble that steadily increases as the "lava" bubbles up and over the rim of the volcano. The entire show lasts only a few minutes and is nothing really to get too excited over but it is free so its hard to judge it too harshly.
The Mirage is beautiful both inside and out and definately deserves a walk around the premises. This is one of the newer breed of Las Vegas resorts where bigger s better. The resort is extremely elaborate and just walking through made me wish I was staying there. Similar to Treasure island the whole place struck me as very trendy.