The Mirage first opened to the public in 1989, and cost $620 million to construct. The property’s 3,044 guestrooms made it the largest hotel in the world at the time, although today it doesn’t crack the top 10 biggest hotels in Vegas. In addition to a substantial hotel, Mirage boasts over 100,000 square feet of gaming space, which Clark Griswold unsuccessfully explored in the movie “Vegas Vacation”. Although the sprawling casino tends to steal the show, there are plenty of other things to do at Mirage besides gambling.
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Things To Do at The Mirage Las Vegas
Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat: Amounting to a zoo on the Las Vegas Strip, Mirage’s Secret Garden is home to numerous big cats including white tigers and lions. The star of the show, though, are the bottlenose dolphins that reside in a tank complete with faux coral and an underwater viewing area.
While additional experiences are available for purchase like being a “dolphin trainer for a Day”, or “painting with the dolphins”, base admission to the habitat costs $25.
See Beatles “LOVE”: For those that enjoy both the acrobatic entertainment value provided by Cirque du Soleil shows, and music from the Beatles, this show could be something to check out. Taking place in the 2,000+ seat Love Theatre, the show “explores the essence of love that John, Paul, George, and Ringo inspired”. LOVE is highly regarded among visitors earning a 4.5/5 star rating on TripAdvisor with over 18,000 ratings submitted.
Aces of Comedy: Mirage hosts an impressive rotation of big-name comedians like David Spade, Ray Romano, Ron White, Tim Allen, and more as part of their Aces of Comedy show. If you’re staying at Mirage and like a hearty chuckle, we recommend checking the calendar to see who’ll be performing while you’re in town. My wife and I recently saw Daniel Tosh as part of the series and had a blast.
See the atrium and the aquarium: Nestled behind Mirage’s hotel check-in desk is a 53 foot long, 8 foot tall, 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium that is intended to mimic the Great Barrier Reef. The enormous aquarium is home to nearly 1,000 creatures. After checking out the pufferfish, check out the nearby atrium which is an oasis in the middle of the desert. Comprised of a babbling brook, rich foliage, and a glass roof, Mirage’s atrium feels akin to a jungle habitat.
See an eruption: Among the most popular free attractions in Las Vegas, Mirage’s volcano is choreographed to a drum composition created by the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart as well as Zakir Hussain. The show boasts over 150 “fire shooters” and culminates with a burst of flames over 60 feet into the air. This free show should be at the top of your list of things to do at Mirage while in Las Vegas. See an up-to-date Mirage Volcano show schedule here. Grabbing a cocktail or two from the CVS across the street and posting up for the show is among our favorite things to do at The Mirage.
Enjoy the attraction while you can, however, as The Mirage was recently purchased by Hard Rock and will be re-branded. As part of that process, the volcano will be done away with to make room for a new guitar-shaped hotel tower.
Enjoy the pool: If staying at Mirage, you’ll want to carve out some time to spend by the pool which is a tropical oasis complete with palm trees and waterfalls. The pool complex is comprised of 2 pools and 2 hot tubs, all of which are filled with saltwater. Additionally, Mirage keeps at least a portion of its pool open year-round.
Ideas For Things To Do Near The Mirage
Mirage’s location on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip means that there are plenty of things to do nearby. You will certainly want to make time to walk through the spectacularly themed Venetian across the street, see the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and walk the LINQ Promenade.
If heights are your thing, we suggest taking a cheap Uber to STRAT to enjoy the views from their SkyPod observation tower.
An abundance of food and drink deals are available just to the south in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
There is no shortage of things to do at The Mirage or nearby on the Las Vegas Strip. Hopefully, we were able to help you add an item or two to your Las Vegas itinerary! For more ideas, check out our property by property roundup of things to do on the Strip.
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