Never thought we’d see the day, but the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown LV are virtually empty, and have been for the past few weeks.
That is, minus the cars that drive down Las Vegas Boulevard to take in the unusual sight of a pedestrian-free Strip, and law enforcement that’s parked outside of major casino-resorts to ensure no one makes their way in.
But while Las Vegas is temporarily “closed” (casinos and nonessential businesses are set to open back up April 30), you can still experience Vegas virtually with several Vegas experiences and attractions going online, some just requiring a simple search on YouTube even.
Here are some of the best Vegas-based experienced you can catch virtually during this time of quarantine. Think of it as a virtual field trip until you can experience the real thing live!
Cirque de Soleil
The Las Vegas show staple, Cirque de Soleil, launched CirqueConnect last Friday.
It’s a digital content hub featuring new 60-minute specials each week. The footage contains “awe-inspiring” show footage and fan-favorite videos with hopes of transporting viewers from the comfort of their safe space.
Cirque de Soleil Fun Facts
- The mesmerizing acrobatic circus show was first founded in 1984, and has since been put on display for over 180 million people in 450 cities on every continent minus Antarctica.
- Las Vegas has six permanent Cirque de Soleil shows, with Mystere at Treasure Island being their first permanent show and longest-running show.
- The shows are expensive to produce: Ka, which premiered in 2005, cost close to $165 million to produce, making it one of the most expensive theatrical-productions in history.
Fountains of Bellagio
The dancing Fountains of Bellagio are among the most iconic venues on the Las Vegas Strip, and with it temporarily being shut down right now, many users have taken to YouTube to upload their footage of the glorious sight.
Here there were in all their glory just last year, dancing to the theme of Game of Thrones.
Fountains of Bellagio Fun Facts
- The Bellagio fountains hold 22 million gallons of water that’s taken from an on-site well and it fills up 8.5 acres of a man-made lake.
- The “lake” contains sensors that are able to detect wind strength. If the wind is too strong, the fountains get shut down so that the pressure of the water doesn’t go over boundaries.
- The fountains are illuminated at night by nearly 5,000 lights.
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
Take an inside look inside into the UNLV Gallery at the “Connective Tissue” exhibit on this 360-degree virtual tour. It was created by a former neurologist-turned-artist, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiy.
The exhibit features “large scale murals and interactive installations enriched by Phingbodhipakkiya’s belief that power and impact are created through connections and networks.”
“Just as a flawless pirouette requires recruitment and control of nearly every muscle group in a dancer’s body, the things we hope to achieve as a society cannot be done by individual effort alone,” she says, “they require collective action.”
Experience the “big bang” Mirage’s front yard has to offer with their explosive Mirage Volcano show, which you can see aerial footage of below.
Mirage Volcano Fun Facts
- The Mirage Volcano is set to the driving soundtrack from The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian tabla sensation Zakir Hussain
- Every night, the tranquil waterfall transforms into a fiery explosion, with fire shooting 100 feet up into the night sky.
- The volcano circulates 119,000 gallons of water per minute, is 54 feet high, and is situated on three water-covered acres.
Now, exclusively through its app, the Neon Museum is offering free virtual tours. Just remember to enter in the password “NEON” once you download the app. There is also a great selection of video content featuring different sections of the museum on YouTube.
Neon Museum Fun Facts
- The oldest sign in the Boneyard is the Green Shack sign, which is 80-years-old and is from the 1930’s.
- The signs are actually huge; the iconic Stardust sign from the former hotel is 188 feet tall and 96 feet wide.
- The land the museum sits on is incredibly cheap to lease, with the city charging them $1 a year to operate on the property.
The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum website has produced a three-part guided virtual tour to enlighten online viewers who interested in the mob’s rich history in the city.
Mob Museum Fun Facts
- On February 14, 2020, the museum celebrated its 8th year in operation and offered free admission on Valentine’s Day.
- There’s an underground speakeasy-style bar on the lowest level of the museum that features unique cocktails.
- The museum features 20,000 square feet of exhibition space that spans across three floors.
Wynn Las Vegas
On its official Twitter account, Wynn Resorts has been uploading virtual tours and behind-the-scenes videos around the property, including art tours and interviews.
Today’s Art Tour takes you to the Wynn Baccarat Salon where these sculptures by artist Timothy Horn ask the question “if something of value is bigger, does that make it more valuable?” pic.twitter.com/QpshawbTP0
— Wynn Las Vegas (@WynnLasVegas) March 31, 2020
Wynn Las Vegas Fun Facts
- Wynn boasts a massive art collection that’s second to none on the Strip.
- It’s the only place on the Strip where you can golf on the resort’s property.
- It features an upscale shopping mecca.
EarthCam Network Livestreams
The EarthCam Network has live webcams that are set up across the city. It features real-time shots of the “Welcome to the Las Vegas” sign, views of the Fremont Street, and scattered views across the Las Vegas Strip.
If you ever wanted to see a rare sight of the Las Vegas Strip minus the heaps of crowds and heavy traffic, be sure to take a look at this.