Mirage Volcano
Mirage Volcano
4.5
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
About
The Mirage Volcano in front of Las Vegas’ MGM Mirage has been wowing travelers for over 30 years. The volcano erupts in a nightly fiery display against a background of dancing water jets—complete with a pulsating soundtrack and a kaleidoscopic light show. It actually emits heat to mimic an actual eruption. The show draws a sizeable crowd each time so it's recommended to get there early to snag a good viewing spot. Catch the show on a night tour of the city in a cute pink jeep, or enjoy an aerial view from a helicopter. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Paradise
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  • Harrah's / The Linq Station • 5 min walk
  • Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station • 9 min walk
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Nayib W
Norwalk, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Exciting, it is a good place to enjoy and take home memories.
Las Vegas is always a surprising place, Treasure Island is a good hotel with affordable prices
Written 7 July 2024
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14,422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
When the Mirage Hotel and Casino opened in 1989, and its iconic Polynesian-themed volcano erupted for the first time that same year, it represented the beginning of a shift in Las Vegas. Prior to the early 1990s, Las Vegas was a very adult-oriented city; that is to say, gambling and booze were king. The casinos kept a fairly narrow focus in terms of their target audience. By the early 1990s, however, casino developers realized they could probably make more by casting a wider net. Thus, themed casinos replete with attractions – free and pay – began popping up along the Vegas Strip. The Mirage represented the first of these, but it was quickly followed by others: Excalibur (1990), Luxor (1993), Treasure Island (1993), MGM Grand (1993), and the Paris (1999). Older hotels, like Harrah’s and the Imperial Palace (now LINQ) pivoted with the city’s changing landscape – what the movie “Casino” rightly called a type of Disneyland.

In any event, I have many fond memories observing The Mirage Volcano over the years. When I first saw it – during my inaugural trip to Vegas in late 1994 – I was amazed. But then, the whole of Las Vegas amazed me at the time. The volcano erupted a lot more frequently back then, too. During later visits, in the mid-2000s to the current day, I’d always make sure to see the volcano at least once – even if just while walking by. Reflecting back, it seems the volcano also served as a symbol or marker of how Las Vegas constantly evolves over time. By the late 2010s, for example, the volcano only erupted 2 times during the week and 3 times on weekends – very sparsely. This was, perhaps, a signifier that Vegas was moving away from the explicitly themed hotels? After all, ARIA opened in 2009, the Cosmopolitan opened in 2010 and Park MGM opened in 2018 – all casino resorts without any identifiable theme. At the same time, many of the themed casinos mentioned above began eliminating a lot of their free attractions: Treasure Island ended its free pirate show, “Battle for Buccaneer Bay” in 2003 and its successor, “Sirens of TI,” in 2013; the Luxor eliminated its “Nile River Adventure” ride in late 1996; the Excalibur closed its “Merlin and Dragon” show in 2004; and the MGM got rid of its lions in in 2012. Perhaps The Mirage was trying to embrace this shift by reducing the number of volcanic eruptions? Thinking back, this really does highlight how much Vegas has changed – going from its long era of gambling and booze to the short-lived family-friendly era and now the more adult resorts era.

With The Mirage set to close on 17 July of this year, I decided to make a quick weekend trip to Vegas and say a proper goodbye. A part of that “goodbye” included observing the volcano erupt multiple times over the course of my short stay. I was pleased to see the eruptions are a little more frequent again (nightly, every hour, from 8PM to 11PM). It was also nice to see the volcano gathering such a crowd – something I don’t remember being the case in earlier years. I suspect the big crowds – which start gathering at least 30 minutes before the free show – are a direct result of The Mirage’s impending closure and what will be the subsequent demolition of the volcano.

I suppose one of the upsides to fewer eruptions per day is the eruptions themselves are more intense. The show runs for about three minutes and features over 150 fireshooters, propelling flames into the sky – all beautifully choreographed to a soundtrack from The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian tabla star Zakir Hussain. The end result is an intense, fiery show that wows onlookers while concomitantly demonstrating how much the Strip has changed and is changing.

In the current day, the volcano is kind of cheesy, but it’s a lot of fun and represents a fading era of Vegas. Perhaps it is apt that the first casino to bring in a major free attraction is also one of the last to eliminate theirs? Anyway, the clock is ticking so be sure to experience The Mirage and its volcano while you still can.
Written 30 June 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
It must be on the list because it is a dazzling outdoor free show. It runs every while, may be every hour, and it is surrounded by crowds of fans.
Written 25 June 2024
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Ben
Phoenix, AZ42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
It was pretty cool. The best view is from the strip. It gets crowded and it’s closing soon so see it if you can. I went at 9pm and saw it, after that walk down to the Bellagio fountains.
Written 20 June 2024
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souldancer2
Minneapolis, MN403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
If you are in Vegas by mid May be sure to visit the volcano as sadly it is going away as they demolish the Mirage (which has been sold). Definitely worth a visit!
Written 29 May 2024
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Rachel & Andy
393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visited: 22/06/23 The Mirage Volcano is a nightly eruption of fire and water founatins to an intense soundtrack. The show is located on the Strip at The Mirage hotel and casino. It features synchronized flames, cascading waterfalls, and rhythmic music, creating a visually and audibly impressive spectacle.

Each show typically occures every hour from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm with each performance lasting approximately five minutes. This is definitely one of the best free shows on the Las Vegas strip! Get there early to get a good spot.

Though be quick as the new owners of The Mirage, Hard Rock Hotels, may remove be the volcano in the near future. The Mirage Volcano is a unique and free experience unique to Vegas. It offers a brief but impressive display that is great for visitors of all ages!
Written 26 May 2024
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xalx
Brisbane, Australia119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It's fun! Definitely worth a stop by on your Vegas visit. It's definitely not as crowded as the Bellagio either.

Great show, good dramatic eruption with lots of fire and water spraying up. Goes for maybe 5 min but only once an hour (8,9,10,11 pm)
Written 10 May 2024
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Tom
Gloucester, UK702 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We went and saw the Volcano show at the Mirage late one night and it was spectacular!! A free show that lasts a good 5 minutes.
Written 5 May 2024
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ldgp14
Telford, UK3,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I didn't even know about the Mirage volcano so it certainly took me by surprise not as famous as the Bellagio but 100% worth going to see!
Written 3 April 2024
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travelerM2889GP
Churchville, MD78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Wonderful free attraction. We saw it multiple times. If you are in the area, make it a priority to see it . Word has it will be torn down and replaced with hard Rock Cafe guitar.
Written 28 March 2024
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