There is nowhere else in the world quite like Las Vegas and whether you are a seasoned visitor or are wanting to experience this unique desert destination just once, it is well worth the journey. One thing’s for certain during your stay, you won’t be short of things to do across the city from top restaurants and all you can eat buffets, to a night on the slot machines or at the blackjack table. You will also definitely want to book yourself tickets to one of the many shows in Vegas and if you are adventurous, take a helicopter ride out of the city to explore the surrounding desert landscape.
In between all this, and if you are anything like me, you may want to try and saves some cash. So we’ve put together this epic list of 30+ FREE Things to do in Las Vegas Nevada to help you out!
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Iconic & FREE Las Vegas attractions
What do you think of when you are sat dreaming about your Las Vegas Adventure? These iconic destinations won’t cost you a dime to see!
- Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Sign – The famous sign that sits just south of ‘The Strip’ on Las Vegas Boulevard, welcoming visitors to this fabulous city is the best place to head to if you want the perfect selfie just to prove you were really partying in Vegas!
- The Las Vegas Strip – If you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing and have the energy for it, you could walk the entirety of the Las Vegas Strip! (also known as Las Vegas Blvd) It’s 4 miles long and is home to all of the city’s major hotels and sites but don’t forget you are in the desert so be sure to plan ahead and take a bottle of water or two.
- Feast your eyes $1 Million Dollars in Cash – Las Vegas has long been about the gambling and many a man and woman has dreamed of winning the jackpot here and changing their fortunes. Now I’m not saying anyone should let go of that dream, but if wanted to see what $1,000,000 dollars in cash actually looks like, head on over to Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel where they have a cool million on display in the shape of a pyramid.
- Or a 61 pound (27.6kg!) nugget of Gold worth over $3 million dollars! – The ‘Hand of Faith’ is the biggest golden nugget in existence was discovered in 1980 near the Golden Triangle in the Australia and is on display in the lobby at Golden Nugget Las Vegas.
- Get Your Chocolate On at Hershey’s Chocolate World and M&M’s World – if your currency of choice is chocolate, you’ll be in heaven at these two huge chocolate superstores.
- See The City Center Fine Art Collection – This permanent art collection has been integrated into public spaces throughout ARIA Resort and Casino, The Shops at Crystals, Vdara Hotel & Spa, and Veer Towers.
- Go Vintage at the Shelby Heritage Center – showcasing a range of classic cars including Mustangs and Cobras, tours of the facility are free and do not require reservations. You may even get to see some cars being restored in the workshop while you are there.
- Wander The LINQ Promenade – located between Flamingo and the Linq Hotel & Casino, and open 24 hours a day you can find dozens of restaurants, graffiti artists at work, shops, sweets, a zip line that flies people overhead as you walk through and even a replica of the London Eye Ferris Wheel! (a paid attraction)
- Think like a pinball wizard at the Pinball Hall of Fame – a standalone dedicated museum with pinball machines and nothing but pinball machines for 10,000 square feet. Mind blowing!
- Take a free gaming/gambling lesson – whether you need a refresher course or are a complete beginner, quite a few of the casinos offer free gambling lessons across various different games (poker, blackjack, roulette or craps). Find one to fit your busy vacation schedule here.
Explore these Incredible Las Vegas Strip hotels for FREE
Home to 28 hotels, you are certainly not short of accommodation options on the Las Vegas Strip and many of these hotels and casinos are well worth a visit for their mesmerizing sites.
- The Bellagio – Above the 18-foot Bellagio lobby ceiling is a coffer filled with the most extraordinary glass sculpture: a chandelier by sculptor Dale Chihuly called Fiori di Como. The piece is made of 2,000 hand-blown glass blossoms and looks like it was just made for the gram!
- The Venetian St Mark’s Square – Experience Venice in style with typical Venetian canals and the iconic Renaissance Palazzo. You can even hop in a Gondola to complete the experience (although these are a paid attraction).
- Circus Circus – Channel your inner child and head to the big top circus with plenty of circus acts and circus performance taking place daily.
- New York New York – For your chance to see the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline
- Paris Las Vegas – Transport yourself to Europe and visit the hotel’s iconic replica of the Eiffel Tower.
- See The Lake of Dreams at Wynn – With a 40-foot waterfall spilling off of an artificial mountain covered in pine trees which is lit up by 4,000 lights set to music after dark complete with holographics, singing frogs, and dancing flowers. It’s magic!
Live entertainment & Free Shows in Las Vegas
You don’t have to break the bank if you want some live entertainment in Vegas and you are sure to discover some free shows around every corner.
- Sirens of Treasure Island – A nightly show taking place outside Treasure Island featuring sultry sirens, pirates and the Blackbeard himself!
- “Streetmospher” at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian – Featuring costumed street performers, stilt walkers, dancers and classically trained opera singers(!) take a stroll around this Venice themed hotel to see living statues, jugglers and even the odd opera singer.
- Concerts (& The Light Show) at Fremont Street Experience – You could catch the daily light show at the historic Fremont Street or if you are lucky you might even be in Vegas when one of the venues free live concerts is taking place.
- Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Palace – Taking place every hour, watch the battle of Atlantis surrounded by the hotels spectacular saltwater aquarium.
- Fountains at the Bellagio – You haven’t experienced Vegas until you’ve seen the spectacular Bellagio fountain display, set to music and taking place every 15 minutes. Grab a spot at the side of the lake or at the terrace at Planet Hollywood across the road for an elevated view.
- Volcano at The Mirage – the Mirages volcano erupts 60ft into the air every evening.
- Big Elvis or the Dueling Pianos at Harrah’s Las Vegas – Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee is a Las Vegas institution and his spot-on renditions have been wowing crowds for years. Check showtimes here & be there half an hour early to get a seat! And while dueling pianos may not be a traditional ‘show’, visitors can enjoy pianists battling it out on the pianos, each one striving to play well known songs better than the other (often with a lot of audience singing and dancing!) with the audience choosing a winner by applause, and requesting songs on dollar notes! It’s a whole heap of fun! (There are also dueling piano bars at Bar at Times Square in New York New York and Don’t Tell Mama at Fremont Street.)
- Swarovski Starburst Drop – you can pretend it’s New Years Eve everyday of the year (and twice each night!) At 9pm and Midnight each night the 4,000-pound ball of Swarovski crystals and LED lights makes it’s 3 minute descent to synchronized lights and music.
- Party the night away at the Free Street Parties at Harrah’s Carnaval Court – At this outdoor nightclub you’ll find DJ’s, dancing, flare bar tenders, live music and all the party action into the early hours of the morning.
Go Wild with these Free Things to do in Las Vegas
Just because you are visiting the bright lights of Vegas, it doesn’t mean you can’t get back to nature.
- The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – It’s no surprise that one of the most luxurious Vegas hotel’s located on the strip has its very own indoor garden display. Located in The Bellagio’s conservatory, the displays change seasonally, featuring a botanical cactus garden, swathes of spring tulips and enormous Christmas trees.
- The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat – Located at the Flamingo Hotel, see these beautiful birds, along with koi carp, turtles and swans can be found in a secluded lush habitat tucked away on the Las Vegas Strip.
- The Desert – If you need a break from the bright lights of Vegas, don’t be afraid to explore the beautiful and dramatic surrounding desert landscape at Red Rock Canyon or even as far as the Hoover Dam.
- Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay – Spend some time under the sea where you could catch a glimpse of sharks, turtles, crocodiles and piranhas as you walk through the aquariums underwater tunnels, home to over 2000 sea creatures.
- Saltwater Aquarium at The Mirage – just behind the front desk and measuring 53 feet long, 8 feet from top to bottom and 6 feet from front to back, this huge aquarium is home to approximately 450 fish from 85 different species from around the world.
- Visit the Seven Magic Mountains – this free, public art installation located 10 miles outside Las Vegas center was originally commissioned for 2 years and has recently been extended for 3 years until 2021.
Celeb spotting for die-hard fans
Whether you are hoping to mingle with some A-list celebs during your Las Vegas trip or you plan to visit the site of a famous celeb wedding, Vegas is a hot spot for celeb sighting’s and you won’t be disappointed.
- Celeb hangouts – To be honest, you could bump into a celebrity just about anywhere in Vegas but rumor has it they are obsessed with Wet Republic Pool Parties at the MGM Grand, The Venetian’s TAO Nightclub and Gordan Ramsay’s Steak restaurant at the Paris.
- Wedding Chapels – It’s no secret that many a celeb has tied the knot at a Las Vegas wedding chapel, some of which include the Chapel L’Amour inside A Little White Wedding Chapel where Joe Jonas and GOT star Sophie Turner recently said “I do” and the Graceland Wedding Chapel where Jon Bon Jovi & Dorothea Hurley who are still married today, tied the knot back 1989!
- Michael Jackson – For all the Michael Jackson fans out there, you will want to head over to the Mandalay Bay hotel to see the original statue that was created for his 1995 “HIStory” album cover. If you fancy a spot of window shopping, you could also head to the prestigious Regis Galerie, home to a huge variety of rare collectable in the Venetian where Michael Jackson was once filmed enjoying a shopping spree.
Who knew there were so many great things to do in Las Vegas NV that are totally free? We hope this Las Vegas travel guide has given you some inspiration for your upcoming trip and if you discover anything that you think should be added to our guide that doesn’t involve getting your wallet out, tell us in the comments below.
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