Las Vegas. City of Sin. The entertainment capital of the world. No matter what name you call Nevada’s most famous (infamous?) City, one thing is certain: There is so much to do – and money to spend – in Las Vegas.
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But if you use up your savings and accumulate debt sleeping in luxury resorts, dining in high-end restaurants, headlining shows, and playing until the sun comes up, your financial troubles will follow you home.
But if you play your cards right, you can enjoy fabulous Las Vegas without emptying your wallet. Here are a few dozen free things to do in Las Vegas.
34 free things to do in Las Vegas
Whether you’re looking to save money on vacation or you’re a Las Vegas resident looking for low-budget entertainment, try these 34 free activities.
Must-see entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is a 24-hour neon-lit party. It stretches across a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard south of the city limits, lined with resorts, casinos, and event venues.
1. The Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
At the beginning of the strip, you’ll see the iconic sign that says: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. A photo of you under this 25 foot high sign is the best free souvenir for tourists.
There is free parking at the Las Vegas sign. However, if you don’t have a car, there are ways to drive up and down the Strip without paying for a lift or walking in the desert heat. There are free trams operated by select casinos that will take you from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur, Park MGM to Bellagio, and Mirage to Treasure Island.
2. Street performers on the strip
There’s no telling what you will see or who you will come across as you walk up and down the Strip. Street performers, also known as street musicians, dress up as Elvis, Spiderman, Mickey Mouse, and any other characters you can think of. You could take a double shot if a statue starts moving that you thought was a statue.
While a street musician act is technically a free show, be aware that street performers work for tips.
3. Bellagio Fountain Show
The Bellagio Casino and Hotel boasts one of the tallest fountains in the world. Every day you will see the fountains come to life with a water show synchronized to the music.
The Bellagio Fountain Show takes place every 30 minutes from 3:00 p.m. until 8 p.m. (or from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and public holidays). After 8 p.m., the Bellagio Fountain Show runs every 15 minutes.
4. The volcano at The Mirage
Heat up your nights with a visit to the famous volcano show at The Mirage. Witness explosions of flames and fireballs choreographed to a soundtrack by Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead and Indian composer Zakir Hussain.
The volcano at The Mirage erupts every night at 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM. and 11 p.m.
5. Paris Las Vegas
Travel to France by visiting replicas of the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower in Paris Las Vegas. This hotel and casino has great photo opportunities to add to the “grief”.
From sunset to midnight, Paris Las Vegas hosts an Eiffel Tower light show every half hour.
Also, check out the dueling pianos in the Napoleon Lounge every day at 5:00 p.m.
6. The light shows in the shops of the Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar Shops by Bally’s offer a light show with music every day.
Don’t worry about missing out on the action. The show runs every 15 minutes from dusk until around midnight on most nights. On Fridays and Saturdays the light shows run until just before 1 a.m.
7. Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Resort
You don’t need to book a trip to Italy to experience St. Mark’s Square in Venice. That is, if you agree to a replica.
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian are modeled after St. Mark’s Square and are filled with upscale shops and restaurants. You can even take a gondola ride along the resort’s interior canals to cruise around the mall.
In the Grand Canal Shoppes, you are also likely to see roaming street performers singing, juggling, walking on stilts, or acting as living statues.
8. Fashion Show Mall
Fashion Show Las Vegas is a shopping destination on the Strip with more than 250 stores and restaurants. It regularly hosts pop-up catwalk shows with live music that are completely free for viewers.
Depending on your visit, you can also see an art exhibition or two at this fashion show mall.
9. The Lake of Dreams in Wynn Las Vegas
Every night, the Wynn hosts a light and sound show called the Lake of Dreams, which features giant puppets, thousands of LED lights, and a 90-foot waterfall over the lake. The free shows run every half hour from dusk.
10. The forum shops in Caesars Palace
If you like ancient Roman architecture, check out the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. It is home to over 160 shops and restaurants, but if you don’t feel like spending your money, all you can do is take in the view while you window-shop and people-watch. The ceiling even changes color during the day.
The forum is known for its popular Fall of Atlantis Show – a free attraction that tells the legendary story of the city of Atlantis through animatronics. However, at the time of publication, the Fall of Atlantis Show is temporarily closed.
11. The rain shower show in the Miracle Mile Shops
It is not often that you encounter a rain storm in the desert.
The Miracle Mile Shops, an indoor shopping mall, offers a free rain attraction with fog, changing sky colors, thunder, lightning, and rain. The shows take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday and every half hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
12. Light show at the LINQ Promenade + Experience
Huge Ferris wheels are expected in major tourist cities, and Las Vegas is no exception. The LINQ Promenade + Experience is home to the 550-foot tall high roller ferris wheel, which can be seen in its free nightly light show. The rides are not free, but the bike is featured in its free nightly light show.
In addition, The LINQ Promenade + Experience is also a great place to see 3D murals and free live entertainment.
13. Circus acts in the Circus Circus
See trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, and more performing on the central stage of the Carnival Midway at Circus Circus each day.
These free circus performances start at 1:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 11.30 a.m. Friday to Sunday.
Fun off the beaten track
While there’s plenty of action along Las Vegas Boulevard, there’s no shortage of free off-the-strip entertainment.
14. Fremont Street Experiencemont
Fremont Street Experience is a hub for entertainment, attractions, and dining in downtown Las Vegas.
Every evening from 6 p.m. you can enjoy free live music. The Viva Vision light show is every hour from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Viva Vision is believed to be the largest video screen in the world at 1,375 feet long and 90 feet wide.
Another notable event of the Fremont Street Experience is the Downtown Rocks concert series. This year it runs from June 26th to November 6th and features performances by Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down and Steven Adler of Guns N ’Roses.
15. Gold and silver pawn shop
Visit the location where The History Channel’s Pawn Stars are filmed.
Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is located on Las Vegas Boulevard north of the Strip. The opening hours of the showroom are from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily, but there is also a 24-hour window for deposit / purchase transactions.
Look out for celebrity sightings! Gold and Silver Pawn Shop often holds autograph sessions with some of the stars from the reality show.
16. Hand of Faith on the Golden Nugget
Forget the casino jackpots. The real treasure is a 61 pound gold nugget on display in the lobby of the GoldenNugget Las Vegas.
This gold nugget, known as the hand of faith, is believed to be the largest there is. It was discovered in Australia in 1980 and later sold to the Golden Nugget for over $ 1 million.
17. Rush at sunset
Sunset Stampede is a daily laser light show in Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall.
The show takes place at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 10 p.m. and offers music and dancing animatronic animals.
When the show isn’t on, you can stroll through Mystic Falls Park and watch the trees and water features in the middle of the casino.
Save money with the whole family to explore Las Vegas. Here are some free activities the kids will love.
18. Hershey’s Chocolate World
This flagship store in the New York-New York Hotel and Casino offers over 800 Hershey chocolates and candies. There are entire walls showcasing flavors from Hershey’s Kisses and Jolly Ranchers.
While you’re at Hershey’s Chocolate World, be sure to stop for a photo op at the Statue of Liberty sculpture made from nearly 800 pounds of chocolate. The kids can also have fun starring in a re-enacted TV commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
19. Hoover Dam
Your kids may have learned about the Hoover Dam at school, but this is your chance to see it live and in person during your Vegas vacation.
The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge stretches across the Colorado River, where Nevada and Arizona meet, and offers great views of the Hoover Dam. You can park for free at the foot of the bridge and walk across it.
The bridge is a 60 mile drive from Las Vegas, but close enough that you’ll want to take the trip.
20. Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden
Henderson, Nevada, just a short drive from Las Vegas is home to a sweet and tingling attraction – the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and the Cactus Garden.
You can take a self-guided factory tour and see how chocolate, fillings, and pecan brittle are made.
Then, stroll outside to explore the 3-acre cactus garden, which includes more than 300 species of cacti, succulents, desert trees, and shrubs.
During the holidays, the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden will be decked out with over 1 million lights.
21. Coca-Cola store in Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Coca-Cola store is located on the Strip near the MGM Grand and the New York-New York Hotel and Casino.
Fans of the iconic beverage brand can take advantage of photo opportunities next to a huge glass Cola bottle or next to the Coca-Cola polar bear.
22. M & M’s Store
If you have the willpower not to buy all of the M&Ms you see, a visit to the Las Vegas M&M store is a cute free attraction.
Your kids can see mascots, snap photos with the life-size M&M character displays, and watch a free 3D movie. You can also check out a replica of NASCAR driver Kyle Busch’s M&M sponsored racing car.
23. Bob Baskin Park
Temperatures in Las Vegas can rise to three-digit numbers in the summer. Cool off with the family at the Splash Pad in Bob Baskin Park.
The park, located west of Las Vegas Boulevard, also includes a playground, tennis courts, jogging trails, and picnic areas.
24. Children’s memorial park
The children can work off in the Children’s Memorial Park. There’s a playground, roller hockey rink, tennis courts, volleyball courts, bocce courts, and more.
The park is about 15 minutes from the strip.
For art lovers
Aside from all of the fancy venues that sell tickets at great prices, you can find a wide variety of works of art in Las Vegas that will cost you nothing.
25. Seven magical mountains
The Seven Magic Mountains are a large-scale public art installation set against the backdrop of the Las Vegas desert. It showed seven towers made of stacked boulders painted in bright neon colors. The colorful totem poles are over 9 meters high.
The Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone created the art installation back in 2016, originally as a temporary exhibition. Because of its popularity, it has stayed. The Seven Magic Mountains are about 10 miles south of the Strip.
26. Container park in the city center
Downtown Container Park is a Las Vegas shopping and dining destination that stands out for the fact that its stores are housed in recycled shipping containers. If you don’t want to spend your money on groceries or retail stores, there are also public art installations and a stage for free concerts and performances.
When you’re out with your little ones, head to the courtyard playground for free family fun.
27. Downtown Arts District
This corner of Las Vegas is every art lover’s dream with 18 blocks of galleries, museums, and art shops.
The Arts Factory is one of the hubs where you can admire the work of dozens of artists. A free block party is held in the Downtown Arts District every first Friday of the month.
28. Photo wallpapers in the city center
Downtown Las Vegas is home to more than 30 murals by artists from around the world.
Many are created during the city’s annual Life Is Beautiful festival, where tickets cost over $ 100. However, you can take your own self-guided walking tour when the festival isn’t on and snap photos of all of the street art you find.
29. Lucky dance in the park
At the intersection of New-New York, Park MGM and T-Mobile Arena, there is an outdoor entertainment area simply called The Park.
There you will find the public art installation Bliss Dance, a 12 m high sculpture of a dancing woman. It was created by artist Marco Cochrane, who was inspired by his early experiences at Burning Man. Check out the park at night to see Bliss Dance all lit up.
30. Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is located on the University of Nevada – Las Vegas campus and is part of the school’s College of Fine Arts. With a mission to give everyone access to the arts, the museum does not charge admission fees for exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and community events.
This art museum displays modern and contemporary works by various artists. Community art days with live music, performances, storytelling and practical workshops take place here twice a year.
For animal and nature lovers
Explore the great outdoors and discover native and exotic plants and animals amid the bustling city.
31. Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
The Bellagio has a 14,000-square-meter botanical garden that changes the splendor of flowers with the seasons. The resort’s horticultural staff uses thousands of flowers and plants to create unique spring, summer, fall, and fall arrangements – and a special Lunar New Year exhibit.
Due to its often changing nature, this is an attraction that you can return to several times a year.
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are open 24 hours a day.
32. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
At the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel and Casino you have the opportunity to watch its namesake along with many other exotic wild animals. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is home to flamingos, parrots, turtles, koi fish, swans, and more.
It also features a tropical garden with waterfalls and meandering streams.
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every day.
33. Silverton Casino Hotel Aquarium
If you like tropical fish, be sure to check out the Silverton Casino Hotel Aquarium. The 117,000 gallon reef aquarium is home to thousands of tropical fish as well as some species of stingrays and sharks.
There are interactive feeding shows daily, and you can see a mermaid swimming through the aquarium Thursday through Sunday. The Silverton Casino Hotel Aquarium is an off-the-strip attraction. The casino used to be Boomtown Las Vegas.
In addition to the main aquarium, there are two jellyfish tanks. The Bass Pro Shops on site include other water features and aquariums with koi fish, trout, catfish, perch, turtles, ducks and more.
34. Clark County Wetlands Park
Take your steps on the trails in Wetlands Park in Clark County. There are paved and unpaved paths – perfect for jogging, cycling or walking the dog.
The Wetlands Park Nature Center has art and history exhibits that educate visitors about the park’s habitats and wildlife. There is also an indoor area with tables and chairs to enjoy a picnic packed lunch.
Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.