The 27 Best Things to Do in Las Vegas For FREE
Although known to be quite an expensive place to visit, Las Vegas is home to some very popular attractions that are all free to explore! Clubbing and gambling all day and night can quickly add to the expense bill of any vacationer enjoying a typical Las Vegas trip. This means finding free things to do that are also fun probably sound impossible to a seasoned Las Vegas tourist.
But fortunately, free things to do in Las Vegas do in fact exist. Whether looking to give your wallet a break or just mix things up, these free places to visit can be a really nice way of getting a break from the typical Las Vegas experience.
Nightclubs & Pool Parties
Arguably the Best Place to Party in the World
Yes, even the top nightclubs in Las Vegas can be enjoyed and experienced without costing the party goer a dollar. And for those looking to hit up day and pool parties in Las Vegas, you’re also in luck. You may be wondering, how is this possible? Some nightclubs and pool parties, depending on the night, offer a free guest list. Make sure to check out which club offer a guest list with free entry by clicking on guest list in Las Vegas.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
A Free Zoo Hidden in a Lush, Tropical Paradise
The Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat is one of the most unique places on the Strip. The habitat is home to flamingos, swans, ducks, koi, turtles and even two rescued pelicans. The lush landscaping makes for great pictures, as waterfalls, palm trees, and plenty of places to sit create a very extraordinary experience. The habitat is family-friendly and free. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is a nice place to stop and relax for a very un-Vegasy break.
Fishy and Fabulous Aquarium at the Silverton
Mermaids and Fish Feeding Shows
Known as one of the best free attraction in Las Vegas, The huge 117,000-gallon aquarium found at Silverton Casino features tropical fish and mermaids that swim through the waters and interact with guests. Feeding shows for the fish and other exotic wildlife happen daily at 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
A Beautifully Designed Indoor Botanical Garden
The Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have been captivating the attention of tourists for quite some time now. For those that don’t know, the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is an atrium illuminated by glass ceilings showcasing plants, flowers and trees. The atrium is open 24/7 and is a fan favorite for instagramers and families, as the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is not age restricted and offers a beautiful space to take photos.
The Venetian Grand Canal & Shoppes
An Italian Oasis In the Most Unlikely of Places
Perhaps one of the most favorited attractions in all of Las Vegas is the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. Miniature Venetian canals, a recreation of St. Mark’s square, and top-notch shops and restaurants populate the beautiful indoor space encompassed by a crystal blue sky ceiling painting. Just walking through the Venetian Grand Canal is an experience in itself, and now with the addition of street performers, the space truly feels as if you are in another world entirely different from Las Vegas.
The Fremont Street Experience
Free Light Shows Found Right Above You
The Fremont Street Experience is known for many things, but perhaps the most famous is their overhead light show, Viva Vision. The light show is a spectacular display of lights cascading over people that navigate the casino. Zip line rides, slots and cool funky shops are found beneath the electronic light show held above. The Fremont Street Experience hosts free Viva Vision light show and is luckily close to many Downtown Las Vegas attractions.
A Volcano On The Strip
Three times a day, the Mirage’s volcano begins to explode with life, shooting flames and recreating what perhaps a nice, friendly real volcano would look like. Crowds start gathering early to get a glimpse of this iconic curb-side attraction. When it first appeared on the Strip, it was Vegas’s very first exterior entertainment of its kind. The entire lagoon area in the front of the Mirage comes to life when the volcano is erupting which is plenty of fun to watch.
Fountains at Bellagio
A Water Show Unlike Any Other
Perhaps one of the most iconic attractions in Las Vegas is the Fountains at the Bellagio. The dancing waters of the Fountains of Bellagio have become one of Las Vegas’ most iconic attractions. Powerful jets shoot water hundreds of feet into the air while swaying and dancing gracefully in patterns on top the surface of Lake Bellagio. All the aquatic movement is choreographed to popular Vegas-style music (Sinatra and Elvis), but they also play plenty of classical and romantic tunes as well. The attraction is free and is located in front of (you guessed it) the Bellagio Casino.
The “Welcome to Las Vegas” Sign
The Iconic Las Vegas Sign
No trip to Las Vegas is complete without visiting this landmark. Designed by Betty Willis in 1959, the famous neon sign welcomes millions of visitors to Las Vegas each year. For many years, the sign was on the edge of town and stood in the median to greet drivers, but now the sign is surrounded by hotels and has become popular enough that a parking lot was built for it. The “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks and visiting is totally free.
The Shelby Museum & Showroom
An Epic Free Entry Car Museum
Car lovers and American auto enthusiasts will go crazy over this free, impressive and legendary collection of high performance vehicles and collectibles. The Heritage Center at Shelby America offers free guided tours Monday through Saturday with no reservation needed.
Be a TV Critic at CBS Television City Research Center
Be a TV Critic!
If you’ve ever imagined being part of a test TV audience, you have the opportunity to do so for free at the MGM Grand CBS Television Research Center. Visitors can check-in at the front desk and relax in a computer lab to view an upcoming CBS TV show pilot. You get to give feedback and in return, CBS will give the audience a thank you gift. Shows for all ages are almost always available.
Make TV a Reality At The Gold and Silver Pawnshop from TV’s Pawn Stars
World Famous Pawn Shop As Seen on TV
This iconic pawn shop has seen a sharp rise to fame, due to the popularity of History Channel’s Pawn Stars. The Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is a fun attraction with a free entrance. The pawn shop is located in Pawn Plaza, near Downtown Las Vegas. Be sure to catch an episodes or two of Pawn Stars before heading over. Watching the pawn shop on TV then being there is a surreal experience in itself.
Downtown Arts First Fridays
A Fun Open Space Arts District
Downtown Arts District in Las Vegas is an open air market full of galleries and shops that are open late. But thats not all, as live musical performances, home made treats, culinary samples from up-and-coming restaurants, art viewing and cultural activities are also available to anyone who wants to walk around and enjoy the festivities. However, First Fridays only happens the first Friday of every month.
Colorful & Captivating Coral Reef Aquarium At Mirage
A Coral Reef in the Desert?
It’s hard to imagine a coral reef in the center of a desert. Yet at the Mirage Casino, behind the front desk, a thriving coral reef can be found there for your viewing pleasure. A 20,000 gallon saltwater aquarium is home to angelfish, pufferfish, tangs, three different types of sharks and several other exotic sea creatures.
The LINQ Promenade
A Ferris Wheel, Shops, Cupcakes, and an Open Space to Walk Around
The LINQ Promenade is home to the High Roller Ferris Wheel with a promenade / boardwalk feel with lots of shops offering specialty items, souvenirs, as well as major retailers. I LOVE Sugar will also be opening up a 14,000 square foot candy shop here, which will be the largest candy shop in the world. The LINQ Promenade is a great place to walk around, see some cool shops / restaurants, and grab some fresh air.
The Atlantis Aquarium
A Free to View Aquarium in Caesars Palace
The Caesar’s Palace Forum features a 50,000-gallon Atlantis Aquarium that’s free to view and check out anytime. If looking to catch the Fall of Atlantis show, this is where it takes place. The Fall of Atlantis show must be paid for, but the aquarium can be visited at any other time for free.
Shark Tank at Golden Nugget
Swimming Next to Sharks
This 200,000-gallon shark tank found at the Golden Nugget is located in the middle of the pool, which makes for a quite unusual yet spectacular swimming experience. The three-story facility features 17 private cabanas, a waterslide and poolside lounge. Swimming next to sharks has never been more convenient.
Vegas Whiskey Experience at the Venetian
Free Whiskey and Spirits
The Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian provides guests a free whiskey experience at Spirits & Sprites. It might sound wildly improbable, but the Vegas Whiskey Experience at the Venetian actually offers those who visit free sampling. The event occurs at 7 PM every night as visitors can peruse the store and sample whiskey, wine, oils, vinegar, and other spirits.
Free Pulls on Vegas Slot Machines
It might surprise you to learn that there are places in Las Vegas where you can gamble for free. If looking for some free gambling in Las Vegas, you can find slot machines at almost every casino on the Strip and downtown. Free slot play comes with most player’s card sign-ups. One should be sure to check out both Binions and Four Queens Downtown, as both places have a giant slot machine at their entrance that offers one free pull per person.
Art Lover’s Paradise at the Cosmopolitan’s
Free Art Exhibit in the Cosmopolitan
As one walks through the Cosmopolitan, one might be overwhelmed by the design, beautiful lighting and intricate architecture. It should only make sense that this casino would offer a wide range of provocative and interactive artwork. The Cosmopolitan strives to bring easy access and convenience for guests and those looking to examine the art collection at the casino.
A Million Dollars in Cash
A Million Dollar Photo
Have you ever dreamed of holding a million dollars in cash? Have you ever seen what a million dollars in cash looks like? Statistics would bet that most people have never actually seen $1 million dollars in cash in person. Seeing it stacked up in person is a moment you’ll remember for a long time. Take this free photo opportunity at Vegas’s Binion’s in Downtown Las Vegas.
The Hand Of Faith
The Worlds Largest Gold Nugget
The famous Golden Nugget Casino is known to be the home to The Hand Of Faith, which is the largest gold nugget in existence. On public display in the casino, this impressive 60 pound chunk of gold is a sight to behold. For gold enthusiasts, the journey is worth the visit.
Bonnie & Clyde’s Death Car
Not From the Movies, The Real Thing
The real 1934 V8 Ford that Bonnie and Clyde made infamous by robbing and killing people, and were eventually killed in themselves, is on full display at the Primm Valley Casino. The doors are forced shut, and the car is still splattered in blood and bullet holes. The car is quite a sight to behold.
Palazzo Waterfall Atrium
A Beautiful, Scenic Place to Takes Photos and Relax
You don’t have to be a guest at the Palazzo to see the beautiful Venetian Waterfall Atrium and Gardens. The multi-story atrium includes an elegant waterfall and landscapes created from exotic flowers, trees, plants and shrubbery. The spot is popular for instagramers and families, as no fee is required to visit and the huge space offers many opportunities for great photo.
City Hall Art Galleries
A Free Art Gallery in Las Vegas City Hall
Inside Las Vegas City Hall, there are two art galleries free to visit. The Grand Gallery in the lobby features local artist sculptures and the Chamber Gallery on the second-floor features paintings, drawings, and photography by local artists. All of which is free to see and examine.
The Seven Magic Mountains
None of Your Instagram Followers Have Posted Anything Like This
Not much can be said about the Seven Magic Mountains art installation. The 35-foot high towers of multi-colored boulders rising out of the desert east of I15, about ten miles south of Las Vegas, have now become an impressive piece of public art and popular tourist attraction. The installation’s setting against the backdrop of Jean Dry Lake and the surrounding desert is very photo-worthy, and worth exploring from every angle.
Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
The Bridge Built On Top The Iconic Hoover Dam
The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was built on top of the Hoover Dam, which was formerly a part of US93. The new bridge rerouted the highway and opened up a whole new view of Hoover Dam. Best of all, you can park and walk across the bridge for free. Stairs and ramps lead up to the bridge access, and several placards and signs offer information about the bridge and the history of the men it’s named for.