Las Vegas is a popular destination, famous for its epic party and gambling scene. What people don’t realize is how expensive night clubs, drinks and gambling can be!
I have lived in Vegas my entire life, and no, I do not live in the casinos.. (if you’re a local, I hope you got a kick out of that).
Las Vegas has endless FREE things to do and below, I compiled the top 40 of things I think people would actually find fun!
I hate reading posts “600 things to do in ____” and it be a long, ridiculous list of things no one would ever do like: Go see Aunt Betty’s cat on Marborrow Ln, it’s the friendliest cat in the world! So take a deep breath and thank me later for not putting you through that travel-researching misery.
I have tested majority of these things out on friends and family who have come to visit and they all responded with “How could this be free!?” Which is ALWAYS what I aim for on articles like these… Enjoy 🙂
1.Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
If you are staying on the Las Vegas Strip, you will see this before you drive down Las Vegas Blvd. There is a small parking lot where you can walk over to take your iconic picture of you posing in front of the Las Vegas Sign with the strip in the background!
2. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
I have seen this too many times to count and it never seizes to amaze me! The extra cool thing about the conservatory is it is constantly changing and is never the same. It changes every season so if you’ve seen it before, it is still worth it to see it again! And yes, those statues are made out of REAL flowers, how neat!
3. Bellagio Fountains
These go off every 30 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes at night. They are hard to miss if you are walking down Las Vegas Blvd, but if you only have limited time to see them, see them at night. Trust me on this one.
4. Seven Magic Mountain Rocks
These are fairly new to Las Vegas and at first, all us locals were like uhmm, what the heck are these random painted boulders and where did they come from?” Because they seriously just… showed up. BUT I can honestly say they are pretty impressive when you see them up close & are on the way into town if you are driving from California.
5. Drive down Las Vegas Blvd
Even if you aren’t staying on the strip, you still should take a ride down Las Vegas Blvd! The entire strip is 4.2 miles so if you are feeling adventurous, sure, you can walk the entire thing, but 90% of the year it is well over 100 degrees. Get in your nice air-conditioned Uber, blast your favorite song that contains the words “driving down the boulevard” and relaxxxx (btw, if you need a favorite song, mine is Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont).
6. Hiking in Mount Charelston
If you are in need of a way to feel better about yourself or to workout some of those toxins from all that drinking… Mt. Charleston is the place for you! Less than an hour out of the city you can go hiking in the lush forest.
7. Walk along Fremont Street
Fremont street is a street that is covered by a lit up dome! There are street artists, zip lining, and drunk tourists galore! Great place to get a “Fat Tuesday” and people watch. Plus, on most weekend nights there are large FREE concerts and from there you can go bar hopping downtown. *Cue downtown by Macklemore*
8. Window Shopping at the Cosmo
If you want a luxurious shopping excursion, head over to the Cosmopolitan hotel and go window shopping. Unless you met a rich suga-daddy on your night out last night, then in that case.. charge that credit card girl! Also, don’t forget to stop at one of the many bars and sip your cosmo at the cosmo, ha!
9. Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Ethel M has the best chocolates EVER! You can go to their location, tour their chocolate factory, get free samples and stroll through their Cactus Garden for FREE! If you are in Las Vegas during December, Ethel M is a must see because they decorate their 3 acres of garden with over 500,000 holiday lights!
10. Stroll through the “Grand Canal” at the Venetian
I’m sure you know this already, but one of the many reasons the Las Vegas strip is so unique is because all of the hotels are based off famous places around the world. The Venetian has an indoor/outdoor canal that you can actually rent your own gondola and take a stroll ($$$). You can also walk through the shops to see the FREE “streetmosphere” shows.
11. Polaroid Museum
The Linq is the area of the strip near that giant Ferris Wheel you see. You can take a ride on the Ferris Wheel ($$$) or you can walk the shops and restaurants at the bottom for FREE. Along the shops near the Ferris Wheel there are two notable stops: One is the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes which are sooo yummy. The second is the Polaroid store where you can take pictures in their giant Polaroid cutout and walk through the FREE museum upstairs.
12. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo
Like drinking Cosmos at the Cosmo, you have to see the Flamingos at the Flamingo! This exhibit is completely FREE and you can see the giant Koi fish “moat” too!
13. Hoover Dam / The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
If you are heading out of Las Vegas for a day trip to see the Grand Canyon, this is on the way! There’s a small parking lot on the side of the highway and you can walk along the bridge to the Hoover Dam lookout. A perfect spot to get out and stretch your legs! **Fun fact, because who doesn’t like fun facts?! Lake Mead is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world!**
14. Volcano eruption at the Mirage
The volcano is right in front of the Mirage hotel and you can see this on your stroll along Las Vegas Blvd. The volcano only erupts at 8pm and 9pm, so this one might need a little planning!
15. Downtown Container Park
The container park is a unique shopping center that is made completely of recycled shipping containers! They have a playground and live music, which makes it a great stop for families. A total instagramer’s paradise with wall art on every corner too!
16. Watch planes land at the airport
There is something so relaxing about watching planes takeoff and land.. makes me daydream about my next travel adventure! On Sunset Rd, you can pull onto the small parking lot to unwind from the craziness that is, Las Vegas.
17. Mermaids at the Silverton Casino
The Silverton Casino is NOT located on the strip. It is a local casino located about 20 minutes from the strip. Seeing the mermaid show at the Silverton is something that little kids go CRAZY about, but if you are a grown adult (or at least trying to be, like me), then I would skip this one.
18. Atlantis Fountain Show @ Forum Shops in Caesars Palace
Honestly, I would not go out of your way to see this. The Forum Shops in Caesars has endless great shopping and restaurant options, so this is a “might as well see it if you’re already there” kinda thing. It’s very fun to watch, but just not very long – that’s why I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see it.
19. Pinball Hall of Fame
This is also located off the strip. The Pinball Hall of Fame has the LARGEST collection in the world of pinball machines!
20. Take a picture with a million bucks
Located at the Binions hotel downtown, you can snap a insta-worthy pic of you with a million bucks!
21. Drink FREE Wine
Wine Lounge Thursday with Rock ‘N Roll Wine! They serve free wine every Thursday, just need to RSVP online and see where the location is for that week.
22. First Friday art festival
If you are in town the First Friday of the month, there is a large community festival that hosts local art, culture food and music. Beware… this gets super crowded!
23. Feed the ducks at sunset park
For this one, you’ll need to spend a few dollars! Go to a grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread and head over to Sunset Park to feed the cute ducks! This is one of the largest parks in Las Vegas that is very close to where you would go watch the planes land (#16). It kinda like a mini Central Park… Well, kinda..
24. Bonnie and Clyde’s Death Car
Located at the state line between Nevada and California, Prim, you can see Bonnie and Clyde’s death car. This is a great stop if you make your way out to see the Seven Magic Mountains (#4).
25. Stroll through the District at Green Valley Ranch
The District is an outdoor shopping center paired with restaurants with twinkly-lit patios and outstanding happy hours! You can spend an hour or so here shopping or going to a painting and wine class at Pinot’s Palette. This is definitely more of a local spot so you’ll get far better prices too.
26. Green Valley Ranch parking garage to get a view of the Las Vegas skyline
When you’re done shopping and happy hour-ing your little heart out, head up to the top of the Green Valley Ranch parking garage for an unobstructed view of the Las Vegas strip!
27. See the Worlds Largest Chocolate Fountain
Located inside of the Bellagio, this fountain is over 26 ft tall and holds over 4,000 lbs of chocolate, every kids dream!
28. Lake Mead & Lake Las Vegas
If you are making your way out to see the Hoover Dam (#13), you will see Lake Mead as well! A fun, local activity is renting boats or jet skis and spending a day out on the lake. There are also beaches you can go to and can be located on Lake Mead’s Website.
29. Drive through Red Rock Canyon
If this is your first time to the desert, Red Rock is a must see! Located about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, you can wind through bright red canyons. There are endless hikes here that have a major contrast to the hikes in Mount Charleston (#8).
30. See the Luxor’s Sky Beam
The Luxor hotel is the black, pyramid-shaped hotel. You don’t really need to go to a specific place to see this, because you can see the beam from just about anywhere in the city! Rumors are, you can even see the beam from space!
31. See the large aquarium behind the front desk at the Mirage
The Mirage is a Polynesian-themed resort that is most known for its amazing Lion & Dolphin habitat! When you walk into their lobby, be sure
32. Walk of Stars
Get your Hollywood fix by walking along the stars that made Las Vegas what it is today! This 2 mile stretch is along Las Vegas Blvd between Russell and Sahara.
33. Hot Springs
You can either hike (can you tell I like to hike yet?) or kayak to these hot springs on Lake Mead. These can get fairly crowded on the weekends so go early! You can also take tours if you’re a directionally challenged traveler like myself.
34. Lawn games at Gold Spike
Ladies are always free but on popular weekend nights, guys will most likely have to pay a cover charge! They have giant beer pong, giant chess, giant jenga, cornhole and so much more! Don’t forget to stop in to Fiddlestix for the best truffle fries of your lifeeeee.
35. Free Circus Acts
In light of keeping this trend going, you can’t miss the free circus show at Circus Circus! These shows go on every day at 11:30am.
36. Shark Tank Slide
Head over to the Golden Nugget Casino to see the giant Shark tank and their hotel pool that has a slide going right through the middle of it!
37. Free Line Dancing Lessons
You can dance your achy-breaky heart away every weeknight at 7pm! Just head over to Gilley’s at Treasure Island to join in on the fun.
38. T-Mobile Arena + Park
Come checkout where the famous Golden Knights Hockey team made it to the Stanley Cup for their first season – First Hockey team to do that EVER in history!
39. Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
From the famous show Pawn Stars, you can purchase the same items that appear on the show! This pawn shop is located downtown near the arts district.
40. Lake of Dreams
Last but not least, the Lake of Dreams is located at one of my favorite casinos, The Wynn. This entire hotel is so dreamy, elegant and enchanting! The Lake of Dreams has several restaurants ($$$) and a free water show that plays every half hour, beginning at 8pm.
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