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). There are endless free things to do in Vegas, but I compiled the top 40 of things I believe 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. 🙂
I know I promised 40, but I have a SUPER special bonus for you at the bottom! If you are a female and want to get into the Las Vegas nightclubs for free, don’t miss #41!!
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- Best Bars in Downtown Las Vegas
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- Best Day Trips from Las Vegas
- How to Spend your 21st Birthday in Vegas
- Things to do in Vegas besides gamble
- Packing List for Las Vegas – Women’s Guide!
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What to Pack for Las Vegas
Before we jump into the free things to do in Vegas guide, I also like to recommend a few “must-have’s” for a specific itinerary. Living in Las Vegas for my entire life, I can confidently say you will regret not bringing these in your luggage!
1. Sunblock Packets If you’ve been a My Perfect Itinerary fan for a while now, you know I recommend these on almost every guide. The Las Vegas sun is strong AF and you want to make sure you protect your skin! Especially in the summer months when there are so many pool activities. These sunblock packets are the size of a ketchup packet and can easily fit in your purse or pocket.
2. Hangover Remedy SO IMPORTANT. Most people are coming to Las Vegas for only a short, 3 day weekend, so you do not want to waste a day of your precious vacation being hungover. These packets can easily be put into a water bottle and gives you a lot of vitamins, electrolytes and hydration! I can’t tell you how many times these babies have saved mine and my friend’s lives!
3. Foldable Flats Bring fold-able flats to stick in your purse for after you leave the nightclub! That feeling when you walk back to the hotel after your buzz has worn off, your tired, and your feet are throbbing… you will want to whip out a pair of flip flops to change into. Most hotels will not allow you to walk barefoot, so don’t even try!
I have a lot more recommendations where those came from! So many in fact, that I created an intense guide on all my Las Vegas “must-have’s”. Click here to find out what you should pack for Las Vegas!
FREE Things to do in Vegas
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 located on Sunset & Las Vegas Blvd 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!
I would highly recommend seeing this early in the morning because there is very limited parking and there is almost always a line to get your picture. Have your pose ready, because you will need to snap the photo fast!
Planning to capture some adorable photos while visiting Vegas? Be sure to check out my “Instagram Spots in Las Vegas” guide!
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2. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
I have seen The Bellagio Conservatory 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!
The Conservatory is located inside the Bellagio hotel, just past the main lobby where you check in. You should see sign pointing to the area, but the Bellagio employees are quick to help you if you get lost (there’s a reason they got their 5* status!).
3. Bellagio Fountains
The Bellagio Fountains 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.
You can view these from many areas around the Las Vegas strip, but the best is on Las Vegas Blvd, right in front of the hotel.
4. Seven Magic Mountain Rocks
The Seven Magic Mountains 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. If you only have a short time in Las Vegas, I definitely wouldn’t go out of your way to see these.
There is nothing to really do when you get there, so it is one of those things that you see them for 5 minutes and go, “Okay cool, time to leave now!” Again, if you are driving to/from California or are in the area, I think it is worth the stop, but don’t dedicate a whole day 🙂
The tour buses begin to show up around 9am every day and they are roughly 20 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. If you do go, try to go early to get their before the tour buses!
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).
I would recommend doing this drive at nighttime because seeing the Las Vegas strip light up with the flashing signs is quite the site!
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.
There are SO many hiking trails to see, but my favorite is Mary Jane Falls. It is a quick and popular hike that will take you to a beautiful viewpoint of the forest, a cave and a waterfall that only sometimes is flowing! Vegas is a desert, remember? 😉
7. Walk along Fremont Street
Fremont street is a street in Downtown Las Vegas that is covered by a lit up dome! There are street artists, zip lining, and drunk tourists galore! This is the best place in town to get a “Fat Tuesday” and people watch… Oh people watching, it’s the best free thing to do in Vegas! 🙂
Plus, on most weekend nights there are large FREE concerts and from there you can go bar hopping downtown. *Cue downtown by Macklemore*
TIP: If you are a lady, you get free entry to all the bars in Downtown (excluding holiday weekends). Click here to see my go-to bars in Downtown Vegas!
8. Window Shopping at the Cosmo or Crystals
If you want a luxurious shopping excursion, head over to either the Cosmopolitan hotel or Crystals 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 my favorite bars and sip your cosmo at the cosmo, ha! My favorite bar at the Cosmopolitan hotel is the Chandelier Bar! This 2.5 level bar is wrapped in lights and beads that will make you feel like you are actually sipping a cocktail in a chandelier.
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!
Pssst… this spot is also on my Best Las Vegas Photo spots!
If you don’t have a rental car, you can easily catch an Uber/Lyft/Taxi because it’s only 15 minutes from the strip. If you want to sign up for a tour, they are very inexpensive and includes your transportation from the strip, snacks, and a tour of Ethel M. You can see current prices here!
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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, inspired by Venice, has an indoor/outdoor canal that you can actually rent your own gondola and take a stroll ($$$).
You can also walk through the shops to see the FREE “streetmosphere” shows. The canal wraps along the outside of the hotel, so you will see it if you are walking along Las Vegas Blvd. To get a break from the heat, just follow the canal inside through one of The Venetian’s many entrances to see the inside of this beautiful hotel!
Like this idea? This was mentioned on my Romantic Things to do in Vegas for Couples guide!
11. Linq Promenade
The Linq Promenade is the area of the strip near that giant Ferris Wheel you see. You can take a ride on the Ferris Wheel ($$$) or you can walk the shops and restaurants at the bottom for FREE.
This area is a fun spot to hang out in around happy hour because they have many bars and restaurants along these cobblestone streets.
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12. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo
Like drinking Cosmos at the Cosmo? Then you have to see the Flamingos at the Flamingo!
This exhibit is completely FREE and you can see the giant Koi fish “moat” too! This spot is located right next to the Linq Promenade, so if you are there getting your yummy sprinkles cupcake, don’t forget to say hi to your pink friends!
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! Which by the way… if you are looking for fun day trips from Las Vegas, I have an entire guide for you to read here!
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!**
Depending on your budget, I would recommend signing up for a tour to the Hoover Dam to learn about the history. They will pick you up from the strip, drive you to the best viewpoints and teach you about what makes the Hoover Dam unique!
If you want to see the Grand Canyon during your time in Las Vegas, there are many tours that also bundle the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. Click here to view tours!
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!
Other than the volcano, there is not much to do in this area except for go inside the hotel. This is still one of the oldest and most up-kept hotels on the Strip! This Polynesian themed resort has a dolphin and tiger habitat, a ginormous fish tank in their lobby and a lot of other cool things to see!
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!
I love this spot because you can make a whole night out of it by going to happy hour and shopping at the quirky boutiques. After you are done exploring the Container Park, the entire downtown area is very trendy and a great place to go bar-hopping (click here to read a list of my favorite bars in the area)!
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 between Eastern and Paradise Rd, you can pull onto the small parking lot to unwind from the craziness that is Las Vegas. From this spot, you get an excellent view of the Las Vegas strip as well! Click here for the exact location.
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 unless you are already in the area.
There is also a bar in the Silverton where ladies drink for free from 5-7pm DAILY. While you’re watching the mermaid show, don’t forget to get your free drinks at Shady Grove Lounge!
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. I don’t have any pictures of this because I didn’t take any when I saw this! But click here to view some pictures 🙂
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!
It is located in what looks like a large warehouse, very close to Las Vegas’s university, UNLV. It is completely free to walk inside and such a unique place!
20. Take a picture with a million bucks
Located at the Binion’s hotel downtown, you can snap a insta-worthy pic of you with a million bucks! This is a great stop to link with other free things to do in this area like The Container Park (#15), Fremont Street (#7), First Friday Art Festival (#22) and more!
I wouldn’t recommend solely visiting this stop just to see this site, but it is a fun stop if you want to explore the downtown area (which, you definitely should!).
21. Drink FREE Wine
Rock N’ Roll wine hosts weekly “Wine Lounge Thursdays” where they serve free wine. All you need to do is go online to their website to RSVP and get details on where the event is taking place that week.
Update: They currently are not doing free wine tastings during COVID and are keeping this open for their members only. To sign up for their membership, which starts at $44.99, click here! Here are the perks of being a member:
- Invites to complimentary Weekly Open Wine Bar Events Every Thursday (rotating Las Vegas locations)
- Access to Member-Only additional wine selections at events
- Member Discounts* on ticketed concert events and advance ticket sale opportunities
- 30% discount on online wine purchases (ship to 36 states)
- Discount on ride share services provided by Designated Driver
- $50 Hotel Savings Card** good at over 500,000 3-5 star hotels world-wide
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!
This is located in the Arts District of Las Vegas (the area between the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown), which is an adorable area! My favorite thing to do while the weather is nice is hang out in the Arts District and go brewery hopping to all the local breweries. I list all my favorites on my Things to do in Vegas for Couples guide!
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 some frozen veggies 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.. There are also sand dunes here if you have kiddos that want to play in the sand!
TIP: Close by this area is my favorite happy hour spot in Las Vegas, Panevino! This is such a hidden gem that most local’s don’t even know about. Their luxurious lounge faces the Las Vegas strip where you can enjoy the beautiful views and planes landing, at an extremely affordable price! Click here for their happy hour menu.
24. Bonnie and Clyde’s Death Car
Located at the state line between Nevada and California, town called Primm, 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).
Don’t know the history of Bonnie and Clyde’s death car? They used this car back in 1934 to rob and kill people all over the midwest until the finally got caught by lawmen shooting over 100 bullets at the car and killing them. There have been hundreds of fake replicas made all over the USA, but the original one lies in Primm, Nevada!
If you are wanting to visit Bonnie and Clyde’s Death Car, you will pass by the Seven Magic Mountains on your way (#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. Some of my favorite stops for happy hour are Bella Vita (this place gets PACKED though & you will definitely need a reservation), The Local Wine Bar, and Bottiglia.
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!
Lots of locals will come here on New Years Eve to catch the fire work show over 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! There are so many other fun things to do at the Bellagio, several were listed in this guide! You could easily spend an entire day of your vacation strolling through this impressive hotel.
TIP: Try to see this spot earlier in the day or mid-week if possible, because this will get pretty crowded with tourists. It is very close to the Conservatory (which also gets very busy).
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.
This was also recommended on my Girls trip to Vegas guide!
29. Drive through Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire
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).
A little farther than Red Rock is valley of fire state park. I personally like Valley of Fire better because the scenery is more dramatic, but Red Rock is a lot closer to the Las Vegas Strip so it is easier to access.
Nature related activities are always great free things to do in Vegas, and lucky for you.. Vegas is surrounded by natural beauty! 🙂
Recommended Read: Top Instagram spots in Las Vegas!
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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!
There are tons of cute photo-ops at this hotel, which I detail the exact spots in this guide here! All of my Instagram locations listed on that guide are free things in Vegas! 🙂
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! I also listed this one under #14 to see their volcano erupt in front of the hotel.
I wouldn’t go out of your way to see the aquarium at the Mirage, but if you are in the area to see the volcano or staying at the hotel, definitely stop by to check it out! The Mirage is a great hotel to stay at, very central and surprisingly affordable! Click here to see hotel pricing.
32. Rainbow Staircase at the Fashion Show Mall
At the Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip, they created two murals on their outdoor staircases. The first, and most popular, is their rainbow staircase. This one is located on Las Vegas Blvd, near Magiano’s Restaurant. The second one is located on the strip-side entrance near Neiman Marcus.
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. I have not done a hot spring tour, but I did do the Emerald Caves Tour along the Colorado River and it was SO much fun!
34. Lawn games at Gold Spike
Gold Spike is a hotel located in Downtown Las Vegas! This outdoor bar has tons of games, fair prices, and food trucks. This is one of the most popular bars in Downtown, but if you want to check out some more, here is a list of my favorite bars in Downtown!
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!
Psstt.. this was recommended on my perfect 3 day itinerary in Las Vegas!!
35. Free Circus Acts
At the Circus Circus Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, you can see free Circus acts every day! The circus acts are inside the hotel in the Carnival Midway area. Performances start at 1:30pm Saturday – Monday and 3:30pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
Here is all the information on seeing the free circus acts! I think this is a great stop if you are traveling to Las Vegas with kids, especially since they have the Adventure Dome Theme Park at this hotel!
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!
This hotel is located downtown (near Fremont Street) and offers cabana rentals if you are not staying at the hotel!
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.
Even though the Treasure Island is a hotel on the Strip, it is surprisingly really popular for local’s! That means you will find locally-priced drinks! Pus, there’s a full restaurant, so it’s the perfect spot for a date night.
Unless your partner doesn’t like dancing in public like mine, ha 🙂
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!
If you want to see a game ($$), you can find discounted tickets closer to the game days. Otherwise, the entire “Park” outside of the T-Mobile arena is a blast during game days! All the restaurants are filled with fans, they have drink specials, yard games, and have the game on the TVs.
39. Go Wine Tasting for FREE in Pahrump
Did you know there were wineries close to Las Vegas? In a small town called Pahrump (45 minutes outside of Las Vegas) you can go wine tasting for free at a few local, family owned vineyards.
The three that you can check out are:
- Sanders Family Winery – Free to taste
- Pahrump Valley Winery – Free to taste
- Artesian Cellars – $5.00 to taste
40. Lake of Dreams
The Lake of Dreams has several restaurants ($$$) and a free water show that plays every half hour, beginning at 8pm. I would definitely make time to check out the show and take a stroll through this impressive hotel.
TIP: If you are looking for a restaurant to splurge at, SW Steakhouse at the Wynn is located right on the Lake of Dreams where you can enjoy the water show during dinner!
BONUS: How to get into the nightclubs for FREE
If you are a lady, you can get into the clubs on guest list or even an all-girls comped table for FREE. One of my best friends works at a night club in Las Vegas and offered all my female readers free entry to the club!
If there is availability, she will even get you on a table with some free drinks. Just hop into her DM’s on Instagram and tell her My Perfect Itinerary sent you! 🙂
Okay, that’s a wrap! These are all my favorite free things to do in Vegas that are actually worth doing. Most of these can be combined and done in one day since they are so close to each other.
I am constantly on the hunt for new things to add, so if you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments below! 🙂
If you want to easily edit on the go, I recommend checking out my “Vegas Preset Pack!” Want more guides on Las Vegas? Don’t forget to read these:
- Best Bars in Downtown Vegas
- A Perfect 3 Day Weekend in Vegas!
- Best Instagram Spots in Las Vegas
- Best Day Trips from Las Vegas
- How to Spend your 21st Birthday in Vegas
- Girls Guide to spending a weekend in Vegas!
- Packing List for Las Vegas – Women’s Guide!
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