You can easily spend a bundle of money when you visit Las Vegas. There are also plenty of free options for entertainment. Some will captivate you for hours, while others will only fill a few minutes. In any case, this list of 25 free things to do in Las Vegas will help ease the pressure on your pocket book.
- Drink Free
Source: Caesar's Blog
When you gamble anywhere in Las Vegas, your drinks are free (usually). Cocktail service might be intermittent and they buzz by quickly, so keep an eye out. Some bars have a minimum play amount, so ask the bartender. A $1 tip per drink is recommended.
- Fremont Street Experience
You can enjoy several hours of fun at this pedestrian friendly, outdoor venue. There is a variety of free entertainment, including a unique light and music show displayed on the overhead canopy, street performers and free concerts. This is a fantastic place for people watching!
- Golden Nugget
Source: Gate to Adventures
If you're in the area, pop into the Golden Nugget to see the largest gold nugget in the world and take a peek at The Tank Pool. The Hand of Faith, a 61 pound gold nugget, is on display. You can also view the pool area with a water slide going directly through a shark tank.
- Container Park
Source: Vegas Seven
Enjoy free concerts, movies, a children's park and more at this open air venue. The entire center is built from shipping containers and offers a range of shopping, restaurants and bars.
- Downtown Arts District
Source: Papillion Art
Local artists display their work at unique venues in this area. On "First Fridays" each month, join the festivities with local art, visual performances, experiential activities, music, food and more.
- Pawn Stars' Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
Visit the "Pawn Stars" reality TV show location and explore the pawn shop for yourself.
- The Auto Collections at The Link
Source: Mod Traveler
If you’re into classic cars, a visit to the World's Finest Classic Car Showroom is worth going out of your way for. This huge collection features vehicles from celebrities like Johnny Carson, as well as vehicles from Presidents, First Ladies, Princes and Princesses.
- Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo
Source: Exploring Las Vegas
In the midst of the desert and glitz of The Las Vegas Strip, you'll find this refuge for an assortment of wildlife including exotic birds, fish and turtles. Naturally, you'll see beautiful pink flamingos.
- Lake of Dreams at Wynn
Source: Wynn Las Vegas
The Lake of Dreams, with a 40 foot waterfall, is spectacular on it's own. In the evening, the Wynn gives visitors several leisurely vantage points to view a stunning show with music, imagery, holographics and puppetry.
- Bellagio Fountains
Watch the Bellagio Fountains come to life during this delightful show of dancing fountains, set to music and lights.
- Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
Source: Bellagio Las Vegas
This beautiful attraction of flowers, trees and plants is transformed each season by a team of talented horticulturists and designers.
- Volcano Eruption at Mirage
Feel the heat when you experience this powerful simulated volcano eruption featuring massive amounts of water, fire, lights and music. Erupts at 8pm and 9pm nightly, also at 10pm Friday and Saturday.
- Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Palace Forum Shops
Source: Diary Growing Boy
Observe as the lights come down and statues come to life. This animatronic mini play is worth checking out if you're in the area, especially if you're up for a little shopping anyway.
- Rainstorm Show at Miracle Mile Shops
Source: USA Today
This cool little indoor rainstorm show is a fascinating sight. If you're up for a stroll through the Miracle Mile shops in Planet Hollywood, you might catch this brief show in action.
- Circus Acts at Circus Circus
Source: Canadian Traveller
Catch a classic circus performance under the Big Top. Circus Circus features trapeze artists, acrobats, jugglers and more.
- M&M's World
Source: A Vegas Guide
This 4 story venue features all things M&M's and a 3D movie that shows daily. It's free to visit, however it is a retail shop so be prepared.
- Hershey's Chocolate World
Source: New York New York Hotel & Casino
This 2 story Hershey venue is inside the New York New York. It features a Bake Shoppe, Jolly Rancher Flavor Wall and more. This is an entertaining retail shop.
- Hoover Dam
Source: Choice Hotels
Take a morning or afternoon to explore this giant wonder that separates the Colorado River from Lake Mead. Drive over the dam or park and walk. Fee tours are also available.
- Red Rock Canyon
Source: Thousand Wonders
Take a hike or scenic drive in this active desert environment. The red clay rock makes gorgeous scenery and you may even spot a mule.
- Mount Charleston
Source: Tours Factory
Enjoy a cool hike, picnic or scenic drive in this mountain desert environment. In the summer, this is a great place to escape the Vegas heat.
- Springs Preserve
This venue features free trails, natural gardens, desert botanical gardens, a butterfly habitat and a fascinating solar house. There are also fee areas, including interactive museum exhibits.
- Ethel M Chocolate
Source: Review Journal
Visit the Viewing Aisle to see chocolatiers in action, depending on the time of day. Check their website for the best times to come. You can also experience a self guided tour of one of the largest botanical cactus gardens in the world.
- Silverton Aquarium
Source: Silverton Casino
Observe tropical fish, stingrays, sharks and mermaids!!! The adjacent Bass Pro Shops features fresh water aquariums with koi, trout, channel catfish, carp and bass. There is also a flowing canyon river with ducks, turtles, bluegills and sturgeon. While it won't consume hours of your day, this is a favorite free attraction, especially if you have little kids.
- Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV
View a variety of art and culture collections and special exhibitions, including the Las Vegas Art Museum collection. Entry is free with a suggested donation of $2-$5.
- Donna Beam Art Gallery at UNLV
This gallery hosts changing exhibitions that can be viewed by the public. Exhibitions may include one person or group shows, theme shows and juried competitions.
You don’t have to spend infinite amounts of money to enjoy Las Vegas. Fill in some of your travel agenda with these free activities and go home with a little more money in your pocket.