The Best Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

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    Cheap and Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

    The Fountains of Bellagio is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music.
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    Free is always good and Las Vegas has its share of free stuff for visitors so make sure to take advantage of as much as possible because gambling, cocktails and shows might put a crimp in your budget. Before you get started make sure to take a look at a few more options to save money in Las Vegas:

    Parking is no longer free in Las Vegas but there are still plenty of other places to get something for nothing or at least get it for next to nothing.

    Stand outside of the Bellagio Hotel and experience the best free show in Las Vegas. Every fifteen minutes listen to the fountains dance as the music transports you to an outdoor showroom. Bellagio Fountains are both free and very entertaining.

    If you are looking for cheap options at a specific hotel check the hotel by hotel guide to Cheap in Las Vegas.

    After the free show walk inside and have a...MORE mind blowing meal at Le Cirque or lounge like a big shot at HYDE Bellagio. If you are still looking for a good deal the Bellagio Gardens are free and a good way to spend an hour in Las Vegas. Walk around the corner and check out the giant chocolate fountain at Jean Philippe or be amazed by the Dale Chihuly glass ceiling in the lobby.

    Walk toward the tram and hop on for a free ride to CityCenter where you can see the free art as well as window shop at Crystals Shopping center.

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    Drinks Are Still Free in Las Vegas

    As you may know drinks are free in Las Vegas as long as you're dropping money into a machine or playing at one of the table games. You can, however, score free drinks if you're watching someone else play or if you're just standing around in the Casino. The trick is to tip well. It sounds simple but if you're sitting at the 25 cent slots tip the waitress $2 dollars and I will guarantee you she will be back by the time your next drink needs to be ordered.

    Free drinks are not yet extinct but do not be surprised if you sit at a video poker machine and are told you have not played enough for a free cocktail. The policy is slowly changing on free drinks in Las Vegas.

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    Free in Vegas: Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

    The Las Vegas Sign
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    Is this a free attraction in Las Vegas?  Well, all I can say is that you'll see plenty of people at the sign getting their picture taken. There is a small parking lot to make it easy to stop on your way in or out of town and all of your friends will be jealous when they see your status update with a view of Las Vegas.

    So, yes it tourists attraction and it is free so give your phone to someone and resist the selfie with the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.

    The welcome to Las Vegas sign is located near the south end of the Las Vegas strip near the Mandalay Bay Resort. The besttime to visit is in the early evening when the lights are on.

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    The Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas is Free

    The Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas is not a huge attraction but you will see a few Chilean flamingos and it is another free thing to do on the Las Vegas strip. As the animals get fed, staff from the Wildlife Habitat answer questions and deliver some fun facts that kids will love and parents will appreciate. There is an opportunity to feed the fish and you'll see some of the wildlife roaming the grounds freely.

    If the wildlife is not exciting enough walk into Carlos 'n Charlies at Flamingo Resort and people watch there. You will be surprised as to just how much tequila a person can drink.


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    Yes, Garage Art at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Is Free Of Charge

    There are quite a few reasons to head over to the Cosmopolitan Hotel but if you are looking for a free reason, skip the hotel and head to the parking garage. Walk toward the check-in desk and find the elevators that go down to the self park area. WALLWORKS is four site-specific artist murals, which are located in The Cosmopolitan's parking garage on levels B2 through B5. The commissioned murals are by four major figures in contemporary art: Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Kenny Scharf and Shinique Smith.

    UPDATE: While the art is free parking in this garage is no longer free. Walk here instead of paying to park.



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    Hoover Dam From Las Vegas Is Almost Free

    Hoover Dam Over Colorado River During Dusk
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    The Hoover Dam is free but you will pay for parking in the parking structure on the Nevada side. From what I hear there is free parking on the Arizona side but it requires a long walk . If you visit in the summer months the temperatures can be on the high side so saving yourself the money on parking might require a strenuous walk. River tours exist but for the price catch a view of the river down below from high up above.

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    The Free Circus at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

    I still head to this Circus to see a free show more times than I'd like to admit. The show is about 15 minutes long and you get a decent view of the performers. The best part is that it is free and if you want to stick around for the next show you can just wait around until the next showtime. This is one of the original free shows in Las Vegas and it is still worth a visit.

    See a few pictures of the free show at Circus Circus Hotel


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    The Auto Collections at LINQ Las Vegas Requires A Coupon To Be Free

    If you love cars and you are partial to spending an afternoon walking around a very impressive collection you will really appreciate the Auto Collection at LINQ Las Vegas.  You will have to go to their website to get a free ticket. Just print out the coupon and you will get free admission and access to this large collection of vehicles that are also for sale.

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    Free in Las Vegas: The Downtown Container Park

    Downtown Container Park
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     While this Downtown Las Vegas attraction is indeed free you should know that the shops and restaurants located around the space can in fact be expensive. However, the main draw at the Downtown Container Park is the giant tree house and yes, that is free!  So, maybe you won't eat here but you can easily amuse yourself on the giant tube slide and some of the interactive activities in the play area. This spot is not just for kids.

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    World Class Art For Free at CityCenter Fine Art Collection

    City Center Fine Art Collection Las Vegas
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    The art at CityCenter is a broad combination of style and media from sculptures and paintings to large scale installations. The Fine Art collection is located throughout CityCenter with installations both indoors and out to create a roving gallery of masterpieces that can be viewed by visitors and guests alike. Imagine for yourself a 67 acre gallery where the art is incorporated into the architecture, into the public spaces and into the retail and entertainment districts. There is a free app that helps you navigate the artwork as well.

    See pictures of the Fine Art Collection at CityCenter Las Vegas


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    The Volcano in Las Vegas at the Mirage Hotel Erupts Free of Charge

    The erupting volcano in front of the Mirage Hotel is still just as impressive today as it was when I saw it erupting on opening night some 20+ years ago. They have have upgraded the look and the fire seems as though it shoots even higher in the air but it remains one of the best free things to do and see in Las Vegas.

    If you consider how long this attraction has been up and running it is safe to say that it is now among the last of the old attractions on the Las Vegas strip. Every generation has its set of memorable locations in Las Vegas and this is one of them for the current generation. I don't think it will disappear like the Sands and the Dunes and the Desert Inn but you never know.

    The show happens nightly and people still line up to see it.

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    Slots of Fun Las Vegas Is Cheap

    Cheap gambling, cheap food and cheap drinks all lead to a great time while spending a small amount of money. Sit at a table playing low limits and the drinks keep coming all night long. If you are on a tight budget this is a place where the fun is always going to cost you less.

    If you still are looking for a good, cheap place to gamble try Bally's or the Downtown Casinos such as Golden Gate, Fremont and The D. Not everyone has ridiculous limits but the smaller places tend to be more kind to those of us who are slightly less heavy in the wallet.

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    Free Things to Do in Las Vegas: Fremont Street Experience Downtown Las Vegas

    The lights are bright above Downtown Las Vegas as the Fremont Street Experience dazzles and entertains you nightly. The show is free and Downtown Las Vegas comes alive every half hour. Grab yourself a cheap hot dog and a shrimp cocktail and enjoy the light show.

    Downtown Las Vegas has low room rates, low limit tables and one of the best free shows in town.

    Stroll up and down Fremont street and you'll find drink specials, food specials and even a couple of places where some of those adult attractions that Las Vegas is famous for come at a decent price. Live music happens daily for free on Fremont street.

    Head to Fremont East and see what Downtown Las Vegas has become. This might change your opinion of this once forgotten Las Vegas destination.

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    Carnaval Court at Harrah's Las Vegas

    The one place in Las Vegas where you can bet on a festive environment and a good dose of nightlife is Caranaval Court at Harrah's Las Vegas. This is not a full blown Vegas nightclub experience, it is more of an outdoor festival experience where people are dancing, laughing and not caught up in having to stand behind a velvet rope before they go in.

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    Free Things to Do in Las Vegas: Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio

    Bellagio Gardens
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    The display is ever changing and you'll be surprised at how quickly they can move from season to season. Take a walk thought the garden and work on your photo taking skills. Make sure to look for the little details as the display seems to have so much going on it can be easy to overlook just how much effort it takes to make it look so good.

    If you see someone that looks official ask them about the display and you'll get so many fun facts that you'll be blown away by how knowledgeable the staff is that works on these displays. This is a labor of love for these talented people and they usually are more than happy to share their info.

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    Red Rock Canyon

    You will have to pay $7 to get your car into the park but that is almost free when you consider the options available at Red Rock Canyon.  This is a family friendly spot as well as a great spot for the adventure junkie in you. Hike, climb, bike or just enjoy the outdoors only 20 minutes from the Las Vegas strip.

    In the summer months it is best to get there early to avoid the heat but outside of May through September this park is a delightful respite from the craziness of the Las Vegas strip. Hike in a slot canyon or take in the views from way up high. You'll be surprised by how far removed Las Vegas feels from Red Rock Canyon.

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    Stratosphere Tower

    The Stratosphere Tower
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    If you want to get to the top of the Stratosphere Tower but you don't want to pay for a ticket just decide on an meal at Top of the World (not free or cheap) or consider happy hour at Level 107 Lounge.  You'll get the great views for free along with some impressive drink specials and food deals.


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    Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas

    If you have a meal at SW Steakhouse or Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas you'll get the full show at the Lake of Dreams but that will cost you. Instead, head down to Parasol Down and walk out to the patio and take a look. You might have to buy a drink if you plan on sitting  but if you just want to see the show stand off to the side wait for the talking frog to show up.

    If you need a romantic nightcap this lends itself for a special conversation or a long evening of chit chat.

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    Polaroid Fotobar Museum Now Photo & Go

    The Polaroid Fotobar at the LINQ Las Vegas
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    The Polaroid Fotobar at The LINQ Las Vegas is great if you want to put some of your images in that iconic Polaroid frame but if you are a fan of the Polaroid as a whole you are in for a treat as they have a museum upstairs.  Stroll through displays that celebrate photographers that use the Polaroid format and take a look at images that help define the Polaroid brand.

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    Free Things to Do in Las Vegas: Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian Hotel Las Vegas

    A Gondola at the Grand Canal Shoppes
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    You can spend a lot of time at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel without ever spending any money. Take a long walk though the corridors of this mall, watch the gondolas go past or sit in the square and listen to the music. You can, however, have a cheap meal at the food court  that shouldn’t set you back too much or try the food at Canonita. Each of these places have items on their menu that will not leave you searching for the ATM.

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    Free in Las Vegas: Ethel M Chocolate Factory

    If you have a car, making the quick trip out to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory is enjoyable and a sweet treat. The factory tour is free and the desert botanical garden is also a worthy attraction that is also free of charge.

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    Free Things to Do in Las Vegas: Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

    There is so much to see and do at the Forum Shops and it is free. Stroll through the massive mall and see the talking statues, eat at one of the many great restaurants or buy some souvenirs.

    The cheap stuff at the Forum Shops? The Cheesecake Factory, heaping portions and quality food. If you are looking for a little more upscale try Spago where for the price you really get more than you pay for. The middle ground when it comes to eating cheap at the Forum Shops is Trevi, good food and great people watching in the center of the Forum Shops. Share some meals and you are saving money.

    Cheap shopping at the Forum Shops? It doesn’t exist; there are some hidden away bargain racks at Banana Republic and the Gap. Window shopping is free and the stroll is worth a few hours of your time. If nothing else, your time spent sightseeing might save you some money because you are away from the tables.

    If I'm you, I'm having a cigar and a Mojito at Casa Fuente during happy hour or sharing a family...MORE style meal at Carmines.