Las Vegas isn’t as generous with freebies as it was in the past. The days when casinos handed you free drinks just for standing on the gambling floor or gave buffet passes away like candy are long past.
However, Sin City still offers plenty of free things for you to do and see. Below, you can read about 15 cost-free sources of Vegas entertainment.
1 – See Flamingos at the Wildlife Habitat
The Flamingo Hotel & Casino appropriately features a wildlife habitat that houses Chilean flamingos. You’ll also find exotic fish, pelicans, turtles, and more here.
The habitat itself is quite impressive too. It features a waterfall, rocky ledges, plenty of green space (rare for Vegas), and a small island.
2 – See the Venetian’s Canals
St. Mark’s Square, which is found at The Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian, is modeled after historic Venice. This area features authentic canals that are found both inside and outside of the property.
You can walk by these waterways to get a small taste of southern Europe. Or, you can even pay for a gondola and enjoy a song from the gondolier.
3 – Watch the Bellagio’s Dancing Fountains
The Dancing Fountains in front of the Bellagio represent one of Vegas’ most-recognizable images. You’ve probably seen them in movies or TV shows about Sin City.
The fountains feature 1,200 nozzles that fire water into the Las Vegas sky. This water marvel also includes over 4,500 lights.
You can even watch shows at the Dancing Fountains every 30 minutes in the daytime or 15 minutes at night.
4 – Check Out the Mirage’s Volcano
The Mirage boasts an artificial volcano that explodes at 8pm and 9pm every night. During explosions, fire and water are sent soaring to give the impression that the volcano is really erupting.
Luckily, this is one volcanic eruption that you can survive. But it looks and sounds so real that you may still find yourself unnerved.
5 – See Wynn’s Lake of Dreams
Unlike the Bellagio, the Wynn doesn’t get much attention for their fountains. But they do have fairly impressive waterworks, nonetheless.
You’ll find the Lake of Dreams at the corner of Sands Avenue and the Vegas Strip. The fountains run nonstop throughout the day and night.
6 – Spot Mermaids at Silverton
The Silverton casino features a Mermaid Lounge bar and accompanying aquarium. Holding 117,000 gallons of water, this tanks features sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, and other aquatic life.
Women dressed as mermaids also swim in the shark-free portions of the tank. They perform dancing shows at various points of the day too.
7 – Walk Around and Go Sightseeing
You don’t necessarily have to plan anything specific to have fun in Las Vegas. Instead, you can just start walking and enjoy the sights.
The Strip is definitely the best place to walk around in terms of visual stimulation. It boasts massive resorts that are fashioned into everything from a pyramid (Luxor) to the Eiffel Tower (Paris).
You can head to other areas too, such as nearby Henderson and downtown Vegas. However, you should get acquainted with Las Vegas Boulevard before anything else.
8 – Drink Free Wine
Sin City is well known for expensive drinks. But did you know that you can actually drink for free here without playing casino games?
Multiple places throughout the city offer taste testing. Esther’s Kitchen in the Downtown Arts District is one such place.
You can request to try anything for free at Esther’s. Of course, they’d appreciate you eventually buying something before finding the bottom of a bottle.
9 – Hike in Red Rock Canyon
Located to the west of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon offers plenty of recreational opportunities. It’s the perfect spot for getting a morning hike in before the Nevada heat picks up.
If you’re not used to the desert, you should love the rocky scenery. You might also come across coyotes and other wildlife during your hike.
10 – Listen to Elvis Perform for Free
Elvis is long gone, but his memory lives on in Sin City. This memory is especially kept alive through Big Elvis’ performances at Harrah’s Piano Bar.
This hefty impersonator of “The King” puts on shows every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Big Elvis represents a great opportunity to see a Vegas performer for free.
11 – Watch the World’s Largest LED Screen TV on Freemont Street
Located downtown, Freemont Street offers plenty of attractions. Viva Vision is definitely one of its most-notable features.
This 1,400-foot-long canopy drapes over the Freemont Street Experience and offers the world’s biggest LED screen. You can enjoy segments on this massive TV as you’re walking down the street.
12 – Enjoy Free Concerts on Freemont Street
Free rock concerts are another aspect to like about the Fremont Street Experience. The area offers three stages that can feature rock bands at any time of day.
You’ll especially want to look for these concerts during the summer when the bigger acts play. Bret Michaels and Melissa Etheridge are a couple of the big names that have performed here.
13 – Enjoy the Bellagio’s Botanical Garden
Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens gives you a chance to see countless flowers spread across a 14,000-square-foot area.
This spot is extremely popular for taking pictures. It’s also conveniently located in the heart of the Vegas Strip.
14 – Instagram Yourself by the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
Found on the south end of the Strip, the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is well recognized throughout the world. You can get a selfie next to this sign and post it on Instagram for your friends and family to see.
Costumed performers (e.g. Elvis) often hang out around this sign and are willing to pose for pictures with you. But they’ll expect a tip for a pic.
15 – See the Fall of Atlantis at Caesars
Located at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, the “Fall of Atlantis” is yet another free show that you can catch in Sin City. There’s a good reason why it’s free: the Fall of Atlantis isn’t the best production in town.
Nevertheless, this production does offer some nice theatrics in the form of flames and roaring dragons. All in all, the Fall of Atlantis is worth at least one watch.
You could organize an entire trip around the 15 suggestions covered above and not have to spend a dime. Well, you may at least want to pay for transportation every now and then – but that’s it.
Another option involves mixing in free entertainment options along with those you’ll be paying for.
You might want to go ziplining on Freemont Street and drive racecars. However, you can also visit the Flamingo’s wildlife habitat and Bellagio’s botanical gardens during your downtime.
In summary, you can enjoy much of Vegas on a budget. Sure, you may not be able to dine at steakhouses every night and stay in the penthouse, but you’ll at least enjoy much of what Sin City has to offer.