Are there really free things to do in Las Vegas? Although Vegas is often considered one of those vacation spots that can break the bank (expensive hotels, celebrity chef restaurants, and of course gambling), it can actually also be a very inexpensive trip!
It’s true that the days of 99-cent shrimp cocktails and comps galore are for the most part gone, but there are still plenty of fun and free attractions on the Las Vegas strip. You just have to know where to look …
Free Outdoor Things to do in Las Vegas
Luckily, the weather in Las Vegas is lovely most of the year, so even if you hit a hot or cold period, you’ll probably have at least a small window of decent weather to enjoy these fun freebies!
1. The Fountains of Bellagio
If you spend any time on the strip, you’d be hard-pressed to miss the gorgeous fountains in front of the Bellagio hotel. And since they are free, it’s well worth your time to stop and enjoy them for a bit.
Although the times vary throughout the year, they are typically running every 15 to 30 minutes. You’ll enjoy over 1000 fountains spanning more than 1000 feet with various displays set to music. It’s really quite a majestic and beautiful site.
Insider tip: grab a glass of wine at a nearby casino and take your time enjoying the show!
2. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
A lovely break from the hustle and bustle of the strip is to stop in the Flamingo casino and head out back to the always-free Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. This stop is definitely tops on the list of free things to do in Las Vegas.
With a variety of pools, meandering paths, and of course flamingos (along with other wildlife), it’s a nice respite from the high-rise hotels and smoky bars nearby. If you time it right, you can also enjoy talks with the keepers several times a day – and learn a little about the habitat and the wildlife that live there.
Insider tip: I like to visit in the morning. I’ll grab a coffee and scone from a nearby Starbucks or Dunkin and enjoy breakfast with the birds!
Related post: How to get FREE Starbucks and Dunkin gift cards – perfect for using when visiting Las Vegas!
3. Walk the strip
Walking the Las Vegas strip is my favorite free thing to do! It’s interesting no matter what time of the day, and you’ll never run out of things to see and experience. So grab your walking shoes and walk from one end to the other!
From street performers to people watching, there is no place quite like it in the world. If you need to slow down your gambling with a free activity, spend a little time outside walking. You can peek into the various casinos, or if the weather is nice grab a bench or sit on a wall for some excellent people-watching.
The casinos are pretty amazing – especially the themed ones like New York New York or Exalibar, and it’s easy to take some amazing photos – day or night. All for free!
Related post: If you get hungry while walking the strip, check out the hidden pizza joint in the Cosmopolitan – it’s the best pizza on the strip and surprisingly affordable!
4. Lake of Dreams at the Wynn Casino
The Lake of Dreams show at the Wynn Casino is a bit off the beaten path but is well worth searching out.
Located in the Wynn near the SW Steakhouse and Parasol Down lounge, this free show consists of a waterfall, lights, music, and puppets. Sounds fun, right? The show runs nightly (after dusk) about every half hour, so time your visit appropriately.
Insider tip: If you want to feel really fancy, grab a cocktail at one of the lounges and enjoy the best viewing. However, if you still want to keep this a free experience, skip the cocktail and search for a spot where you can see most of the show!
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Free Indoor Things to do in Las Vegas
5. Bellagio Conservatory and Botantical Garden
Once you’ve finished enjoying the Fountains at Bellagio, head inside the casino to check out the conservatory and botanical garden. The 14,000-square-foot garden is decorated year-round with thousands of lush plants.
Every season the gardens change, so you can easily enjoy a new version each time you visit Las Vegas. It’s a wonderful place to take pictures and can be a peaceful break from the noisy casinos.
While you are at the Bellagio, check out the Chihuly glass ceiling at the registration desk. It’s stunning!
Insider tip: the conservatory can get pretty crowded during busy times, so if you’d like to take pictures, arrive early in the day when the heavy-duty gamblers and night owls are still asleep!
6. Rainstorm at the Miracle Mile Shops
Wait, what? Rain as an inside attraction in Las Vegas? Yep, you can witness a rainstorm inside the Miracle Mile Shops (connected to Planet Hollywood).
Once every hour or half-hour (depending upon the time and day of the week), right in the middle of the mall (near Ocean One Bar & Grill) is an indoor rainstorm. Although it’s interesting for anyone, little kids and even teens especially get a kick out of this free attraction.
Insider tip: The Miracle Mile Shops are one of the BEST places to still get an affordable breakfast in Las Vegas. Check out my post on 10 Fun Things to do in Vegas for $20 or less to learn about my favorite breakfast spot!
7. Catch a show at the Fashion Show Mall
At the end of the strip across from the Wynn and Encore, you’ll see the massive Fashion Show Mall. Not only can you find amazing shopping, restaurants, and some excellent happy hours at this location, if you time it right, you can enjoy a free live fashion show.
The first time we caught a show, I was amazed at the retractable runway. It literally rises out of the floor of the mall. Pretty darn cool!
If you enjoy fashion – or just checking out something different, this is a fun option – and worth seeing at least once!
As someone who loves heading to Vegas at least once or twice a year, it’s helpful to have a list of fun free things to do in Las Vegas. Without interspersing some of these free activities, we’d go broke after our first day!
What are your favorite free activities in Las Vegas?
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