A trip to Las Vegas would not be complete without thrilling adventures and, of course, gambling. But when you run out of gambling money, what do you do? Don’t fret. There are plenty of free things to do in Las Vegas. The good news is that you don’t have to be a high-roller to get the full Las Vegas experience. You can still have tons of fun without having to open your wallet.
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located 17 miles west of Las Vegas. Embark on a hike to view tons of plants, animals and unique geologic features. Some of the best trails for hiking include Turtlehead Peak Trail, Calico Tanks Trail, Pine Creek Canyon Trail, and First Creek Trail.
Enjoy a free show featuring a combination of music, light and water at the Bellagio. It is one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas. The shows are choreographed to more than 30 different songs. Monday through Friday there is a show every half hour from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight.
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From live entertainment to concerts and Viva Vision light shows, there is always something exciting happening on Freemont Street. View the world’s largest functioning fire hydrant and visit the Burlesque Hall of Fame.
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Go shopping, grab a bite to eat and enjoy entertainment all at the LINQ Promenade. Hop on the High Roller, a 500-foot observation wheel and endure 360 degree views of Las Vegas. Hotels in close proximity include the Flamingo Las Vegas and The LINQ hotel & Casino.
Believe it or not Vegas is not all about gambling and recreational adventures. It is actually home to some incredible contemporary art. The Cosmopolitan Hotel houses some amazing works both established and emerging artists. Some of the collections include The Talon Club, works reflecting the playful escapade one embarks on in the city and the nostalgia of the Rat Pack era and showgirl glamour; WALLWORKS, which incorporates murals and graffiti; and the Golden Age of Glam exhibition, which celebrates the glitz, glamour, and fabulousness of Las Vegas's entertainment history.
This is a 9-foot-tall cat structure, just like the ones you often see waving at you from the front door of some stores. Called the Lucky Cat, currently residing at the Cosmopolitan, it dispenses, free of charge, fortunes to anyone who puts his or her hand on its paw. You can win free drinks, free slot plays (which is why only people 21 and older can touch the cat), tickets to a concert at the hotel, and even room nights.
The crystal starburst that lights up the shops at night will leave you in awe. It is located at Bally's Las Vegas, at the intersection of the Las Vegas Strip and Flamingo Road. The spectacle starts at 9 p.m. and midnight. The crystal-bedazzled starburst drops 55 feet from its perch above the Grand Bazaar Shops. The sky-high installation is made of 900 custom-cut Swarovski crystal spheres and 1,800 points of LED light. They are choreographed to sync with original music from around the globe.
They won’t be the original versions, but you’ll still see replicas of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas. You can also take a gondola ride, just like in Venice, at the Venetian Hotel, or walk through St. Mark’s Square. To see Italy’s world-famous Lake Como, go to the Bellagio. You can even “visit” New York if you’ve never been there – the New York-New York offers its own version of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Central Park.
This is a side of Vegas you didn’t expect to see. The open-air shopping center, filled with boutique retail shops and live entertainment, is made of, as the name suggests, shipping containers. Check out the new outdoor family movie series. Take the kids to the iconic Treehouse, a one-of-a-kind environment where they can have fun and explore their creativity. Special features include a 33-foot-tall slide and oversized foam building blocks. For all events, click here.
If you go to pretty much any Hard Rock Café all you will see as a décor are guitars and platinum records. The one in Vegas offers a lot more. Its lobby is like a rock history museum. You’ll get to see a drum set from Def Leppard, dresses and outfits that Prince and Madonna have worn, as well as exhibits honoring Imagine Dragons and other artists who have performed there.
The CBS Television City Research Center is located inside the MGM Grand hotel-casino at the south end of the Strip where Las Vegas Boulevard meets Tropicana Avenue. You can get to play an executive for one day and help decide which shows are put on the air and which ones end up in the waste bin by watching series pilots and rating them. Participants enter a drawing for a state-of-the-art home-theater system.
Voted by Trip Advisor as one of the best pools in the U.S., Mandalay Bay’s aquatic playground features 2,700 tons of real sand and a 1.6-million-gallon wave pool. The outdoor playground also includes a lazy river. After dark, the Beach plays host to outdoor concerts and other special events. Most hotels give guests free access to their pools.
Launched by MGM Resorts, The Park is 3 acres between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York, adjacent to the T-Mobile Arena. It is technically a walkway and is designed as a place to take a nice break from the Strip. Free outdoor entertainment includes acoustic guitarists and performance artists. The Bliss Dance sculpture and water walls are The Park’s highlights.
You can’t go to the fabulous Las Vegas without taking a picture by its most iconic sign and one of its most iconic destinations in general. The famous neon Welcome sign was designed in 1959 by Betty Willis, who never actually copyrighted it. It was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.