Las Vegas is seen by a lot of people as a great place to spend hard-earned money. And we can’t deny that the luxurious atmosphere of the city just makes us want to spend, spend, and spend some more!
Despite being nicknamed Lost Wages by Milton Berle, an American comedian, and actor, you don’t always have to spend money to have fun in Las Vegas! Shocking, I know!
So whether you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to the Entertainment Capital of the World or you live in the area, we’ve prepared a list of 22 things you can do here without paying a single penny!
Ready? Scroll down to find out more!
Even before Disney’s ‘The little Mermaid’ came out, people have been fascinated by these mythical oceanic creatures. Well, if you’re not quite ready to give up on these childhood fantasies yet, make sure to head on over to the Silverton Casino Hotel.
Here, from Thursday to Sunday, you have a chance to view one of the several free, interactive mermaid swims that take place in a 117,000-gallon aquarium. These dazzling mermaids will entertain you and your kids while swimming alongside tropical fish!
The Arts Factory
If you’re in the mood for some art, make sure to visit the Arts Factory, located in the Arts District (where else!?). Here, you’ll find galleries willed with a wide variety of art for which you don’t even have to pay a penny.
But if you do have your wallets ready, check out some shops and bring some of that fabulousness home with you!
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
If you ever feel the need to escape the big city without actually leaving the big city, then the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are perfect for you. The gardens are filled to the brim with floral shows that change every so often, so whenever you visit, there’s a chance you’ll see something new and exciting within the 14,000-square-foot indoor space.
Coca-cola Store Las Vegas
If you’ve long since been a fan of Coca-Cola, then visiting the Coca-Cola Store is an absolute must. Granted, entrance is free, but we don’t expect you’ll be able to leave the store empty-handed.
Take fun pictures with the Coca-Cola Bear or the glass bottle outside the store- you can even pay for a printed photo with the bear, but otherwise, it’s free to snap photos with your phone or camera!
Downtown Art Murals
In the mood for some art of a different kind? Then the affectionately named Downtown Art Murals are waiting for you. This collection of over 30 colorful murals, created by world-renowned artists, have even been featured at the Life Is Beautiful festival, so make sure to feast your eyes on them too!
Head down Seventh Street to take a glimpse at the world’s first 100% solar-powered mural. The installation is powered by solar panels, illuminating it for a fantastic viewing experience. But the art also doubles as an energy supply for the city, too!
Ethel M Chocolates & Cactus Garden
If you’re planning a holiday visit in Nevada, then there’s one place you absolutely have to stop by. The Ethel M Chocolates shop is a great place to stock up on chocolate, but they also offer free self-guided tours. There, you and your family can view not just machines at work, but also chocolatiers!
Aside from the stocking stuffers, also make sure to check out the Cactus Garden, which is always decked out in thousands of colorful lights every holiday season!
Downtown Container Park
For those who need to step out of ordinary life for a little while, we highly recommend checking out the Downtown Container Park- it’s exactly what it sounds like! The multilevel complex is made out of recycled shipping containers. You’ll find a plethora of businesses here, from entertainment to shopping and even dining.
In the middle, there’s a playground for the kids, and a stage that features free performances and concerts, so make sure you stop by in time to catch one!
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Bird lovers, and nature lovers in general, cannot miss the chance to visit the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. Here, you and your family can meet a flock of Chilean flamingos, parrots, swans, ducks, and koi fish while taking a walk among their multiple water features, including waterfalls.
Make sure to visit at either 8 AM or 2 PM to watch the caretakers feed two beloved brown pelicans.
And if you are in the mood for spending some money, you might as well stop by the Flamingo Hotel and Casino!
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
Within Caesars Palace, you’ll find The Forum Shops at Caesars, an indoor mall filled to the brim with luxury brands. There’s just no limit to the opulence you can feast your eyes on- it’s free to visit, but can you hold back on buying some luxury goodies?
The Roman architectural details will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time, while all the shops will keep you firmly rooted in the present. Complete with statues, fountains, marble columns, and a barrel-vaulted ceiling (which, by the way, changes colors just like the sky!), this is truly a shopping mall unlike no other.
Make sure to visit every hour after 11 AM so you won’t miss the Fall of Atlantis show!
Rainstorm & Fountain at Miracle Mile Shops
In the mood for a different kind of shopping experience? Then you have to check out the Rainstorm Show at Miracle Mile Shops. Here, from 10 AM to 11 PM, you’ll see a storm concentrated to a water feature. Make sure your cameras are ready to snap impressive photos of the billowing fog- oh, and you might want to pack an umbrella for when the rain comes!
This show truly is one of a kind!
Fremont Street Experience
For free, live music and light show on the largest video screen in the world (yes, we’re talking about the Viva Vision), head down to Downtown Las Vegas. Here, the Fremont Street Experience truly is an experience unlike no other in the city.
We highly recommend visiting in August for the Downtown Rock free concert series where you can listen to ‘90s and early 2000s music.
The Wallflowers, Collective Soul, Buckcherry, and Cheap Trick have also made appearances here, so if you’re a fan, there’s no better place to visit!
Hand of Faith
In Vegas, there seems to be a real collection of record-breaking stuff. The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is yet another place where you can feast your eyes on a one-of-a-kind item, the Hand of Faith golden nugget.
This 61-pound nugget is the largest in the world. Just think of all the jewelry that can be made out of it!
Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas
Here’s another show you can view for free. The Lake of Dreams, hosted at the Wynn, is a light show featured on the lake’s 20,000 square feet, with the 40-foot waterfall as the centerpiece.
It includes massive robots and giant puppets, too, and it takes place every night, so during your visit to Las Vegas, make sure to squeeze in this attraction in your itinerary.
The LINQ Promenade + Experience
By now, you should be used to the fact that everything in Las Vegas is an experience. Such as The LINQ Promenade + Experience, where you can stroll along the promenade and walk through 3D murals for insane photo ops! Of course, it’s not Vegas if there’s no light show involved, is there? This particular light show spans several features on the promenade.
Most nights, there will also be free live entertainment available for passers-by.
How to get here? Oh, you’re going to have to go past the High Roller, the world’s highest observation wheel! This experience isn’t free, but we highly recommend you check it out while you’re at it.
Live Runway Shows at Fashion Show Mall
You don’t have to fly to Milan or Paris to experience the glamour of fashion shows; you can do so at the Fashion Show Mall. Here, the Live Runway Shows are absolutely free.
They occur regularly, so there’s a high chance of one being organized during your trip. This is a great place for some fashion inspiration with an added caveat- the runway rises from the ground!
A fan of chocolate? Who isn’t!
You don’t have to buy anything to visit the M&M’s World shop in Las Vegas, but we’ll admit that leaving the place without goodies is nearly impossible, so head on over at your own risk!
Here you’ll meet mascots; you can take pictures with life-size M&M character displays and even watch a free 3D movie! It’s a great place to visit if you have small children!
Seven Magic Mountains
The Seven Magic Mountains is an art exhibit by Ugo Rondinone, a Swiss artist who wanted to bring focus to all the colors of the desert by painting the totems striking neon colors and placing them against the dark backdrop of the desert.
You can find these 10 miles south of The Strip for amazing, jaw-dropping pictures that you can feature all over your social media.
Streetmosphere at the Grand Canal Shoppes
Make sure to stop by the Venetian Resort. Once there, drop by the Grand Canal Shoppes and enjoy the living statues, jugglers, singers, and more. These street performers are sure to steal your heart and amaze you, especially with just how well they blend with the surroundings.
The luxury shopping center is actually recreated after St. Mark’s Square in Venice, so you’ll also feel like you’ve boarded a plane and landed in Europe while you’re at it!
You can visit Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall five times a day for out-of-this-world entertainment! Inside, you’ll find a 10-story atrium that houses the Mystic Falls Park, names for the waterfall and surrounding greenery. This is where the stage for Sunset Stampede is set.
It includes lasers, lights, sounds, water, and, of course, animatronic animals!
At the aptly named The Park, you can experience outdoor dining of the highest degree. You’ll find it between Park MGM and New York-New York. Take your pick from the handful of bars and restaurants and listened to live bands or experience special events. Make sure to ask when taking plenty of pictures with all the stunning sculptures and artwork!
There’s even a Hello Kitty pop-up restaurant here that any young girl will just love!
Oh, and speaking of art and sculptures, The Park also features a 40-foot-tall sculpture called Bliss Dance.
The Volcano at the Mirage
Every night, you can visit The Mirage and watch as their iconic volcano erupts, a show that has taken place for 30 years now! Combining drumbeats, smoke, water, and flames, this is one man-made volcano that you absolutely should get up close and personal with!
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
Of course, we couldn’t close off our list without including the world-famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign. We thought we’d remind our readers that visiting it is free! It’s now safer, the access is far easier, and there are also dedicated parks and crosswalks for you to enjoy with your family.
No trip to Vegas is complete without a photo here!
We hope you enjoyed our list! What’s one place you definitely want to visit when you stop by Las Vegas? Or, if you’ve already been there at least once, did some of the attractions you visited make it on our list?
Let us know in the comments down below!
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