32 Free Things To Do In Las Vegas

February 6, 2015

Las Vegas, fittingly labeled as "Sin City”, is an extravagant destination where a lot of travelers break their bank, max out their credit cards, and even lose all of their children’s college funds. Let’s face it, Vegas is a quite an expensive place to visit, with all its overpriced shows, expensive attractions, big-ticket nightclubs, and of course, colorful casinos.

But, in the midst of all the glitz, glamour and high rollers of the Las Vegas Strip are surprisingly a number of delightful things that won’t cost you a dollar.  I know it’s hard to believe, but the word “Free” is still used a lot in Sin City. As a matter of fact, the city’s famous casinos and resorts alone are a sensory piece de resistance, with tons music, shows, fountains and lights that you can enjoy for free.

Planning a trip to Las Vegas? Here are a few amazing attractions and experiences in Sin City that won’t cost you a dime.

1. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, heralded as one of the top attractions in Las Vegas, is a quaint utopia stocked with turtles, exotic fish and lovely birds like the Chilean flamingos.

2. A self-guided tour to Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Do you love chocolates and sugary goodies? Then, a visit to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory would surely fill the bill for your sweet tooth. As you visit this chocolate wonderland, you get to experience a free self-guided tour to its factory as well as well as the verdant Botanical Cactus Garden. Of course, the factory would also handout a few samples of its luscious chocolate treats.

Additional information:

Tours to the gardens and factory are available Monday to Thursday, from 8:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon.

3. Enjoy the blissfully sweet freebies of M&M’s World  

Speaking of sugary stuff, make sure to swing by M&M’s World, which is a shrine dedicated to M&M’s iconic candies. Here, not only will you get to enjoy free samples of the brand’s latest products, but you also get see a host of dynamic exhibits, such as 3-D movies, a race car replica of M&M’s NASCAR, and a mood analyzer.

4. Hershey’s Chocolate World

The Hershey’s Chocolate World, although it has steep prices for candies, is still a worthy stopover for people who are looking for wonderful freebies in Las Vegas. You won’t get gratis chocolates or even discounted rates for its candies, but there are plenty of free interactive experiences across Hershey’s Chocolate World. Plus, it has a plethora of beautiful sights, such as the 800-pound Statue of Liberty replica made from Hershey’s Milk Chocolate.

5. Free barnyard tour

Get a free guided barnyard tour in Anderson Dairy, and get a deeper insight of the history of dairy processing in Las Vegas. With its colored lights, bucolic farm scenery and animatronic animals, kids will definitely dig this tour, even if they aren't fond of history.

Additional information

  • - Suitable for children who are two to eleven years of age.
  • - Make sure to call them in advance, to schedule a tour.

 6. Lied Library Special Collections in UNLV

Delve into the gripping history of gambling and gaming in Las Vegas by viewing the exhibits and documents displayed at UNLV’s Lied Library Special Collections.

Additional information:

Open Mondays to Fridays from 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon.

7. Marjorie Barrick Museum of National History

Visit the Marjorie Barrick Museum of National History, and feast your eyes on its impressive presentations regarding ancient Mexico’s history, desert life, as well as the history of cultures of American-Indian in the US.

8. Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is an open-air treasure trove that houses and preserves the old neon signs from the city’s past.

9. Trifecta Gallery

Schedule your trip to Las Vegas during the month’s first Friday, and catch sight of the contemporary illustrations and representational paintings displayed at Trifecta Gallery.

10. Be amazed by the street performers in Saint Mark’s Square

From stilt walkers and living statues to puppeteers and magicians, the Saint Mark’s Square is bursting with street performers that delight and dazzle throngs of people with their intriguing artistic acts.

11. Free jazz concerts in Las Vegas

Check out Las Vegas Jazz Society’s schedule to find out which of their concerts are offered for free.

12. Watch a fashion show

Be one of the first people to get a glimpse of the trendiest and latest fashion trends in the country, by watching the live fashion runway shows presented by the Fashion Show Mall’s stores. Every Sunday, Saturday, and Friday, the mall hosts a live fashion show that showcases gorgeous models walking down an 80-foot runway wearing designer clothing and items from Macy’s Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many more.

13. Free circus shows

The Circus Circus Hotel and Casino has a daily free circus show that features clowns, magicians, trapeze artists, aerialists and high-wire walkers.

14. Medieval entertainment at Excalibur Casino

Fond of Medieval stories and entertainment? Then, make sure to include this stop to your list of free things to do in Las Vegas. 

15. Free concerts from Dollface

On Thursdays and Fridays, Dollface, an eye-catching all-girl band, performs for free at the Excalibur Lounge.

16. Live piano music in Bally’s

The Indigo Lounge in Bally’s is a cozy venue to sit down, relax and enjoy melodious live piano music.

17. More live music in Bellagio

When the sun goes down in Las Vegas, make your way to the Baccarat Bar in Bellagio, and listen to the cool live music from Shelly Taylor, David Osbourne, and other music acts.

18. MGM Grand’s free passes

Go to MGM Grand’s Centrifuge, and take pleasure in their free shows that involve choreographed dance and progressive music routines.

19. Piano duels in Las Vegas

Watch the best pianists in the city battle it out and showcase their talents at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

20. MIX Lounge’s live DJ music

A visit to the MIX Lounge in Mandalay Bay lets you relax on a super cushy couch, and listen to free live DJ music. What’s more, the lounge offers breathtaking panoramic views of Las Vegas.

21. Free entertainment at Fremont Street

The Fremont Street has more than a dozen of free special events, parties and concerts every month.

22. Magic shows in Las Vegas 

Las Vegas hosts a plethora of free magic shows in venues like:

  • The Venetian Hotel and Casino Grand Canal Shoppes
  • New York New York hotel and Casino
  • Circus Circus Hotel and Casino
  • MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

  • 23. Free drinks at Stateside Lounge

    Every Wednesday, the Stateside Lounge gives free drinks to all its female patrons from nine to eleven in the evening. Men, meanwhile, can enjoy free drinks on Thursday also from nine to eleven in the evening.

    24. Free karaoke

    Visit Woody’s Bar and Grill on a Wednesday evening, and get a chance to sing your favorite karaoke songs without spending a dime.

    25. Sunset Stampede

    Treat your senses with the Sunset Stampede, a spellbinding music, laser and water show in the Mystic Falls Park.

    Additional information

    The Sunset Stampede takes place every day at the following times:

  • 2pm
  • 6pm
  • 8pm
  • 10pm

  • 26. Man-made volcanic eruptions

    A spectacular display of smoke, lava shoots and fire happens every night in Mirage's 16-meter artificial volcano.

    27. Re-creations of the greatest landmarks in Paris

    Have you been to Paris?  While the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Louvre still stand grandly on the grounds of France’s capital, tourists can take pictures of replicas of some of Paris’s most monumental landmarks at the Las Vegas Strip.

    28. The Atlantis Show in the Forum Shops  

    With its mind-blowing effects, thunderous sounds and neon lights, the Forum Shops’ Atlantis Show is truly a scintillating experience that you must try when visiting Las Vegas.

    29. Bellagio’s Fountains

    No list of the best free attractions in Las Vegas is complete without the inclusion of the famous Fountains of Bellagio. Known for its wonderfully choreographed jaw-dropping water shows, these fountains have been celebrated in numerous articles, photographs, TV shows and films.

    30. Take snapshots of the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign

    Make sure to drop by this famous sign, and take a few snapshots and selfies with it as the background.

    31. The Lucky Cat

    Planning on rolling the dice in Las Vegas? Before you start shelling out cash, make it a point to visit the 9-foot Lucky Cat in The Cosmopolitan. Word is this giant cat statue can bring good fortune to its visitors. Luck aside, the cat will also share some funny and quirky quotes.

    32. The vibrant aquarium in Silverton Hotel

    The Silverton Hotel has a massive aquarium that serves as home to a kaleidoscopic coral and over 4,000 sea creatures, including stingrays and sharks.

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