The Bellagio Conservatory - one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas

45 Fabulous Free Things To Do in Las Vegas

Are you planning a Vegas vacation but have a limited budget? Many people wonder if you can still have fun in Las Vegas without spending too much money? Well, you’ll be happy to know that despite being known for its upscale resorts and extravagant shows, there are plenty of free things to do in Las Vegas. Keep reading for experiences and attractions that offer an opportunity to enjoy Vegas without breaking the bank.

Free Things to do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of those places that should be on anyone’s list of places to visit in the United States. Some other cities may come close but there’s really no where else like it. Besides all the popular attractions on The Strip, Las Vegas and southern Nevada are just a few miles from some of the best public lands and natural parks perfect for day trips.

One of the other things that makes Vegas the ideal destination for those on a budget is that almost all of the resorts offer some kind of entertainment or themed activity to lure you into their property. Most of those don’t cost a dime! Free world-class shows, live performances, art exhibitions and outdoor activities can be found all over the city if you know where to look.

Free Things to do in Las Vegas on The Strip

The Las Vegas Strip, often simply referred to as “The Strip,” is an iconic stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that spans approximately 4.2 miles. It’s a unique experience showcasing the best of the city’s hotels and casinos, each with their own unique theme. Start your visit with these free things to do in Las Vegas on the Strip.

1. See the Flamingos at the Flamingo Hotel

Enjoy these elegant pink birds and their graceful movements in the lush Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel. This is one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas and offers a peaceful escape from the bustling Strip on a hot, crowded day.

2. Look up at the Bellagio Entrance

The Bellagio entrance is decorated with a captivating art installation. As you enter the hotel, you’re greeted by the renowned “Fiori di Como” masterpiece, created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. This amazing glass sculpture features over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers, suspended from the ceiling for an ethereal view.

3. Dance with the Bellagio Fountains

The beautiful choreography of water, music, and lights as the Bellagio Fountains is one of the most impressive spectacles there is and one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas. The fountains run every 30 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes at night.

4. The Bellagio Conservatory is one of the best free things to do in las vegas

One more highlight not to be missed at the Bellagio is the Conservatory. This venue celebrates the seasonal changes with artistic displays of and themed decorations fresh flowers five times a year. Admission to the Bellagio Conservatory Gardens is absolutely free and is a must when visiting Las Vegas.

5. Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Rainstorm

Experience a simulated tropical rainstorm inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, complete with thunder, lightning, and cascading water. It adds real element of excitement to your shopping experience.

6. Get a Whiff of the tropics at Mandalay Bay

Take a deep breath and enjoy the delightful tropical island scent of coconut that fills the air at Mandalay Bay. The fragrant atmosphere transports you far away from the desert to a ocean hideaway.

7. Ride the Tram From Excalibur to Mandalay Bay

Hop aboard the complimentary train that shuttles guests between Excalibur and Mandalay Bay, offering a convenient and fun way to explore the Strip and see the resorts. (This a free tram not to be confused with the Las Vegas Monorail that stops at specific hotels along the strip.)

8. Walk Around New York

Take a leisurely stroll through the streets of the Big Apple at New York New York Hotel and Casino. Stop by to admire some of the iconic landmarks found in the city like the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square and. You can even ride a roller coaster (not free) in a lively ambiance that mimics a NYC neighborhood.

9. See a Replica of the Statue of Liberty

Outside the New York-New York Hotel & Casino is a notable replica of the Statue of Liberty. Standing at approximately half the size of the original Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, this familiar landmark is a must see and one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas

10. Visit the Hello Kitty Cafe

This one isn’t totally free if you decide to get a drink but the Hello Kitty Cafe located in MGM’s The Park is such a cute stop. It’s the ideal spot to take a break from all that walking.

11. Check out the Caesar’s Forum Show

Witness the Fall of Atlantis at Caesar’s Forum Shops, where animatronic statues come to life and reenact scenes from Roman mythology. The show plays every hour on the hour 8am & 12pm Thursday – Monday.

12. Caesar’s Salt Water Pool

Also, while you are at Caesar’s, check out the 50,000-gallon aquarium nearby filled with more than 300 saltwater fish. One of the best free aquariums in Las Vegas, you can’t miss it right by the Palace Forum shops.

13. Take a StroLL on The Linq Promenade

Explore fun outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment at the ionic Linq Promenade. You’ll find a variety of shops and eateries to enjoy or just people watch.

14. Experience the Mirage Volcano

Marvel at the eruption of the iconic Mirage Volcano, a mesmerizing display of fire, water, and music that brings the volcano to life in a thrilling and visually stunning performance.

15. Snap a Pic at the Welcome To Las Vegas Sign

Capture the perfect photo opportunity at the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, an emblem of the city’s vibrant spirit and a must-visit landmark for tourists.

16. Roll the Las Vegas Dice

Want something different than the classic Las Vegas sign? At the northern end of The Strip, huge dice and showgirls replace the welcome sign. Stop by for yet another photo op.

17. Visit the Grand Canal in the Venetian

Prepare to be transported to Venice, complete with singing gondoliers who serenade guests as they glide along the picturesque indoor canals, reminiscent of the Italian city. Have an aperol spritz and a pizza to complete the scene.

18. Peruse the Art in the Venetian

Everywhere you turn in the Venetian is a work of art, literally. From frescoes on the ceiling to free art galleries, this hotel is a gorgeous place to spend the day and take in some sights for free.

19. Stand Under the Huge McDonald’s Arches

Take a walk along The Strip and spot the iconic golden arches of the McDonald’s restaurant next to Harrah’s, a familiar sight that offers a quick and affordable dining option amidst the city’s more pricey offerings.

20. Smile at the gigantic Smiley Face at Resort’s World

Discover the whimsical giant smiley face sculpture at Resorts World Las Vegas, an eye-catching and playful art installation that looks like a giant emoji.

a live smiley face emoji at Resorts World in Las Vegas

21. Take a Trip to Italy at Eataly

Indulge your taste buds at Eataly, a vibrant Italian marketplace in Park MGM, where you can savor authentic Italian cuisine, explore gourmet food products, and immerse yourself in the rich flavors of Italy.

22. Stroll the Streets of Paris

Immerse yourself in the allure of Paris as you stroll through the recreated streets of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, featuring cobblestone paths, charming cafes, and a scaled-down replica of the Eiffel Tower.

23. Is Elvis Is Alive?

Yes and he can be found at Harrah’s. Sing along with Big Elvis, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 2 pm to 6 pm in the resort casino.

24. Catch a Cool Vibe at The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan Hotel is one of the most posh spaces in all of Las Vegas. Just a stroll through the casino to the opulent Chandelier Bar is an experience. Not to mention the vintage vibe and cool features everywhere you turn. It’s one of my favorite hotels and a must visit.

The Chandelier Bar Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
See the Chandelier Bar one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas

Free Things to do in Las Vegas on Fremont Street

Fremont Street is the life of the party. This famous street, in downtown Las Vegas, is old school, Vegas. Known for its classic hotels and bright lights, Fremont Street has an attitude all its own and is lined with hotels, casinos, restaurants and entertainment.

25. Sing along at the Freemont Street Experience

Enjoy the the vibe and excitement of everything Vegas all in one place at the Freemont Street Experience. With dazzling overhead LED light shows, and live entertainment, there’s nothing like it. For those who want an adrenaline rush, it’s not free, but you can zipline it too.

Fremont Street Experience one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas

26. see a real Gold Nugget at the Golden Nugget

Yes, there really is a gold nugget on display at the Golden Nugget. The Hand of Faith, weighing in at a whopping 61 pounds, is largest golden nugget in existence and the second-biggest ever discovered. This iconic nugget showcases Las Vegas’ mining history and is as a reminder of the city’s roots.

27. The Shark Tank At The Golden Nugget

In addition to the gold nugget, the Golden Nugget features one of the most thrilling Shark Tanks. It’s a massive, two-story aquarium located in the center of the hotel’s pool complex. Inside the tank, you can catch a glimpse of an array of marine life, including various species of sharks and tropical fish, swimming amidst the artificial coral reef.

28. Measure the Distance at the Long Bar

Stop by the Long Bar at The D Las Vegas. This iconic bar is renowned for its impressive length and fun atmosphere. it’s the perfect setting to unwind, socialize, and soak up the energy of downtown. Even if you don’t get a drink, it’s a must see.

Long Bar at the Delano

29. Check out Vegas Vic

Vegas Vic or often referred to as the “Vegas Vic Cowboy,” is an iconic neon sign located in downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street. It was created in 1951 and has since become a beloved symbol of the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Simply look up and you can’t miss him.

30. and Vegas Vickie

First there was Vegas Vic and then Vegas Vickie, an iconic neon cowgirl was located on Fremont Street. After renovations to this entertainment venue, she’s found her new home at Circa Resort & Casino. Her presence adds a touch of nostalgia to the swanky atmosphere of Circa and captures the vibe of old Las Vegas.

Vegas Vickie neon sign in the Circa on Fremont Street

31. Look For Street Art

Explore the dynamic and ever-evolving street art scene around Freemont Street. Talented artists have transformed many of the public spaces throughout Fremont Street into open-air art galleries, showcasing their creativity and adding a hip touch the cityscape.

32. Get StarStruck by the Lights of the plaza

Marvel at the dazzling lights that illuminate the Plaza Hotel and Casino, creating a spectacle that adds even more vibrant ambiance to downtown Las Vegas. It’s so Vegas, this hotel has been used in countless movies and videos.

33. Visit the Oldest Casino in Las Vegas

The oldest casino in Las Vegas is the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Originally opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada, it was later renamed Golden Gate in 1955. The classic casino was a staple in the city’s early gambling days and has maintained its original location on Fremont Street all these years.

34. Tie the Knot at a Wedding Chapel

Although marriage definitely isn’t free, no visit to Vegas would be complete without visiting at least one wedding chapel. The Lucky Little Wedding Chapel is a perfect stop on Fremont Street. They offer a range of wedding packages – if you do need it

35. Check out The Container Park

This fun open-air shopping center is also a good option for free things to do in Las Vegas when visiting Fremont Street. Filled with boutique shops, unique restaurants and live entertainment, the Container Park is a fun alternative to the Strip and way less crowded with more of a locals feel.

street art of a girl's face near Fremont Street Las Vegas

Free Things to do in Las Vegas Off the Strip

The Vegas Strip and Fremont Street are undoubtedly the most popular hub of entertainment in Las Vegas but there are also plenty of free attractions and activities you can do off the Strip as well.

From natural wonders and public art to local markets and historic landmarks, these off-Strip gems provide an opportunity to explore the cultural, artistic and natural aspects of Las Vegas without spending any money.

36. Walk the Arts District

The Arts District is a creative neighborhood that celebrates art, culture, and community and one of the coolest neighborhood in Las Vegas. Located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, this eclectic district is home to art galleries, studios and wonderful restaurants.

37. Seven Magic Mountains

Discover the captivating art installation known as the Seven Magic Mountains, located a quick ride down the interstate, just outside of Las Vegas. These towering, brightly colored stacked rocks create an impressive contrast against the desert landscape and make for great photos.

Seven Magic Mountains one of the things to do off the Vegas strip

38. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Step back in time at the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, where you can explore the preserved remains of ancient animals and plants, offering a glimpse into the region’s prehistoric past. Hard to believe but Las Vegas once was under water and Tule Springs is the perfect spot to look for fossils.

39. Hike Sloan Canyon

Sloan Canyon, located just outside of Las Vegas, offers a serene escape from the bustling city. This vast desert landscape is home to the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, known for its striking rock formations and rugged trails. Visitors can hike through the picturesque canyons, marvel at the unique geological features and petroglyphs.

40. Hang Out in Henderson

Henderson is a fun suburb just south of Las Vegas. Known for its family-friendly neighborhoods, outdoor recreational opportunities and thriving community, Henderson has its own charm and a high quality of life. Tour the Ethel M Chocolates Company and cactus garden or stroll down Water Street – Henderson’s historic downtown district, with shops, restaurants, and local businesses.

41. Visit Boulder City

Boulder City is just a short drive from Las Vegas and couldn’t be any more different than the Vegas Strip. This cute historic town is where the workers were originally housed during the dam construction. Nowadays, you can stroll thru town and find plenty of things to do. There’s tons of public art and murals. Plus, you can visit a Hoover Dam museum and look for wildlife at a nearby park for free!

42. Check out Lake Mead National Recreation area

Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States by volume. It’s also the prettiest blue lake you’ve laid eyes on. Generally, you have to pay to access a national park but to get some of the best views of the lake for free, simply visit the park visitor center or the Historic Railroad Trail that’s accessible for before you enter the park.

the view of Lake Mead from the Historic Railroad Trails in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

43. Marvel at the Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, a wonder of engineering located on the Colorado River, is an iconic landmark that draws visitors from around the world. This massive structure provides hydroelectric power and water resources to Las Vegas. The official dam tour isn’t free but you can drive across, park in the free parking lots and walk down to the dam.

44. Walk Across the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge

Besides the Hoover Dam, one of the most impressive things about this area of the Mojave Desert is the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge. Built as a new access route to bypass the old route across the dam, this bridge is the the second highest bridge in the United States. You can walk the pedestrian path alongside the bridge for free and get the best some of the best views of Hoover Dam.

the Hoover Dam in Boulder City, Nevada

45. Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas is a stunning planned resort community located just outside of Las Vegas. Nestled among the desert landscape, this man-made lake offers a picturesque setting with a variety of recreational and water activities. You can enjoy boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, or simply lounging by the shore to escape the busy Strip.

Tips for Visiting Las Vegas

  • Carry your most comfortable walking shoes for all that schlepping around town.
  • Remember it’s the desert, so drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Credit cards are widely accepted but Vegas is a hospitality driven city so have some cash handy.
  • Two other things I can’t live without in Las Vegas are sunscreen and lip balm.
  • Find even more tips in my 25 Useful Things to Know About Las Vegas article.

Free Things to do in Las Vegas Round-Up

You can’t go wrong with a Las Vegas vacation. The city offers a variety of free activities for all interests and everyone. Even non-gamblers. From exploring iconic landmarks and mega-resorts to the high energy of Fremont Street, there’s no shortage of fun, entertainment options.

See you on the road!

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