Most people leave Vegas a little lighter than they came, at least financially speaking, but if you ease off the gambling, take advantage of sweet deals like the Las Vegas Explorer Pass, and include some of our picks for free things to do in Las Vegas in your itinerary, you can experience all the fun and excitement of this incredibly diverse city without sacrificing your bank account in the process.
Our local experts put together a list of some of the best free things to do in Las Vegas, all great suggestions that can help round out your vacation itinerary.
Whether you arrived on a tight budget or your luck suddenly took a turn for the worse at the casino, here’s a look at some great free things you can do to enjoy Sin City without spending a dime.
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Fountains at Bellagio
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The Fountains at Bellagio
may seem like an obvious choice, but there are reasons for that. The artistry is seriously inspiring – they put a lot of time into synching up those water spouts to the popular tunes that act as a soundtrack – and there are tons of fun side shows on display, too.
From busking musicians to costumed characters to the inevitable lakeside proposals, the people watching is epic here.
Learn How to Win Big--For Free
Did you know that many hotels and casinos in Vegas offer free lessons on classic casino games? Learn the basics, etiquette, and even some strategies before you hit the casino floor and increase your odds of going home with more than you came with. Ask your hotel concierge when and where you can go!
This is the perfect way to start your trip if you're hoping to win big.
Fremont Street Experience
Speaking of people watching, it doesn't get much more entertaining than the variety of people that drift through downtown Las Vegas's Fremont Street
area. Sure, you'll see miniature Kiss and more street artists than you can shake a glow-in-the-dark stick at but the main draw is a little more organized.
The 1,500-foot-long ceiling of this pedestrian-only street has been studded with more than 12.5 million lights and a state-of-the-art sound system to display themed light shows that leave tourists gawking every hour on the hour – all you have to do is look up.
In the summer visitors can also enjoy a series of free concerts and there are some paid attractions like the SlotZilla Zip Line
For Go Las Vegas Card pass holders:
guided Las Vegas Downtown - Fremont St. Walking Tour tickets
are included on your pass.
Banger Brewing Brewery Tour
Chances are you probably didn't know that downtown Vegas has its own microbrewery, so you probably don't know that you can tour the Banger Brewing
facility for free, either.
It's a real shame this spot is so relatively undiscovered, because the craft beer is delicious and the facility is well worth a look. Plus, it's air-conditioned, which is a major bonus once you've walked up and down Fremont Street a few dozen times.
The tour is for visitors ages 21+ and limited to 6 people per tour. Available tours fill up fast so be sure to reserve online
The Backyard at Gold Spike
For a casual setting complete with lawn games and fire pits, head to the backyard at the Gold Spike located in downtown Las Vegas. Visitors can join in on games such as cornhole (or "bag toss"), jenga, beer pong, chess, shuffleboard, ping pong, and more.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Photo Credit: Lyn Gateley (license)
Even the most jaded Las Vegas locals will trek to the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
to check out the incredible seasonal displays.
A team of 140 horticulturists transforms the Bellagio's conservatory into a tribute to Chinese New Year, summer, spring, Christmas, or whatever event or holiday happens to inspire them.
The explosion of colorful flowers and greenery spills over water features and gazebos, and the result is nothing short of mesmerizing.
You can wander to and fro at your heart's content – and you don’t have to spend a single dime in the process. You might even get to catch a free musical performance while you're there!
Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame displays the world's largest pinball collection open to the public. This non-profit is home to games from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Located just off the Strip, it's a fun and different way to experience something totally unique to Las Vegas, and it's a feel-good activity as all profits go to non-denominational charities.
Be sure to see the iconic Mirage Volcano erupt one of the nights you're in Las Vegas. Check the schedule online
. This exciting 5-minute show is packed with fireballs, exploding "lava", flames, and shooting water and set to a soundtrack by the Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart created exclusively for the Volcano Show. Stand close to the action to feel the heat!
Take a Picture with the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" Sign
Be sure to visit the famous Las Vegas landmark, designed by Betty Willis and located on the southern end of the Strip, to snap a picture with the sign as a backdrop for a memorable photo opp.
Friday Art Walk
Check out the downtown festival on the first Friday of each month and take some time to appreciate and support the local Las Vegas artists (great souvenir and gift shopping idea!).
In addition to seeing some great art, sampling delicious food, and catching some live performances, you'll get a feel for the Las Vegas local community.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden
Located about a 25-minute drive from the Strip in Henderson, NV is the famous Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden, a sweet
experience to add to your Las Vegas itinerary.
Walk through the free self-guided viewing aisle where you'll have a chance to see chocolatiers and machines churning out delicious bite-sized pieces of perfection (we love chocolate, ok?).
You might even get to see inside the kitchen where the famous peanut brittle is made by hand every day.
You can tour the factory and gardens between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Thursday, and the factory is just a 15-minute drive from the strip.
Visit from November until New Year’s and you’ll get to see the gardens lit with a half-million beautiful lights.
Located at Ethel M Chocolate Factory is one of the world's largest collections of cacti and other succulents native to the American Southwest, Australia, and South America. With over 400 acres and over 300 species of these drought-tolerant plants, there will be a lot to see.
Best time to visit: Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-4:30 pm (check online
for the most up to date information)
Circus Acts at Circus-Circus
The world's largest permanent circus is free! Head to the Circus-Circus hotel and casino right on the Strip for daily shows featuring death-defying acts by talented performers from around the world.
for more information and hours of operation.
Visit the Wildlife at Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Photo credit: Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Nature lovers will love the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Las Vegas where they can see exotic birds, fish, and turtles. Be sure to bring a camera--the scenery is beautiful.
Check Out the World’s Largest Golden Nugget
Photo credit: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino's Official Facebook Page
If you’ve never seen a golden nugget, you’ll want to drop in and check out the world’s largest golden nugget known as the Hand of Faith.
It’s located in the Golden Nugget lobby and weighs an incredible 61 pounds. Not only will you get to view this huge nugget free of charge, you can check out a large collection of Alaskan gold nuggets as well.
Head to M&M’s World
Another delicious attraction that won’t cost you anything is M&M’s World. Check out four whole floors of chocolate paradise, whether you’re a fan of M&M’s characters or you have a huge sweet tooth.
Check out the fun show offered in the M&M’s movie theater, enjoy seeing the Toyota Camry race car sponsored by the company, and enjoy checking out their huge selection of gifts, including the ability to personalize your own M&M’s.
Silverton’s Saltwater Aquarium
Silverton offers a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium that’s free to visit, featuring “mermaids” and over 4,000 tropical fish.
Interactive feeding shows take place daily, and mermaid swims can be viewed free of charge as well.
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History
If you’re a history buff, you’ll love getting free entry into the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History, which offers displays featuring the history of various American Indian cultures, Mexican history, and desert life. Although it’s free to enter, donations to keep the museum going are suggested. You’ll find the museum on the Las Vegas campus of the University of Nevada.
Anderson Dairy Tour
For kids, the Anderson Dairy offers a free attraction that allows kids to enjoy a barnyard tour of a dairy processing plant. They’ll get to see colored lights, animatronic animals, and farm scenery that helps teach kids about the history of Las Vegas and the dairy. While you’ll need to schedule your tour in advance, it’s free of charge.
Clark County Wetlands Park
Check out local wetlands and the animals and plants living there by visiting the Clark County Wetlands Park. It offers bird viewing blinds, scenic views, hiking trails, ponds, and more. While the preserve is open between dawn and dusk, the information center is only open between 9am and 3pm daily.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Indulge a sweet tooth and discover more about Hershey’s Chocolate when you visit Hershey’s Chocolate World. It’s a two-story area that includes an 800-pound Statue of Liberty done completely in chocolate. While there’s no cost to get in, you may end up spending a bit of money on the Hershey’s chocolate products or at the bakery counter that stocked with plenty of sweet treats.
Carroll Shelby Museum and Factory Tours
The Carroll Shelby Museum is located near the Las Vegas Spee
dway and it’s packed with incredible cars that are sure to make any car enthusiast excited. Tours of the production facilities are also available. You can visit the museum or you can go on the free tour for a more in-depth look at the cars and the production facility.
Let's Recap on How to Visit Las Vegas for Cheap
So there are some fun ideas for free things to do in Las Vegas.
Remember, if you want to add some attractions to your itinerary that normally cost money, consider purchasing a Go Las Vegas Card.
With the Go Las Vegas Card, you get free admission to dozens of attractions all for the one low price of the pass. You can save up to 60% off combined admission costs vs paying at the gate.