Sin City is one of the most eclectic cities in North America. Offering a bevvy of activities for every traveler, and surprisingly, there is over 100 free things to do in Las Vegas. In fact, Las Vegas can be done on a small budget if you really want. The nice thing about Las Vegas is that you can splurge where you really want to. Even luxury penthouses can go under $500 a night if you want one.
In low season you can find hotels often under $25 dollars per night! If you travel with some friends, eat on a budget and stick to the below list of 100 free things to do in Las Vegas, you could spend a week in the city for under $500-700 dollars. Even cheaper if you don’t splurge.
100 Free Things To Do In Las Vegas
- Visit 7 Magic Mountains right outside the city and get your picture taken with the famed colorful rocks. This art installation in recent years has gained popularity among travelers, but beware, it does not plan to stay there forever.
- Attention chocolate lovers: take yourself on a free guided tour at Ethel M Chocolate Factory.
- Every Saturday at 1pm, take a Magical Technical Tour and learn about the Beatles Love Show! If you don’t get a chance to actually see the show, this is the second best thing. The show itself is quite spectacular.
- Want to try your chance at winning $2,500? Out of the 100 free things to do in Las Vegas, this is your real chance at making money. Visit Four Queens and Binion’s for your free slot pulls.
- Visit the memorial to Bugsy Siegel, famed mobster, at the Flamingo.
- Head to the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and wait in line to get your photo with the infamous sign. There is a very small lot here that has free parking as well. You may have to wait a few minutes to get in. Best time to visit is sunset with all the colors of the city lighting up.
- On the third floor of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, there is a pool table that is free to play.
- Head to the Flamingo Hotel to see the flamingos in their habitat.
- Hop over to the California Hotel and rub the Buddha’s Belly!
- Head to the Miracle Mile Shops for a fantastic indoor water show!
- Visit the Acacia Demonstration Gardens to see the lush greenery!
- Enjoy one of the MANY street performs along Las Vegas Boulevard. Just be careful taking photos as they do not want to work for free.
- Stroll the Forum Shops at Caesars and watch Atlantis Fall! Don’t keep your expectations too high for this show, but if you love the theatrics and want to be inside, this tops one of the 100 free things to do in Las Vegas.
- Go down to the Freemont Street Experience. It is most popular for its overhead light show.
- Experience the volcano eruption at the Mirage.
- Get a free tour at Anderson Dairy.
- Dip into the Wynn hotel to see all the florals and the 16 foot carousel.
- Ever wondered what a million dollars looks like? Head to Fremont Street where Binions has it on display. You can even get a picture with it – ya know, so you can post it on Instagram!
- Hike for free in the massive tunnels at the Hoover Dam.
- Stroll the LINQ Promenade where you will see fountains, often artists and the big sky wheel.
- Get your wine tasting on at Esther’s Kitchen. Grab some free pours at the bar and don’t feel bad about – this is what they want.
- Stop by the outside of the now Mob Museum to witness what was once a post office and court house. Kind of funny they are mob buildings now.
- Looking to burn off all those buffets? Head to XCYCLE at Boca Park and ask for the “preview ride” as the first ride is on the house.
- Stop by the Palazzo to see the multi story atrium and waterfall with gardens.
- Wanting to see the Blarney Stone but can’t visit Ireland? Stop by the D Hotel as they have a piece of it there. You know what to do!
- Don’t forget to visit a local farmer’s market. Of all the 100 free things to do in Las Vegas, this will feel most close to home. You can even sample foods.
- Visit the red and white sandstone cliffs at Calico Basin. It is closer to get to from downtown Las Vegas than the Red Rock Canyon.
- Enjoy lawn games and fire pits at Gold Spike. This is popular with locals, but feel free to stop in.
- Visit downtown Las Vegas and stop by the Container Park. You will find it is made up of containers, including a tree house.
- Visit Sam’s Town and take a walk through the woods of Mystic Falls Park.
- Looking for something thrilling to do? Visit “Bonnie and Clyde Death Car” at Whiskey Pete’s!
- Visit the towering Bliss Dance Sculpture at The Park.
- Do you love reality TV? Do you watch Pawn Stars? You can see where it is filmed at The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Feeling like you maybe spent too much money while visiting the city? Feel free to get some of it back by pawning your goods while you are there.
- Want a glimpse of Venice Italy at St. Marks Square? Stop by the Grande Canal Shoppes for this experience.
- Visit the Hard Rock Hotel and view what looks like a museum on the inside of rock and roll.
- At sunset, head out to see the fountains at the Bellagio dance the night away.
- Feeling outdoorsy? See if the Bass Pro Shops at the Silverton are running any free demos while you are in town and get a chance to speak with a pro and ask all your burning questions.
- Walk along the Grand Canal at the Venetian and see the gondolas and get a feel for what it is like in Venice Italy. Feeling like a splurge? Take a gondola ride (for a fee).
- See the dazzling ceiling piece by Dale Chihuly in the Bellagio. The entire piece is made of hand blown glass and is magnificent to see in person.
- Do you love flowers and the like? The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio has about 14,000 square feet of florals to view free of charge! What is available changes with seasons, but it is always beautiful.
- Stand in awe of the replica of the Eiffel Tower. Can’t make it to Paris? This is the second best thing.
- Calling all car buffs? Shelby America offers free tours!
- Love TV and want to critique an unaired pilot? CBS Television City at the MGM Grand allows you to do just that! It serves as a research center.
- Looking for a free yoga class in Las Vegas? Check this out for upcoming events. Don;t be afraid to get your work out on while on vacation.
- Walk the strip at anytime of day for the famous people watching. You will find people dressed up in every way possible. From celebrity impersonators, Disney characters and even the Hangover Guys!
- Interested in cannabis? Las Vegas legalized marijuana a couple years ago and now has a museum dedicated to it. You can visit Acres to learn more.
- Stop by the Container Park and witness the flame throwing praying mantis for an epic show.
- Get your free samples at Spirits and Spice.
- While at the Grand Canal Shoppes experience STREETMOSPHERE – there are about 30 performances per day.
- Sign up for players cards at casinos that give you free money to play with – never know when you will hit it big. Wouldn’t be ironic to win thousands of dollars doing one of the 100 free things to do in Las Vegas? Additionally, a lot of casinos deliver free alcohol while you are gambling in their casinos. Take your free play and get a drink or two while you are there.
- Walk across the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.
- Enjoy the larger than life TV screen on Fremont.
- Go for a dip at the hot springs at Goldstrike Canyon.
- Enjoy an indoor rainstorm at the Miracle Mile Shops.
- Of the 100 free things to do in Las Vegas, don’t miss the free tour of the Banger Brewery.
- If your feet are feeling tired from all the walking you will inevitably do during your trip, catch a free tram ride. There are three available, but do not get this confused with the monorail.
- Pop inside the Circus Circus Hotel to see the twice an hour daily circus performers! And yes, there will be trapeze and clown performers.
- Get in touch with your active side and take a hike at Red Rock Canyon. This is one of the best outdoorsy things of the 100 free things to do in Las Vegas.
- Enjoy a free whiskey tasting at VomFASS, offered nightly. Basically, go every night and get your evening started there.
- Visit M&M World for floors of glorious chocolate and entertainment.
- Love mermaids? Head to the Silverton casino where you can interact with them!
- Looking for a free Elvis show? Head to Harrah’s for this larger than life impersonator that will blow you away with his talent.
- Green Valley Ranch offers free activities throughout the year, including things like outdoor movies. Check their website for updates on dates, times and offerings.
- Looking for art in the city? Head to the Aria for fine art installations to enjoy for free!
- Looking for somewhere free to swim in the summer if your hotel doesn’t have a pool? The Go Pool Dayclub at the Flamingo has free admission as does the Pool at Harrah’s. This is an excellent summer activity as the pools tend to be a great spot to meet people.
- On the first Friday of every month, hit the town for your art fix at artsy block party.
- Feeling like you want to see a show but don’t want to spend the cash? There are timeshare sellers EVERYWHERE on the strip that will promise you tickets to 1+ shows if you just sit through a 60-90 minute presentation. This is a great way to see a few shows that would have set you back a few hundred dollars each. Make sure to pick the shows that have a high value!
- Head to Carnaval Court at Harrah’s for exciting entertainment at flair bartending.
- Enjoy some of the FREE concerts at Fremont Street. Locals and visitord alike, this is one of the top 100 free things to do in Las Vegas!
- Need decent WiFi? Head to any of the MGM Resorts properties where the WiFi is absolutely free and does not require a sign in. If you are looking for the best bang for your buck on 100 free things to do in Las Vegas, this is it.
- Visit the Wynn at night for the dazzling Lake of Dreams show. This mesmerizing show is a favorite among visitors and should not be missed.
- Catch the fountain show at the Wynn. It is a smaller scale than the Bellagio, but worth stopping by to see.
- Walk into the Mirage and experience the tropical rain forest!
- Don’t forget to check out the aquarium while you are at the Mirage. Two for one deal on 100 free things to do in Las Vegas!
- Visit the hot springs around the Hoover Dam.
- Visit a flair bar for a fancy show like Cocktail! This is like getting a show for free – you can witness bartenders dancing, throwing bottles and doing all sorts of things to make other people drinks.
- Don’t miss the 100 foot long water walls at the park! You can find this park outside by New York New York and Monte Carlo hotels.
- Get your picture taken with one of the many murals downtown. There are several to see and they are a range of colors and styles. Perfect for Instagram!
- Look out for the big beam of light from the Luxor. Carrot Top tells people during his shows that he lives up there.
- In the mood to check out some local antiques? Hit the Downtown Arts District and do your browsing.
- Looking to go clubbing for free and in STYLE? Spearmint Rhino and Treasures will not only let you in for free BUT they will pick you and your friends up in a limo! Talk about the best 100 free things to do in Las Vegas – this is it!
- On Thursday nights, Hearthstone at the Red Rock Resort does free wine pours! Start your drinking here before you head out.
- If you love chocolate, don’t miss the 13,000 square feet Hershey’s Chocolate world.
- Hit the Grand Bazaar Shops to see what the greatest world markets are like.
- Stop by the Golden Nugget and witness the 200,000 gallon shark tank.
- Appreciate the provocative art at the Cosmopolitan.
- Very few hotels still offer free parking, but take advantage while you can at hotels like the Venetian!
- Visit the Pinball Museum where you can see the largest collection in the world. Admission into the museum is free, just pay for any of the games you play.
- Visit the Hand of Faith AKA the largest nugget of gold at the Golden Nugget!
- Before you leave the airport, visit Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum.
- Visit Bellagio’s Cirque du Soleil Art Gallery and see over 50 bronze sculptures!
- If you are looking for country music in Las Vegas, then don’t miss Toby Keith’s where the music is free! Dance the night away with your cowboy boots and good looking folks.
- Don’t have time to flock to Italy to see the Sistine Chapel? Just look up at the ceilings at the Venetian.
- Stop by the Luxor and walk around – after all, it is the 8th largest hotel in the WORLD!
- See a Cirque du Soleil Rehearsal of Mystere for free on Monday’s at 4:00pm. This is like seeing the show, for free!
- Don’t skip on the 14 foot crystal and LED light show at the Grand Bazaar Shops right in front of Bally’s.
- The Viva Vision light show is one of the top 100 free things to do in Las Vegas and should not be missed!
- Take a free gaming lesson. Many casinos offer this in hopes that you will eventually spend your money there with them.
- Hike Springs Preserve. Located off the strip and offers 1.8 miles of trails for the whole family to enjoy.
- Lastly, look at other peoples money as they throw it onto tables and win or lose.
So you see, Las Vegas can be done very easily on a small budget. With these 100 free things to do in Las Vegas, they could keep you busy for over a week. You would need to visit a couple times just to be able to get to all of them. I suggest making a plan and looking at a map. Since a lot of attractions are in or around the same places, you can just walk from place to place and see them all.
Night time is the best time to see the shows on the Las Vegas strip at the hotels, especially the fountains at the Bellagio. It is also when it is the coolest outside, because in the summer it is sweltering hot, but dry heat.
Let me know if I missed anything and I will update the list. Enjoy doing these 100 free things to do in Las Vegas!
Budget friendly tips for visiting Las Vegas
Visit during shoulder season for the best rates. March thru May and September thru November.
Peak season for the city is during the summer when the pool parties are most popular and during December for the Christmas holiday and New Years.
Book your hotel in the middle of the week versus the weekend if you have the flexibility. A lot of people tend to visit on weekends for short trips or celebrations. During the week, especially in shoulder season, you can find deep discounts.
If you love to gamble, make sure and get a players club card where you play as they are often generous about giving return rooms for free, meals and even upgrades.
Get a credit card that pays our great miles or rewards that you can save to pay for your trip with. If you are going to spend money anyway in life, you might as well be rewarded for it.
Look for the best hotel deals. Sometimes the hotels directly will do deals like offering free breakfast or something of the like. If all deals are the same, book with hotels.com to get your 10th night free.
If you are not into gambling and therefore would not benefit from the free drinks, pre game before going out by buying alcohol from a store. Drinks can add up around town.
Planning to do some clubbing in town? walk the strip basically anywhere and you can get free passes to clubs and nightlife.
Looking to do some budget friendly dining? Eat where the locals eat. Avoid eating on the strip (unless you buy a buffet pass) at chain and celebrity restaurants. Currently the cheapest meal you can get on the strip is at White Castle or a Denny’s.
Also eat your biggest meal earlier in the day like lunch or happy hour when they are running specials. Alternatively you could hit a buffet when they are transitioning and get the best of two meals!
If you are not planning to drink often, you can rent a car very cheap in the city. Often as low as $10 per day!
If you don’t want to drive, make sure and use Uber or Lyft as taxis can be way more expensive.
Check with your hotel to see if they offer transportation from the airport. A lot of hotels offer shuttles or if you book a suite of some sort, you may find that you get a private driver and/or limo picking you up in style.
Check Groupon for the never ending list of deals being offered in the city. From restaurants, bars, activities, spa passes, hotel stays, etc. There is usually a grand selection available.
Budget friendly hotels
Even though you can find 100 free things to do in Las Vegas, the deals son’t stop there. You can find bottom of the barrel prices on hotels as well in the city, keeping your trip to a minimum in costs.
One of the cheapest places to stay on the Strip consistently is Circus Circus. Often their rooms are under $20 per night and the hotel has SO MUCH going on inside.
Another budget friendly hotel is the Stratosphere. Located at the end of the strip and close to Circus Circus, you can often find rates under $30 per night.
For a budget friendly all suite property, check out RIO!
If you want to be right in the action at an iconic hotel, Bally’s is where it is at!
For a budget friendly hotel in Fremont, consider the Golden Nugget!
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