Las Vegas is one of our favorite cities ever since we stepped foot there. However, Vegas can be quite pricey the moment you arrive, starting with the hotel check-in. Surprisingly though, there are many ways to save dollars on a trip to Las Vegas and still be entertained. Over the years our visits to the Las Vegas strip have included some free entertainment that you can also enjoy. We share them below and hopefully save you a dollar or two!
Free Things to do in Las Vegas: On the Strip
Our favorite outdoor attraction are the Bellagio Fountains located at the Bellagio Hotel. With shows every half hour in the afternoon and every 15 minutes in the evening, you will be drawn in to this amazing water spectacle. Water canons shoot hundreds of feet into the air and dance to the beat of music. Watch them during the day and return to watch them at night.
Circus Circus Hotel has the largest permanent circus found inside its casino. Performing acts happen every half hour and you will see acrobats high above you, and stunts by unicyclists andjugglers. Your mouth will drop open during the show as you watch the highwire and trapeze artists do their tricks. Arrive 15 minutes before to get a seat on the stand and stay for at least a couple shows.
Check out Art at the Wynn Hotel
Where else would you have the chance to see a Jeff Koons 7-foot Popeye sculpture worth 28.2 million dollars and Tulips sculpture made out of mirror-polished stainless steel worth 33.6 million dollars? Nowhere but the beautiful Wynn hotel. The Wynn also has top-notch decor from the ceiling to the floor.
One of my favorite pieces of art is the animate Floral Carousel and Hot Air Balloon designed by Preston Bailey. The carousel that stands 13 feet tall and weighs 6,000 pounds is located at the hotel’s atrium. The design is extremely detailed and a pleasure to the eyes. The hot air balloon is 20 feet tall and weighs 4,000 pounds and sits near the hotel buffet. Last but not least, the parasols at Parasol Down are also a must see.
Another one of our favorite hotels, the Venetian, is host to live entertainment that represents the heart of Italy. Every 15 minute, a performance of opera and Italian folk music is elaborated by costumed troupe. The Carnevale di Venezia takes place at St. Mark’s Square inside the casino on the hour from 6PM and in front of Barney’s New York at various hours throughout the day.
The performers will interact with the audience and you’ll even have a chance to take a picture with them. You will also see dancers, living statues, and stilt walkers. If you arrive at 9:50AM or 4:20PM, you’ll be paraded by the marching gondeliers who take the shoppes’ walkways starting from the food court. Last but not least, watching the gondolas and touring the hotel is entertainment of it’s own.
Las Vegas Sign
You didn’t go to Vegas if you didn’t take a picture at the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” sign! Okay, not really but this sign is one of the city’s oldest symbols and now the city even created greater access for people who take their cars who want to take their photos here. Located at the south end of the strip, you can now easily snap a shot by this solar powered sign.
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Each season, the Bellagio Conservatory showcases distinct floral displays according to the season and with a special Chinese New Year display. Thousands of flowers, trees, and plants are used to decorate and impress the visitors who come to this 14,000 square foot place. More than 10,000 are switched bi-weekly but more than 90 percent of the conservatory is recycled keeping this place ‘green.’ Also, don’t miss the Chihuly glass flowers located in the hotels lobby. They are absolutely breathtaking!
Watch The Fall of Atlantis at the Forums
Ceasar’s Palace has long been one of our favorite hotels because of its beautifully designed mall. Now, the Forums have a show, The Fall of Atlantis. It has special effects such as fireballs, talking water and 9 ft animated talking statues. The show plays every hour on the dot starting at 11AM. To get the best view, arrive early and stand towards the middle front.
Watch an Erupting Volcano
The Mirage Resort has an erupting volcano sitting at the front of its property. It shoots out fire and lava while making loud explosions. It’s quite fun to watch and takes place every half hour at night.
Enjoy a Tropical Rainforest and Aquarium
After leaving the erupting volcano, head over to The Mirage where you will find cascading waterfalls and dolphin sculptures. Take yourself inside and you will find a tropical rainforest atrium with rich tropical flora. More than 100 types of plants are found inside the atrium including many fresh bromeliads and orchids. Wander over to the lobby and see the aquarium with all types of fish swimming about.
M & M World
Though this is a retail store, you will find yourself enjoying the scene inside the M & M store. Located in the Showcase Mall on the strip, this four level store is uniquely colorful and fun. A trip inside the store may include pictures with life-size M & M’s, a free 3D movie, and colorful M & M art displaying the evolution of this delicious chocolate. You can also create personalized M & M’s and purchase all type of goodies. This store is a must see.
See an Auto Collection
The largest collection of antique, muscle, and special-interest cars is located at The LINQ Hotel. More than $25 million worth of inventory sits on display and for sale. This auto collection showroom also serves as a museum and allows visitors to see vehicles they have only seen on screen.
Come dream about these cars as you roam by free of admission. About 250 automobiles are displayed and some have even been driven by famous celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and carried John F. Kennedy. The exhibition is located at the Linq Resort & Casino inside the 5th floor garage and can be visited daily from 10-6pm.
Visit the Wildlife Habitat
If you’re a nature lover or have kids who enjoy wildlife, head over to the Flamingo Hotel where you’ll find exotic birds, fish, and turtles in the scenic Wildlife Habitat. With a colorful collection of birds, visitors can be fascinated over the Chilean Flamingos, swans, hummingbirds, parrots, and pelicans that are near the waterfall.
Take yourself to Egypt
At the south end of the strip, the Luxor hotel has a couple of interesting attractions. The Luxor is built in the shape the ancient Engyptian Pyramid and has a statue of the great Sphinx sitting in front of it. Take a look inside and you will find hieroglyphic decor. At night, you view the Sky Beam which is the brightest light beam in the world and can be seen 250 miles away!
Rate TV Programs
The CBS Television City Research Center at MGM Grand Hotel relies on tourists for making decisions regarding TV shows that are created. Tourists watch TV programs, shows, and pilots and help the research center by giving their honest rating through a questionnaire. In exchange, you receive coupons for food and merchandise as a reward.
Visit New York City
Okay, maybe it’s not the real New York City but gosh does it boast in similarities. Crunched all together, the hotel recreated the most famous landmarks. You can take a picture with the fake Statue of Liberty and the New York skyscrapers as you watch and listen to people scream on the New York New York roller coaster. You can also walk the Brooklyn Bridge and see Grand Central Terminal. Inside you won’t find free attractions, but you will enjoy walking the ‘streets of New York’. This is one place I enjoy sitting down at to eat pizza because it brings back memories of my trips to New York City.
Walk the Strip
This is stating the obvious but if you’re bound to just taxi hop from place to place, you’ll miss out on some of the best things to see on the strip. A walk through the strip includes random live performances, photo opportunities with different characters, street shops and vendors, and some interesting people watching.
Freemont Street Experience-‘the old Vegas’
Just a few minutes down the main strip, Freemont Street Experience is located downtown and is only an easy ride away via the Deuce. Freemont Street offers free entertainment by people who do magic shows, play music, and more. At night, there is an LED light show by Viva Vision that takes place under the long canopy. Nightly attractions include live local bands who play on stage, and it’s all for free. If there is one free thing you do ‘off the strip,’ this is it.
Hope you enjoy these free attractions! Tell us which ones you want you want to see most in the comment section below!
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