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The Best Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

One of the best things about Las Vegas is that hotels do just about anything to get you spending cash inside their doors. They spare no expense in creating extravagant displays, exquisite art installations and even breathtaking live shows. The best part: many of the best attractions in Las Vegas are completely free! Here’s a list of some of our top picks of free things to do in Las Vegas.

Arguably the Best Attraction is Las Vegas, The Dancing Fountains of Bellagio

Dancing Waters at Bellagio.  Requiring no introduction, this delicate interplay of water, light, and sound is free to anyone walking by. It’s easily worth two visits during any trip: once during the day, and again in romantic evening light. More info

Fountains & Fine Art at CityCenter. CityCenter in Las Vegas showcases contemporary artists. The artwork is scattered throughout the complex in public areas, so finding the pieces can be something of a scavenger hunt. More info

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. After taking in the breathtaking fountains, head inside Bellagio, past the check in counter, and over to the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The lush exhibit is impeccably maintained, and the entire display rotates with the season. More info

Masquerade Show in the Sky at Rio. Catch some of the trinkets the performers throw and take home a free piece of Vegas. Use discretion when bringing children, as shows can get a bit racy. Note that if you want to ride the floats, you’ll have to buy tickets. More info

Sirens of T.I. Outdoor Pirate Show

Sirens of TI Pirate Ship Show at Treasure Island. Shows are held outdoors at night. All ages are welcome, but strollers are not allowed in the viewing areas. More info

Flamingo Habitat at the Flamingo. Observe the gorgeous namesake birds of this hotel, along with other aquatic creatures. More info

This Volcano Erupts Each Night Outside The Mirage

Mirage Volcano and Atrium. Although you’ll have to pay to see the Mirage Secret Garden, the hotel’s Atrium and adjacent Aquarium are magnificent. And don’t forget to come back in the evening to see the erupting volcano!

Dueling Pianos at Harrah’s. There’s no cover involved when you go to see this show, in which talented musicians take musical requests and the audience often sings along. More info

Classic Neon and a Massive LED Canopy Provide Vegas Nostalgia With a Modern Twist

Freemont Street Experience. Vegas is known for its lights, and if you like bright lights and classic neon, The Freemont Street Experience is the place to go. Light shows occur nightly. Concerts (often free) are frequently held as well. More info

Free Gaming Lessons. Casinos offer free gaming lessons to gamers who are too shy to step up to the tables. Ask the front desk at your hotel for lesson times.

A leisurely stroll through The Venetian Shoppes is a budget-friendly way to check out the winding indoor canals.

Walking the Gondola Canals at the Venetian. Sure, you can shell out for a boat ride if you want, but if you’re looking to save some money, why not just enjoy the canals on foot? More info

Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden Tour. Taking a walk through the factory and gardens won’t cost you a penny, though you’ll be hard pressed not to buy a treat or two before you’re done. More info

Sunset Stampede at Sam’s Town. Everything’s bigger and better in Las Vegas. Think you’re going for a simple stroll in a park? Think again! Instead, enjoy a chronicle of the “Western pioneer experience.” More info

Aquarium at Silverton. Other places make you pay $30 and up to visit local aquariums, but in Vegas, you can see all the underwater goodness for free! Watch daily feeding shows in the saltwater aquarium, or head over to the attached Bass Pro Shop to see live freshwater fish. More info

The familiar Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign is a very short drive from The Strip and makes for a great photo.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign. Making appearances in countless movies and TV shows, the Welcome Sign is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the country. Head just beyond the southern end of The Strip for this fabulous photo op. More info

Hiking surrounding areas. You might not think of the “great outdoors” when you think of Vegas, but the area offers amazing trails, some of which are only 20 minutes from the city. Join up with the VegasHikers on one of their frequent treks, and as a bonus, burn off some of those buffet calories. More info

Pinball Hall of Fame. Admission to this pinball “museum” is free, but don’t be surprised if the working machines get you to part with some hard-earned quarters. Just console yourself with the knowledge that it’s for a good cause. More info

Eat. While food isn’t exactly “free” in Vegas, you can get complimentary meals just for booking certain deals at the hotels. Check out our hotel deals page and check the “dining” or “buffet” perks under the filter to find deals that include free eats at some of the city’s best spots.

For even more free attractions, head over to our a full list of things to do in Las Vegas.

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