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Free Things to do in Las Vegas – Shows and Events
Vegas offers a wide range of shows and entertainment options, many of them free. Discover some of the best free shows in Las Vegas.
1. Hail Caesar! Atlantis Fountain Show at Forum Shops
This animatronic show at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace tells the story of King Atlas and his children who fight over the throne of Atlantis. Nine-foot-tall statues use fire and water to delight people of all ages.
2. Sunset Stampede at Sam’s Town
State-of-the-art lasers and lights entertain guests at Sam’s Town after a walk through the Mystic Falls Park. The show takes place in the fountain, and the atrium is full of man-made streams and animatronic animals. The show depicts the western pioneer experience and is 10 minutes long.
3. Drift Away at the Wynn’s Lake of Dreams Show
The water spectacle at Wynn features a 40-foot waterfall with more than 4,000 lights and amazing holographic images and puppetry, all set to music. The show runs nightly from 6 pm until midnight and can be viewed from the water’s edge outdoors or the Lakeside or SW Steakhouse Restaurants.
4. Free Live Country Music at Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill at Harrah’s
While this show isn’t completely free, if you’re already eating and drinking at Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill, you can enjoy the free live country music performed nightly. Toby Keith is even known to have surprise visits to the bar a few times per year.
5. Bellagio’s Symphony of Fountains
Prepare to be mesmerized by this breathtaking water and light show! Choreographed to a concert of classical, opera, Broadway and pop music, this 15 minute aquatic jaw dropper can be viewed from many locations in the Bellagio, or right from the Strip sidewalk.
The Bellagio fountains are probably the most visited attraction on the strip.
6. World Famous Dueling Pianos at New York New York
The Bar at Times Square is considered the ultimate neighborhood bar and was voted the No. 1 rated dueling piano bar in Vegas. The bar opens in the afternoon, and admission is free until 8 pm so, show up early to catch the late-night dueling piano show.
Save on Multiple Shows and Attractions
If you are interested in seeing more than one show and visiting several attractions, you may as well get a Go Las Vegas Explorer Card.
You are basically getting “free” shows and attractions in addition to the ones you are already paying for.
Free things to do in Vegas – Free Attractions
There are so many things to do in Las Vegas, but which ones are free? Keep browsing as we highlight some of the best free attractions in Las Vegas and on The Strip.
7. See Exploding Fireballs from the Mirage Volcano
Feel your heart pound as this Vegas volcano begins to rumble, and escalating to explosions of fire spray and steam. Set to music from The Grateful Dead, the fire and lights show happens nightly every hour from 6pm to 11 pm.
8. Beauty and Blooms at Bellagio Conservatory
This breathtaking 14,000 square foot garden is designed and themed throughout the year according to season and holiday. Located in the lobby of the Bellagio hotel, lose yourself in the peaceful atmosphere and wondrous beauty of this free botanical dreamscape.
9. “M” stands for “Mmmmm” at M&M World
M&&M World is 4 story chocolate paradise! Located on the south end of the Strip, each floor offers sweet and wonderful themes and activities—from personalizing your own candy to browsing M&M World collectibles and merchandise. If you’re a chocolate lover or Americana aficionado, don’t miss this scrumptious retail-entertainment attraction.
10. Countless Kisses at Hershey’s Chocolate World
You can be surrounded by all of your favorite chocolate candy at the Hersey Chocolate World.
The store is found at New York New York Hotel and Casino and has more than 800 varieties of chocolates and candy. There’s even a sculpture of the Statue of Liberty made from 800 pounds of milk chocolate.
11. Escape to the Exotic at Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat
Go wild in Vegas! The Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo is 15 acres of lush foliage, islands, streams and waterfalls and home to exotic birds, fish, and turtles.
Open from dawn to dusk daily, the wildlife habitat at The Flamingo features a flock of Chilean flamingos, two brown pelicans, ducks, and Sacred Ibis as well as swans, turtle and koi fish.
12. Fremont Street Experience
Don’t miss the unique and fun off Strip Fremont Experience. Lined with street vendors, artists, musicians, and cuisine, stroll Fremont Street and “trip out” from its psychedelic electric sky music and light show. Definitely, a night to remember!
13. Fishy and Fabulous Aquarium at the Silverton
Named “Best Free Attraction in Las Vegas“, The 117,000-gallon aquarium at Silverton Casino features tropical fish and mermaids that swim through the waters and interact with guests. Feeding shows happen daily at 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
There are also freshwater aquariums at the Bass Pro Shop that is onsite at the hotel.
14. Decadence in the Desert at Ethel M Chocolate Factory
The chocolate factory and gift shop offers premium chocolates and wine with a free self-guided factory tour, a three-acre cactus garden, and add ons visitors can purchase like chocolate tastings, and chocolate making classes.
15. Be a TV Critic at CBS Television City Research Center
If you’ve ever dreamed of being part of a test audience, you have the chance to do so for free at the MGM Grand CBS Television Research Center. Visitors check-in at the front desk and sit in a computer lab to watch an upcoming CBS TV show pilot.
You give feedback and get a thank you gift in return. There are shows for all ages usually available.
16. Make TV a Reality At The Gold and Silver Pawnshop from TV’s Pawn Stars
Made famous on the hit TV series Pawn Stars, the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is a great attraction with free entrance.
17. Carnaval Court at Harrah’s
This famous nightlife attraction is an open-air street party that happens in the middle of the strip in front of Harrah’s. Live bands and DJs are performing throughout the day and night with flair bartenders serving up amazing cocktails.
18. Downtown Art’s First Fridays
Visit the Downtown Arts District in Las Vegas, where the galleries and shops are open late, there are live musical performances, culinary samples, and cultural activities available to anyone who wants to walk around and enjoy the art.
19. International Sights and Sounds at Grand Bazaar Shops
Found center strip at the entrance to Bally’s, The Grand Bazaar Shops are a dynamic retail shopping attraction featuring specialty shops, souvenirs, and foodie favorites like Wahlburger and Blue-Ribbon Fried Chicken.
The hexagonal LED rooftop canopy offers a light and music show every 15 minutes nightly.
20. Fun And Free Events At The District at Green Valley Ranch
Another great shopping destination, The District at Green Valley Ranch, has live music and entertainment, dozens of specialty and retail shops, restaurants, and special events throughout the year. There is also a splash pad for kids to enjoy that is open all day long.
21. Colorful & Captivating Coral Reef Aquarium At Mirage
It’s hard to imagine the makings of a coral reef in the middle of the desert. Yet at the Mirage, behind the front desk, are all the makings of a thriving coral reef, there for your viewing pleasure. A 20,000 gallon saltwater aquarium stocked with angelfish, pufferfish, tangs and several other exotic sea creatures, most notably three different types of sharks.
22. Bruce Tent Park Farmer’s Market
Bruce Trent Park Farmers Market (on North Rampart Boulevard) and Country Fresh Farmers Market in Henderson (13 miles from Vegas) are open-air markets that feature produce, foods and crafts that are locally grown, baked, and crafted.
23. The LINQ Promenade
The LINQ Promenade is home to the High Roller Ferris Wheel with a boardwalk feel and lots of shops offering specialty items, souvenirs, and major retailers. I LOVE Sugar will also be opening up a 14,000 square foot candy shop here, which will be the largest candy shop in the world.
24. The Atlantis Aquarium
The Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops feature the 50,000-gallon Atlantis Aquarium. The Fall of Atlantis show takes place here, but the aquarium can be visited at any time.
25. Fashion Show Mall
The Vegas Strip Shopping Mall hosts a fashion show every weekend on the mall’s atrium runway. There are many high-end fashion designer boutiques, retailers, and specialty shops at Fashion Show Mall.
26. Line Dancing at Gilley’s
Every Monday through Friday, Gilley’s offers free line dancing lessons at 7 pm. This is a great way to spend time with the locals and get to know another side of fabulous Las Vegas.
27. Seven Magic Mountains
This art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone is a located in the Ivanpah Valley Desert ten miles south of Las Vegas. The artwork is a sculpture featuring seven towers of painted boulders standing thirty feet tall.
28. Shark Tank at Golden Nugget
The 200,000-gallon shark tank at the Golden Nugget is found in the middle of the pool. The three-story complex features 17 private cabanas and a waterslide and poolside lounge.
29. Tour the Smith Center
The Smith Center is a performing arts center that also features art installations. Free walking tours are available for groups up to twenty people and last for one hour.
30. Solar Power Research Facility
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, features the Center of Energy Research which is the testing grounds for some of the most state-of-the-art solar technology in the country. There are 1080 solar cells that visitors can see at the facility.
31. Vegas Whiskey Experience at the Venetian
The Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian is home to the free whiskey experience at Spirits & Sprites. This event happens at 7 pm nightly and visitors can peruse the store while sampling whiskey, wine, oils, vinegar, and other spirits.
32. Free Pulls on Vegas Slot Machines
If you’re looking for some free gambling attractions in Las Vegas, you can find these at almost every casino on the Strip and downtown. Free slot play comes with most player’s card sign-ups and both Binions and Four Queens Downtown have a giant slot machine at their entrance that offers one free pull per person.
33. The Blarney Stone at The D Hotel and Casino
The D Hotel used to be called Fitzergeralds and was an Irish themed hotel and casino. The D kept the chunk of blarney stone that was on display on the second floor near the bar, and visitors can kiss the stone for luck.
34. Tour Kount’s Kustoms
As seen on TV, Kount’s Kustoms offers free tours where visitors can see the coolest hot rods, exotic cars, and choppers in Vegas. The showroom is open to the public every day, and photos are welcome, but no touching!
Free Things to do in Vegas – Things to See
Looking to see some of Vegas’ best sights? Here are the top free things to see in Vegas.
35. Step Back In Time With A Vintage Vegas Sign Photo Op
The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign with its historic Americana design is definitely worth a photo op! Located on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, stop there on your way into town and start making memories.
There is a parking lot across the street from the sign and a pedestrian bridge over to the sign where people can take pictures.
36. High Flying Circus Acts at Circus Circus
Enjoy these amazing circus performers as they fly through the air with the greatest of ease! Be awed by these acts performed daily at the Carnival Midway Arcade. You can see the schedule of acts here.
37. Art Lover’s Paradise at the Cosmopolitan’s
Walkthrough The Cosmopolitan and experience a wide range of provocative and interactive artwork, all striving to bring accessibility and appreciation of the arts to all guests visiting the hotel.
38. A Mighty Fine Time at CityCenter’s Fine Art Collection
Strewn throughout CityCenter are myriad works of art…from grand installations to sculptures and paintings. This abounding collection of art makes the CityCenter a must-see for any art enthusiast.
39. A Photo Worth a Million Bucks at Binion’s
You can dream of a million in cool cash, but seeing it stacked up in person is a reality you have to keep for the records. Take this free photo op at Vegas’s iconic Binion’s in Downtown Las Vegas.
40. There’s Gold In That Thar Casino!
The iconic Golden Nugget Casino is home to The Hand Of Faith, the largest gold nugget in existence! On public display in the casino, this impressive 60 pound chunk of gold gives visitors a veritable “gold rush,” just by looking at it.
41. Get Your Rock On At The Hard Rock Hotel (Closed)
The Hard Rock Hotel is home to one of the largest collections of rock n rock memorabilia, and all you have to do is walk in and look around. There is more than $4 million worth of music memorabilia on display throughout the casino and hotel.
42. Miracle Mile Rainstorm
Every hour or half-hour depending on the day, an exciting indoor rainstorm happens at the Miracle Mile Shops. The show includes thunder and lightning, rain, and fog.
43. Get Blown Away by Bonnie & Clyde’s Death Car Exhibit at Primm Valley Resort
The 1934 V8 Ford that Bonnie and Clyde stole and used to rob and kill people, and were eventually killed in themselves, is on display at the Primm Valley Casino. The doors are tied shut, and the car is still splattered in blood and bullet holes.
44. See The Artistic Beauty of the Human Form At Bellagio’s Cirque du Soleil Art Gallery
The artworks of Richard MacDonald are on display at the Bellagio Cirque de Soleil Art Gallery outside of the O Theater. The sculptures capture the human body and immortalize grace, strength, joy, and the discipline that dancers have.
45. Palazzo Waterfall Atrium
You don’t have to be a guest at the Palazzo to see the beautiful Venetian Waterfall Atrium and Gardens. The multi-story atrium showcases an elegant waterfall and landscapes created from exotic flowers and plants.
46. City Hall Art Galleries
Inside Las Vegas City Hall, there are two art galleries. The Grand Gallery in the lobby features local artist sculptures and the Chamber Gallery on the second-floor features paintings, drawings, and photography by local artists.
The work on display has cultural and social themes that are contemporary and thought-provoking.
47. September 11th Tribute at New York New York
A large granite structure at the base of the Lady Liberty replica statue at the New York New York Hotel and Casino is a wonderful memorial for the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City. People leave t-shirts and personal notes, among other things, to express their feelings.
48. The Light Show at Eiffel Tower Paris
The Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Hotel and Casino has a flashy, colorful light show that runs for five minutes every hour and half hour from sunset to midnight. There are more than 300 colored lights and 800 strobe lights that are part of the display that can be seen from the strip.
49. Experience The “STREETMOSPHERE” Of Grand Canal Shoppes At The Venetian
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to walk through the streets of Venice, you can get an authentic taste at The Venetian where street performers, musical acts, and other performers create an ambiance of intrigue and old-world charm throughout the canal shops and under the painted ceiling.
50. Las Vegas Walk of Stars
The four-mile stretch between Sahara Ave and Russell Boulevard is known as The Las Vegas Walk of Stars. Much like the Hollywood Stars, the stars on the sidewalk in Las Vegas are an honor to people who have made the city famous including Wayne Newton, Frank Marino, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Manny Pacquiao, Jenni Rivera, and many more.
51. World’ Brightest Light Beam at Luxor
Visitors to the Luxor can see the brightest beam of light in the world at the pyramid located at the Egyptian themed hotel and casino. The light beam can be seen from 275 miles away on clear nights.
52. The Aria Fine Arts Collection
The artworks on display at The Aria include some of the most elegant displays of contemporary sculpture in the world with installations from Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nany Rubins, and many others. The collection also includes paintings with pieces found throughout the campus, including in the casino, Vdara Spa, The Shops at Crystals, and more.
53. Lobby Digital Art Installation at The Cosmopolitan
This award-winning installation in the lobby of the Cosmopolitan features fifteen-foot panels that uses architecture, technology, and contemporary art to create a breathtaking backdrop behind the lobby desk.
54. Piece of the Berlin Wall at Main Street Station
Visit the men’s bathroom at the Main Street Station Casino to see a slab of the Berlin Wall up close and personal. The Victorian Era themed saloon hotel also features dozens of antiques and curiosities on display.
55. Visit Venice Right In Vegas
The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian have turned strolling and shopping into an exquisite tour through the Venice Canals. Cross the bridges, stop at a water front café, watch the Gondolas, eat gelato on the piazza, and enjoy the roaming opera singers and performance artists. Just know the same rule applies to the real Venice canals—don’t jump in!
56. Fun by Foot Through Connected Casinos
Stroll seamlessly from one casino to another via connecting sidewalk entrances found along the Strip, the best way to visit multiple must see old and new Vegas casinos all in one day! Be sure to take advantage of pedestrian crosswalks and bridges for safe and fast crossing over large intersections.
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Free things to do in Las Vegas: Museums
There are several free museums in Las Vegas, discover them below.
57. Be A Pinball Wizard at Pinball Hall of Fame
On East Tropicana, just a few miles from the Strip, this pinball museum serves as a salute to vintage arcades and the nostalgia evoked by these classic machines. This non-profit organization charges no cover, only a fee to play each machine, from .25- $1. 10,000 square feet of pinball games!
58. Fly Through History At McCarran Airport’s Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum
The history of commercial aviation is on display at the McCarran International Airport at the Howard W. Cannon Museum of Aviation. The history focuses on flying in Nevada and includes a 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible as well as airport memorabilia.
59. Barrik Museum & Las Vegas Art Museum
Located at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Barrik Museum is a natural history museum that focuses on the history and ecology of Nevada and the southwest United States. The Barrik Museum of Art features modern and contemporary pieces as well as a pre-Columbian collection.
60. Zoom Around The Shelby Museum & Showroom
Car enthusiasts and American auto buffs will flip their hardtops over this impressive and legendary collection of performance vehicles and memorabilia. The Heritage Center at Shelby America offers free guided tours Monday thru Saturday, no reservations required.
61. Searchlight Heritage Museum
Chronically, the 100-year history of the Searchlight Community, this museum tells the history of the mining community as well as famous people from the area and impactful local businesses.
62. UNLV Desert Gardens
Located near the Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies, the Desert Gardens and the University of Nevada Las Vegas encompass two acres of xeriscape gardens.
63. UNLV Special Collections
The University of Nevada Las Vegas Library features rare and unique research materials in the special collections’ archives related to the history of Nevada as well as gaming. Other centers include the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada and Oral History Research Center.
Free Outdoor Activities
There are some awesome outdoor activities in Las Vegas for free, keep reading to find out more.
64. Hike Your Rocks Off At Red Rock Canyon
Enjoy the natural beauty and wonder of Red Rock Canyon on one if its 19 marked trails with varying degrees of difficulty. If you love to hike, don’t miss out on the incredible desert colors and panoramic views unique to Southern Nevada and only a 1/2 hour from the Strip.
65. Breathtaking Views of Hoover Dam and ByPass Bridge
Hoover Dam, a Man-Made Wonder of the World, and its accompanying ByPass Bridge (The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge) are must-sees during your Vegas trip! These breathtaking architectural marvels are free to visit and just a 1/2 hour from the Strip. Guided tours of the dam and powerplant do require a ticket purchase.
66. Hoover Dam Hot Springs
The Hoover Dam Hot Springs are part of the Lake Mead National Recreational Area just four miles past Hoover Dam. A trail through the dramatic slot canyon takes hikers to the hot springs where they can take a dip in the water.
67. Anderson Dairy Tour
The local dairy farm offers free guided tours of the farm and milk bottling factory. The barnyard buddies tour features animatronic barn and farm animals to depict the story of Anderson Dairy, and it’s 100+ year history.
68. Get Your Garden On At Acacia Demonstration Gardens
In Henderson, Nevada (about 13 miles from Vegas), The Acacia Demonstration Gardens are living proof that water-conserving desert landscaping can be lush and wonderful! Nineteen specific gardens sprawl over 2.8 acres with informational displays and workshops available to visitors. Check their website for workshops schedules.
69. Check Out A Flame Throwing Praying Mantis At Container Park
In Downtown Vegas, Container Park greets you with a giant fire breathing insect sculpture! A shopping center and park, as its name describes, the stores are s are created by adjoining and stack shipping containers turned building units! It’s really quite genius, eco-friendly, and a very cool place to visit.
70. The Park
The immersive outdoor dining and entertainment experience at The Park is unlike any other in Vegas and brings the New York New York Hotel, MGM, and T-Mobile Arena together to be able to feature a plethora of outdoor events, patio seating, and beautiful desert landscaping.
71. Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Spanning 180 acres, the Las Vegas Springs Preserve features nature trails that are easily accessible for people of most abilities and is located just three miles from downtown Vegas. There are botanical gardens to stroll through, museums, traveling exhibits at the visitor’s center, and special events that happen throughout the year—all Free!
72. The Children’s Park at Town Square
The Children’s Park at Town Square is getting a facelift for 2020 that includes a brand-new park, renovated restrooms, a building for food operators, and more! Town Square is located on the Strip at Sunset Road and features shopping, entertainment, and special events in a modern, open-air environment.
73. Lake Mead Railroad Tunnels
There are trails at Lake Mead that lead through five historic railroad tunnels towards Hoover Dam. These trails are a popular tourist hiking attraction and run 3.4 miles along the river. There is also biking, running, and frequent school trips to this area of Lake Mead.
74. Lake Mead Visitor’s Center
The Visitor’s Center at Lake Mead is where visitors will find rangers with in-depth knowledge of the terrain and wildlife, a garden with native plants, and the start of the trails to Hoover Dam through the historic Railroad Tunnels. There are also bathrooms and vending machines.
75. Wetlands Park
Visitors to the Clark County Wetlands Park is open daily and features a nature center and exhibit hall and gift shop that sells nature-themed gifts, books, jewelry, and apparel. There are a few easy trails to explore as well as a few bridges. Group walking tours and touring carts are available and the preserve is open for nature parties that include crafting.
How do you get free stuff in Vegas?
You’ll find several free events outside of hotel-casinos. You may also want to check half-price tickets before buying show tickets.
Are drinks still free in Vegas?
Generally, yes. You can still score a few drinks in Vegas casinos. But, don’t expect them to flow steadily.
Free Things to do in Las Vegas – Final Thoughts
Now that you know all of the great and things to do in Vegas for free, think about how you can spend that extra money you’ll be saving on free outings!
Why not splurge on jewelry for your sweetheart, indulge at a 5-star restaurant, or bet big on a mega slot pull?
Whatever you choose, make it a Vegas moment worth remembering!
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