31 Top FREE Things to Do in Vegas Today

Who says Las Vegas has to be expensive? You can enjoy Vegas on a budget and I will show you all the best free things to do in Las Vegas right now.

There are many free shows, attractions, and plenty of things to see for free right on the Las Vegas Strip.

So, if you want to save money in Vegas, check out this complete list of things to do for free.

Let’s get going…

P.S. Don’t forget to see the map I included at the bottom of this list!

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Best Free Things to Do on the Vegas Strip

Since most visitors stay, I am going to start off with the top free things I would recommend, especially forfirst timers.

Related: 20 things to do under $25 in Vegas

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Fall of Atlantis in the Forum Shops

Hail Caesar! Atlantis Fountain Show at Forum Shops

Location: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd space b05, map | Category: Show and Entertainment

When: Thur – Mon, every hour, noon to 8 pm, Dark Tues & Wed

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. Be sure to also see the Atlantis Aquarium nearby.

Wynn Las Vegas free lake show - free attraction on the Strip
Lake show at the Wynn

Drift Away at the Free Wynn’s Lake of Dreams Show

Location: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Show & Entertainment

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 at dusk, every 30 minutes.

Tip: Enjoy the view of the waterfall at SW Steakhouse or Lakeside at the Wynn

Bellagio fountains show times hours and schedule
Bellagio fountains, as seen from above.

Bellagio’s Symphony of Fountains

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Show & Entertainment

This is an obvious must see attraction in Las Vegas and something I check out each trip to Vegas.

Tip: Be sure to get a fountain view if staying at Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, or Paris.

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.  

Show Times:

  • Mon – Fri: 3-6 pm, every 30 min
  • Mon – Fri: 7 pm – Midnight, every 15 min
  • Sat, Sun, & Holidays: noon to 6:30 pm, every 30 min
  • Sat, Sun, & Holidays: 7 pm – Midnight, every 15 min
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Aria Express Tram

Ride Free Trams on the Strip

Location: Vegas Strip | Attractions

Did you know there are three free trams on the strip?

  • Mandalay Bay to Luxor to Excalibur Tram
  • Park MGM to Aria to Bellagio Tram
  • Mirage to Treasure Island Tram
Mirage volcano in Vegas is great for kids
The Mirage Casino holds a nightly eruption of its famous volcano. Get the kids out to see it at least once while you’re in Vegas!

See Exploding Fireballs from the Mirage Volcano

Location: 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Attraction

Feel your heart pound as this Vegas volcano begins to rumble and escalate to explosions of fire spray and steam with this free attraction on the Vegas strip. Another one of my favorite free attractions. You may want to explore it before it goes away with the Hard Rock Hotel takeover of Mirage.

Set to music from The Grateful Dead, the fire and lights show happens nightly every hour from 7 pm to 11 pm.

Bellagio Conservatory - free exhibit
Bellagio Conservatory

Beauty and Blooms at Bellagio Conservatory

Location: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Attraction

This breathtaking 14,000-square-foot garden is designed and themed annually 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.

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“M” stands for “Mmmmm” at M&M’s

Location: 3785 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Attraction

M&M World is four stories of 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’s collectibles and merchandise. While it is free to enter, I am sure you will be tempted to purchase something like I did.

HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD Las Vegas

Countless Kisses at Hershey’s Chocolate World

Location: 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Attraction

You can be surrounded by all your favorite chocolate candy at the Hersey Chocolate World.

The store is located at the 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.

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Colorful & Captivating Coral Reef Aquarium At Mirage

Location: 3400 Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Attraction

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.

LINQ Promenade

The LINQ Promenade

Location: 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Attraction

The LINQ Promenade is home to the High Roller Ferris Wheel with a boardwalk feel and many shops offering specialty items, souvenirs, and major retailers.

I LOVE Sugar is here, featuring a 14,000-square-foot candy shop, which is the largest candy shop in the world.

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Shop til you drop at Fashion Show Mall

Location: 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S, map | Category: Attraction

This large Vegas Strip Shopping Mall hosts fashion shows and other exciting events.

There are many high-end fashion designer boutiques, retailers, and specialty shops at Fashion Show Mall.

art at Resorts World!

Explore all the Amazing Art at Resorts World

Location: 3000 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Attraction

One of the newest resorts in Vegas offers a wide variety of art throughout the resort. See if you can spot all the unique art.

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Take a photo at The Welcome to Vegas Sign

Location: 5100 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Things to see

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.

Tip: Take a limo ride from the airport and ask the drive to stop at the sign and take a picture. I did this on a trip one summer.

A clown helps a child spin a ball in Vegas Circus Circus
Check out all the kid-friendly fun at Circus Circus

See High Flying Circus Acts at Circus Circus

Location: 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Things to See

Enjoy these free fantastic circus performers as they fly through the air with the greatest ease at Circus Circus.

You can also check out the Carnival Midway Arcade while you are there and do some cheaper gambling compared to other strip casinos.

Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan
Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan, among other artistic pieces throughout the hotel.

Art Lover’s Paradise at the Cosmopolitan, ARIA, and City Center

Location: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, map | Category: Things to See

Walk through 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.

Numerous works of art are strewn throughout CityCenter and ARIA…from grand installations to sculptures and paintings. This abounding collection of art makes these casinos a must-see for any art enthusiast.

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The Light Show at Eiffel Tower Paris

Location: 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Things to See

The Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Hotel and Casino has a flashy, colorful light show that runs for five minutes every hour and a 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.

luxor light in vegas

See the World’s Brightest Light Beam at Luxor

Location: 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Things to See

Visitors of 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.

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Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian

Visit Venice Right In Vegas

Location: 3377 Las Vegas Blvd S, map | Category: Things to See

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 waterfront 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!

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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.

Tip: Save on strip hotels in Vegas by booking with these vegas hotel deals.

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Be A Pinball Wizard at The Pinball Hall of Fame

Location: 4925 Las Vegas Blvd S, map | Category: Museums

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.

Ten thousand square feet of pinball machines!

Free Things to Do Downtown and Off The Vegas Strip

Head to DTLV and explore all the free entertainment and sights. Be sure to check out the free daily concerts on Fremont Street!

I enjoy all the people watching and interesting things you see on Fremont street for sure!

Related: New things to see and do in Las Vegas

Free things to do in downtown las vegas - see Vegas Vickie Circa Vegas
Vegas Vickie Circa Vegas

See Vegas Vickie

Location: 8 Fremont St, map | Category: Attraction

See the iconic Vegas Vickie neon sign inside Circa Casino in downtown Las Vegas. You might has well check out the huge bar and massive sportsbook screen inside as well!

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The world’s largest video screen, as seen at the Viva Vision Light Show

See The Fremont Street Experience

Location: 425 E Fremont St, map | Category: Attraction

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 and tops the list for free attractions in Downtown Las Vegas!

Tip: The Viva Light Show is at the top of the hour nightly, from 6 pm to 2 am.

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A Photo Worth a Million Bucks at Binion’s

Location: 128 E Fremont St, map | Category: Things to see

You can dream of a million in cool cash, but seeing it stacked up in person is a reality you must keep for the records. Take this free photo op at Vegas’s iconic Binion’s in Downtown Las Vegas.

Golden nugget pool - free activity in downtown
Golden nugget pool in downtown Las Vegas

See The Largest Gold Nugget!

Location: 129 E Fremont St, map | Category: Things to See

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.

Container Park Vegas
Container Park Las Vegas

Explore Downtown Container Park and Praying Mantis

Location: 707 E Fremont St, map | Category: Things to See

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 created by adjoining, stacked shipping containers turned building units!

Tip: There are plenty of outdoor activities in Las Vegas.

See 7 Magic Mountains in Vegas

Visit Seven Magic Mountains

Location: S Las Vegas Blvd, map | Category: Attraction

This art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone is 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.

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Breathtaking Views of Hoover Dam and ByPass Bridge

Location: map | Category: Outdoor Activity

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.

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Explore Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas.

Hike Your Rocks Off At Red Rock Canyon

Category: Outdoor Activity

Enjoy the natural beauty and wonder of Red Rock Canyon on one of its 19 marked trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

If you love to hike, don’t miss out on the great desert colors and panoramic views unique to Southern Nevada and only a 1/2 hour from the Strip.

AREA15 Las Vegas Attraction during the day Guide

Be Amazed at AREA15

AREA15 in Las Vegas offers an unparalleled and immersive experience, blending secret locations, captivating art, thrilling rides, and enticing food, making it a unique and unforgettable destination for both music festival enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

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Fishy and Fabulous Aquarium at the Silverton

Location: 3333 Blue Diamond Rd, map | Category: Attraction

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 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

Related: 7 Amazing Aquariums in Las Vegas

There are also freshwater aquariums at the Bass Pro Shop onsite at the hotel.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Decadence in the Desert at Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Location: 2 Cactus Garden Dr, map | Category: Attraction

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.


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.

I would least tip $1-$5 per drink. The bigger upfront tip usually speeds up the service for additional drinks. I like to make the first tip at least $10.

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I am a Las Vegas local looking to bring you inside tips and information that can't be found anywhere else. I'll dive into hidden gems and some of the best places to eat and visit in Las Vegas from a local's perspective.

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40 Comments

  1. This will be our first trip to Vegas with my son Kevin and sister Linda.We live in Canada .Thank you so very much for all the information that you took the time and shared it with us.Being our first time to go it was sure a great help to us to know different places and especially free things to do and see. Thanks again Barb

  2. My family and I will be in Las Vegas next week, thank you for compiling this list-for a family of 6 free is a good price😊

  3. I found if you can go to the 20th floor window of the Bellagio Hotel ( just walk up the stairs by the main elevator, to the upstairs rooms) you can watch the fountain show at night with a great aerial view.

  4. We have planned a trip to Vegas in Oct. 2021 & going to a Donny show. We cant wait going to have so much fun.

  5. Thanks for the info, some things I knew some things are new to me. I’ll try some of the old stuff and alot of the new when planning our 2121 trip.

  6. Looking around Bauman Rare Books in the Palazzo is also free. There’s first editions and its interesting to see the costs of rare books!

  7. Jeez. It’s been a long time I actually pulled out a piece of printer paper to take notes on a blog post lol. Thanks for this. You’ve earned yourself a new reader!

  8. If you combined all of your posts on one subject, you should combine them and turn it into a guide or ebook. It would make worthy reading for sure.

  9. This is a blog to watch for sure. I think you have a really awesome writing style by the way. Very easy to read. Your blog design is so clean too! Thank you all the hard work!

    • Check out the Skyfall lounge in the Delano, free to enter and has a great bar with views over the strip, Only open in the evening and worth a visit.

    • In regards to “FREE” BE AWARE ONLY 9 casinos let you park free. We parked at the listed free parking casinos and walked to our destinations. Have Fun

    • Hey Kim I’m going Aug 14-19 2019. I love meeting new people. My husband tells me that I should’ve been a tour guide some where lol

  10. There is NO timeshare presentation at 4 Queens or Binions Slot Pull.

    There is other free slots at souvenir shops on Freemont which do require timeshare presentations.

    My brother won the 50$ free slot at Binions last year.

  11. Mahalo for all the great info. Love that you’ve listed several things in different hotels. So we can enjoy everything that each hotel has to offer.

  12. This is a fabulous list of free and fun things to do in Las Vegas. Things that I have never even heard about! I’ll be in Las Vegas this next week so I’m really looking forward to visiting some of these attractions. Thank you for putting together such an all-inclusive list.

  13. Thanks for taking the time to put together this list! I will be checking out a few of these on my next trip for sure!

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