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Free things to do in Vegas?

This time I'm going to Vegas on a budget. What are the best free or cheap activities I can do? Or cheap food places? How can I make the most of my trip without breaking the bank? 

10 Answers

top answer by
Karen from Maryland

Here's my list:

Fountains of Bellagio  & Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens plus the Jean-Philippe Patisserie

Forum Shops at Caesars - there is a nice aquarium and auto animatronic show that happens in the mall.  It was being revamped last time I went to Vegas so hopefully it's still there. 

Flamingo Las Vegas - Wildlife Habitat - Flamingos of course with swans, koi fish etc.  (located in the back of the hotel near the pool area)

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Miracle Mile shops - inside rainstorm.

The Venetian  St. Mark Square performances.

Hawaiian Marketplace Free performances. 

Treasure Island  Sirens show (in the evening)

The Mirage Volcano Eruption  (in the evening)

Fashion Show Mall sometimes hosts free fashion shows (I think they still do that). 

Wynn Hotel Las Vegas  Lake of Dreams show - free but really hard to see if you are not at the bar/restaurant in front of the lake. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Fountains of Bellagio (state)
  2. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (attraction)
  3. Jean-Philippe Patisserie (restaurant)
  4. Forum Shops at Caesars (attraction)
  5. Flamingo Las Vegas (hotel)
  6. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (hotel)
  7. The Venetian (hotel)
  8. Hawaiian Marketplace (attraction)
  9. Treasure Island (attraction)
  10. The Mirage (hotel)
  11. Fashion Show (attraction)
  12. Wynn Hotel Las Vegas (hotel)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Free things:  Watch the fountains outside the Bellagio Hotel-the program/music rotates, so you could watch several and not see the same thing twice.  Watch the "volcano" erupt outside the The Mirage and for only a small fee head to the back of the hotel and visit the small zoo (the white tigers, dolphins).  The Venetian, in the shopping area, always has performers of some kind wandering about-might be singing, juggling, ect.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bellagio Hotel (hotel)
  2. The Mirage (hotel)
  3. The Venetian (hotel)
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answered first by
Abbi from Northeast

If you have a car and enjoy the outdoors, spend a day in the Valley of Fire State Park. You can spend hours hiking the trails and being constantly amazed by the gorgeous scenery. It's also a nice break from the crowds on the strip. Have a great trip! 

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  1. Valley of Fire State Park (amusement park)
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answered by
Fritzi from San Francisco

I think a great free thing to do is make an appointment with sales and catering at your favorite hotel to plan your dream wedding (girls trip, or any occasion). They will show you the private banquet rooms, suggest menu options, and give you a tour of the property. Make it a big party!  

Another fun thing to do would be watch a show rehearsal (would need to research this). 

Lot of casinos have free lounge acts, sometimes the music is really great, like Motown cover bands. You can dance if you want to. 

You might also try to crash some convention parties. Go to the Las Vegas Convention Center and see if you can get an expo hall pass. Often the vendors invite convention guests to special events. Just ask if there are any parties.  

You do not have to spend lots of money to have fun in Las Vegas. Fun is happening everywhere, so just learn to freeload. Good luck.

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  1. Las Vegas Convention Center (attraction)
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answered by
Juliana from Las Vegas

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is pretty amazing. A little over the top, but it’s Vegas.

You can't go to Vegas right now without going to Lucky Cat at The Cosmopolitan to have your fortune told. Basically it’s a giant silver cat that looks like a Jeff Koons sculpture (it’s not) and spits fortune cards out from its tummy.

If you’ve never seen the mermaids show at the Silverton Casino you haven’t lived so check it out! Luxor Hotel and Casino Bellagio Hotel

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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

If u dont gamble everything is free. If you sign up for credit card at Caesars Palace you get free room or buffet. Same at MGM Grand Monorail Station or The Mirage. Get the Paris free buffet. If you sign up at Paris you get free buffet there and have to walk to ceasars to activate it. If you get free room stay at Harrah's Las Vegas. You can check at Paris Rewards for free tickets. If you hang out by ceasars theatre you may get free show tickets. Check show times. Hang with the VIPs

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Caesars Palace (attraction)
  2. MGM Grand Monorail Station (attraction)
  3. The Mirage (hotel)
  4. Harrah's Las Vegas (attraction)
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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

All is free in Las Vegas. Walk up and down the Strip. Stay at Sam's Town free shuttle to Harrah's Las Vegas. White Castle has $8 meals. The Mirage has Volcano. Bellagio Hotel fountains. Tram in back of Bellagio to Aria. Galleries in Aria. The Venetian St. Mark's Square music. Palazzo Art in main entrances. Glass display at Bellagio Hotel. Falls at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas. Free pool use at certain hotels. Free tram to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Hiking and trails galore around Las Vegas.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Las Vegas (city)
  2. Harrah's Las Vegas (attraction)
  3. The Mirage (hotel)
  4. Bellagio Hotel (hotel)
  5. Aria (attraction)
  6. The Venetian (hotel)
  7. Wynn Hotel Las Vegas (hotel)
  8. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (hotel)
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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

Walk. Take pictures. Go to expensive restaurants and order coffee and say you are waiting for a friend. There are lots of food courts. Call a water thing on your belt. Hang out in front of

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answered by
jarrett from Freeport

First I would nail down where I am staying so you can find the cheap food places in that area. If you go to they have alot of coupons etc.  Really depends if you just want anything to eat like mcdonalds or real food. When it comes to activities depends on your likes. They have the big bus tours that lets you hop off and on any of the stops along the route.  If you are a clubbing person it may be best to get one of those club cards that allows access to a few different clubs because vegas clubs can be pricey.

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answered by
Peter from Munich

Hi Drew,

I just got back from Vegas not to long ago and made a little list, with some free things.

Maybe some are interesting for you...

So far its only a short list, but maybe I can extend it with the inputs from trippy members :)

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