Our Guide to the Best Free Activities in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a very beautiful and fascinating city - and it’s a rather expensive one, too! But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it when visiting on a budget!
Las Vegas is a very beautiful and fascinating city and it’s a rather expensive one, too! Whether you’re a Las Vegas local looking for some pocket-friendly fun or a tourist who just wants to enjoy the city without burning a hole in your pocket, these free activities in "Sin City" are sure to keep you entertained.
1. Take a Selfie by the Famous Vegas Sign
This iconic sign is one of the most recognized in all of Las Vegas, and you know you can’t pass up a chance to take a selfie while standing beside it. Whether it’s for posting on social media or just for personal keeps, a picture with the Vegas sign is something you wouldn’t want to miss. Despite being in a rather busy area, the newly installed crosswalks and the expanded parking lot in the middle of the road has made it safer and easier to do this now more than ever.
The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is located at 5200 Las Vegas Blvd South Paradise, Nevada, 89119, USA.
2. Take a Walk Down the Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is one of the liveliest places you’ll find in the city and it’s a great place to just wander around. Go ahead and get lost in the sea of strangers for a while, and allow yourself to take in the whole experience. See the Vegas Strip lit up by bright neon lights and be entertained by street performers. You never know what you’ll see here or who you’ll bump into.
3. Get a Glimpse of the Wildlife
In a city as busy as Las Vegas it can be hard to find natural wildlife, so the grounds of the Flamingo Hotel, which functions as a natural scenic wildlife habitat, can be a very refreshing and surprising sight. Here, you will find exotic birds, koi fish and turtles as well as a collection of Chilean flamingos just chilling out and walking around. Right in the center is a breathtaking waterfall and an island that will definitely transport you to a relaxing paradise.
3555 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
4. Watch the Fountains at the Bellagio
You don’t need to be a guest of the Bellagio to enjoy their spectacular fountain show. The waters at the Bellagio fountain are choreographed to dance beautifully to Broadway tunes, classic opera music and everything else in between. Though the fountains at Bellagio do their ‘performance’ all day, the best time to come and see this amazing view is during the night when the fountain is all lit up with bright lights, creating a truly fantastic and magical view.
Fountains at The Bellagio
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
5. Party at First Friday
If you happen to be in Vegas during the first Friday of the month, head to the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas for a full night of partying. If you love music and arts and you have a thing for people watching, this is a spot you wouldn’t want to miss on your trip to Las Vegas. Eclectic pieces of art in shops and galleries, as well as on the streets, are waiting to be bought by art lovers. Aside from that, there is live music, good grub from food trucks, and street performers with unique acts.
First Friday Parties
1228 S Casino Ctr.
Las Vegas, NV 89136.
6. See the Harrison's from Pawn Star
Whether you care to admit it or not, you know you are obsessed with the hit reality TV show Pawn Stars on the History Channel! If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be inside the actual store - which doubles as their set - and if you’ve ever dreamt of seeing the Harrison's in person, a quick trip to downtown Las Vegas is all you need. Be sure to line up early as they limit the number of people they let in the shop on days when they are filming. If you have something unique and interesting to show, you might even get to take home some cash by pawning or selling your item.
Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
713 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
7. Check Out the Circus
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly alternative to Cirque Du Soleil, then drop by the Circus Circus Hotel. Here you can see free circus show filled with amazing acts from seasoned and experienced performers including jugglers, acrobats, clowns and just about everything you’d find at the circus (minus the animals). It’s far from Cirque Du Soleil, yes, but it definitely is the next best thing, especially for those who do not want to burn a hole in their pockets. Remember to come early. The show starts at 11:00 AM and lasts about an hour, and while there are plenty of shows throughout the day, the free tickets go quickly.
Circus Circus Hotel
2880 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
There's plenty of inexpensive, budget-friendly fun to be had in Las Vegas. With these helpful tips, you can keep some cash in your pocket!
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