When someone says Las Vegas, you can be forgiven that you must spend money in one many Vegas’ casinos. That can be further from the truth. Many years ago, back in 1999 just before the we saw in the 21st Century, I was visiting with friends in Salt Lake City. One of the many experiences I will never forget to this day, was our road trip down US Interstate i15 to Las Vegas. Here is my ‘30 fun free things to do in Las Vegas‘, just for starters.
While it is true there are lots of casino’s in Vegas; there are activities you can do for free. However, there are a heck of a lot of ways to entertain yourself in Vegas without spending your money in one of Vegas’ many casino’s. There is something else to consider too. If you are looking for a cheap place to eat, nearly all of the casino’s have all you can eat buffet’s for around $8 to $10 per person.
Places to Visit in Las Vegas for Free
ALADDIN – They have a rain display where water falls from the ceiling into a reflecting pool below.
ANDERSON DAIRY – Dairy Tour
ARTS DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN – First Fridays
BALLY’S HOTEL – Light, water and sound show
BARBARY COAST HOTEL – Big Elvis
BASS PRO SHOPS OUTDOOR WORLD – the layout of this store is similar to a natural history museum. An extra special feature is the live bass aquarium.
BASS PRO SHOPS – Fishing demonstrations
BELLAGIO – They have an elaborate fountain show on every half hour and can be seen from the street or by standing on the casinos front porch. 1200 nozzles and 4500 lights are used. The Bellagio is also famous for its botanical garden. There are over 7500 flowers, trees and plants displayed and the atrium is changed six to eight times a year. 2. Stunning Bellagio hotel lobby 3. Chocolate fountain
BONNIE SPRINGS PETTING ZOO/OLD NEVADA – Less than half an hour west of Vegas you will find this extensive free petting zoo though donations are accepted gratefully! The whole place is like a recreation of the wild west of Nevada. There is a mining town (small fee), plus a miniature locomotive.
BOULDER CITY – Hoover dam
CAESARS PALACE – Caesar and Cleopatra walk around inside waiting for you to quiz them about historical events. There is also a circular aquarium at the far end. You can take a free tour every weekday to find out how the fish tank works and what the employees do to keep the fish happy.
CAESARS PALACE FORUM SHOPS – Every hour two fountains come to life. There are two shows. The first show features Bacchanal and the second show features Neptune. Very popular and crowded. To easily slip out watch near the back of the crowd. The show starts promptly on the hour.
CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER – Movies and popcorn.
CANNON AVIATION MUSEUM – This is located at the McCarran International Airport. There is a large exhibit about the aviation history of Las Vegas.
CHINA DATE RANCH – This is a small working farm with a huge selection of fresh dates and baked goods. The date palms have brightly coloured petticoat skirts which keep the birds away and the dates happy.
CHINATOWN – Just like many Chinatowns around the world. A great experience and lots of fun.
CIRCUS CIRCUS – The Adventure Dome is free to walk around in though rides cost. The theme here is the Grand Canyon. From 11am to 12pm, every 20 minutes, a different circus act performs on the midway above the casino.
COFFEE ROASTERS OF LAS VEGAS – Find out everything you wanted to know about tea and coffee here. There are tours and classes – tours are free – and you also get to enjoy a free sample.
DESERT DEMONSTRATION GARDEN – A display of hundreds of desert plants and explaining how desert plants grow in the desert. 2. – Harbour rainstorm 3. Entertainers
DON PABLOíS CIGAR COMPANY – Cigar Factory Tour
ED ROMAN GUITARS – Guitar museum
ETHEL M CHOCOLATES – now who doesn’t like chocolate? They have a great tour showing how they make fudge, chocolate squares and more. The address is 2 Cactus Drive Garden and their site is www.ethelm.com. At the end youíll also get a free piece of chocolate.
EXCALIBUR – Aimed at children there are Court Jester performances and medieval acts
FASHION SHOW MALL – Fashion shows
FISHER SPACE PEN COMPANY – This pen has been on every single manned space flight since 1968. 711 Yucca Street, Boulder City.
FLAIR BARTENDER SHOWS – at various Vegas locations
There are so many things you can do which does’t require much money. It does pay to do your homework before you head over to the USA/Las Vegas. You could hire your car before you set off, you can avoid headaches while in the US. One place not on this list is the Las Vegas Stratosphere with a roller coaster above the hotel/casino. If that looks weird, how about eating in their restaurant.
Setting a sensible budget is must when in Las Vegas. The hotels are not cheap, so setting money aside for sightseeing is the next best thing. You can visit all the casinos down the ‘Main Strip’ which is also free and just have a look what is inside. Each casino have their own style and even with the LUXOR with their inclinators instead of elevators. A purpose built city in the midst of the desert is a marvel in itself.