Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas may have a reputation of being a place where money flows freely, but the city actually offers a large number of things to see and do without spending a dime. Below are just a few free ideas:

Watch the free casino shows. Most of the major casinos offer some sort of entertainment for free. This being Vegas, many of these are quite spectacular. There’s the Bellagio Fountains, probably the most popular free attraction in Las Vegas. This extravaganza features 1200 nozzles and 4500 lights as the music “dances” to music as it shoots 240 feet in the air. The Rio features a Carnivale parade in their Masquerade shopping village with larger-than-life characters high above the crowd. There are live circus acts at Circus Circus, and the huge volcano in front of the Mirage erupts every hour to the delight of spectators.

Experience “Old Las Vegas.” Downtown Las Vegas, centered around Fremont Street has its own free attractions. Each hour from dusk until midnight, the four-block pedestrian district of Fremont Street erupts in a combination of sound, light, and motion. Just around the corner is Las Vegas’ neon museum, which houses a collection of retired neon signs, such as the original lamp from the Aladdin Hotel. The self-guided tour is free.

Go Shopping. Shopping in Las Vegas is different from any other place in the world. Where else can you strolls the streets of Paris, visit ancient Egypt, and barter for goods in New York City–all within a one-block radius? The merchants of Las Vegas strive to intice casino winners to spend their bounty in Vegas and thus offer a dazzling array of goods, from art work to designer clothing to fun Vegas kitsch. Buying can be expensive, but looking is free.

Sample Chocolates. Just outside of Las Vegas is the Ethel M Chocolate factory. This luxury candy manufacturer is located in Henderson, just 15 minutes from the Strip and offers self-guided tours daily from 830am to 7pm. Of course, each tour ends with a few samples.

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