Few places in the United States can match the entertainment opportunities offered by the city of Las Vegas. The vast majority of sites and events are located either on or nearby the famous Las Vegas Strip. From live shows to gambling, and so much more, there seems to be no end to the available entertainment possibilities, but for some travelers the costs at times may be prohibitive.
It is not uncommon for tickets to the many concerts and popular live shows in Las Vegas to be priced into the hundreds of dollars. These shows are popular for a reason, they almost always deliver first class entertainment to the viewing public, many who come to the city for the entertainment opportunities alone. Depending on your luck, gambling also has the ability to be a rather expensive pursuit. Although there are affordable gambling options like low stakes tables and machines available, even repeated and long term use of these types of activities can lead to large financial drains. Las Vegas is also home to some of the best eating opportunities of a resort town too. There are a number of high quality restaurants that serve the kind of food that anyone would love to get used to, there are also high class restaurants that feature some of the best and most famous executive chefs and chef-owners in the world.
With all of these things placing a demand on the wallets of the average traveler to Las Vegas, the search for free things to do in and around the city is never ending. Luckily, there are many free entertainment options in this city that strives to cater to everyone from every walk of life.
Free Things To Do In And Around Las Vegas
The Bellagio Fountain Show
One of the most famous visual representations of Las Vegas is the magnificent fountain show in front of the Bellagio Resort Casino. The show can be seen best from right out front on the Las Vegas Strip itself. Unique views of it can be had from fountain facing rooms in the Bellagio as well as the Paris Casino and Hotel across the street.
Wildlife at the Flamingo
The Flamingo Hotel and Casino offers free viewing of their wildlife exhibits which includes of course flamingos, but also penguins and other creatures. The Flamingo caters to travelers of all kinds and the free wildlife exhibits are fun for the whole family.
The Venetian’s Mimes
A great source of free entertainment is located at the fabulous Veneitian Casino where mimes stroll through the Canal Shoppes shopping area. Though they can ve viewed for free, these performers are highly trained professionals and put on a wonderful show.
Animated Statues in Caesars’ Forum Shops
Some of the best shopping in Las Vegas can be found in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, but there are free entertainment opportunities there as well. This exclusive shopping location is home to many animated statues that come to life hourly for the entertainment of the shoppers that pass by. The Atlantis Water Show in particular is a must-see for anyone looking for classic Las Vegas spectacle entertainment.
Most of the larger casinos in Las Vegas, especially those located on the Las Vegas Strip, offer free gaming lessons to beginners who wish to learn how to play a number of games. While this is a good way to get familiar with specific betting and game play rules, it is also a nice way to experience some free entertainment and learn something new at the same time.
Siren Show at Treasure Island
One of the more popular free live shows that take place in front of the casino resorts located on the Las Vegas Strip is the Sirens of TI show at Treasure Island. Watch the actors portray the roles of beautiful sirens luring pirates to their demise multiple times a day.
The Mirage’s Tropical Rain Forest
While many of the willife exhibits inside The Mirage do have an admission price associated with them, much of the Aquarium and the Tropical Rain Forest are free to walk through, view, and enjoy. It is hard to believe sometimes that these exhibits that most associate with oceanfront tropical locations are available at any price in the middle of the desert.
The Hard Rock’s Rock And Roll Memorabilia
While the food and gambling cost money at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, strolling through the building and looking at some of the museum quality exhibits is free. See photos, displays, and musical instruments of some of the biggest names in rock and roll history for free. This is one of the more unique displays that can be found in Las Vegas.
The Mirage’s Volcano
One of the highlights of the street front exhibits on the Las Vegas Strip is the volcano in front of The Mirage. The volcano “erupts” regularly and attracts thousands to the scene in advance of the start of the show. Because of the vivid action, this exhibit is especially popular with children.
The Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Las Vegas is not known for quite peaceful settings, but a great one is available inside the Bellagio. The resort is home to the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens which displays an incredible amount of plants and flowers. The displays are not constant, thus a frequent visitor to Las Vegas can see a whole different selection of plants based on what time of year they visit. Currently the plants are cycled out five times a year to coincide with different growing seasons.
The Fremont Street Experience
One of the many attractions established to draw tourists back to the old downtown section of the Las Vegas gambling scene, the Fremont Street Experience is a light show (and more) on a 90 foot high canopy over four city blocks. The resulting light show is easily one of the largest in the world and attracts many visitors to Las Vegas. The Fremont Street Experience has not only restored the downtown section of the city, but added to the city as a whole being that it is a world class attraction. The Fremont Street Experience has permanent stages and is also home to free concerts from time to time.
While a visit to Las Vegas is sure to give almost everyone a full schedule of things to do, with the cost of many attractions it can often become a little financially overwhelming to visit and see everything. Being armed with a good supply of knowledge related to some of the many free attractions is a great way to combat this problem and also enhance a visit to this famous city. Many of the most popular attractions in las Vegas, from gambling to live shows can be quite costly, but an individual, couple, or family can rest assurred that there are also a great many things to do that won’t negatively impact a vacation budget.