When I say Las Vegas what comes to mind? Probably glitzy showgirls, lively casinos, expensive restaurants, and losing lots of money?! Well, that doesn’t have to be totally true. By checking off the items on this list as well as these Las Vegas travel hacks, you can save some serious money and still have a great time in Las Vegas. There are so many things to do in Las Vegas for couples, it’s crazy! And of course, these are all items that you must do in Vegas for first timers as well. Whether you are visiting the Bellagio Chocolate Fountain or the botanical gardens in las vegas, this list has something for everyone!
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1. One of the Top Things to do in Las Vegas for Couples: Watch the Bellagio Fountains
The Bellagio Fountains top my list because they are just awesome. I love watching the water jets perform their choreographed dance! And apparently so does everyone else as every time we have come to watch the show it is super crowded. That’s OK, it’s so worth it. Grab your spot and enjoy the magic. The show takes place right on the Las Vegas strip in front of the Bellagio Hotel. The Bellagio Fountain times remain constant, coming on every 30 minutes from 3-8 pm Monday-Friday, and then every 15 minutes from 8 pm-midnight. On Saturdays, the show starts at noon and then on Sunday the fountains come alive beginning at 11 am and then every 30 minutes until 7 pm when it changes to every 15 minutes. For more information, visit the Bellagio website.
2. View Garage Art
Yes, you read that correctly, garage art. The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas has allowed artists to use the walls of their parking garage as a canvas. The series of murals by graffiti artist will make you realize that the Cosmopolitan isn’t just an ordinary Vegas hotel.
3. Kiss the Blarney Stone
You don’t have to travel to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone. Nope! Instead, head to the D hotel in downtown Las Vegas to see this piece of the famous castle. Maybe it will bring you some Irish luck!
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4. Listen to Some Dueling Pianos
If you’ve never seen a dueling piano show, then this is your chance. The Piano Bar at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino has just that. The interactive piano show is really fun to experience as it is two twins competing for your attention. The show takes place nightly at 9:00 pm.
5. Watch a Volcano Explode at the Mirage
Did you ever think you could stand on the Las Vegas Strip and watch a volcano explode? Well, you can, right in front of the Mirage Hotel! The lagoon puts on quite a show with fire shooting out of the lagoon and the volcano. The show takes place daily at 7 and 8:00 pm, and then they add a 9:00 pm eruption on Friday and Saturday nights.
6. Spend Some Time with Mimes
On the “streets” of the Paris Hotel and Casino, you will find several mimes just waiting to entertain you. I know it’s kinda silly, but they are actually really good and funny.
7. Visit Las Vegas Park
Located between the New York, New York and the Monte Carlo Hotels, the Las Vegas Park is a great place to relax and people watch. Check out the 40-foot tall Bliss Dance sculpture before catching one of the many free events in the park. Visit their page for more information.
8. A Must Do In Vegas for First-Timers: Enjoy the Freemont Street Experience
In the center of downtown Las Vegas, you will find Freemont Street, a canopy covered car-free area that will delight your senses. The Freemont Street Experience is awesome. You see, the canopy that hangs over the street comes alive with over two million lights and a state of the art sound system entertaining guests from around the world. Walking around Freemont Street, you will notice it’s surrounded by “old Vegas” casinos. There are usually street performers and live music going on as well.
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9. Visit the Marjorie Barrick Museum
You’re probably wondering why I would be sending you to a college campus while you’re on vacation?! Well, that’s because the Marjorie Barrick Museum is located on UNLV’s campus. Don’t worry though, it’s only three miles away from the strip. Here you will enjoy great modern and contemporary art pieces while enjoying a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
10. See the Largest Selection of Western Boots
Head over to Sam’s Town Casino to check out the largest selection of western boots in Las Vegas. I thought I was back in Texas for a minute. LOL!
11. Take a Selfie at the Iconic Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
Be sure to head to the far south end of Las Vegas Blvd and find the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. This is the perfect souvenir to take home with you on your trip to Las Vegas.
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12. Hike Red Rock Canyon
Get out of the city and experience some of the Las Vegas terrain in Red Rock Canyon. With several hikes and trails to choose from, there is a hike available for all ability levels.
13. City Center Fine Art
View the fine art collection in City Center. Their goal was to bring fine art to an urban destination, and they did just that by populating their public spaces with some amazing artwork.
14. Visit the Eiffel Tower
Okay, so it’s not the real Eiffel Tower, but it’s a nice replica. Take a picture in front of it, or for a small fee, ride to the top of the 46 stories and get a great view of the Las Vegas Strip. Located right in front of The Paris Hotel and Casino, this is definitely a Vegas-style attraction.
15. Witness the Fall of the Atlantis at Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops
This animated display of fire, water, and nine-foot-tall talking statues is sure to hold your attention. Located near the Cheesecake Factory and the Nike store, the show lasts about 10 minutes and takes place every hour on the hour, beginning at 11 am.
16. Get Your Picture With a Showgirl
Yes, you can get your picture with a showgirl! Harrah’s Casino often has two or three of their showgirls ready to pose with whoever would like a picture.
17. See the World’s Brightest Light Beam
Every night you can witness the World’s largest light beam. Just find The Luxor pyramid and look up. It’s the most powerful light in the world!
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18. Visit a 55-Foot Flame Shooting Sculpture
Head to the entrance of the container park in Vegas to check out a 55-foot flame shooting praying mantis. I just don’t know what else to say about this. LOL!
19. Walk through the Bellagio Gardens
The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio change with every season. The horticulturists bring the Conservatory to life with different themes and colors to match the season. The exhibit is free, just head through the lobby of the hotel, you can’t miss the gorgeous display that awaits on the other side. And even better, The Conservatory is open 24-hours a day!
20. Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is home to tons of old Las Vegas neon signs. Here you will find signs from old casinos and other businesses from around Las Vegas. Roam around and find your favorite it this vast Neon Graveyard. The organization also refurbishes old signs along the Freemont Street Experience, so this museum is not one of the free items on our list, but hey, it’s a non-profit organization, so your money is going to a good cause.
21. Be Transported to Venice
Vegas hotels definitely go above and beyond, and the Venetian Hotel is not an exception to this rule. Outside you get a taste of Venice with the gondolas on the canal, but inside is where you are truly transported. Once inside, follow the canal that runs throughout the shops. You will uncover lively piazzas with cafes connected by charming bridges, just like in Venice. Well, not totally, but it’s something at least. (If you’re interested in Venice, read all about our visit to the real Venice here.)
22. Hang out at the Container Park
The downtown container park is a great place to shop, eat and just plain hang out. They host free events including concerts, variety shows and movie nights as well. Take note that after 9 pm, the Container Park is an adults-only venue.
23. Go Old-School at the Pinball Hall of Fame
Full of old-school pinball machines, this 10,000 square-foot museum will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The collection ranges from the 1950s to the 1990s. Although you have to pay to play the machines (most only 25 cents), all the money goes to charity since this is a non-profit organization.
24. See Flamingos on the Strip
Yes, it’s true, you can see real life flamingos while on the Las Vegas Strip. Located in the Flamingo Hotel, the Wildlife Habitat is home to exotic birds, fish, and of course, the flamingos. The Habitat sits on 15-acres and is free to visitors.
25. Go Rock and Roll at the Hard Rock
If you love rock and roll, then you will love the collection of rock memorabilia at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The memorabilia includes instruments, outfits, and pictures from rock and roll legends including Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, and of course, Elvis! You can view the memorabilia for free 24 hours a day.
26. Explore M&M World
Get your M&M fix at M&M World on the strip. With all things M&M, you’re bound to find something you love. If you don’t want to spend any money, just walk around and explore this large store devoted to M&M’s.
27. Go to the Circus for Free!
It’s true, you can see the circus for free while in Vegas! Head over to the Circus-Circus Hotel to see the performers fly through the air at the world’s largest permanent circus. Performances start daily at 11:30 am.
28. See the World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain
The Bellagio Chocolate Fountain is the world’s largest chocolate fountain in the world! Once inside the Bellagio, head to the Jean Philippe Patisserie to observe this marvel. Of course, after you watch the fountain, be sure and splurge on a chocolate treat!
29. See a Mermaid
Again, there are all kinds of things in Vegas! At the Silverton Casino, you can view a 117,000-gallon aquarium that houses many tropical fish, and yes, mermaids. The mermaids swim several times a day, so click here for a current schedule.
30. Visit a Chocolate Factory
The Ethel M Chocolate Factory is a great way to spend a few hours in Las Vegas. Ethel M has been making chocolate for over 100 years. Take a self-guided tour of the factory and then visit the botanical cactus garden before you leave.
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31. View the Biggest Golden Nugget in Existence
Located in downtown Las Vegas, inside of The Golden Nugget Hotel, you will find the biggest golden nugget in existence, the Hand of Faith.
32. Visit “The Pawn Stars”
Gold and Silver Pawn in Las Vegas is home to the hit show on the History Channel, “The Pawn Stars.” You can go inside and view their merchandise, and of course, take some photos outside. If you’re lucky maybe you will get to meet some of the stars while you’re here.
33. Have a Say in New TV Shows
Located inside the MGM Grand Hotel, the CBS Television City Research Center allows you to have a say in what shows make it into your living room. Just grab a ticket at the research center entrance, and then watch your show and voice your opinion. It’s easy and free!
34. Relax in a Hot Spring
Head out of town a little and enjoy a hike to a fabulous natural hot spring. Take note, parts of the hike are rather strenuous, so do your research before heading out. You can read more about the hike to Gold Strike Hot Springs here.
35. Stroll the Strip
One of the best things to do in Vegas is just strolling along the stip. Take in all the excitement around you while popping in to visit any of the local stores or restaurants that you’d like.
36. Play Lawn Games
The Gold Spike is an oversized adult playground. You can hang out in the living room or the backyard and take part in all of the fun that surrounds you. Whether you’re a fan of giant beer pong, cornhole, or Twister, this place has it all!
37. Catch the Sunset Stampede at Sam’s Town
Sam’s Town is located about 20 minutes away from the Vegas strip. The Sunset Stampede is a 10-minute laser light and fountain show that includes animatronics and a babbling brook.
38. Watch the Light Show at Bally’s
Every night the rooftop canopy over the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s comes alive. Set to custom-created music, this light show is highlighted by a Swarovski Crystal Starburst that soars above the shops. The show takes place nightly, every 15 minutes beginning at 8:05.
39. Visit Hershey Chocolate World
Located in the New York-New York Hotel and Casino, Hershey Chocolate World is home to more than 800 chocolates and candies. I love that you get a free sample when you enter the store!
40. View Some Great Photography
Located in The Linq Hotel, The Polaroid Fotobar is a delight for shutterbugs. You can upload, edit and print your own photos on the first floor before touring the museum. The museum houses pictures of famous photographers holding up their favorite photo as well as many other fun exhibits of photography throughout the decades.
41. Learn to Gamble
Of course, the Vegas casinos will teach you to gamble. I mean how will they get your money if you don’t feel confident enough to play. Most casinos have lesson times, just visit their website, or ask at the information desk. They will surely hook you up with free lessons in hopes that you’ll be spending money after that!
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42. Experience a Thunderstorm Inside the Miracle Mile Shops
Usually, we head inside to avoid a thunderstorm, but I’m telling you to do the opposite. Head inside the Miracle Mile Shops to experience an interior thunderstorm! LOL!
43. See Shelby Mustangs
Mustang enthusiasts will love to see the awesome collection of Shelby Mustangs. Located in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, the Shelby Heritage Center and Carroll Shelby Store is open 7 days a week. Tours are free and do not require a reservation.
44. See the Statue of Liberty
So it’s not the real Statue of Liberty, but it’s a great recreation. Outside of the New York, New York Hotel and casino, you will see just that.
45. Sample Whiskey at Vom Fass
Located in The Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian, VOM FASS offers a free whiskey experience Thursday-Saturday at 7:00 pm. During the 45-minute class, participants learn about the whiskey making process before tasting bourbon, Irish whiskey and scotch.
46. View the Fine Art Collection at the Aria
The Aria Hotel houses the first permanent fine art collection in Las Vegas. Here you can view works from amazing artists such as Frank Stella and Richard Long. You will enjoy seeing all forms of media while strolling through this beautiful collection.
47. Admire the Glass Ceiling of the Bellagio
While inside the lobby of the gorgeous Bellagio hotel, look up! Over your head, you will see over 2,000 colorful hand-blown glass sculptures. These gorgeous flowers, crafted by renowned artist, Dale Chihuly, weigh in at over 40,000 pounds! I hope they used some strong cables!
48. Have Lunch with Harleys
Harley lovers will be in heaven at the Harley Davidson Cafe located right on the Las Vegas Strip. The 28-foot Harley coming out of the front of the building gets your attention immediately, but if that’s not enough, head inside and enjoy some great food in a Harley atmosphere.
49. Take a Free Pull on a Slot Machine
You never know, your free pull might make you some money! Take a chance, I mean what do you have to lose, it’s free! Located outside of the Tropicana hotel, take your free pull!
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50. Visit the Hall of Fame of Poker
Binions is an iconic name in gambling. Head over and check out the Who’s Who of poker. In order to be in the hall of fame, the gambler must meet four criteria that include being well respected by peers.
51. Watch a Free Performance on Freemont Street
Freemont Street is always bustling with activity. You can catch live performances from professionals and street performers. You never know what you’re going to see on Freemont!
52. Watch a Fashion Show
The Fashion Show Mall didn’t get its name from thin air. They truly have fashion shows there. Why not see one, just to say you did!
53. Watch The Lake of Dreams
Located at the Wynn Hotel and Casino is The Lake of Dreams. The Lake of Dreams is a 40-foot waterfall and lake where a nightly show takes place. The show includes thousands of lights, music, and holographic. The show runs nightly every half hour beginning at 6:00 pm.
54. Get Your Fortune Told
You can get your fortune told for free at the Lucky Cat exhibit inside the Cosmopolitan. Guests 21 and over can touch the cat’s paw to receive a Cosmopolitan freebie or a fortune.
55. Explore a Tropical Rain Forest
The atrium of the Mirage will transport you to a tropical rain forest. The 10-story dome that surrounds you houses extensive species of rainforest plants, waterfalls, and lagoons.
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56. View a 20,000 Gallon Aquarium
Also located in the Mirage hotel is a massive 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. Inside you will find over 450 fish swimming around a coral reef. This is definitely worth seeing.
57. Get Upclose with the Sharks
The Golden Nugget Hotel in downtown Las Vegas houses a shark tank that is actually their pool! This feature is a three-story complex containing over 200,000 gallons of water and sharks!
58. Go to Hoover Dam
Granted, this isn’t totally free, but it’s cheap. The dam, located on the border of Nevada and Arizona is something that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
59. See the MGM Lion
The iconic symbol of MGM studios is the lion. Head over and take your picture with the gold statue, or view the live lion in his habitat.
60. Catch Some Rays
Las Vegas hotels are known for having great pools. Take advantage of all of the desert sunshine and enjoy some time relaxing by the pool and catching some rays. It’s free with your room!
61. Weigh Yourself on a Giant Scale
Head to The Heart Attack Grill on Freemont Street and step on their giant scale, well as long as you don’t mind everyone around seeing your weight. LOL!
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62. Take Your Picture With a Million Bucks
That’s right, at Binion’s you can take a selfie with a million dollars! Granted, you can’t take it with you, but you might be able to fool a friend or two?
63. See the World’s Largest Slot Machine
Look around while exploring Freemont Street and you are guaranteed to see the World’s Largest Slot Machine, Slotzilla!
64. Stroll Through 1940s New York
The New York-New York Hotel is set up like New York City in the 1940s. Roam around and enjoy being transported back in time.
65. See The Little White Wedding Chapel
Made famous for the Las Vegas Wedding of Ross and Rachel on Friends, the Little White Wedding Chapel is worth a visit. Where else can you have a drive-thru wedding?
66. Listen to the Gondoliers at the Venetian
Stand on the Rialto Bridge and listen to the gondoliers serenade their guests as they go through the canals at the Venetian.
67. Watch the Street Performers at Venetian
While you’re roaming around the Venetian, look for the street performers dressed in Carnivale style dress.
68. See an Egyptian Pyramid
Step inside Egypt at the Luxor Hotel. The huge pyramid is amazing on the outside, but also just as amazing on the inside.
69. Visit the Chandelier Bar
The Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan is gorgeous. Even if you don’t buy a drink go just to gawk at all the crystals that make up this awesome bar.
70. Head to Lake Mead
Lake Mead is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Offering plenty of relief from the Vegas sunshine, a day trip to Lake Mead is an amazing escape from the strip.
So there you have it, 70 Free or Cheap Things to do in Las Vegas. What did we miss? Comment below and let us know your favorite free or cheap thing to do in Las Vegas! While you’re here, don’t forget to join our travel family by subscribing!
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