25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

Sometimes it seems like the only way to enjoy Vegas is to risk losing money gambling, paying a lot for shows, or eating at expensive restaurants. But there are tons of free things to do if you know where to look. Most of these are family friendly too!

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Last Updated: June 17, 2020

25 Free Things To Do in Las Vegas

Note: Everything hasn’t opened yet. It’s best to call in to double check if they are open or if they have limited hours. As always, travel safe and wear a mask.

1610 E Tropicana Ave Las Vegas NV 89119, map   |   Hours: Sun-Thurs 11AM-11PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-Midnight

Located just off the strip, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a 10,000 square foot building filled to the brim with pinball machines! It was fascinating to see pinball machines from the 1950s all the way to present day, and there were a handful of other classic arcade games too.

If you don’t want to spend any money you can go take photos and watch others play. Who knows? You might even find a quarter lying around! If you do spend money here, also know that all your money goes to charity.

Pinball Museum Las Vegas (25 Best Free Things to Do in Vegas).
Pinball Hall of Fame (25 Best Free Things To Do in Las Vegas).
Fremont Street Las Vegas NV 89101, map   |   Hours: Every hour on the hour from dusk to midnight

Just a few miles from the strip is a strip of old vegas on Fremont Street that they’ve turned into a great area to walk around. One of the attractions there is the Fremont Experience where they have a lit canopy overhead with nightly light shows. There are 12.5 million lights up there!

Pro Tip: They recently redid the ceiling and the screens are so much brighter and clearer now!

Fremont Street Experience (25 Free Things to Do in Vegas).

3. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Amidst all the flashing lights and noise of Vegas is a small piece of paradise. Check out the flamingo, exotic birds, fish, and turtles at Flamingo Hotel & Casino.

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).
3205 Nevada 159 Las Vegas NV 89161, map   |   Hours: Dawn til Dusk

Although the main entrance has a fee, you can check out the Red Springs Loop, which has a free parking lot outside of the Scenic Loop. Check out our post for more details.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).

5. Lawn Games at Gold Spike

This is a favorite hang out spot amongst locals! It’s free to enter and they have a backyard with giant lawn games and fire pits. With so much to do, you can easily have a great time here without spending a penny.

Arts District Las Vegas, NV, map   |   Hours: Evening, varies month to month.

First Friday Las Vegas is an art walk / art festival that takes place in downtown Vegas once a month. It’s a great way to see the local side of Vegas and hang with the natives.

Las Vegas First Fridays (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).

7. Las Vegas Welcome Sign

Touristy, yes, but you can’t visit Vegas without taking a photo next to the iconic welcome sign!

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).

The Bellagio does an amazing job at updating their gardens seasonally. We did a post of their 2014 Christmas display, but there’s always something new to see each season.

Bellagio Botanical Gardens (25 Free Things to do in Las Vegas).
Bellagio Botanical Gardens (25 Free Things in Las Vegas).

9. Fountains of Bellagio

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map   |   Hours: Every ½ Hr M-F 3-8PM / S-S 12-8PM; Every 15 Min 8-Midnight

This is probably one of the most iconic attractions in Vegas and they keep it fresh by creating new fountain shows with new music.

Fountains of Bellagio (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).
Great Basin Highway Boulder City NV 89005, map   |   Hours: Dawn til Dusk

This is a great day hike that takes you to clear hot springs near the Colorado River. It does require a bit of scrambling, but the beautiful walk is worth it. See more details & vlog here.

Gold Strike Hot Springs (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).
2 Cactus Garden Drive Henderson NV 89014, map   |   Hours: 8:30AM-6PM Daily

Whether it’s Snickers, Dove, Twix, or M&M’s, we’ve all had Mars chocolate before. But did you know that after Forrest E. Mars, Sr retired, he created Ethel M Chocolates in his mother’s honor? This boutique chocolate shop is located in Henderson, NV and focuses on producing gourmet premium chocolates.

Outside the building, there is a four-acre botanical cactus garden which features over 300 species of desert plants. It’s one of the world’s largest collections of its kind.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).
Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden (25 Best Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).
2880 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map   |   Hours: Performance starting at 11AM daily

What’s better than a free circus? With acts flying through the air, jugglers, clowns, freestyle BMX, and more, there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Circus Acts at Circus Circus (25 Free Things to Do in Vegas).

photo: Judy Baxter / creative commons

There is a replica of the Ponte Vecchio bridge (original one is in Florence, Italy) at Lake Las Vegas. Take a stroll around the lake, browse the shops, and if you do want to take the romance up a notch, book yourself a romantic gondola ride so you can steal a kiss under the bridge.

Ponte Vecchio Replica Lake Las Vegas (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).

14. The Aquarium at Silverton

With over 4000 fish and 160 species from around the world, this aquarium is a great way to pass time. Kids especially love to interact with the mermaids. Mermaids Swims are scheduled. Check their site for the most up-to-date info.

Silverton Aquarium (25 Best Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).
The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel (25 Free Things To Do in Las Vegas).

15. Downtown Container Park

707 Fremont St Las Vegas NV 89101, map   |   Hours: M-T 11:30 am to 8 pm; F-S 11 am to 8 pm
See a piece of Burning Man, shop, and catch a show. Check out the musician line up and events here.
Downtown Las Vegas Container Park (25 Free Things to Do Las Vegas).
3500 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map   |   Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am tp 11 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am to Midnight

The Fall of Atlantis show is located in the heart of the Forum Shops and uses animatronic displays of fire, water, and nine-foot-tall talking statues.

Fall of Atlantis Caesars Forum Shops (25 Las Vegas Free Shows and Attractions).

photo: Andrei Asinas / creative commons

17. Volcano at the Mirage

3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas NV 89109, map   |   Hours: 7PM-11PM every half hour

This volcano packs a punch with huge explosions, fireballs, and a soundtrack from The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian table sensation Zakir Hussain.

18. Paris Eiffel Tower

Although you have to pay to get to the top, you can take pictures out front for free. A fun fact: this remake was initially planned to be an exact replica, but because the airport is so close, they were forced to make it smaller so it wouldn’t interfere with air traffic.

Eiffel Tower Las Vegas (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).

19. Venetian Streetmosphere

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map   |   Hours: Noon, 1PM, 2PM, 4PM, 5PM, 6PM Daily

Created by classically trained singer, actors, and musicians, this “street” show in the Grand Canal Shoppes is a lot of fun and really gives you the vibe that you’re in Italy seeing street performers.

The Venetian Streetmosphere (25 Las Vegas Free Shows and Attractions).

20. M&Ms World

Their four-level store is full of color and wonderment. Create personalized M&M’s, take photos with their full-sized 18 NASCAR, and check out the free 3-D movie.

21. Hershey’s Chocolate World

3790 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV, map   |   Hours: 9AM-10PM Daily

This 13,000-square-feet store makes its home at New York-New York Hotel. You can browse through all the Hershey’s products and if you can’t resist buying something, you can make customized chocolate bar wrappers and choose your favorite Kisses or Jolly Ranchers.

Hershey's Chocolate World (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).

22. Murals in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas is full of beautiful murals you can check out or take photos in front of. Check out this video for some of our favorites.

23. Hand of Faith at Golden Nugget

Found in Australia, this 61-pound golden nugget makes its home in the Golden Nugget lobby. It’s the biggest golden nugget in existence and second biggest ever discovered.

Golden Nugget Hand of Faith (25 Las Vegas Free Things to Do).

24. CBS Television City Research Center

3799 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map   |   Hours: 10AM – 830PM

Have a say in what goes on TV by giving them your opinion!

Famous for the TV Show, Pawn Stars, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is free to visit. There’s a gift shop and you can see items that have appeared on the show.

World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).
128 Fremont Street Las Vegas NV 89101, map   |   Hours: 10AM – 11PM; Must be 21+.

Take a photo with a million dollars. I’m not sure why I imagined that I could lay on top of the cash like in Breaking Bad, but because my expectations were off, it was one of my least favorite free attractions in Vegas. But free nonetheless! Sorry, I can’t hide my disappointment. haha

Binions Million Dollar Photo (25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas).

Map of Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

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How many of these free things to do in Las Vegas have you done? What’s the some free things you enjoy in your town? Anything else you think deserves to be on this list?

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