Visiting Las Vegas on a budget? Check out these free things to do in Las Vegas.
Sometimes, it seems like the only way to enjoy Vegas is to risk losing money by gambling, paying a lot for shows, or eating at expensive restaurants. But there are many free things to do if you know where to look. Most of these are family-friendly, too!
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Last Updated: December 6, 2023
25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas
When visiting Las Vegas, you can easily go crazy with over-the-top meals and spending, but you can also visit on a budget. There are a lot of amazing free things to do!
1. Area 15 →
3215 S Rancho Dr, 89102, map
Area 15 is one of the newer attractions in Las Vegas and is a mix of art, shopping, and food. It’s free to enter (though it requires tickets to control capacity), and there are plenty of murals and free art installations to browse. If you want to see specific exhibits, purchase tickets separately or as a bundle on the AREA15 site.
Local Tip: Don’t miss the murals on the back of the building!
1610 E Tropicana Ave Las Vegas NV 89119, map
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 the present day, and there were a handful of other classic arcade games, too.
If you don’t want to spend money, you can roam around and look at all the machines or watch others play. Who knows? You might even find a quarter lying around! If you spend money here, also know that all your money goes to charity.
3. Stranger Things Store
3785 S Las Vegas Blvd Suite #102, 89109, map
The Stranger Things Official store is located in Showcase Mall on the Strip, along with the M&M store, the Coca-Cola Store, and other shops. They sell official Stranger Things merch and have fun photo opps recreated from the show. It’s not an attraction I would go out of the way for unless you’re a hardcore Stranger Things stan, but if you’re in the area, it’s worth stopping by.
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, a lit canopy overhead with nightly light shows. There are 12.5 million lights up there!
During summer weekends, they host Downtown Rocks, a free concert series from 6 PM to 2 AM. Here’s what’s left of the 2023 schedule.
- Sat, Oct 21st – Teddy Swims (3rd St Stage)
- Sat, Oct 28th – Fastball, Gin Blossoms (1st St Stage)
- Other artists from earlier in the season were +LIVE+, The All-American Rejects, Dashboard Confessional, Marcy Playground, Neon Trees, Smash Mouth, Switchfoot, Taking Back Sunday, Toadies, WALK THE MOON, and Young the Giant.
Local Tip: They recently redid the ceiling, and the screens are brighter than ever!
5. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas NV 89109, map | Hours: 8 AM-Dusk
Amidst all the flashing lights and noise of Vegas is a small piece of paradise. Check out the flamingos, exotic birds, fish, and turtles at Flamingo Hotel & Casino.
3205 Nevada 159 Las Vegas NV 89161, map | Hours: Dawn til Dusk
Although the main entrance has a fee (and currently a reservation system for a $2 extra fee to control capacity), you can check out the Red Springs Loop and the Kraft Boulders area, which has a free parking lot outside the Scenic Loop. Check out our post for more details.
Local Tip: If you’re going to Red Rock to climb, please make sure it hasn’t been raining within 48 hours (sometimes longer). Wet sandstone breaks easily. Come climb at Refuge Climbing instead (and say hi to us at our home gym!).
7. lawn Games at Gold Spike
217 Las Vegas Boulevard North Las Vegas NV 89101, map | Hours: Open 24
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. Some of my girlfriends always get free drinks, too, making it free drinks and free entertainment.
9. Las Vegas Welcome Sign
S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119, map | Hours: Open 24 Hrs
Touristy, yes, but you can’t visit Vegas without taking a photo next to the iconic welcome sign!
Local Tip: They sometimes change the sign’s color for specific holidays.
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map | Hours: Open 24 Hrs
The Bellagio does an amazing job on its Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. We go every season (there are 5 new displays per year), and you can see them all on our post linked below.
Also, don’t forget to check out Dale Chihuly’s Fiori di Como glass sculpture in the Bellagio Lobby.
Local Tip: Between seasons, there are dark days when they are changing the decor. Check our post below for those dates.
Great Basin Highway Boulder City NV 89005, map | Hours: Dawn til Dusk
The two major hot springs near Las Vegas are Gold Strike and Arizona Hot Springs. See more about each hike via the links above.
Local Tip: Do not hike these trails in the summer. It’s too hot and exposed.
2 Cactus Garden Drive Henderson NV 89014, map | Hours: 8:30 AM-6 PM Daily
Whether it’s Snickers, Dove, Twix, or M&M’s, we’ve all had Mars chocolate. 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 in Henderson, NV, focuses on producing premium chocolates.
Outside the building 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.
Local Tip: The botanical garden holds special events during Valentine’s Day and Christmas, where it’s lit up!
14. Circus Acts at Circus Circus
2880 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map | Hours: Performance starting at 11 AM 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.
41 Costa Di Lago Henderson NV 89011, map | Hours: 24 Hours
There is a replica of the Ponte Vecchio bridge (the original one is in Florence, Italy) at Lake Las Vegas. Take a stroll around the lake, browse the shops, and if you want to take the romance up a notch, book yourself a gondola ride to steal a kiss under the bridge.
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 lineup and events here. The praying mantis sculpture also breathes fire from Wednesday to Sunday. The times are random.
Another free thing you can do is add a love lock to the heart sculpture in front or to the DTLV sign inside.
3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map | Hours: 24 Hrs
Tucked between the Linq and Flamingo, the Linq Promenade is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area. It’s a great spot to walk around and people-watch. If you decide you want to spend money, the High Roller is here, plus many restaurants and shops.
19. Paris Eiffel Tower
3655 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map | Hours: 24 Hours
Although you must 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.
Local Tip: Our favorite shot is from the Bellagio.
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map | Hours: Noon, 1PM, 2PM, 4PM, 5PM, 6PM Daily
Classically trained singers, actors, and musicians created the Venetian Streetmosphere in the Grand Canal Shoppes. A few of the restaurants in St. Marks Square have “patio” seating where you can enjoy the “street” show from your table.
21. M&Ms World
3785 S. Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89109, map | Hours: 9AM-1AM
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.
22. Hershey’s Chocolate World
3790 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV, map | Hours: 9AM-10PM Daily
This 13,000-square-foot store makes its home at New York-New York Hotel. You can browse through all 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.
23. Hand of Faith at Golden Nugget
129 East Fremont Street Las Vegas NV 89101, map | Hours: Open 24 Hrs
First found in Australia, this 61-pound golden nugget is now tucked away in the Golden Nugget lobby. It’s the biggest golden nugget in existence and the second-biggest ever discovered.
24. Seven Magic Mountains
35.8384138,-115.2731037, map | Hours: 24 Hrs
One of the most popular photo spots in town, Seven Magic Mountains, is about 30 minutes away from the city. There’s a short hike to the sculptures, where you can then roam around and shoot to your heart’s content.
Local Tip: Cell service can be spotty, so do not rely on ride share.
Map of Free Things to Do in Las Vegas
More Free Things to Do in Las Vegas
- Aria’s Fine Art Collection
- Coca Cola Store
- Eiffel Tower Light Show
- Fall of Atlantis Show, Caesars Forum Shops – uses animatronic displays of fire, water, and nine-foot-tall talking statues.
- Gateway Arch – right outside the Strat.
- Lake of Dreams Show, Wynn – you can see it at Aft, Parasol Lounge, Lakeside, or SW Steakhouse.
- Love Sculpture, Waterfall Atrium at Palazzo
- Million Dollar Photo (map) – Take a photo with a million dollars. I’m not sure why I imagined 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 below. haha
- Mirage’s Floral Atrium – it will be gone once Mirage turns into Hard Rock.
- World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain at Bellagio Patisserie.
- Wynn Botanical Gardens
- Wynn Fountain Show – it’s way smaller than Bellagio’s
- Downtown Las Vegas Murals – Check out this video to see our favorites.
- Indoor Las Vegas Climbing Gyms – If you have a friend who is a member at one of these gyms, you can ask if they have a free day pass they’re willing to let you use to check it out.
- If you’re local, you can get up to 3 hours of free parking on the strip at MGM and Caesars properties with your Nevada ID. Just scan it when you’re leaving the parking deck.
- Check out these free events in Las Vegas.
- Each casino has its own character and if it’s your first visit, you can spend all day just walking through the different casinos.
- Download myVegas by Playstudios for discounts and freebies. They are free to play, and you can earn points to redeem for discounts and free activities. They update their rewards regularly so you can collect and redeem points when ready. So far, we redeemed some snacks and desserts from various places on the Strip.
- Eating and drinking off the strip will save you money!
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How many of these free things to do in Las Vegas have you done? Anything else you think deserves to be on the list?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.