Free Las Vegas Attractions

Free Las Vegas attractions abound, so it isn’t necessary for Entertainment Capital of the World visitors to keep pulling their wallets out every time they want to do something. Just taking a stroll down the Strip can be rewarding, especially if you include a stop at the Bellagio. The outdoor fountains at this renowned casino resort put on quite a show, and it doesn’t cost anything to take it all in. Also of interest along the Vegas Strip is the dramatic architecture that is on display. Major sights of interest include the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty replicas. Of course, the people watching along the Strip is usually fascinating as well and can give Vegas visitors a lot to ponder.

Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio Fountains
Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Las Vegas hotel and casino is quite an elegant structure to behold. This isn’t the main reason why so many Vegas visitors choose to linger out front, however. Separating the casino hotel from the Las Vegas Strip is a large lake that features some amazing fountains. These fountains erupt in a choreographed display that takes place every 30 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes between 8 pm and midnight. Everything is synchronized with music, and sometimes there are also synchronized light displays that only add to the allure. Bellagio fountain shows can be cancelled due to such things as weather and special events, though you can usually catch at least one during any given day, if not several more.

Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience provides Vegas visitors with a good reason to get off the Strip and head to the city’s downtown area. Lining Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas are shops, restaurants, and legendary casinos. For those who are more interested in free Las Vegas attractions, on the other hand, Fremont Street often plays host to free concerts, and at night, its Viva Vision canopy puts on dazzling light and imagery shows that are of the complimentary variety. Street performers are often in place to provide even more free entertainment, and there is usually an electric vibe to the area that is intoxicating. The Viva Vision canopy at the Fremont Street Experience has more than 12 million lights, by the way, and if live music isn’t being offered, its high power speakers can often be heard pumping out tunes.

World’s Largest Gold Nugget

World’s Largest Gold Nugget
World’s Largest Gold Nugget

Gold is something that mankind has had a love affair with for quite some time, and interestingly enough, Las Vegas is where you can view the largest gold nugget currently in existence. This nugget, which is known as the Hand of Faith, is appropriately on display at the Golden Nugget Casino, and you don’t have to pay a cent to see it. The Hand of Faith gold nugget weighs approximately 60 pounds and was unearthed in Victoria, Australia in 1980. The man who found it has a metal detector to thank. His amazing find was sold to the Golden Nugget for one million dollars. Chances are good you just got the urge to go out and by your own metal detector.

The Sirens of TI

The Sirens of TI
The Sirens of TI

Should you be interested in finding free things to do in Las Vegas, you might keep the Sirens of Ti in mind. This free Las Vegas show at the Strip entrance of the Treasure Island casino hotel revolves around a battle between seductive sirens and renegade pirates. The scenes are enhanced with song and dance, and since these are evening performances, there are plenty of mesmerizing light displays as well. There is a rather sultry edge to the 90-minute Sirens of TI shows, so parental guidance is recommended. A special VIP viewing area is reserved for Treasure Island guests, and no strollers are permitted in any of the viewing areas. In the fall and winter, the shows begin at 5:30 pm and end at 10 pm. In the spring and summer, 7 pm is when the first show starts, with the last show beginning at 11:30 pm. Inclement weather can be a cause for cancellation. 

Aquarium at the Mirage

Aquarium at the Mirage
Aquarium at the Mirage

One of the best free Las Vegas attractions for families is the Mirage Lobby Aquarium. Situated directly behind the hotel’s front desk, it is filled with 20,000 gallons of water and features more than 1,000 coral reef animals that come from the waters surrounding such places as Australia, Fiji, and Hawaii. The Mirage Aquarium measures 53 feet long and is eight feet tall from bottom to top. Its depth is six feet from front to back.

Circus Acts at Circus Circus

Circus Acts at Circus Circus
Circus Acts at Circus Circus

If you are a fan of the circus, you will want to drop by Circus Circus at some point when visiting Las Vegas. Found on the Strip, this casino hotel puts on a variety of circus acts, and you don’t have to pay anything to watch them. Performances begin at 11 am on a daily basis and feature such things as contortionists, jugglers, acrobats, tumblers, and trapeze artists. Of course, clowns are also on hand. The quality of the Circus Circus acts is impressive, especially when you consider that the shows are free, and people of all ages can enjoy them.

Streetmosphere at the Venetian

Streetmosphere at the Venetian
Streetmosphere at the Venetian

The Venetian Las Vegas Casino, Hotel & Resort offers more than just a slice of Venice in the Nevada desert. For example, it comes complete with canals and replicas of such Venetian landmarks as the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Campanile. The atmosphere of the resort is dazzling to say the least, and visitors won’t want to pass on the chance to revel in Streetmosphere. In the Grand Canal Shoppes area, the Streetmosphere acts include opera performances, jugglers on stilts, and a variety of other colorful things. The costumed performers make it a point to interact with audience members, so don’t be surprised if you become part of the show, so to speak. In the early morning and late afternoon, Grand Canal Shoppes visitors get an extra treat, as they have an opportunity to witness the parade of gondoliers, which puts a smile on most every face.

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Another wonderful option for free things to do in Las Vegas is seeing the animals at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. As the name of this attraction implies, it is found at the Flamingo casino hotel, and among the creatures that are on display are Chilean flamingos that are pink in color. These South American natives stand up to four feet tall and can weigh in at as much as six pounds. That’s pretty big for a bird. Also on display at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat are ducks, swans, helmeted guinea fowls, koi fish, and turtles, but the list doesn’t end there. Add in the wonderful waterfalls and the other inviting features of this rather exotic area, and it only gets better. Daily hours are 8 am to dusk.

Ethel’s Chocolate Factory

Ethel’s Chocolate Factory
Ethel’s Chocolate Factory

Much like gold, chocolate is something that people just can’t seem to get enough of. This explains the popularity of Ethel’s Chocolate Factory. While it isn’t located in Las Vegas proper, Ethel’s has managed to become of one of the most popular attractions that is associated with Sin City. You can find this heralded operation in nearby Henderson, and parts of the factory are open to the public. The free factory tours are of the self-guided variety, and visitors are often treated to free samples. It should be noted as well that Ethel’s Chocolate Factory visitors can also explore an outdoor cactus garden at no charge.

Gaming Lessons at Las Vegas Hotels & Casinos

Gaming Lessons at Las Vegas Hotels & Casinos
Gaming Lessons at Las Vegas Hotels & Casinos

Finally, those who are interested in free things to do in Las Vegas can always look to enjoy free gaming lessons. Most of the Vegas casinos offer them, and they relate to such popular games as baccarat, roulette, poker, and blackjack. Gaming lessons are obviously ideal for beginners who aren’t familiar with the rules of specific games, but even seasoned gamblers are encouraged to take an interest. It never hurts to brush up on your skills. Gambling in Nevada is limited to people who are 21 or older, so the gaming lessons aren’t for younger visitors.

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