Hey there travel enthusiasts and welcome to my post where we will check out my 10 things to do in Las Vegas for free this year. As we know, Las Vegas is famously known as the Entertainment Capital of the World with the well worn slogan “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And of course all of the things it is known for, you know, gambling, parties and exclusive shows, can get quite expensive.

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However beyond the bars and flashing slot machines, the actually city offers a variety of activities that won’t cost you a dime. From the iconic Bellagio Fountains to captivating art displays and architectural marvels, there’s a multitude of experiences available for those looking to enjoy the city’s offerings for free. These varied options not only cater to different interests but also provide a chance to see Las Vegas from a perspective that many travelers overlook as well.

  1. Watch the Bellagio Fountain Show
  2. Visit the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
  3. Wander the Las Vegas Strip
  4. Explore the Fremont Street Experience
  5. Stroll Through the Neon Museum Boneyard
  1. Admire the Conservatory at Bellagio
  2. Discover the Arts District
  3. See the Mirage Volcano Erupt
  4. Tour the Ethel M Chocolate Factory
  5. Join the Casino Players Clubs

Things to Do in Las Vegas for Free

Ok, so let’s take a run through of the things that you can get up to in one of the most spendable places on earth for free.

1. Watch the Bellagio Fountain Show

I have started here as if you are looking for something that is quintessentially Vegas, the Bellagio Fountain Show is it. Situated on the strip outside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, this fountain show is a mesmerizing performance made up entirely of water fountains and cannons that couples water, music and light in perfect harmony.

Set in an 8-acre lake, they come alive multiple times a day, and best of all, each fountain show is unique, with a rotation of songs and choreographed water displays that can reach up to 460 feet in height.

Here’s what you need to know:


  • Monday to Friday: Shows every 30 minutes from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and every 15 minutes from 7:00 PM to midnight.
  • Weekends and Holidays: Every 30 minutes from noon to 7:00 PM and every 15 minutes from 7:00 PM to midnight.

Times may vary however so it’s always good to check the latest Bellagio water show information before planning your visit.

Best Viewing Spots

This area gets very busy during peak times however the best places to view the Bellagio Fountain Show are:

  • In front of the Bellagio along the Strip
  • From the sidewalks across the street for a full view
  • Restaurants with fountain views, such as Prime Steakhouse, for a dining experience with the show

Whether you catch the daytime performances with the sun glistening off the cascading waters (where it is less crowded) or enjoy the night shows featuring stunning lighting effects, you’re in for a treat – for free.

2. Visit the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Fore another fun options that is totally free, take a moment to enjoy the tranquil environment of the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, nestled behind the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. This verdant oasis (whilst small), is open to the public and admission is completely free.

Features of the Habitat

  • Birds: You’ll encounter vibrant flamingos, along with an array of other birds such as swans, ducks and pelicans.
  • Fish and Turtles: The habitat is also home to koi fish and turtles, adding to the serene atmosphere.
  • Gardens: Lush greenery and waterfalls create a picturesque setting perfect for a leisurely walk or photography.

Visiting Tips

  • Hours: It’s accessible from 8 am to dusk, allowing you flexibility in your schedule.
  • Location: Located at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

At the back of the habitat is also the Flamingo Pool, which is free to enter if you are a guest of the Hotel (or from memory some others that are part of the same ‘group’). The pool area gets quite loud during peak season with DJs and the like however it is a good place to sit and people watch or dance the day away.

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3. Wander the Las Vegas Strip

If you haven’t been to Vegas before, trust me when I tell you that you could realistically spend at least two days wandering the strip and not spend a cent (well you need to eat of course, but other than that…). This iconic stretch spans approximately 4.2 miles and is totally pedestrian-friendly, with footbridges and designated walkways to ensure your safety and ease as you explore.

As you walk from one end to the other, simply watching the entertainment outside the casinos will get you started – such as the Bellagio Fountains we discussed earlier. Then of course at night you have all the lights and energy along with street buskers and spruikers (people trying to sell you useless stuff) as well.

What to See

Here are some highlights to look out for:

  • The Fountains of Bellagio: As we have discussed above, a spectacular free show where water dances to the rhythm of music.
  • The Mirage Volcano: Experience this fiery performance at night, usually starting after dusk.
  • The enchanting Fall of Atlantis show at The Forum Shops at Caesars.
  • The indoor Gondola waterways in the Venetian: A Taste of Venice in Vegas.
  • Ride the monorail from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay.
  • Check out the M&Ms Store in MGM Grand (it’s a store but has cool stuff to look at)

Remember to wear comfortable shoes, as there’s a lot of ground to cover and during the warmer months, it’s wise to carry water to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen, as the desert sun can be intense.

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4. Explore the Fremont Street Experience

One spot that offers you an array of entertainment away from the main strip for free is the Fremont Street Experience. Nestled in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, this pedestrian mall is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and historical significance.

Granted the area is a little ‘edgier’ than the strip itself, however it is still quite safe and includes a nice array of free offerings including:

  • Light Shows: Every night, be captivated by the Viva Vision light show, featuring stunning visual effects on a canopy overhead, starting at 6pm.
  • Concerts: Enjoy free live music with performances spread across three stages—the 1st Street Stage, 3rd Street Stage, and Main Street Stage.
  • Street Performers: Engage with an array of street artists and performers showcasing their eclectic talents.
  • SlotZilla Zip Line: Witness the thrill of flying above the crowd on the SlotZilla zipline (or do it yourself if you did have a little to spend).
  • History and Art: Take a moment to appreciate the rich history of Las Vegas, observing the various neon signs from the city’s past, an homage that can be further explored at the nearby Neon Museum.
  • Local Flavors: Indulge in the local atmosphere with neighboring casinos, eateries, and souvenir shops that capture the essence of old Vegas.

Wrap up your evening by simply wandering along the canopy and absorbing the colorful ambiance of downtown Vegas. Engaging in the Fremont Street Experience is a must-do to witness the lively spirit of the city without spending a penny.

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5. Stroll Through the Neon Museum Boneyard

The Neon Museum Boneyard in Las Vegas is a unique outdoor museum and historic site that showcases an iconic collection of retired neon signs from the city’s colorful past. It serves as a tribute to the classic era of Las Vegas, preserving and exhibiting neon signs that once adorned casinos, hotels and other businesses, many of which have been demolished or renovated, making these signs important pieces of cultural history.


  • Hours: Tours are available seven days a week. Check for current timings.
  • Cost: Free only on certain special days or community events. Regular visits require paid admission.
  • Photography: Personal photography is allowed; professional shoots may require a permit.

At the boneyard, you’ll wander among towering signs, each with its own story where your guide will reveal the histories behind the lights, from the once-glitzy casinos to the small-scale local businesses that formed the backbone of old Vegas.

Key Highlights

  • Brilliant!: An immersive show that uses light projection to bring signs to life.
  • Historical Narratives: Insightful tidbits that provide a deeper understanding of Las Vegas’s evolution.


  • Guide: Opt for a tour guide to enhance your experience.
  • Weather: Las Vegas can be hot; bring water and wear sunscreen.
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes: You’ll be walking on uneven surfaces.

This activity not only offers an educational experience but allows you to engage directly with the material culture of Vegas. While not always free, the Neon Museum Boneyard is a must-visit spot to experience a distinct piece of Las Vegas’s vibrant history.

6. Admire the Conservatory at Bellagio

Easily accessible from the main lobby of the Bellagio Hotel, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden provides another great free option for either before or after the fountain show outside. This meticulously designed garden space offers visitors a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, showcasing the beauty and artistry of nature through elaborate, seasonal displays – and you guessed it… all for free!

Features and Exhibits

The Conservatory & Botanical Garden covers a vast area known for its ever-changing floral exhibits, which are redesigned with each season and for the Chinese New Year. Each display involves thousands of plants, flowers, trees and architectural elements, creating a thematic experience that reflects the season or holiday it represents. The themes are often elaborate, featuring everything from giant sculptures and water features to bridges and gazebos, all adorned with live plants and flowers.

Artistry and Craftsmanship

The displays are the work of a dedicated team of horticulturists and designers who meticulously plan and execute these living exhibits. The craftsmanship and attention to detail in each piece are evident, with every element of the display chosen to create a harmonious and immersive experience. The garden’s design often incorporates exotic plants, rare flowers, and trees, making it a fascinating study in botany as well as an artistic spectacle.

Visitor Experience

Open 24 hours a day and free to the public, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden attracts millions of visitors each year. It’s not only a popular spot for tourists but also a beloved part of Las Vegas for locals as well.

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7. Discover the Arts District

If you are an art lover looking for something to do for free, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture without spending a dime by exploring the Arts District. This neighborhood is a creative enclave known for its unique public art, where you can stroll and appreciate an array of street murals and sculptures that celebrate the spirit of the city. This includes:

  • Artistic Murals: As you walk through the 18 blocks of the district, you’ll find stunning murals adorning the walls ranging from contemporary designs to classic graffiti. Each block offers a new visual experience, giving you a free open-air gallery to enjoy.
  • Free Events: Keep an eye out for free events such as gallery openings and cultural festivals. The Arts District is host to First Friday, a monthly celebration of local art, music, and food.
Free ActivitiesWhere to Find Them
Street MuralsThroughout the 18 blocks
Art GalleriesArt Square and surrounding areas
Cultural FestivalsCheck local listings

For an authentic taste of local life, visit the eclectic mix of cafés and boutiques lining the streets as well. While purchases aren’t free, window-shopping is, and it’s a great way to get a feel for the burgeoning art scene.

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8. See the Mirage Volcano Erupt

We touched on this one earlier in our journey up and down the strip however if you have the kids in tow, then this is another great entertainment options that is completely free. Located out the front of the of the Mirage Hotel and Casino right on the Las Vegas Strip, the volcano show is a spectacle is a blend of fire, choreographed water and music that has been captivating visitors for over three decades.

Viewers can feel the warmth as the 54-foot structure emits heat, mimicking a real volcanic eruption. The meticulously designed show combines fiery explosions with a pulsating soundtrack and dazzling lighting effects, creating a multi-sensory experience.

Show Times

  • Monday-Sunday: Every hour from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Duration: Approximately 4-5 minutes per show

Best Viewing Spots

  • In front of the Mirage Hotel
  • Sidewalk along the Strip for a full view

For the Best Experience

  • Arrive early to secure a good spot
  • Be prepared for a crowd, especially on weekends
  • Check the weather, as shows may be canceled due to high winds

Remember, the Mirage Volcano is one of the iconic free attractions in Las Vegas, but it’s slated for demolition in upcoming renovations, so be sure to check this out while you still can.

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9. Tour the Ethel M Chocolate Factory

The Ethel M Chocolate Factory is a renowned chocolate manufacturing and retail site located in Henderson, Nevada, just a short distance from the Las Vegas Strip. Founded by Forrest Mars Sr. in 1981, the factory was named after his mother, Ethel Mars, and continues the family’s legacy of crafting premium chocolates.

The facility is particularly famous for its gourmet chocolates that are made using traditional methods and high-quality ingredients, without preservatives. And best of all, admission to the factory and the cactus garden is usually free, making it an attractive destination for those looking to enjoy Las Vegas’s sights beyond the Strip.

What to Do There

  • Self-Guided Tours: Wander through the factory at your own pace.
  • Chocolate Samples: Savor complimentary tastings of their premium chocolates.
  • Cactus Garden: Stroll through a 3-acre botanical garden, the largest in Nevada.

The factory also features a gift shop where you can find a variety of chocolate gifts and treats to bring home as well. Remember to check the factory hours before visiting and enjoy this sweet escape from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.

10. Join the Casino Players Clubs

Ok, so this last one if for the adults only actually comes from a day my wife and I spent in Vegas a few years back. You see we wandered into a casino looking for at ATM so we could get some cash out for breakfast. We were met by a greeter who asked us if we wanted to join their players club. “You get $20 worth of free slot play” she said!

And that was it, we spent the rest of the day seeing just how much ‘free’ stuff and play we could get for free in every casino we came across. So, for this last free tip, if you want to experience the gambling side of things without dipping into your own hip pocket, you can try these players clubs.

How Do They Work?

Casino players clubs, also known as loyalty programs or rewards programs, are membership schemes offered by casinos to reward patrons for their play and patronage. To join a casino’s players club, visitors typically sign up at a designated club desk within the casino, providing some basic personal information. In return, they receive a membership card which they can use to generate points towards free rooms and dinners by gambling and spending other money in the casino.

Benefits and Rewards

These can change dramatically from casino to casino, but most usually include one or all of the following:

  • Comps: Complimentary rewards such as free meals, hotel rooms, drink, and show tickets.
  • Cashback and Free Play: Some clubs offer cashback on losses or free play credits for slot machines.
  • Discounts: Reduced rates for hotel stays, dining, shopping and entertainment within the casino resort.
  • Special Offers: Access to promotions, tournaments, and events that are not available to non-members.
  • Priority Services: Higher tier members may receive priority parking, check-in and restaurant reservations.

As with anything of this type, you really have to spend money to get something substantial from these memberships, however if you look for those offering free meals of slot credits, then you can be in a winner!


And there they are, my 10 things to do in Las Vegas for free. As usual, let me know of your experiences here or if there is anything else that I should be adding.

Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, or corrections, or would like me to check anything else out for you.

Until next time.

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