Top free things to do in Las Vegas
We fell in love with Las Vegas from the moment we arrived.
From the Strip to Fremont Street, we scoured the area to find the best free things to do in Las Vegas while we were ‘taking a break’ from our epic USA Road Trip.
There were so many wonderfully fun free things to do, we just had to make a list.
See where it all began at Fremont Street
Dating back to 1905 when Las Vegas itself was founded, Fremont Street is the second most famous street in Las Vegas beneath the Las Vegas Strip. Fremont Street is easily accessible by means of a public bus (hop on the Deuce Bus!) and it is an attraction that should not be missed.
Named in honor of explorer John Charles Frémont, Fremont Street is home to a corridor of Casinos that date back to the 1920s.
You will find Binion’s Horseshoe Casino, Four Queens, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget, The Mint and many more wonderfully lit attractions.
The abundance of neon signs in the area earned Fremont Street the nickname of ‘Glitter Gulch’.
Fremont Street was the first paved street in Las Vegas and was fully complete in 1925.
See the world’s largest video screen at Fremont Street
In 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) was created as an entertainment district in the heart of downtown Las Vegas in an effort to draw tourists away from the Strip and into the historic area.
The three-block renovation included street redesign, and retro-looking signage as well as the erection of the world’s largest video screen above the Fremont Street hotels and casinos. The video screen is the crown jewel of downtown Las Vegas and is known as the Viva Vision screen, It measures 1,500 feet long and 90 feet wide.
Of course, being the world’s largest video screen, it can also host the world’s largest Instagram wall displaying five football field’s worth of photos tagged with #FremontStreet on Instagram, many visiors partake in the fun. During March Madness, the Viva Vision screen is home to the world’s biggest NCAA championship bracket.
See the world’s largest slot machine at Fremont Street
Of course, Las Vegas is home to the world’s largest slot machine! Another downtown attraction, the ‘Slotzilla’ slot machine is located on Fremont Street and the feature is also home to the busiest and most successful urban zip line in the world.
SlotZilla flies guests right through the top of Fremont Street, skimming beside the world’s largest video screen above. Riders can choose to sit as they would in a conventional zip line or fly superhero-style (on the Zoomline).
The Slotzilla zip line isn’t free but watching the riders scream their way through is!
Weigh yourself at the famous Heart Attack Grill
The Heart Attack Grill is a restaurant located in Downtown Las Vegas and the establishment has made headlines on several occasions for its controversial high-calorie menu items. You can expect the world’s highest fat milkshakes and the Guinness Book of Records official highest calorie burger.
The menu items have been given deliberately provocative names from ‘Penis Pasta’ to the 8,000 calorie ‘Octuple Bypass burger’ and these are coupled with waitresses in sexually provocative clothing.
The restaurant itself is hospital themed and the waitresses are ‘nurses’ that take ‘prescription’ orders and force you to wear a hospital gown and wrist band when you enter. You can also order red wine in an IV!
One of the most controversial practices at the Heart Attack Grill is the spanking. Customers who do not finish their meal receive a paddling by a nurse and offer the option of purchasing the paddle afterwards.
Customers over 350 lb (160 kg) or 25 stone in weight, eat for free at the Heart Attack Grill, you can weigh yourself for free outside!
The Heart Attack Grill opened for only 5 months in 2011 and one of their promotions was to reward customers who finish a Triple or Quadruple Bypass Burger by wheeling them out in a wheelchair to their vehicle by a ‘personal nurse’.
You may have heard about deaths at the Heart Attack Grill, in and around the restaurant. The Heart Attack Grill’s spokesman, 575-pound (261 kg) Blair River, died in 2011, aged 29, from complications of pneumonia, it is not known whether the death was caused directly from dining at the restaurant but he was a regular at the Arizona branch.
In 2012, he allegedly had a heart attack while eating a “Triple Bypass Burger” at the grill while other customers apparently took pictures while waiting for paramedics. In the same year, a woman fell allegedly unconscious while eating a Double Bypass Burger, she was also said to have been smoking and drinking with her meal.
And in 2013, daily patron, 52-year-old John Alleman, allegedly died of a heart attack at a bus stop in front of the Las Vegas restaurant after dining.
Admire the World’s Largest Keno Board at D Casino
The D Casino upped their game to surrounding competition and recently installed the World’s Largest Keno Board outside the casino.
World’s Largest Pint Glass
Fremont Street is home to a lot of record breakers and Vegas being Vegas, of course, it is home to the world’s largest pint glass. The pint glass at Hennessey’s Tavern is a whopping 85 feet tall and though it doesn’t hold liquid, you can’t miss the feature when walking the fun-filled downtown area of Fremont Street.
Stay tuned for a future revamp of the glass where it will be transformed into the world’s biggest ‘Not Your Father’s Root Beer Mug’, complete with a handle.
Stand beside $1million at Binions Casino
Binion’s Casino is located in downtown Las Vegas on Fremont street and the casino is home to a $1 Million Display guarded by security at all times. The pyramid designed case is filled with $1million cash with denominations ranging from ones to one-hundred dollar bills.
Take your FREE souvenir photo and receive a 6 x 8 glossy photo inside a souvenir frame.
The famous $1 Million Display is one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas, trick your friends and family at home with your free photograph, tell them you’re not coming back! The display can be found beside Club Binion’s and is open from 9:00 am – 11:30 pm daily. Must be 21 years or older to take a photo.
Stand in awe at the Bellagio fountains
Probably the most famous and iconic sites of Las Vegas is the Bellagio Fountains. Located on 8 acres of water outside the front face of the Bellagio hotel, the fountains form a vast, choreographed water feature with scheduled performances of water, light, and music.
If you’re wondering what time the Bellagio Fountains start, the show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings and every 15 minutes from 8pm until midnight.
The fountains are timed to perfection to dance to songs such as “Time To Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli, “Your Song” by Elton John, “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley, “Luck Be a Lady” by Frank Sinatra and “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion.
The Bellagio Fountains are said to cost the hotel $10,000 to $15,000 per night to run. That’s a whopping $300,000 and $400,000 per month as well as costing over $40milion to build making it one of the unmissable free things to do in Las Vegas.
The fountain has 1214 jets, 4500 lights, and 8000 meters of pipe and you really do have to see it to believe it.
Admire the Fire-Breathing Mantis
Did you know Fremont Street is home to an enormous Fire-Breathing Mantis? The Mantis is located outside the Downtown Container Park, and it was built for the nearby Nevada desert festival ‘the Burning Man’.
The mantis burns through 50 gallons of liquid propane a day and when the fire burning starts in the evening, it lights up the night sky of downtown Las Vegas.
Stand beneath the world’s Largest Mechanical Neon Sign
Once again, you know you’re going to find a record-breaking neon sign in Las Vegas and this is in the form of Vegas Vic right outside the Pioneer Gift shop on Fremont Street in the Downtown Las Vegas area.
Watch the Fall of Atlantis at Caesar’s Palace
The Fall of Atlantis free show in Caesar’s Palace’s Shopping Mall, the Forum Shops, really has to be seen to be believed.
The spectacular display of fire and water entertains audiences with special effects and animatronic figures that work perfectly to recount the myth of Atlantis.
Set in the kingdom of Atlantis, King Atlas has to decide which of his bratty kids will rule the throne who just so happen to feud in front of gobsmacked audiences. You will see fireballs, swords and a 20-foot winged dragon. The creator’s of the Pirates of the Caribbean and Thor worked on the show, so expect the very best special effects.
Not a lot of people know about this free show as it’s tucked deeply into the Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino.
Navigate through the Forum shopping mall until you’re near the Abercrombie and Fitch store and the Cheesecake Factory and wait for the show to start every hour on the hour, from 11 a.m.
Remember, on your way out, look out for the filming location of the Hangover where Alan hangs from the rooftop of Caesar’s Palace!
Botanical Gardens in the Bellagio
Every season, great horticulturalists and designers gather to revamp the Bellagio Hotel Conservatory.
The 14,000-square-foot floral playground is transformed into a themed showcase bringing incomparable sights of color, flora and vast features into the hotel itself.
The indoor Botanical Gardens in the Bellagio offers a beautiful place to relax, snap pictures and breathe in the fragrant and sometimes rare flora.
Every season of every year offers a different display and a special display is designed for Chinese New Year.
It’s good to know that 90% of the trees, flowers, and plants used in the Botanical Gardens are recycled in an effort to reduce damage to the environment.
Most of the hotels on the Las Vegas strip have full-time gardeners, but the Bellagio has 120! Gardners as well as designers, engineers and electricians work solidly behind the scenes to keep the hotel as visually appealing as possible.
The Bellegio attracts an incredible 15,000-18,000 visitors every single day, and you will see the efforts put in by groundskeepers as you stroll through the Botanical Garden.
Every seasonal display consists of more than 10,000 potted flowers which are all hand-watered and swapped for fresher batches every two weeks. All flowers are used for mulch once discarded.
Walk through 1940s New York City
The New York New York hotel in Las Vegas uses the New York City influence in the most visually appealing way possible. The architecture of the hotel represents the New York City skyline of the 1940s era.
The hotel ground, inside and out, includes replica New York City towers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
The hotel is most distinctively noticed by its Statue of Liberty, and replicas of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Main Immigration Building on Ellis Island, and the Grand Central Terminal.
Inside the resort, more so in public areas such as the casino, lounges, and restaurants, are named after New York City neighborhoods or landmarks such as the ‘Times Square’ main casino area, for example, and the ‘Greenwich Village’ food court.
The hotel pays attention to the finer details such as the card playing decks where the ‘hearts’ are replaced by ‘apples’ as a tribute to the Big Apple.
Experience an indoor Rain Storm at the Miracle Mile shopping mall
Only in Las Vegas would you see an indoor thunder storm right by the line of shops that form the Miracle Mile Shopping Center by the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.
You simply can’t miss this miracle in the desert featuring thunder, lightning, fog and pouring rain.
The Rain Storm features lightning, the rumbling of thunder, fog and actual rain falling from the clouded ceiling. You can enjoy the show for free on Monday to Thursday at the top of the hour from 10:00AM – 11:00PM and Friday – Sunday every half hour from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM.
Check the Miracle Mile website for a map and updated schedule information.
Free lessons in the Casinos
Most of the Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip offer free lessons in casino games such as Poker, Black Jack, Craps and Roulette.
Examples of free casino lessons on the Las Vegas strip:
Boulder Station: Poker on Thursdays at 3 p.m.
Circus Circus: Blackjack daily at 10:30 a.m.; roulette daily at 11:30 a.m.; craps daily at 12:30 p.m.
Excalibur: Poker daily at 11 a.m.; roulette daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; blackjack daily at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; craps daily at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Golden Nugget: Poker daily at 10 a.m.; craps daily at 10 a.m.; Pai Gow daily at 10:30 a.m.; roulette daily at 11:30 a.m.; blackjack daily at noon.
Luxor: Poker daily at 10 a.m.; roulette, craps, and blackjack all daily at noon.
Mandalay Bay: Poker daily at 2 p.m.
MGM Grand: Poker daily at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Monte Carlo: Craps daily at 11 a.m.
The Palazzo and The Venetian: Craps on Mondays – Fridays at 11 a.m.; blackjack on Mondays – Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
Stratosphere: Poker on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 – 9 a.m.
Keep an eye out for signs inside the casino or check the Vegas.com website for regular scheduled lessons.
See the ‘quicky wedding’ Little White Wedding Chapel
As well as being the chosen venue for celebrity quicky weddings, the Little White Wedding Chapel is also known for its Drive-Thru Tunnel of Vows. Established in 1951, the Chapel has married around 800,000 couples.
Famous celebrity couple who have married at A Little White Wedding Chapel include Judy Garland and Mark Herron, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander, Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon and Sinéad O’Connor and Barry Herridge.
The cost of a wedding package at the Little White Wedding Chapel starts from $75.
Stroll around Paris like a Parisian
The theme of the Paris Las Vegas is, of course, the city of Paris, France. The hotel is spectacularly Parisian themed right from the decor and naming conventions to the half scale, 540-foot (164.6 m) tall replica of the Eiffel Tower.
If the main feature of the hotel doesn’t catch your eye, the shape of the Montgolfier balloon certainly will.
The hotel also has a two-third size Arc de Triomphe, a replica of La Fontaine des Mers, and a 1,200-seat theatre called Le Théâtre des Arts.
The front of the hotel on the Las Vegas strip represents the Paris Opera House and the Louvre museum. It really is a spectacular sight to take in.
Get snapped at the famous ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign
The ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign’ is an iconic Las Vegas landmark erected in May 1959.
If you’re wondering where to find the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, it is located in the median at 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South, up from the strip from Mandalay Bay. It’s not particularly walkable from the main parts of the strip, but the Deuce bus will take you right there and it has its own labeled stop.
Some consider the sign to be the end of the of the Las Vegas Strip in the South.
When you get to the Las Vegas sign, you will more than likely find an enormous line of tourists waiting for their photo to be taken. Join the line and ask the volunteer photographer to take a picture with your camera. Remember, the volunteer, like most workers in America, would appreciate a tip.
Try a number of poses, the most common is the ‘jump’ or the ‘pointing.’ The photographer will encourage you to help capture that iconic moment in the most Las Vegas way.
See unreleased TV shows at MGM’s CBS Television City Research Center
The CBS Television City Research Center turns you into a professional TV researcher and gets you right into the network TV show process.
Hidden in the depths of the MGM Hotel and Casino, the CBS Television City offers passing visitors the chance to see new and upcoming TV programs for free in exchange for feedback on the show.
There will be somebody outside the Television City handing out leaflets asking for volunteers and you will be given a time slot of an upcoming screening to attend should you agree to stop by.
This was lots of fun and a great way to rest those feet after a long hard day wandering the Las Vegas strip.
For more information, visit the CBS Television City’s Vegas.com web page.
Watch a volcano erupt at the Mirage
One of the best free things to do in Las Vegas for us was the Mirage Volcano show. A spectacular Volcano replica located right outside the Mirage Hotel and Casino includes two volcano systems, a fire filled lagoon and fire shooters that spew flames more than 12 feet into the air.
The volcano show begins with mellow music and glowing lights and follows with a life like rumbling along with the spewing of lava, which is in fact water lit by orange and red lights. The surrounding fire heats up the dazzled guests who experience a one of a kind live show at 7 pm and 8 pm every night as well as 9 pm on Saturdays.
Do not miss one of the greatest hotel shows on the Las Vegas Strip. For information on timings, visit Vegas.com.
See the World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain at the Bellagio
Pass the Bellagio Gardens and you will find the Jean Philippe Patisserie, which is an exquisite European-style pastry shop offering sweet treats for all budgets. Though this isn’t just any patisserie, it is also home to the world’s largest chocolate fountains.
The chocolate fountain is located right by the entrance, you really can’t miss it as it stands boldly at 27 feet tall with 500 feet of stainless steel piping and six pumps that circulate 2 tons of chocolate at a rate of 120 quarts per minute. The layers of shelving capture chocolate of all different colors and can all be seen through an enormous glass window display.
Join the surrounding tourists who gather to capture photos of the Guiness world record holding fountain as well as the designer cakes inside the shop.
Priceless cakes in the displays are made with attention to detail and some are Las Vegas themed.
Stand inside an Egyptian Pyramid at the Luxor
The 30 story Luxor Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, is a hotel and casino that is named after the city of Luxor in Egypt. It is the sixth-largest hotel in Las Vegas and the ninth-largest in the world.
As well as being designed to be an enormous pyramid, the Luxor hotel has over 4400 rooms that boast slanted windows lining the interior walls of a replica pyramid. The hotel also features a ‘Great Sphinx of Giza’ and an Egyptian obelisk.
Throughout modern times, the Luxor hotel has shifted away from its predominately Egyptian theme and into the modern lounge style finish.
One of the main features of the hotel is the 42.3 billion candela Sky Beam which is the strongest beam of light in the world. On a clear night, the Sky Beam is visible for up to 275 miles (443 km) by aircraft at cruising altitude, and it has been seen from the skies of Los Angeles.
Admire singing gondoliers at the Venetian
The Venetian hotel is officially the ‘busiest hotel in the world’. The enormous 4,049 room, 3,068 suite replica of Venice in Italy, has its very own painted Michaelangelo ceilings and a canal system complete with gondoliers.
And no trip to Venice — or The Venetian — would be complete without a romantic glide down the ‘Grand Canal’ being rowed down by a Venetian gondolier.
The gondolier experience offers riders a once in a lifetime journey inside and outside of the hotel, beneath replica bridges, beside cafes, and through the vibrant Venetian streetscape, and shops, as a gondolier belts out sweet Italian opera.
Enjoy the sights of the gondoliers gliding through the canals or simply walking around. Sometimes they gather together to sing in the Venetian Palazzo shopping mall, which has a beautiful painted sky ceiling.
Enjoy the Gold Globe statue in the welcoming reception area, raising the bar for the rest of the hotel.
There is an enormous St. Mark’s Campanile replica in the grounds outside and during the winter the Ventian offer a free show called ‘Winter in Venice’ where actors, singers and dancers gather together on the landmark features of the hotel and provide free entertainment to the unsuspecting public. Enjoy special effects such as tree lights, 3D light projection and a chance to meet wonderland-esque characters.
The Grand Canal Shopping Mall also hosts a free show on the hour called ‘Streetmosphere’ Enjoy opera singers and entertainers such as stilt walkers, dancers and “living statues”. Be sure to stand by the St. Mark’s Square ‘Pandora store.’
The Schedule of free shows at the Venetian are as follows:
Living Statues: Noon – 8 p.m.; St. Mark’s Square: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Gondolier March — 9:50 a.m. and 4:20 p.m.
The Venetian Trio: An Evening of Musical Elegance — St. Mark’s Square: 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Ann Taylor: 6 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Carnevale di Venezia — St. Mark’s Square: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.;
Carnevale di Venezia — Barney’s New York: 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5 p.m. 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
See the Venetian Hotel website for more information on gondoliers and hotel features.
Crystals in Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan Hotel is a relatively new resort on the Las Vegas Strip and it is one of the most sophisticated. The hotel and casino is full of elegantly designed crystal features including the famous chandelier in the Chandelier Bar.
The Chandelier is a beautifully designed architectural wonder offering the sight of a crystal curtain that shimmers perfectly in the light. The Chandelier Bar itself is decorated with 21 miles of crystal-bead swags.
The exclusive shops that line the Crystals shopping mall feature trees made from Crystals as well as, you guessed it, shops that sell crystal jewelry and accessories.
Get great benefits with free Casino Loyalty Cards
The gambling business in Vegas is one of the most competitive with every casino always trying to out do the other with new and innovative ideas. They want customers to use them and they want to keep customer returning for more. All casinos in Vegas have a loyalty program designed to entice you in and keep you going back for more.
If you’re a frequent gambler or if you’re traveling Vegas on a budget, sign up for free at most of the casinos for a loyalty card.
Some of the loyalty programs are:
Total Rewards properties include the Cromwell, The LINQ, Bally’s, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Harrah’s, Flamingo, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Paris, and Planet Hollywood.
MLife loyalty cards cover Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York, Luxor and The Excalibur.
Some casinos have independent loyalty programs such as the Identity rewards in Cosmopolitan.
Some casinos offer a ‘free spin’ on a wheel for a chance to win money or even a free buffet! Others reward you generously for gambling with them.
The loyalty cards also make a great souvenir!
See intense water features at Aria
As well as being the hotel where the ‘Last Vegas’ movie was filmed starring Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas, Aria is one of the newest hotels on the strip and therefore has a lot of incredibly modern features. Water technicians, WET, from Los Angeles, have long served the Las Vegas strip with one of a kind water features such as the Bellagio fountains and the renovation of the Mirage Volcano. WET also partnered with the Aria hotel to feature unique water designs that can be found throughout the resort and casino.
Check out Lumia, located at the entrance of Aria. The welcoming fountain features high-powered lights at the base that shine into the intersection of complex water ribbons.
WET calls the phenomena “liquid light” and when the streams collide, they produce an effect the company calls “water sparks.”
Glacia is WET’s first attempt at freezing water, and they built 15 frozen columns that protrude from a pool on the Crystals Shopping mall floor. Rods within the columns keep the structure firm and upright constantly.
Passers by can touch one of the columns and enjoy written poetry along side the feature.
Focus is a high water wall located at the outer entrance circle of Aria. It is 270-foot-long, 24-foot-high water wall, believed to be the longest in the world.
Latisse is a two-story textured glass water wall on the casino side of Aria, and it s intended to simulate a waterfall.
and Halo offers pedestrians a chance to walk among 50 columns of swirling water encapsulated in clear cylinders.
Go to a pool party
One of the best free things to do in Las Vegas is, of course, attending an infamous pool party. Day and Night, entertainment promoters walk the Las Vegas strip handing out free tickets to major pool parties, particularly to female passers by. It’s true, girls do get preferential treatment in Vegas, take advantage of it if you have female company.
Not only do promoters offer free entrance to the parties, some offer girls an open bar for a couple of hours. Ask your female companion to get your drinks for you!
Some of the best pool parites in Las Vegas include Daylight at Mandalay Bay, Encore Beach Club at the Wynn Encore, Wet Republic at MGM Grand and the Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan.
Search social media for ‘Las Vegas Promoters’, one we recommend the most is ‘Darko’ who can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
‘Darko’ got us into Tao nightclub in the Venetian for free and we had an open bar for two hours!
Serendipity 3- ask to see the ‘World’s Most Expensive Sundae
You won’t see the actual Golden Opulence Sundae unless you pay for it, but you can see the card that offers a picture of the Sundae and a list of the expensive ingredients.
At $1000 dollars, you can expect a to enjoy exotic candied fruits from Paris, gold covered almonds/dragets, chocolate truffles and marzipan cherries as well as a tiny glass bowl of Grand Passion Caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar. The Opulence Sundae is sweetened and infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac all topped with an edible gold leaf made from pure gold that is also used for sprinkles.
The Golden Opulence Sundae even has its own Wikipedia Page.
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