We’re aware that money can go fast while in Las Vegas. When you find yourself in that predicament, rest assured that there are still a lot of activities you can partake in that are completely free! We put together a list of our favorite Vegas attractions that wont cost you a thing.
If you have a favorite freebie that didn’t make our list, ensure you add it to the comments!
World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop:
The cast of Pawn Stars will likely be absent, however, many of the items you have seen haggled over on the show will. Each day, hundreds of visitors take the short tour of the shop made famous on the History Channel. It’s smaller than you think as the camera clearly uses some clever angles. Gold and Silver Pawn is open from 9am – 9pm and is completely free. Unless you buy the 18th century peg leg with a concealed flintlock gun.
Binion’s Cash Display:
There have been different versions of the display, but the current features a pyramid of cash ranging in denominations from $1 to $100. Binion’s will even take a free 6×8 glossy photo for you and place it in a souvenir frame. Benny Binion’s legacy of treating the little guy like a somebody lives on to this day. While at Binion’s ensure to check out the poker room that made the game famous. The original home of the World Series of Poker.
As an oasis in the middle of a sprawling casino property the Wynn Gardens offer you the opportunity to walk under a canopy of lush flower balls and tree branches. The Gardens at Wynn were designed by Preston Bailey and feature a carousel and hot air balloon made entirely from plants. On the way in, make sure to cruise past the waterfalls and fountains that lead up to the property – all for free.
The Circus at Circus Circus:
Billed as the world’s largest permanent circus, Circus Circus Las Vegas doesn’t fail to disappoint. Performances start at 11am daily and are sure to give you some bang for your buck.. because.. its free. Acts currently performing include jugglers, uni-cyclists, flying angels and free ladder men. When you are done there take a walk through the midway, reminisce about your childhood, then hit the slot machines and grab a cocktail or 5.
You knew it would be here. Doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a great free show. The fountains run nearly back to back in the afternoon/evenings and are choreographed to current and classic songs. The lake itself isn’t filled with used “greywater” from the hotels which is a common misconception. Instead, the fountains are powered by an old well that was once used to irrigate a golf course on the site. There are more than 1,200 individual nozzles that power this sure to please Vegas freebie.
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign:
You have seen this image 1.6 million times in your life. The good news is that you can see it one additional time live for free! The sign was put into position in 1959 and was a gift to the city of Las Vegas. The design was never copyrighted, no royalties are paid when the image is slapped on mugs, key chains, mouse pads, shot glasses and literally every other souvenir in Las Vegas. You can even buy a piece of the sign. When the light bulbs are changed out, the old ones are sold and the proceeds are donated to charity. Located south of Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip, it can be a hike. Pony up for the Uber.
Fremont Street Experience:
The historic Fremont Street Experience is lined with historic properties and covered by a canopy that is lit by 12.5 million LED lamps putting on one hell of a light show. Throughout the year, there is a nonstop flow of musical acts that take residence on the 3 separate stages that line the street. I prefer to stroll the street and observe the abundance of Neon that seems to have gone missing from the newer properties on the strip and envision a time that has passed us by. A time where The Mint’s sign still reaches for the sky and the Pioneer Club wasn’t a gift shop. Fremont Street is a must attraction on every Las Vegas trip that won’t cost you a penny.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat:
15 acres of wildlife habitat dropped right in the middle of the action on the Las Vegas Strip. The Flamingo Gardens give you a sense of being separated from the masses. The enclosure is home to a flock of Chilean Flamingos as well as other species of fish, birds and turtles. You will be surrounded by waterfalls and lush foliage. Make sure you stop to take a photo with one of the resident parrots and find the memorial to mobster Bugsy Siegel where his living quarters once stood.
Mirage’s volcano is breathtaking, hot, loud and for a price of absolutely free its worth the stop. The show starts at 8pm and 9pm on school nights and they add a 10pm show on Friday and Saturday. The show itself is choreographed to a number of songs and it’s a masterful performance. Grab a beer and get there about a half hour early so you aren’t buried deep in the crowd. Parlay the Volcano trip with a stop into the garden atrium at the entrance of the Mirage. Its easy to appreciate the contrast of palm trees, creeks and waterfalls with that of the sea of gaming machines behind them.
Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian:
If you don’t shop, you can escape this attraction cost free. The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian are a sight. The shopping center has indoor canals flowing throughout and is lined with luxury shops. If it weren’t for the fanny packs and selfie sticks you would think you were dropped into the middle of Venice. Don’t miss the chance to be entertained by the Streetmosphere actors, singers and performers. Trust me, they are a nice change of pace from the grubby Cookie monster charging for pictures outside on the Strip.
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden:
Escape the cigarette smoke and visit this 14,000-square foot garden at Bellagio. The display swaps out with the seasons and is a delightful change of pace from what you are generally bearing witness to on the strip. The Bellagio team takes pride in recycling 90 percent of the living plants every time they switch out displays. The display itself is maintained by a staff of 140 expert horticulturists.
Las Vegas is still a value destination with free activities lining the Strip and Fremont. If you have a favorite thing to do, or see, that is free of charge leave it in the comments!