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99 Free Things To Do in Las Vegas – Strip & Downtown

Simply stated, Las Vegas as a destination isn’t as cheap as it once was. I remain a strong believer, however, that value and opportunities to save money can still be found and exploited if you know where to look.

Below, I’ll leverage the knowledge gained over countless trips to compile the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of free things to do in Las Vegas available on the internet.

The rundown is broken up by geographic area and includes the Strip, Fremont Street, and activities off the beaten path.

While I realized there were a lot of freebies still out there, I was pretty amazed by the number of activities I was able to brainstorm.

Without further ado, let’s go!

Free Things To Do On The Strip

Fountains of Bellagio: A free show that erupts every 15-30 minutes daily, the fountains call Bellagio’s 8.5-acre man-made lake home and have over 1,200 individual fountains capable of shooting water to heights of over 460 feet.

With shows choreographed to a wide variety of music, it’s worth stopping by multiple times during your trip.

Fountains of Bellagio at Dusk

See the World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain: After checking out the fountains, head inside Bellagio and hunt down the 14 ft. tall fountain which is capable of circulating 2,100 pounds of chocolate.

Found at the Bellagio Patisserie, the chocolate waterfall is the focal point of a restaurant that also serves pastries, omelets, and coffee.

A floor to celiing fountain of liquid chocolate at the enterance of Bellagio's Patisserie.
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Check out the Bellagio Conservatory: A seasonal display constructed with flowers crafted by a horticulture staff of 120 team members, the conservatory is my personal favorite freebie in Las Vegas.

Displays transition seasonally and celebrate calendar events such as the Lunar New Year, harvest, spring, summer, and the holidays.

A hot air balloon and blimp made of flowers in Bellagio's Conservatory
A snap of a previous incarnation of the Bellagio Conservatory.

Gaze up at Dale Chihuly’s “Fiori di Como”: Chihuly’s 2,100 square foot glass floral sculpture is comprised of 2,000 backlit glass blossoms and is a free attraction I take a picture of every visit.

Not kidding. I have like 250 variations of the picture below.

The display can be found just outside Bellagio’s conservatory, on the hotel lobby ceiling.

Fiori di Como Glass Art at Bellagio
Dale Chihuly’s “Fiori di Como” which hangs from the ceiling of Bellagio’s Lobby

Mirage’s Floral Atrium: A tropical oasis in the middle of a desert casino, Mirage’s Atrium allows guests to escape the smoke and commotion of the casino floor and find some solace.

The atrium is complete with lush jungle foliage and rushing water which has a calming effect that I’ve found to be helpful after enduring gambling losses.

Ensure you stop by soon, as The Mirage will soon transition to Hard Rock. The atrium is unlikely to survive.

Mirage’s Front Desk Aquarium: A 20,000-gallon, 50-foot long saltwater aquarium that is home to over 450 types of fish. A visually stunning display and is completely free to check out!

Mirage’s Volcano: A show that engages all senses, Mirage’s Volcano is synced to music by the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and is downright powerful…and hot.

Performances occur nightly, and you can see the current volcano show times here.

Sitting on a plot of land where Hard Rock plans to erect a guitar-shaped hotel, Mirage’s iconic volcano also has an impending date with the wrecking ball. Enjoy her while you can!

Mirage's volcano at dusk
Mirage’s Volcano before the action starts.

Walk the Streets of Venice: The Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian offer guests a quarter-mile-themed escape to Italy. Complete with painted ceilings, cobblestone streets, and a canal with operating gondolas, this mall is essentially one giant photo opportunity.

Notably, there are also an impressive number of happy hour deals at bars and restaurants throughout the Shoppes.

Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian Las Vegas
Few things catch our eye like the Grand Canal Shoppes…

Streetmosphere at Grand Canal Shoppes: While wandering the streets of Venice, stop by St. Mark’s Square to see the free Streetmosphere show which features classically trained musicians and actors.

While the show on its own isn’t worthy of a separate trip, it’s worth sticking around for if you’re in the area.

Snap a Photo in the Waterfall Atrium at Palazzo: If you follow any Las Vegas social media groups, you’ve seen the spot (pictured below). Built into the Grand Canal Shoppes, the “LOVE” lettering is difficult to miss.

LOVE Photo Opp at Venetian Las Vegas
Obligatory Selfie

See The Carved Woolly Mammoth Tusk at TI: Carved over generations, this impressive artifact is made special by not only its historic significance but its intricate detail.

An intricatedly carved mammoth tusk in a glass case.

See The Siren Chopper at TI: Steps away from the woolly mammoth tusk, the motorcycle has a unique pirate theme that matches that of the broader resort.

TI Sirens Motorcycle

Circus Acts at Circus Circus: The free show at Circus Circus is the “world’s longest-running circus” and showcases acts of strength, trapeze acts, juggling, and sky dancing.

Acts are performed daily, and current circus showtimes can be found here.

Trapeze performer gets ready to grab the bar and swing

Explore the Art at Cosmopolitan: Cosmo has sprinkled hundreds of pieces of contemporary art throughout the property.

Displays and artifacts include sculptures, murals, digital art, and mixed media pieces which are rotated in and out, keeping things fresh.

Even those that aren’t necessarily art people will look twice with interest at some of the displays. More on Cosmo’s Art Program, here.

Cosmopolitan’s Hotel Lobby: A digital art display in Cosmopolitan’s hotel lobby, 8 separate 15-foot tall pillars are wrapped in synchronized video screens creating interesting, almost disorienting, illusions.

It’s pretty trippy.

Lobby at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Related: Is the Vegas Bite Card Worth Buying? I dig into the deals.

Tipsy Robot at Planet Hollywood & The Venetian: Nestled within both the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian, stop by Tipsy Robot to check out the future(?) of bartending as robots make the drinks.

Robot arms poised to make cocktails with bottles of booze hanging from the cieling above.
Tipsy Robot at the Miracle Mile Shops

Rainstorm Show at Planet Hollywood: Also found in the Miracle Mile is a free show that leverages fog, rain, and lighting to simulate an indoor storm.

While the show isn’t worthy of a separate trip, it’s definitely a cute novelty to check out if you’re in the area anyway.

Notably, this freebie is getting an upgrade as part of the Miracle Mile Shops renovation project – Here’s to hoping it’s a more compelling offering in the future!

Free Rainstorm Show Pond at Planet Hollywood

Although not free, the Miracle Mile Shops are also home to some rock-solid happy hour deals at both Ocean One and Flights.

Ocean One also offers an expansive (and surprisingly good) $5.99 lunch menu.

Spot the Remains of The Aladdin Hotel & Casino: Those who have been coming to Las Vegas for some time know that Planet Hollywood was once known as Aladdin, an Arabian-themed resort.

That theme spilled into the “Desert Passage Shops” which are now known as the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Interestingly, there are still many reminders of the mall’s former identity scattered about the mall.

Desert Passage Ship at Miracle MIle Shops
A window into Planet Hollywood’s past.

Park Your Car: Yes, there are still a few spots that won’t charge you for parking (see which Las Vegas resorts still offer free parking here).

While parking your car is among the least exciting free things to do in Las Vegas, it’s an easy way to stretch your budget.

Neon Parking Sign

Upgrade Your Pool: Topgolf offers free access to their 2-level pool which also has a swim-up bar. The pool is accessible whether you pay to play golf or not.

Pool at Topgolf
Topgolf’s 2 level Hideaway Pool.

Peruse the Coca-Cola Store: Check out the collection of unique Coca-Cola memorabilia that’s on display at this flagship store.

Although not free, I recommend trying the soda sampler from around the world. What other countries find to be “good” is pretty eye-opening.

Exterior of the Coca Cola Store which has a massive glass "Coke Bottle" built into it's facade.

Walk the LINQ Promenade: Full of shops and things to do, strolling the LINQ Promenade is a must. The pedestrian walkway provides a great view of the iconic High Roller observation wheel and zip liners flying overhead.

AmeriCAN's exterior along the outdoor LINQ Promenade
Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Use Free Trams: Privately owned trams shuttle guests from property to property at no cost in several places on the Strip.

There is a shuttle that connects Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay.

Another that connects Mirage and TI.

Lastly, a free tram connects Aria, Bellagio, Park MGM, and the Crystals shopping center. Save yourself some steps, all for zero dollars.

Free Tram on the tracks in front of Luxor

See The World’s Largest Atrium: While at Luxor, gawk at the world’s largest indoor atrium.

According to Wikipedia, the open space created inside Luxor’s pyramid weighs in at 29 million cubic feet. Impressive, and they won’t charge you a dollar to see it!

Luxor Las Vegas Interior
There is a LOT to see at Luxor

See (and Smell) Wynn Botanical Gardens: A popular Las Vegas photo opp, the botanical gardens inside Wynn are an oasis in the middle of a casino.

A carousel made of flowers in Wynn's atrium
Wynn’s Botanical Gardens

Lake of Dreams Show at Wynn: Running every half hour nightly, Lake of Dreams utilizes over “4,000 lights, holographics and puppetry” to dazzle attendees.

The free show is best enjoyed from Bar Parasol, SW Steakhouse, Lakeside, or from the free viewing platform in the resort.

Singing Frog at Wynn
Credit Eric Jamison/Wynn Resorts

Wynn Fountain Show: Located out front of Wynn is a water show which resembles a smaller version of the Bellagio Fountains… Like, way smaller.

With that being said, the combination of fountains and lighting elements choreographed to music may be worth a stop if you’re passing by.

Fountains dancing in a small lake in front of Wynn with TI across the street in the background

Explore the Wynn Plaza Shops: Nothing in this mall is cheap, but it’s worthy of a walk-through.

As to be expected by a mall associated with Wynn, the Plaza Shops are stunning and incorporate artistic displays like the one pictured below of Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh’s Arrows and Flower Neon Sign.

Artwork depicting a neon flower with 4 arrows behind it
Flower and Arrows Neon Art at Wynn’s Plaza Shops

Explore the Fashion Show Mall: Even if you don’t have a specific purchase in mind, shoppers are likely to enjoy wandering through over 250 stores that range from discount options to luxury. You can even treat yourself to a fish pedicure.

The mall is located across the street from Wynn and just north of TI.

Fashion Show Mall exterior

See the Stained Glass at Tropicana: Looming above the table games near the entrance of the casino is a 4,000 sq. ft. stained-glass domed ceiling installed in the early ’70s.

There isn’t much stained glass in Las Vegas, and this decor touch is a throwback to an earlier era.

This is one you may want to prioritize as Tropicana could potentially be bulldozed to make way for the A’s new baseball stadium.

Even if the stadium doesn’t come to fruition, it’s clear that Trop’s ownership is open to redevelopment.

Stained Glass Cieling at Tropicana
Tropicana’s stained glass ceiling.

See the Makeshift Tupac Memorial: Just a couple blocks off the Strip behind Horseshoe are the cross streets of Flamingo and Koval where Tupac was shot in 1996.

You’ll see a telephone pole right along the sidewalk on Flamingo with handwritten notes commemorating the late artist.

Learn Craps: For those unfamiliar with the game, it has an intimidating look but is actually pretty intuitive (and an insane amount of fun) once you know what you are doing.

Many casinos, like Cromwell in the middle of the Strip, offer free craps lessons daily. Take advantage!

Circa Las Vegas Craps Table Felt
Looks intimidating, but its also the most fun you’ll ever have gambling.

Go for a Jog: While most people ingest too many chemicals in Las Vegas for running to make sense, there are a select few that enjoy a jog with some scenery.

While running on the Strip comes with challenges, it can be done. The key is to go early before sidewalks become too congested, and/or leverage routes with fewer obstacles.

Here are some tips for running in Vegas that I put together!

Runners running down the Las Vegas Strip with Mirage in the background
Why drink and gamble when you can run 26+ miles? – ©sainaniritu/123RF.COM

Take in a Dueling Piano Show: Free entertainment is tough to come by in Vegas, but there are still a few bars like The Piano Bar at Harrah’s and the Bar at Times Square at NYNY that offer free dueling piano shows on the Strip. Just grab a drink and enjoy.

Exterior of the Bar at Times Square at NYNY.
My favorite Dueling Piano Show – The Bar at Times Square at NYNY – Courtesy of MGM Resorts

See Big Elvis at Harrah’s: Pete Vallee, who has attracted an impressive following, performs for free as Big Elvis at Harrah’s Piano Bar. As a highly regarded performance, this free show is a must-see for fans of Elvis.

See the Big Elvis show schedule here.

Exterior of the Piano Bar at Harrah's

Hit a Bar With Live Music: A number of bars on the Strip and nearby offer free live music that you can enjoy alongside a beer or 7.

Here’s a breakdown of where and when you can find live music in Las Vegas, but options include the Carnaval Court at Harrah’s, Piano Bar at Harrah’s, The Count Room at Flamingo, Gilley’s at TI, and Le Cabaret at Paris among others.

Carnival Court Bar exterior
Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Sing, or Sit Back and Watch Karaoke: What makes karaoke shows great is the contrast in skill level. Folks from all over the talent spectrum give it their all as they sing to a room of strangers.

I put together a full list of karaoke bars in Las Vegas, although my favorite can be found at Ellis Island just off the Strip.

Drink for Free: Yep, drinks are still free while gambling on the Strip, Fremont Street, or at a casino off the beaten path. Bring plenty of small bills for tipping and keep ’em coming.

Take in the Themes: Especially for first-timers, walking through themed casinos like Paris, Luxor, Excalibur, and New York New York is awe-inspiring.

Mock building fronts in NYNY's themed city area.
The themed area at NYNY is akin to a movie set.

Walk The Park: An outdoor dining and entertainment area lying between Park MGM and NYNY, The Park’s foliage, fountains, and art, can be a welcome escape from the casino.

Check out Bliss Dance, a 40-foot sculpture of a dancing woman, or stop by for one of their Silent Disco shows.

Bliss Dance Sculpture illuminated at night in the Park
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Walk of Stars: Find your favorite entertainer’s star along the Las Vegas Strip. Artists like Elvis, Donnie & Marie, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra, among others are permanently memorialized.

Pre-Screen a Show: Located at MGM Grand, CBS offers guests the chance to view upcoming episodes of shows to solicit feedback. Not only is this a free thing to do in Vegas, they even provide participants a coupon book with deals and offers for their time.

The time commitment for this activity is about an hour in total (45 minutes for the showing, and 15 for the survey).

Exterior of CBS Television City at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
CBS Television City

Explore the Fine Art Collection at Aria: Sculptures, paintings, and other fine art creations are worked into the property, which, in my opinion, is a work of art in itself.

The artwork is spread out between Aria, Shops at Crystals, Veer Towers, and Vdara and includes work by Frank Stella, Henry Moore, and James Turrell among others.

Even “non-artsy” people will find the sculpture (pictured below) made of boats cool.

Get more information on Aria’s collection here.

A sculpture of boats sitting in front of Aria's hotel tower.

Time Share Presentations: While I’d never dream of wasting a portion of my trip on a sales pitch, it’s possible to earn free show tickets, tours, or meals by attending a timeshare presentation.

Just beware, these presentations commonly run over the “promised” time commitment and result in a high-pressure sales pitch. Be prepared to say “No” repeatedly and stick to it as timeshares rarely pencil out to be a good deal.

Wander the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace: I’m not a mall guy, but this intricately themed option at Caesars Palace is worth wandering through. It’s about as visually appealing as malls get.

Forum Shops Atrium
Photo Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Fall of Atlantis at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace: Fall of Atlantis is a free show detailing the downfall of the long-lost city. While fun to catch if you happen to be in the area, the audio can be difficult to understand and the show has a dated feel.

Fall of Atlantis runs hourly starting at noon.

A crowd gathers for the Fall of Atlantis show, which has yet to start.

Aquarius Aquarium at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace: Located next to the Fall of Atlantis Show is this 50,000-gallon saltwater fish tank that holds 300+ tropical fish.

Check out Hershey’s Chocolate World: Chocolate fan? If so, swing into Hershey’s Chocolate World at New York New York where you can check out their unique assortment of 800 varieties of chocolate, star in your own Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup TV ad, and take a picture with the goofballs pictured below.

Photo opp depicing a life like Hershey's bar and a Hershey's Kiss in front of a Hershey's sign intended to look like the "welcome to Las Vegas Sign".
Neat free photo opportunity at Hershey’s World

M&M World: Keeping with the chocolate theme, M&M World features 4 floors of M&M candies and merchandise.

Also on display is a replica of Kyle Busch’s M&M-sponsored racecar. For a fee, guests are also able to design and print their own M&Ms.

Exterior of M&M World with two giant M&M characters posing on either side of a large bag of peanut M&Ms.

Take a Photo at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” Sign: By far, the most recognizable photo opp in Las Vegas is a short Uber ride south of Mandalay Bay and completely free.

Note that there are often “official-looking” photographers offering to take visitor photos. They are not employed by the city and are simply working for tips. You are not obligated to use their services and can snap your own photos.

Related: Let me help you avoid other Las Vegas scams.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign during the day
Not many venues scream Vegas like its iconic sign.

See the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat: Walk through the gardens and view wildlife including pelicans, flamingos, and ducks as you decompress from getting beat up on the tables.

Flock of flamingos standing on grass with a pond in the foreground
Flamingo’s wildlife habitat

Play Slots At Casino Royale: Think of this freebie as more of a buy one get one. If you sign up for a player’s card at Casino Royale, they will reimburse your first $20 in slot losses as free play.

Spend $20, get $20. Pretty much free right?

Casino Royale Exterior

Million Dollar Display at Horseshoe: Emulating Binion’s display, Horseshoe has unveiled a $1 million display of their own comprised of $10,000 bills.

The bills aren’t real… as they all have the exact same serial number… but your friends back home don’t know any better.

My recommendation is to skip this one and visit the new and improved million-dollar display at Binion’s instead – That one’s the real deal.

An upside down golden horseshoe with a large sheet of paper money hanging from the middle

See the Poker “Gallery of Champions”: Also at Horseshoe is a “Gallery of Champions” near the entrance to their new poker room that pays homage to the greats of the game.

Exterior of the Poker Room at Horseshoe with a Gallery of Champions on their wall as you enter.

Eiffel Tower Light Show: Paris recently added some sparkle in the form of $1.7 million worth of lights to their half-scale Eiffel Tower replica.

The lights are choreographed to music and dazzle guests every half hour from sunset to midnight.

Paris Las Vegas Light Show
Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

GLOW at Resorts World: Dubbed as a “One of a kind video content and multimedia experience”, GLOW is a video production that is displayed on the property’s exterior LED displays and their interior globe.

The free show comes in a few different forms, featuring adventures into a bioluminescent ocean, synthwave cityscapes, and even a “psychedelic” mission to space led by a cat. Shows are offered on the hour from noon to 1 am.

See The Art at Resorts World: The newest resort on the Las Vegas Strip has an abundance of free things to do and see. Notably, the artwork scattered around the resort is unique and fun to check out.

Below are a couple of my favorite pieces that were on display on opening night. Click here for more images of Resorts World and the art on display.

Balled up car at Resorts World
A balled up car was an interesting surprise.
Statue of a dog and rabbit kissing sitting on a hippo

Related: 44 Ways to save money in Las Vegas.

See the City of Las Vegas Showgirl Sign: A newer addition to the northernmost reaches of the Strip is the City of Las Vegas sign which features two 50-foot tall illuminated showgirls, 3-D dice, a roulette wheel, and stacks of chips.

If you plan on visiting STRAT, swing over for a photo as the sign is steps away.

A sign that says "City of Las Vegas" with 2 large showgirls behind it and a roulette wheel painted on the ground in front.

See the Gateway Arch: Also just outside STRAT is the photogenic Gateway Arch. While you’ll drive right under it if driving north on the Strip, I’d recommend stopping for a photo.

Recently, a viewing platform was added, allowing you to snap the perfect picture from a safe vantage point.

A decorative gateway arch stands over Las Vegas blvd. with the base of STRAT's tower to the left.

Pinball Hall of Fame: Located south of Mandalay Bay on the Strip, the Pinball Hall of Fame is home to row after row of pinball machines from the 1950s – 1990s.

Entry is free, however, you’ll want to bring some quarters if you intend to play. They also have change machines if you only have paper currency.

Pinball Hall of Fame Exterior
Hard to miss.
2 rows of pinball machines

Free Things To Do in Downtown Las Vegas

Fremont Street Experience Light Show: An elevated experience following a $34 million upgrade, the overhead canopy boasts over 16 million pixels.

While the screen and graphics are visible throughout the day, shows choreographed to music run hourly starting at 6 pm every night.

Lightshow above Fremont Street

Live Music on Fremont Street: In addition to nightly light shows, the Fremont Street Experience hosts live musical entertainment nightly, for free.

In addition to nightly live acts, Fremont Street Experience regularly hosts big-name artists as part of their summer concert series.

Past acts have included names like Nelly, Cheap Trick, The Wallflowers, and Smash Mouth.

See Fremont Street Experience’s calendar of events here.

Granger Smith plays a guitar and is singing into a microphone on stage.
Granger Smith performs on Fremont Street – Credit: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

See Vegas Vickie: The iconic figure that once sat outdoors on Fremont Street now calls Circa’s casino floor home.

Fully restored, her neon wows and signature leg kick is back. This photo opp belongs atop your list of things to do.

Vegas Vickie at Circa Las Vegas
She’s still got it

Catch a Game in Circa’s Sportsbook: Vegas Vickie isn’t the only signature amenity at Circa. The 3-story tall sportsbook screen is magnificent and is visible from both levels of the casino.

I suggest placing a bet on a game. Any Game. And watch it from the new center of the sports betting universe.

Circa Las Vegas Sportsbook
It’s better than the renderings. Overpowering, in the best way.

See the Gold at Legacy Club: Legacy Club is an upscale cocktail lounge located on the 60th level of Circa and offers spectacular views of Las Vegas.

There, you’ll find a display case stocked with 500 gold bars, individually numbered and engraved with the Circa logo.

Uniquely, there’s a screen above the display that states the collection’s current value based on the current spot price of gold.

Million Dollar Display at Binion’s: After a years-long hiatus, the famous $1 million display is back at Binion’s and is better than ever.

In a recent tweet, Binion’s shared a video of an employee stuffing the glass display with real bills, verifying its authenticity.

The new display has a more modern look and gives guests the opportunity to take a free souvenir picture.

A glass pyramid with $1 million on display within it sits on a table for people to take pictures with.

Downtown Loop Shuttle: With notable stops like Circa, the Mob Museum, Fremont East, the Arts District, Pawn Plaza, and Strat, the free downtown Las Vegas Loop Shuttle is a steal.

Get more info on Downtown Loop Shuttle stops, and tips here.

Fremont Street Performers: While the buskers that work for tips up and down Fremont Street have varying degrees of talent, they are almost always “interesting”.

Talents on display range from musical acts and dancing to just wearing a provocative outfit that shows some skin.

A street perormer dressed in gray and with skin painted in gray poses, waiting for a tip to start the show.

Praying Mantis Fire Show: Swing by the Container Park across from El Cortez and watch the praying mantis shoot fire from its antennae nightly.

It’s loud, hot, entertaining, and best of all… free. Shows begin at sunset and don’t have a set schedule per se, but run relatively frequently. Grab a drink and settle in!

More on the Container Park Praying Mantis, here.

Downtown Container Park's Praying Mantis with fire coming out of its antennae

The Playground at the Container Park: One of the few free things to do in Las Vegas with kids, the treehouse playground sits in the center of the Downtown Container Park.

With plenty to climb and 30+ foot-long slides, your kids will have a blast.

Two towers that comprise the Container Park's playground
Downtown Container Park Playground.

Live Entertainment at the Container Park: Near the backside of the Container Park is a stage for musical performances and karaoke that is open to the public.

There are even frequent yoga classes offered. See The Container Park’s events calendar.

An entertainment stage with planty of green space for sitting/standing in the back of the Container Park complex.

Cement Your Relationship: Bring a lock from home to hook to the heart out front of the Container Park. There is also an overflow love lock location near the live entertainment stage in the park itself.

It is rumored that no relationship sealed with a lock at the Container Park has ever faltered.

Love Lock display on the wall at the Container Park
Look at all those iron clad relationships.

Historic Artifacts at Main Street Station: In my opinion, seeing the antique collection at MSS is one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas.

Main Street Station has items scattered about their property of historic significance such as Winston Churchill’s snooker table, a chunk of the Berlin wall, a Louisa May Alcott Pullman Car, and so much more. Just blocks off Fremont Street, it’s worth the walk!

Winston Churchill's Snooker Table at MSS
Winston Churchill’s Snooker Table

See History at Golden Gate: Opening in 1906, Golden Gate is a historic artifact in itself. It has seen some stuff over the years. Hell, the property had the first working phone in Nevada. The phone number? 1.

Golden Gate offers some really neat windows to the past which are free for the public to drop in and see.

Specifically, there is a little door in the wall that can be found in the hallway which leads to the high-limit room. When opened, you can see the original wall of the hotel.

There is also a fountain on display in the high-limit room which was added to the property in 1909. A freebie that Vegas history buffs will eat up.

Window into Golden Gate's History
Window to Golden Gate’s Original Bones

See Also: Our favorite historic things to see on Fremont Street!

Hand of Faith at Golden Nugget: Found by a guy with a metal detector and purchased by the Golden Nugget for over a million bucks, the Hand of Faith can be seen for free at the Fremont Street hotel.

Weighing in at 61 pounds, it’s impressive.

Hand of Faith gold nugget on display at the Golden Nugget
Hand of Faith at Golden Nugget

The Tank at Golden Nugget: Watch GN guests swim alongside sharks at the Nugget’s elaborate pool complex. Smack dab in the middle of the guest pool is a 200,000-gallon aquarium that houses various species of sea life including sharks.

Adding to the intrigue, a clear water slide takes swimmers right through the middle of the tank. While non-guests need to pay to swim, you should be able to check it out for free.

The Tank at Golden Nugget

Get a Free Meal at Heart Attack Grill: Do you weigh over 350 pounds? If so, just weigh in with a waitress prior to your meal and eat for free at this Fremont Street restaurant.

Uniquely, patrons at Heart Attack Grill wear a hospital gown as they dine on “Bypass Burgers” of various sizes and “Flatliner Fries”. You may not survive the meal, but that’s half the fun.

Even if you don’t eat at Heart Attack Grill, make sure you take a peek inside…it’s an experience. You can also weigh yourself for free on their outdoor scale.

Exterior facade of Heart Attack Grill

People Watching: This free activity is applicable to both downtown Las Vegas and the Strip. The bottom line is, there are some STRANGE people in Las Vegas, and they are worth watching.

Grab a seat at Whiskey Licker Up at Binion’s on a stool overlooking Fremont, or Flamingo’s outdoor bar located steps from Cromwell and watch the crowds pass.

Here are my personal best spots for people watching in Las Vegas!

Bar overlooking Fremont Street at Binion's
Hard to find a better people watching perch in Vegas.

See Remnants of The Mint: While people watching at Binion’s Whiskey Licker Up, check out the original petrified wood exterior wall of The Mint as well as a part of its original signage (pictured below).

Petrified wood exterior wall
There it is, The Mint.

Rub The Blarney Stone for Luck: A stone from the Blarney Castle in Ireland has found a home on the second floor of The D’s casino.

While tradition says that the stone can grant eloquence when kissed upside down, I suggest simply rubbing it for good luck. Whether you rub or smooch, a neat piece of history nonetheless!

Blarney Stone at The D
Blarney Stone at The D

Free things to see and do away from the Strip/Fremont

Area15: Located just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, admission to walk around and see the various artistic displays at Area15 is free and worth the trip.

There are other experiences and rides that cost money, but they are optional. More on my visit to Area15 Las Vegas here!

Skull at Area15 Illuminated with colorful triangles
Staring at it honestly doesn’t get old.

Equestrian Events at South Point: South Point hosts equestrian events in their arena that are often free to the public.

Free Comedy at South Point:The Dirty at 12:30“, is an R-rated comedy show that calls the South Point showroom home every Friday night. The free show begins at 11:59 pm and only those aged 21+ are allowed to attend.

Pool at South Point Las vegas
Courtesy of South Point

Ride the Convention Center’s Loop: If you’re in the neighborhood, take a 2-minute Tesla ride through an underground tunnel created by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company.

The underground Loop transportation system is designed to save conventioneers over 20-minutes when traveling from one side of the campus to the other. Not only is it unique, but it’s also completely free to ride.

Las Vegas Convention Center loop station with Tesla cars ready to ferry guests
Courtesy of the LVCVA

Free Airport Shuttles: I compiled a list of all resorts that offer a free airport shuttle, here.

Catch a free ride to the Strip: I also compiled a list of every off-Strip resort that offers a free Strip shuttle.

See Shark Art at Palms: A 13-foot shark sliced into 3 separate pieces and housed in 3 different tanks. The display sits in Palms’ Unknown Bar and made its debut as part of the Resort’s $620 million renovation project.

Artwork at Unknown Bar comprised of a shark cut into 3 segments
Courtesy of Palms Las Vegas

Explore the Hoover Dam: While guided tours and parking cost money, you can go view, walk or drive over the Hoover Dam for free. It’s a breathtaking sight.

See my recent experience at the Hoover Dam, along with a tour review!

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead photographed from above on the bridge

Walk the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge: After checking out the Dam, take a walk over the neighboring bridge which spans the Colorado River and offers a pedestrian walkway.

Towering 900 feet over the river below, the view from the walkway is thrilling.. and terrifying if you’re not a heights person.

Free parking is offered for pedestrians at the base of the bridge.

Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge from the top of Hoover Dam with the river flowing through the canyon below
There she is. The height is no joke.

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art: Located on the UNLV campus, the museum has been offering free admission since opening in 1967, although there is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children. Hosting a unique rotation of fine and ancient art, Marjorie Barrick should be on the to-do list of art aficionados.

Explore The Arts District: Escape the slots and smoke and wander the Arts District which is located just south of the Fremont Street Experience. While window shopping isn’t on most people’s Vegas list, the eclectic mix of antiques and art on display is fun to check out.

Additionally, the 18-block district is adorned with an abundance of murals that are free to enjoy.

Stick around for dinner and a craft beer as the Las Vegas Arts District has a vibrant brewery, bar, and restaurant scene.

18b Neon Sign in the Arts District

First Friday in the Arts District: Taking place in the Arts District on the first Friday of every month, First Friday is an outdoor gathering of art and food vendors that attracts quite a crowd. With a vendor community comprised of over 100 artists and over 50 food vendors, you’re sure to find something you enjoy.

Sunset Stampede Laser Light Show at Sam’s Town: A free show set in Sam’s Town’s Mystic Falls Park, Sunset Stampede combines lasers, dancing water, and music to delight onlookers.

Ensure to spend some time wandering the tree-lined paths that wind through the park-like atrium at Sam’s Town.

Sunset Stampeded lightshow at Sam's Town
Sam’s Town Sunset Stampede – Photo Courtesy of Boyd Gaming

Swimming Mermaids at Silverton: One of the more unique free attractions in Las Vegas, visitors can watch divers dressed as mermaids swim around Silverton’s 117,000-gallon tank.

The free mermaid show occurs daily, and showtimes can be viewed via the link.

Large fish tank at Silverton Las Vegas

Seven Magic Mountains: An outdoor display of art comprised of 7 stacks of colorful rocks is free to access and is located just 10 minutes south of Las Vegas on I-15. 

You’ve seen these 30-foot stacks of boulders in countless pictures, now go see them in person for free.

Related: Tips and Tricks for visiting Seven Magic Mountains along with how to get there.

Colorful rocks stacked at Seven Magic Mountains

Ethel M Chocolates Tours/Cactus Garden: Go for the chocolates (not free) but ensure you check out the viewing room where you get a look under the hood of the production operation.

After scoping out the factory, stroll the 3-acre cactus garden which features over 300 species of plants.

Related: See my Ethel M Chocolate Factory Review!

Exterior of Ethel M's Chocolate Factory.

Tour the Pawn Stars Pawn Shop: Fans of the hit TV show should put touring the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop atop their list of free things to do in Las Vegas. The shop is open for tours daily and is completely free to check out.

I recently stopped by – Take a look inside the Pawn Stars Pawn Shop!

Unfortunately, the shop isn’t walkable from resorts on the Strip, but can be reached by taking the Deuce bus which offers service from the Strip to Downtown Las Vegas.

Exterior of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop

Count’s Kustoms: Snag a free tour of the shop made famous by Pawn Stars and view their showroom Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and 10 am to 5 pm on weekends.

There you have it, a complete list of free things to do in Las Vegas. Although prices seem to be on the rise across the board, there are still plenty of free activities to be found!

Bookmark this page and leverage it to fill the time if you’re the type that blows their gaming bankroll for the trip on your first day in town.

Related: Need more budget-friendly inspiration? Check out these Cheap Things to do in Las Vegas!

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Jaime Perez

Friday 16th of June 2023

Are all these free admission?


Wednesday 8th of March 2023

Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!


Friday 8th of April 2022

The Fountains at Bellagio might go 100 feet high (a 10 story building) but not 1000 (a 100 story building). Heck of a list overall though!


Wednesday 16th of March 2022

You forgot to ride the Tesla/Boreing Co loop under the convention center. It's totally free, but you have to pretend to just need a lift to the other side and not a ride on an amusement park ride.


Sunday 29th of August 2021

This was pretty inclusive, thank you. Going to vegas solo this week and going to try to knock out as many as possible in 5 days.

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