When the Mirage put a regularly erupting volcano in front of its main entrance, an era of fun and free curb-side shows on the Strip took off. Some of those original shows are still entertaining the crowds in front of the hotels, like the Mirage Volcano and the Fountains of Bellagio. If you’re lucky enough to be driving by when either of those shows happen, be careful: it’s hard to keep your eyes on the road with fireballs or dancing waters going off. It's not unusual for people to simply stop their cars in the middle of the street to watch the shows.
Shopping malls in Las Vegas offer more than just stores--they’re destinations in themselves. Artful interiors with elaborate building facades, wandering performers, and features like water-filled canals and rain storms make these malls worth a visit even if you don’t buy anything. For visitors traveling with kids, malls can offer a family-friendly experience free of the adults-only climate prevalent in most of Las Vegas.
In Downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience is a major attraction. The canopy that covers the pedestrian walkway features the free overhead light show Viva Vision. On the street level, busker-style performers bring their own brand of cheap entertainment (tips are expected).
For a little bit of nature, parks, picnic areas and hiking trails are free or very low cost and give people a chance to see another side of Las Vegas.