The 10 Best Totally Free Things to do in Las Vegas

A trend started in Las Vegas when the Mirage put a regularly erupting volcano in front of its main entrance–that’s when the era of fun and free curb-side shows took off. Some of those original shows are still entertaining the crowds in front of the hotels. The Mirage Volcano and the Fountains of Bellagio still dazzle the crowds. If you’re lucky enough to be driving by when either show happens, be careful: it’s hard to keep your eyes off what’s going on, and 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 have emerged as experiences that combine shopping and excellent restaurants with entertainment. Artfully done interiors with elaborate building facades, wandering performers, and features like water-filled canals and rain storms are an entertaining backdrop. You don’t have to buy anything to wander through these shopping experiences and enjoy the atmosphere. For visitors traveling with kids, these malls 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 the major attraction. The canopy that covers the pedestrian walkway features the free overhead light show Viva Vision. Down on the walkway, street performers bring their own brand of cheap entertainment (tips are expected). Visitors looking for cheap and free things to do in Las Vegas will find a Downtown Las Vegas full of great deals.

Inside Caesars Palace Forum Shops, one collection of statues regularly comes to life in a free show. Because it's Las Vegas, you can count on special lighting and sound effects, including thunder, and a fireball or two. The Fall of Atlantis...  Read More

This oasis in the middle of the bustling Strip may surprise some visitors. Who knew that a secluded and lush escape was just a short walk away from the giant neon signs and sidewalk performers on Las Vegas Boulevard? The Flamingo's Wildlife...  Read More

The Miracle Mile's indoor rainstorm is especially nice during the hot summer months, but at any time of year it's fun to watch the fog, lighting, and indoor rain. A small pond, meant to replicate a dock, catches the burst of light rainfall....  Read More

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Before the Bellagio, not many people in Las Vegas really knew what a conservatory was. Then everyone learned that "conservatory" is another way to say "fascinating elaborate indoor garden display," and the Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical...  Read More

Streetmosphere at the Venetian
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The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian aren't satisfied with just having miniature Venetian canals, a recreation of St. Mark's square, or top-notch shops and restaurants. They decided to add street performers, which they've dubbed...  Read More

The Fremont Street Experience is mostly known for its overhead light show, Viva Vision, which is an eye-popping visual spectacle. Street performers, impersonators and artists known as buskers are thickly concentrated at the street level on...  Read More

The Mirage's aquarium is an immense display of aquatic life that's been around since the hotel opened. Its technology is impressively advanced--when it was renovated, experts from California's Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Aquarium in...  Read More

Two or three times a day, the Mirage's volcano rumbles into life, spewing flames and doing a great impersonation of the real thing. Crowds gather early to get a glimpse of this iconic curb-side attraction--when it first appeared on the Strip, it...  Read More

The dancing waters of the Fountains of Bellagio have become one of Las Vegas' most iconic attractions. Jets of water shoot hundreds of feet into the air, sway gracefully and race around in patterns on the surface of Lake Bellagio. All that...  Read More

No trip to Las Vegas is complete without visiting this landmark. Designed by Betty Willis in 1959, the famous neon sign welcomes millions of visitors to Las Vegas each year. Willis never copyrighted the sign's design, and consequently the sign...  Read More


Meet Terrisa Meeks

Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She became a traveler long before she could walk. Terrisa has traveled throughout the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, but...  More About Terrisa

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