10 Fun and Free Things to do in Las Vegas

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.

Ethel M® Chocolate Factory

More than 2,000 visitors per day flock to this chocolate production facility where truffles, cremes, cherry cordials, peanut brittle, and other sweet treats are made. After seeing how these confectionery delights are created, pick up a free...  Read More

This small burst of greenery in the middle of the bustling Las Vegas 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?...  Read More

The Park is a three acre area between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York, adjacent to the T-Mobile Arena. While it functions as a walkway and has a variety of restaurants, it's also meant as a place to get a break from the Strip. The...  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 indoor garden display," and the Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens...  Read More

Streetmosphere at the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes
Photo courtesy of Voxtheory

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 found all along the street level on Fremont...  Read More

Outside the City

The Red Rock National Conservation Area is most well-known for its scenic drive, but the lesser-known area of Calico Basin has picnic tables, a board walk, hiking trails and requires no entry fee. Located off State Route 159 just west of where...  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's watched Las Vegas grow and change over the years, especially the ever-evolving Las Vegas Strip. She still enjoys hanging...  More About Terrisa