10 Completely, Totally Free Things to do in Las Vegas

If you’re watching your budget while you’re in Las Vegas, it pays to take advantage of all the free attractions you can find. Entertainment and tours can come with hefty price tags, so why not spend some time checking out the free stuff? In many cases, you’ll find several free and low-cost things to do in the same place, which makes it easier to plan wallet-friendly outings.

At the Bellagio, for instance, you can visit the Conservatory and Botanical Garden, watch the dancing waters and inspect the fascinating Chihuly artwork on the ceiling near the front desk--all for zero dollars.

Getting out of the city to explore the surrounding desert can also be free or low cost. A visit to the art installation Seven Magic Mountains costs nothing, and it comes with an expansive view of the surrounding desert, a scenic vista if there ever was one. This pubic artwork--seven towers of multi-colored, neon boulders--has inspired some debates in Las Vegas about art. Come with an open mind and your camera.

Shopping might not sound like a free activity, but in Las Vegas you can find shopping malls with free entertainment, like the Streetmosphere at the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes. The wandering performers and living statues are free, even if a trip inside your favorite store might not be.

Scroll on down to read more about free things to do in 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. If you're lucky, you'll get to watch the confectionery delights being created,...  Read More



This small burst of greenery 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...  Read More



The Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was build to relieve congestion over the top of Hoover Dam, which had formerly been a part of US93. The new bridge re-routed the highway and opened up a whole new view of Hoover Dam. Best of all,...  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 spectacular display of lights and technology. Street performers, impersonators and artists known as buskers are found all along the street level on...  Read More

Outside the City


The Seven Magic Mountains art installation is easy to see from I15, with its 35-foot high towers of multi-colored boulders rising out of the desert east of I15, about ten miles south of Las Vegas. Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's creation is an...  Read More



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