Did you know it’s possible to have fun in Las Vegas without spending big bucks? Sure, a lot of people go there to blow a ridiculous amount of money on casinos, but Las Vegas isn’t only about the casinos. In fact, there are so many things to do and see in Sin City besides gambling and partying.
Whether you’re going alone, as a couple, with friends or with the entire family, you’re sure to find something that will get you entertained. The great news? There are plenty of attractions that cost no money at all.
10 Admire The Fountains At Bellagio
When it comes to the most popular and iconic sights in Las Vegas, the breathtaking fountains at Bellagio are a serious contender. Gather around the lake in front of the hotel and marvel at the spectacular water and light show.
Featuring 4,500 lights and 1,200 nozzles that shoot water into the air, each show is choreographed to a variety of music genres, including pop, opera, classical and Broadway. The show is held every 30 minutes from 3 pm to 8 pm and every 15 minutes from 8 pm to midnight.
9 Watch A Volcano Erupt At The Mirage
If you’ve never seen a volcano erupt (and chances are that you haven’t), head over to The Mirage to see an erupting volcano in action. Located in front of the resort, the volcano doesn’t only make loud noises, it also shoots fire and spews lava, startling first-time tourists in the area.
The volcano erupts daily at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm, although may sometimes be canceled due to high winds. Make sure to stay until the finale—it includes an intense eruption that goes 60 feet into the air.
8 Smell The Flowers At The Bellagio Conservatory
The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio are one of the most beautiful things you’ll see in Vegas. Covering 14,000 square feet and impressing 15,000 to 18,000 visitors a day, the garden changes its theme throughout the year to reflect the current season. They even have a Chinese New Year theme.
Five times a year, the hotel’s 120 gardeners --as well as numerous designers, engineers and electricians-- work 24 hours a day for an entire week to transform the space into a breathtaking, elaborate scenery consisting of tens of thousands of plants and flowers.
7 Explore the Las Vegas Strip
Even walking on the Strip can be entertaining. Stretching about 4.2 miles, the Strip has a huge concentration of hotels, casinos, shops and many interesting sights. There’s M&M’s World which has a free 3D movie; Hershey’s Chocolate World which has an 800-pound chocolate replica of the Statue of Liberty; Cosmopolitan’s nine-foot chrome Lucky Cat that dispenses a free fortune to those who touch its paw; the open-air Grand Bazaar Shops; and many more.
Don’t forget to take a picture of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign on the southern end of The Strip.
6 Catch Swimming Mermaids At Silverton
It’s not every day that you see mermaids swimming around, especially in the middle of a desert, so be sure to check out Silverton’s massive aquarium. Holding more than 117,000 gallons of water, this aquarium houses thousands of tropical fish.
Of course, the mermaids don’t live there, but you’ll be able to catch them swimming and interacting with guests at certain times of the day. Silverton also has a Meals With A Mermaid event, where you can dine with a mermaid for a fee ($30 for adults and $15 for children).
5 See Venice In Las Vegas
The Venetian Resort has brought Venice, Italy to Las Vegas in the form of St. Mark’s Square, which is located in the middle of the Grand Canal Shoppes. The beautiful interior mimics the Venice canals, complete with cobblestone walkways and illuminated painted ceilings depicting a blue, cloudy sky.
The square truly makes for a great setting for your Instagram photos. While you’re there, watch the gondola rides passing by, cross the bridges, and enjoy the performances of street artists. The Grand Canal Shoppes is also a premier destination for luxury shopping, so expect to see over 160 signature stores.
4 Watch Circus Performers Fly At Circus Circus
Want to watch a show but don’t have the money? No problem. At Circus Circus Hotel, you can watch circus acts for free. Their circus performers fly through the air with extreme ease. Watch aerial acrobats, trapeze artists and unicyclists do heart-racing stunts. If you have coulrophobia, avoid coming here, as they have clowns as well.
Circus Circus boasts daily performances starting at 11:30, but be sure to check their schedule so you know when to get there. The resort also has amusement rides and other attractions, but these no longer come free.
3 Check Out The Wildlife Habitat At Flamingo
Las Vegas may be surrounded by the desert, but Flamingo Hotel is teeming with wildlife, thanks to the wildlife habitat nestled on its lush 15-acre grounds. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Sin City, this is the place to go.
The scenic wildlife oasis is home to turtles, koi fish and exotic birds. It also has a waterfall and an island in the middle with a flock of Chilean flamingos. Joining these cute pink creatures are ringed teal ducks, sacred ibis and two brown pelicans.
2 See An Art Installation In The Desert
Have you ever seen a giant art installation in the middle of the desert? If not, go see the Seven Magic Mountains. This public art installation by internationally renowned artist Ugo Rondinone features seven 25-foot-tall towers, consisting of colorful boulders stacked on top of each other. Needless to say, your Instagram followers will be green with envy when they see a photo of you next to these rainbow-colored rocks.
The exhibition opened in 2016 and was supposed to close two years later. Due to its success, however, the artist decided to keep it at its current site. Lucky!
1 Watch The Fall Of Atlantis Show At Caesars
Another show you can watch for free is the Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Palace. The animatronic show features fire and water displays, as well as nine-foot marble statues that come to life. Playing every hour starting at 11 am, the show recounts the fall of the fictional island Atlantis.
Basically, King Atlas has to figure out which of his children will assume the throne, ultimately leading to the fall of the island. Pay attention to what the characters are saying so you’ll know what exactly is going on. While you're there, drop by the 50,000-gallon aquarium nearby.