Looking for free things to do in Las Vegas?, you've come to the right place. There are plenty of incredible sights, attractions and free shows that you can see if you want an alternative to the casinos. If you're wary of spending another dime after gambling, or if money is tight, you'll be glad to know that many of the top Vegas attractions are free. Not everything costs money in Las Vegas. You will discover that Vegas has something to delight everyone. Use the following list to find out where to go for the free attractions.
The Bellagio Fountains
Considered one of the best free attractions on the Strip, the Bellagio Fountains is a breathtaking union of water, music and light. - The choreographed complimentary display comes to life every 30 minutes with daily performances that rotate more than 30 songs. (Bellagio Fountains video & show schedule)
The schedule is:
Every 30 minutes: Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and holidays, noon – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Every 15 minutes: Daily, 8 p.m. – midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Find this amazing treat beyond the Bellagio lobby. A 13,573 sq. ft. indoor garden extravaganza. It's ever-changing natural display has five themes per year: Christmas, Chinese New Year, Spring, Summer and Fall.
Open 24hrs. daily
(702) - 693-7111 or 888-987-6667
The Art of Richard MacDonald - presented by Cirque du Soleil
The "O" theatre lobby houses an exclusive fine art gallery showcasing the infinite beauty of the human form as captured by the works of master sculptor Richard Macdonald.
Mon & Tues, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Wed – Sun, 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Fiori di Como
Above the 18-foot Bellagio lobby ceiling is a coffer filled with the most extraordinary glass sculpture, a chandelier by sculptor Dale Chihuly called Fiori di Como. Flower petals in rich and vibrant colors hang in an explosive three-dimensional glass sculpture lit from behind.
The unique hexagonal LED rooftop canopy at the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally's Hotel and Casino features a spectacular, energetic light show set to custom-created themed soundtracks.
Grand Bazaar Light Show Hours:
Sunday through Thursday: Every 15 minutes starting at 8:05 p.m. Last show at 10:05 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: Every 15 minutes starting at 8:05 p.m. Last show at 11:05 p.m.
Soaring above the Grand Bazaar Shops at the Bally's is the Swarovski Crystal Starburst. The Starburst is the star of the nightly Swarovski Midnight Celebration. The brilliantly colored light, music and video spectacle above Grand Bazaar Shops' colorful, mosaic-pattern rooftop canopy is a sight to see.
Swarovski Midnight Celebration Hours: Nightly at 9 p.m. and 12 a.m.
If you ever wonder what One Million dollars looks like? Head over to Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel and find out!. Binion's has $1 million on display. Structured in a pyramid design of acrylic glass boxes filled with exactly one million dollars in cash. In denominations ranging from ones to one hundred dollar bills, the display is set up on a poker table. The $1 million is displayed in the Binion's casino near the Club Binion's Booth.
CityCenter Fine Art Collection
Explore the unprecedented collection of contemporary works by some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.
As you travel throughout Citycenter enjoy works around every corner including Maya Lin's 84-foot cast of the colorado river, Silver River, at ARIA, Frank Stella's Damascus Gate Variation I, 1969 at Vdara and the iconic typewriter eraser, Scale X, 1998-199 by claes oldenburg and coosje van bruggen at Waldorf Astoria. The Fine Art collection brings cultural depth and dimension to Las Vegas.
City Hall Galleries
Las Vegas City Hall
495 S. Main St.,
702-229-1012 or 702-229-6511
Chamber Gallery (Second Floor)
Located above the main lobby, this art gallery's primary focus is group exhibits showcasing local artists' two-dimensional work. The exhibits feature diverse cultural, social and local themes.
The Grand Gallery(Lobby)
Located in the lobby of Las Vegas City Hall, this gallery highlights sculptures by local artists.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., except holidays
Two hours free parking validation provided in the city's garage across the street at 500 S. Main St. Inquire at the city's Cultural Affairs office
Fall of Atlantis
The gods unleash their wrath in this animatronic extravaganza of epic proportions. Fire, water,smoke and special effects tell the tale of Atlas, Gadrius and Alia, who struggle to rule the legendary undersea city. Surrounded by a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, the mythical sunken continent rises and falls before your eyes. "Atlantis" is located in front of the Cheesecake Factory.
Shows are daily on the hour beginning at 10am till 11pm (Hours subject to change)
Experience the morning sun and evening stars in a sky that changes from day to night and back again. Then see Bacchus, Venus, Apollo, and Plutus regale visitors with a magnificent sound, light, and laser show daily. "The Festival of Fountains" is located in front of the Tourneau store.
Shows are daily on the hour beginning at 10am till 11pm (Hours subject to change)
The Atlantis Aquarium
The Atlantis Aquarium is a 50,000-gallon, saltwater tank shaped like a horseshoe located at the north end of Caesars Palace's Forum Shops. Home to more than 100 different species of fish ranging in size from 2 inches to 4 feet. This tank houses more than 500 colorful tropical fish, including zebra sharks and cow nose rays.
Daily dive feeds are at 1:15pm or 5:15pm. Watch the aquarists feed the fish during dive. You may even want to take a below-the-scenes guided tour of the support facilities (Monday - Friday at 3:15pm )
Neil Leifer's Gallery - See photographs of sports and culture in this permanent art gallery.
Open daily 10am - 10pm.
Circus Circus Adventure Dome
Enjoy America's largest indoor theme park with 23 rides and attractions. Open daily 10am - midnight (702) - 794-3939
Circus Circus Midway Acts
The world-renowned Circus Acts at Circus Circus, Las Vegas offers a unique blend of talented world-class circus performers that amaze and amuse guests on the Midway Stage. Catch juggling, contortionists, balancing acts, death-defying trapeze artists, human pyramids and other circus acts under Circus Circus' 90-foot tall Big Top.
Performances on the Midway Stage take place every half hour from
11:15 a.m. – 11:40 p.m. Monday – Thursday;
11:15 a.m. – midnight Friday and Sunday; and
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Admission is FREE.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Chocolate connoisseurs will enjoy more than 40 varieties of fresh gourmet chocolate. See how chocolate is made on your self-guided tour of the factory and enjoy the free chocolate samples. Visit the beautiful Botanical Cactus Garden with over 350 species of desert plants. Open daily 8:30am - 7pm
Live Runway Shows at Fashion Show Mall
Every weekend shoppers are entertained by a runway show featuring the latest fashion and styles. Find out what's in vogue at the free fashion shows. Fri, Sat & Sun; every hour from noon - 6pm. www.thefashionshow.com
Test America Preview Studio - Receive $15 for testing new products. Go to suite 1830 at the Fashion Show Mall.
Downtown Las Vegas monthly cultural and arts festival is held on the first Friday of each month.
Starting in the heart of The Las Vegas Arts District and extending into the Fremont East Entertainment District, First Friday
showcases more than 100 established and emerging local artists.
This event is open to all ages. There will be live bands, food trucks, performances and interactive activities, a KidZone and more.
Hours: 5 p.m.– midnight; Admission: Free
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
This is home to group of Chilean flamingos, some swans, ducks, koi, turtles and over 300 birds. While the habitat is open 24 hours a day, feeding times are at 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Fremont Street Experience
Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas on the historic street that started it all. This one-of-a-kind entertainment venue is home to Viva Vision, the biggest big screen on the planet. Enjoy the musical video show on the ceiling of the canopy covering Fremont Street.
Hourly light-and-sound show nightly at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and midnight. (702) - 678-5777
Fremont Street Concerts
Enjoy free open air concerts and special events throughout the year. Shows appear nightly on the hour beginning at dusk and are free and open to the public.
Hand of Faith
The 61-pound Hand of Faith is the biggest golden nugget in existence and is on display in the lobby at Golden Nugget Las Vegas. Discovered in 1980 near the Golden Triangle in the Australia weighing 61 pounds, 11 ounces and is worth over $3 million.
Dueling Pianos Competitions
Pianists play and battle it out on the pianos, each one striving to play a piece of music better than the other and the audience chooses a winner by applause.
Harrah's Carnaval Court
Features live music and flair bartenders who sing, dance, juggle and spit fire, as well as pour drinks. Open 1pm - 2am daily
Open Air Concerts - Enjoy free concerts.
Featuring 'All Things Hershey's®' the Hershey's Chocolate World at New York-New York Hotel & Casino is chocolate lovers paradise. Offering guests a chance to create their own Hershey's happiness, Hershey's Chocolate World Las Vegas will immerse you in the candy brands you love: Hershey's, Hershey's® Kisses®, Reese's®, Ice Breakers®, Jolly Ranchers®, Twizzlers® and a lot more.
Select from over 800 types of Hershey's brand products including items exclusive to the Las Vegas store.
Hershey's Chocolate World Las Vegas is open:
Hours 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Phone 702-740-6969
Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Designed to show Las Vegas' past and provide a glimpse of a sustainable future opened in June 2008.
Located 3 miles west of downtown Las Vegas on U.S. Highway 95 at Valley View Blvd. (across from Meadows Mall Shopping center.
Hours: 10 am - 10 pm. Trails and gardens close at dusk.
Admission: There is a fee to enter the reserve but entry is free to the eight acres of demonstration gardens and 1.25 miles of trails winding through an area named the cienega.
M & M's World
Look at literally thousands of M & M merchandise in this four-story complex. Shop at this chocolate heaven and learn the history of how the M&M characters we all love evolved over the years! Featuring one of a kind M&M's gifts and souvenirs. Also showing daily, the free 3-D movie, "I lost My "M" in Vegas", starring Red & Yellow. 3D Movie is open until 8pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and until 6pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
(702) - 736-7611
CBS Television City Research Center
Participate in a focus group at the CBS Television City research center. Guests watch new and existing shows and see the latest technology through screenings and product demonstrations, then give their opinions. Located at the end of Studio Walk near the pool. Get free tickets at the center or at the entrance to the parking lot. Screening begin at 10am with the last screening at 8:30 p.m. Screenings every 30 minutes.
Sony 3-D Experience at MGM Grand
CBS Television City research center at MGM Grand includes the future of 3-D technology with the Sony 3-D experience. The interactive facility is designed to provide visitors with hands-on access to the most cutting-edge home entertainment technology available and allows guests to offer feedback that can impact content and technology research. daily 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Volcano at The Mirage
Feel the thrill of an erupting volcano at The Mirage. The Volcano wows audiences with an audio and visual spectacle featuring never-before seen fire effects.
Watch the volcano erupt every hour on the hour from dusk - midnight for the crowds of curious Strip onlookers. (view video here)
Salt Water Aquarium at the Mirage
A huge aquarium tank measuring 53 feet long, 8 feet from top to bottom and 6 feet from front to back. Currently supporting up to 1,000 coral reef fish and at least 60 species of fish in this thriving undersea community housed within the 20,000-gallon display behind the front desk. Open 24 hours
September 11 Tribute
Located at the base of the Statue of Liberty replica in front of the resort houses items honoring the many heroes of this day were spontaneously placed by visitors.
World Famous Dueling Pianos
The Bar at Times Square NYNY - Piano superstores try to outdo each other and the audience decides who played best. Also witness a New Year's Eve ball drop every night at midnight.
Recreates the aura of the coney island amusement park in the early 1900s, featuring midway-style carnival games and coin-operated video games.
Sunday - thursday, 8 a.m. - midnight; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Test America Preview Studio - Try a new product, give your opinion and receive money or coupons for your opinion. The studio is in suite H-82 in the Dessert Passage Mall.
The fountain at the heart of Miracle Mile Shops features lighted water effects, color changing fog, bursts of light and dramatic, original soundtracks broadcast via a state-of-the-art surround sound system. Show Times: Sunday - Saturday. Hourly from 12pm-11pm
A multi-sensory laser show complete with dramatic lighting effects, fog and a boisterous soundtrack. Show Times: Monday - Thursday: Hourly from 11:45am - 11:45pm
Friday - Sunday: Every 1/2 hour from 11:15am - 11:45pm
Miracle Mile Rainstorm
Excitement pours down at Miracle Mile Shops during the rainstorm outside of Merchants Harbor Coffee House. You simply can’t miss this miracle in the desert featuring thunder, lightning, fog and pouring rain. Show Times: Monday - Thursday: Top of each hour
Friday - Sunday: Each half hour.
Mystic Falls Sunset Stampede Show
Visit the 25,000 sq ft. indoor Mystic Falls Park. Take a leisurely stroll in the park day or night as you take in the sound of a rolling waterfall. Stick around for the Sunset Stampede Laser Light and Water Show at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm daily. At those times, the mountain in the Mystic Falls Indoor Park comes alive as the Sunset Stampede chronicles the Western pioneer experience with music, dancing water and a state-of-the-art laser light show. This is a must see!
Sunset Stampede Laser Light and Water Show times: 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm daily.
Free to the public is the main aquarium with a 117,000 gallon artificial reef which is home to over 4,000 tropical fish from all over the world, 3 species of stingrays and 3 species of sharks. Open 24 hours, daily.
Interactive Fish Feeding Show; Daily at 1:30pm and 4:30pm
The Children's Park at Town Square is a childs paradise with a variety of playground elements including a merry-go-round, hedge maze, a tree house, playhouse, interactive play stations and pop-up jet water fountains. Hours: Mon - Thurs 10am - 9:30pm; Sat 10am - 10pm; Sun; 11am - 8pm.
View a gondola ride down the Grand Canal with a singing gondolier. (view video here) While watching is free, rides cost $19.95 (Gondola seats up to 4 adults).
Streetmsophere® performances in St. Mark's Square: - Strolling performers which includes costumed actors, and Italian opera singers entertain shoppers in the Grand Canal Shoppes. Performance: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Venetian Trio performs nightly in St. Mark's Square: 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Living Statues on display in St. Mark's Square: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and near Ann Taylor: Noon - 8 p.m.
Test America Preview Studio - Preview a TV show, movie or other products, and receive $15 for your opinion. They are located in suite 2500 at the Grand Canal Shoppes.
Lake of Dreams
Small Vignettes of dreams appear out of the lake, as music, light and nature combine to create a fascinating spectacle.
Every half hour 7pm - 12:30am daily (702) 770 - 7000
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas is considered one of the most photographed signs in the world since it was erected in 1959. The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is located South of Mandalay Bay on Las Vegas Blvd (between Russell and Sunset Rd.). Marking the start of the Vegas strip, the famous 50-year-old iconic Welcome to Las Vegas Sign is a great place to visit and take plenty of memorable photos next to the sign. 5100 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas 89104. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Take the RTC bus to the "Welcome to Las Vegas Sign" stop. Take the pedestrian crosswalk for safe access.
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