Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

This popular summer destination isn’t just for gambling. There are a host of fun activities you can take advantage of that won’t cost you a thing.

Written by Kristen Kuchar / June 9, 2022

Quick Bites

  • Sure, Las Vegas has no end of shows you could pay for, but there are plenty of free ones, too, like light displays and music concerts.
  • Bring the family along? Take the kids to see flamingos or watch how fancy chocolates are made.
  • There’s plenty more for grown-ups, too, including art installations and gorgeous botanical gardens.

Also known as the Gambling Capital of the World, Las Vegas might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about budget-travel. But there’s actually plenty of free things to do in Las Vegas—you can bet on it.

From awe-inspiring light shows and live music concerts to gorgeous botanical gardens and chocolate-making tours, there’s plenty of free things to do for the whole family.

Only in Vegas

While casinos are typically not the place for free entertainment, many casinos offer free gaming lessons, where you can learn how to play poker, blackjack or craps from the professionals, according to Vegas.com.

For a wallet-friendly alternative, skip the slot machines, and stroll through the 25,000-square-foot Pinball Hall of Fame.

Taking a photo by the historic, frequently visited “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.

Walk the Strip for street performers, sightseeing amongst the hotels and popular tourist attractions, such as the Coca-Cola Store and M&M World.

Enjoy live entertainment

Las Vegas is known for the shows, but this entertainment is complimentary:

Check out The Volcano at the Mirage, which kicks off on the hour from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Experience an indoor rainstorm during Miracle Mile Shops Rainstorm Show, complete with rain, lightning, fog and thunder.

Be dazzled at the Lake of Dreams at the Wynn, with a colorful multimedia experience featuring a 90-foot performance waterfall, thousands of LED lights and 1,500 pine trees. The free show runs every half hour from dusk.

The Grand Bazaar Shops offers complimentary vibrant nightly light shows on a rooftop canopy set to custom music soundtracks.

Every night, Freemont Street puts on the world’s largest digital display light show, as well as hosts live music concerts.

Sit back and watch water sore up to 460 feet in the air, spanning more than 1,000 feet at The Fountains of Bellagio. Shows are every 30 minutes then every 15 minutes starting at 8 p.m., which feature the fountains moving along with music and lights.

Catch all of your favorite circus performances at, you guessed it, Circus Circus. Free performances include aerial displays, high flying trapeze, juggling, clowns and more.

It’s only fitting that the Paris Las Vegas hotel would offer a free nightly light show with the Eiffel Tower that sits right in front (every 30 minutes starting at sunset).

Visit the Silverton Casino Hotel’s Mermaid Lounge, featuring a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with free live music.

Art appreciation

Enjoy artistic expression without leaving the lobby of your hotel. The ARIA Fine Art Collection has work by painters, installation artists and sculptors throughout the resort. The Cosmopolitan has hundreds of pieces throughout the resort. The LOVE installation at The Venetian Resort is a favorite photo-op for many travelers.

Away from the hotels, find art at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, The Arts Factory and Seven Magic Mountains are all free admission.

Stroll through gardens

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden features a beautiful 14,000-square-foot Botanical Garden that changes each season in the hotel’s lobby.

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is located within the Flamingo Hotel, featuring a four-acre garden that is home to exotic birds, fish and turtles. Besides free admission, there are also daily talks at no charge.

Visit the largest botanical cactus garden in Nevada, with more than 300 species. It also happens to be home to Ethel M Chocolates, where you can peek inside the chocolate-churning kitchens for a free self-guided tour.

About the Author

Kristen Kuchar

Kristen Kuchar

Kristen Kuchar is a journalist, covering money, travel and the beverage industry. Kristen has previously contributed personal finance and business content to Money.com, Money Under 30, The Simple Dollar, Saving for College, Credible, The Brad’s Deals Blog, Outdoor Business Magazine and more.

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