Over 40 Free Things To Do In Las Vegas

BELAGGIO FOUNTAIN SHOW: This is a must see attractions on the Las Vegas strip. The fountain is made up of 5000 lights, 12000 devices that dictate how the water dances to the song that is playing during the show. The lake is 8.5 acres and the water can shoot up to 460 feet in the air. Trained divers are under the surface checking for leaks or compromised hoses. Behind the scenes they work on repairs and create custom designs for fountain related maintenance. Many toss in their coins which can add up to $10 to 15k during the high season months. Monday through Friday there is a show every half hour from 3-8 pm and every 15 minutes from 8-midnight. Saturdays and holidays, the show runs every half hour from noon to 8pm and every 15 minutes from 8-midnight. The show lasts the duration of one song.

MIRAGE VOLCANO SHOW: The Volcano Show is choreographed fire to an exclusive soundtrack. The volcano systems shoot fire from the lagoon. These balls of fire can shoot upwards of 12 feet into the air. The volcano sounds are recordings of actual eruptions that you can feel from the sonic sound system. If you stand up close, you can feel the heat! There are waterfalls and pools that have smoke and fire effects as well. Shows are Sunday-Thursday at 8 and 9 pm and Friday-Saturday at 8, 9 and 10pm. The shows may be cancelled if there are high winds.

WANDER HOTELS: There are many beautiful hotels in Las Vegas that are an activity to wander in itself. Gorgeous architecture, interesting themes and optical illusions, like the appearance of the skies on the ceilings that make you feel like you are wandering the streets of Venice while in the Venetian and Paris while in the Paris.

FREEMONT STREET-PEOPLE WATCH: If you are a people watcher, Freemont Street is the perfect place. There are so many people and so much going on you’ll surely have an interesting people watching session.

FREEMONT STREET-LIGHT SHOW: The Viva Vision Light Show with light and sound, over a half million watt sound system and over 12 million LED lights. The screen is 1500 feet long and 90 feet wide. The shows run every hour typically from 6pm to 1am but can change with the season. The show is a around 5 minutes long. It can’t be half bad with over 15 million visitors enjoying this experience each year!

WANDER FREEMONT STREET or WANDER THE STRIP: Wandering the strip is a lot like surfing the internet. Even if you had a rough idea of where you wanted to go, you are sure to be drawn away from the beaten path to discover a million things you didn’t even know you were looking for.

PICTURES AT THE “WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS” SIGN: Everyone should get their picture taken at the famous Las Vegas welcome sign! And I believe that now, if you go to Vegas, you should pay your respects to those lost in the Las Vegas Shooting each and every time.

CIRCUS CIRCUS FREE CIRCUS SHOW: There is multiple free circus acts at Circus Circus. The shows range from high flying trapeze acts, aerial displays on the silk, clowns, juggling, acrobats, slack wire, to unicycles.

CAESAR’S PALACE-FALL OF ATLANTIS SHOW: The Fall of Atlantis show is located in the Forum Shots at Caesar’s Palace. There are 9 foot talking statues, fire and other effects that help tell the story. If you love dragons, you might want to see this show. Never underestimate the added fun of standing in a random crowd enjoying a bit of entertainment. Each crowd is different and adds to the experience in whole. The shows are typically every hour, Sunday-Thursday from 11 am – 10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am -11pm.

ART AT THE CITYCENTER: if you are an art lover, get some exercise while walking the 66-acre CityCenter looking at the artworks scattered around the property. CityCenter is located at 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

PALAZZO-WATER FALL ATRIUM: This atrium, several stories high has beautiful flowers and a waterfall under a magnificent sky lit dome. The display changes so no reason not to check it out each time your go to Vegas.

THE PARK- BETWEEN NYNY NAD MONTE CARLO/BLISS DANCE: A promenade Between Monte Carlo and New York NY there is a park which has sustainable designing. You will see the large statue Bliss Dance here. There are stone covered walls with waterfalls and seating all around. There are shops along the park. There is security in the park as well.

THE LINQ PROMENADE: It is a walkway lined with dining, shopping and entertainment, including street performers. This is home to the largest Ferris wheel the High Roller. This is a great place to come for dinner and an after dinner stroll.

SWAROVSKI STARBURST/BALLY’S: This beautiful burst of lights and crystals is at the intersection where the Strip meets Flamingo Rd. and lights up twice a night to original music around 9:00 pm and Midnight every night of the year! This fourteen foot beauty weighs in at a whopping two tons! It is made up of 900 Swarovski crystal spheres and eighteen hundred LED lights.

GAMBLERS GENERAL STORE: If you are in the Vegas spirit, take a ride by the largest gambling supply superstore at 800 South Main St., Las Vegas. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 5:30 pm and Sunday to 4:30 pm. They carry over fifteen thousand products! If nothing else, you could pick up a few souvenirs.

“BIG EDGE” CANOE SCULPTURE/VDARA TOWER: This interesting sculpture made entirely of canoes is located at CityCenter in front of Vdara Tower. The sculpture is 57′ by 75′  and a must see for art lovers or just an awesome selfie background for those looking for something unique.

MGM KA THEATER TOUR: If you are curious about the behind the scenes to a show, this is the activity for you. Tuesdays from 11:00 to 11:30 am and Saturdays from 12:00 to 12:30 pm you can get a free tour of MGM’s KA theater and see what’s behind the 165 million dollar production.

CEASAR’S FORUM SHOPS/CEASAR’S PALACE: Take a stroll through this luxury shopping destination with around 160 stores, restaurants and attractions, from shopping at Tiffany or Gucci to lunch at the Cheesecake factory or dinner at Spago, to name a few.

VENETIAN GRAND CANAL SHOPPES/THE VENETIAN: Cobblestone walkways lead you through this luxury shopping experience. Cloud painted ceilings make you forget you are not in Venice. You can eat at restaurants by celebrity chefs and shop from the over 160 signature stores of luxury brands.

THE LINQ POLAROID FOTOBAR AND MUSEUM (NOW PHOTO & GO): Located at the LINQ, check out the Polaroid museum up stairs to take a stroll back in time and check out how it used to be in the world’s hobby of picture taking and see some real non-digital photos.

BELLAGIO-CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS: This is a must see for the horticulturist at heart. These gardens change with each season and the Chinese New Year. There is a 100 plus staff that cares for the over 13,000 square foot garden. It is packed with wonderful flowers, plants and trees with special lighting to illuminate their beauty.

HARRAHS-THE CARNIVAL COURT: This outdoor bar connected to Harrah’s will satisfy the party animal in you with no cover charge. There are DJ’s and live music and card tables. The performing bartenders flip bottles and the patrons dance away. It’s free to pop in and check it out.

WYNN POPEYE SCULPTURE: It is a good thing that Steve Wynn is a billionaire art collector or we may never have had the chance to see the 28 million dollar sculpture of Popeye on display in the esplanade, the mall between the casino towers. This glazed stainless steel, one ton sculpture by Jeff Koons is nearly seven feet tall! Make sure to go see this amazing piece of art because it is not clear how long he will be on display before setting sail.

ANTIQUES MALL OF AMERICA: Calling all vintage lovers! This 43,000 square foot antique mall is located at 9151 S Las Vegas BLVD #344, Las Vegas, NV 89123. It’s open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Stroll through to see a plethora of collectibles and vintage items you will not see anywhere else. Warning: while browsing is free, there is a good chance you find a treasure you can’t leave behind!

SUNSET STAMPEDE AT SAM’S TOWN: While visiting Mystic Falls Park, stick around for this awesome laser light and fountain show. The show runs around ten minutes long, Monday through Sunday at 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Updated lights and laser technology for a better show than the one you may have previously seen. When you hear the howling wolf, you know it is about to start!

SAM’S TOWN MYSTIC FALLS PARK: This park is home of the Sunset Stampede. You’ll forget you are indoors as you stroll down the tree lined walkway as you listen to birds chirping in the ten story high space above. The Trees are real too! Pull up a bench near the waterfalls and let the sound of rushing water take you away from the Vegas excitement for a moment.

LAS VEGAS WALK OF STARS: The stars are embedded on both sides along 4 miles of the Vegas Strip. You will see names of those who have helped make Vegas what it is known for today like Frank Sinatra and Liberace. Have a seat next to your favorite stars for a photo.

SHELBY MUSEUM: If the curves of a sports car get your adrenaline racing you need to put this museum on your itinerary. It is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Guided tours are available Monday through Friday at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. The museum is located at 6405 Ensworth St., Law Vegas, NV 89119 off the strip between Mandalay Bay and Towns Square. 702-942-7325.

CITY HALL ART GALLERIES: There are two galleries at city hall. The Grand Gallery has three-dimensional artwork by local and national artists. Exhibits run about 3 months. The Chamber Gallery focuses on topics of interest related to the downtown culture and cultural diversity. Here, each year you can see the Celebrating Life Winners Circle Exhibition. The hours are Monday through Thursday 7:00 am to 5:30 pm (702-229-6511).

BIG ELVIS AT THE PIANO BAR/HARRAHS: This Elvis impersonator has performed over 7,000 shows! You’d think he’d get pretty good at what he does and that would be correct! Elvis would be proud. This guy is so entertaining. He fills the space with great energy and everyone in the crowd always seems to be having so much fun. The piano bar is wide open to the sidewalk along the strip so passer-byers can enjoy a moment of the fun too. You can’t come to Vegas and not see an Elvis impersonator. This is the one to see for sure.

MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AVIATION MUSEUM: Let the sight seeing begin…even before you leave the airport! The exhibit is located all through the airport halls telling interesting aviation related stories. There are many great photo opportunities and unique selfie backdrops. So don’t hurry off to your shuttle or back to your departing flight. Leave some extra time to take in some aviation history.

MERMAID COVE ART GALLERY/SILVERTON HOTEL & CASINO: This gallery displays the works of renowned mermaid artist Will Cormier. It is located between the resort’s fish aquarium and the hotel front desk. Stop in to gaze at these awesome underwater scenes. 3333 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas, NV 89139 (702)263-7777.

PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESTAURANT MOVIE MEMORABILIA/CAESARS: If you’re a movie buff, stop by the Planet Hollywood Restaurant at the Forum Shops in Caesar’s to see the huge array of TV and Movie memorabilia. You’re likely to recognize something in this display of props, costumes and sets. 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas NV 89109 (702)791-7827.

WYNN-ATRIUM GARDENS: It is no surprise to find this beautiful place in such an amazing resort. Beside the gorgeous, luxurious casino floor of the Wynn sits this amazing garden in the Atrium. Stroll down it’s path and view all of the fresh flower covered spheres hanging in the trees. There is even a carousel and hot air balloon completely covered in flowers.

WYNN-PARASOL DOWNS: Even is a cocktail is not on your itinerary, this cocktail lounge is worth a passer-by peak. It is nestled between two curved escalators. You can take in the beauty of the colorful parasols hanging from the ceiling as you make your way down from Parasol Up, the lounge above. Parasol Downs boasts a view of the 40 foot waterfall that flows into the Lake of Dreams.

LOUNGE ACTS: All through Las Vegas you can find lounges presenting the most talented performers. At some resting points to your shopping route, stand near one of these lounges and take in some of the awesome music!

PLANET HOLLOYWOOD/FOUNTAIN SHOW AT MIRACLE MILE SHOPS: If you like colored waterfalls and fog that changes colors to fresh music. schedule a timely break from your shopping to watch this free show.

FASHION SHOW MALL: If you’d like to add  a little fashion to your trip, I have just the place for you! With over 200 stores, dozens of dining choices and multiple department stores, you will surely find your style in here somewhere. If you happen to be here while one of the weekly New York style fashions shows are in session, you will get some extra ideas for your fabulous Vegas look! For those in your party not interest in fashion, there is music and dance as part of the show! You will find the schedule here.

CIRCUS CIRCUS SHOWS: Are you taking any kids with? Circus Circus has free shows for kids of all ages. Hop over to the world’s largest permanent circus for some light-hearted entertainment. There are clowns and acrobats, juggling, balancing, flying and unicyclists. You can find the weekly schedule here. 2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 89109. 800-634-3450.

ART AT THE COSMOPOLITAN: The Cosmo is a great place to fill your eyes with glitzy glamour and eye-tasty art. Throughout the Cosmopolitan, there are hundreds of works by artists from all over the world. In the lobby, 15 foot digital columns display not only a library of changing  art as does a huge digital panel behind the front desk, but also the art of futuristic architecture in it’s design alone. Every time I walk through the place I hear “Cosmopolitan” by Mome in my head. That music is simply perfect for the Cosmo! 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South – Las Vegas, NV 89109.  702-698-7000.

THE GRAND BAZAAR:  If you’re up for some late open air shopping after all in the air conditioning, head over to The Grand Bazaar. Don’t worry about missing dinner, the bars and restaurants have extended hours, as late as 11:00 pm. Schedule your shopping to intersect with one of the Free Music and Light Shows. 3635 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

WETLANDS PARK: Do you need a “nature time break” between brunch and dancing? Wetlands park offers nearly 3000 acres of nature. Stoll through the nature preserve trail past streams and ponds to find your quiet relaxation zone and rejuvenate your energy for evening activities. Stop at a viewing area to snap some photos of area birds. One of the great adventures about spending time in nature is that you never know what you’ll see. You can find information regarding Clark County Parks and Recreation here. 7050 E Wetlands Park Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89122. (702) 455-7522

FLAMINGO HOTEL-WILDLIFE HABITAT: What would Vegas be without the color pink?! If pink tickles you too, stop by to see some real life pink flamingos. The huge and famous pink flamingo statue outside the hotel is cool but These Chilean flamingos that live on the habitat’s Flamingo Island are breathtaking! There are also pelicans, swans, ducks, turtles and koi fish in a serene, nature setting with ponds and streams surrounding islands and lush foliage. If you are lucky, you might see some hummingbirds at the feeders. It’s hard to believe you are in a big city when you are there!  Time your trip to catch a pelican feeding! You will find hours and feeding schedule here. 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109. (702) 733-3111.

LUXOR LIGHT BEAM: If you are in Vegas to see the bright lights, you need to make sure to get a glimpse of the light beam shining out from the peak of the pyramid at the Luxor Hotel. It won’t be difficult to do from almost anywhere since it is the strongest beam of light in the world! There are around 40, 7000 watt lamps that cost over a thousand dollars each! It is truly amazing to see and makes a priceless selfie backdrop. 3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119. 702-262-4000.

A DAY AT THE POOL: Let’s face it, a day hanging at the pool can be one of the most fun activities out there. If you are staying at a hotel in Las Vegas, there is more than likely a free pool or more at your fingertips. Of course some are more elaborate than others. If a day or so at the pool is high on your priority list, you might want to research the pools you like best before you book. Here is some of what you can find; cabanas, hot tubs, wave pool, lazy rivers, poolside treatments, yoga class, waterfalls, fountains and more! There is definitely a pool out there that will suit you.

 BARRICK NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: As one of Southern Nevada’s most important collecting institutions this could be a rewarding stop for art lovers of all ages. You may see contemporary works and cultural artifacts. The museum has been there over 50 years. While admission is free, donations can be made. More information can be found here. 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154. 702-895-3381.

ANTIQUES AT MAIN STREET STATION: If antiques are your thing, pick up a brochure at the front desk and guild yourself through this antiques tour where you will see items such as; a portion of the Berlin Wall and Chandeliers from the Coca-Cola building and so many more. 200 North Main Street • Las Vegas, NV 89101 • 702-387-1896.

SMITH CENTER TOURS: To see these visiting art installations and commissioned pieces you can schedule a guided walking tour throughout the center. The tour takes around 60 minutes. Tours will be posted online 30 days prior to tour dates and tours are limited to 20 people so make sure to plan ahead if this activity has made your list. You can book your tour here. 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106. 702-749-2000.