The US city of Las Vegas, Nevada is often associated with glitz and gambling. But you needn’t risk your savings in the casinos to have fun. You can have fun around “Sin City” without a lot of money. To stress that point, here is a carefully compiled collection of free things to do in Las Vegas.
Free Things To Do In Las Vegas in 2024
1. The Bellagio Fountain Show
This free attraction at the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip is a musical fountain show in an 8.5-acre man-made lake in front of the resort. It uses 4,792 lights and 1,214 water nozzles to create a display of water, music, and light. The fountains actually shoot as high as 460 feet. Each performance is unique. For the latest show times, contact the Bellagio resort.
2. The Venetian Canal Walk
Explore this Venetian-inspired, 875,000-square-foot venue for free. It’s highlighted by illuminated painted ceilings and cobblestone walkways where you can people-watch, window shop, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this labyrinthine entertainment center full of shops and assorted eateries.
3. The Las Vegas Strip
Stroll this 4+-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County. Just south of the city limits, it’s home to a number of the world’s largest and arguably most famous casino, hotel, and resort properties including the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
4. The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign
The world-famous sign is at the south end of the Vegas Strip not far from Mandalay Bay’s entrance. It’s one of the most popular places in Vegas to take pictures and is a must-visit spot for tourists.
5. Fremont Street
Fremont Street is a busy downtown hub where you can enjoy free daily concerts on three different stages. Be sure to check out one of the must-see Viva Vision Light shows that run hourly from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
6. Container Park
Downtown Container Park is a popular open-air shopping center constructed entirely from old shipping containers. This fun spot includes bars, unique boutiques, restaurants, and even a family-friendly interactive playground for the kids. It’s a distinctive destination for family fun or just to grab a bite to eat.
7. M&M’s World & The Coca-Cola Store Las Vegas
M&M’s World is a gift shop that includes a 3-D animated movie, a replica of the M&M’s race car, and a printer that allows guests to create one-of-a-kind M&M’s. The neighboring Coca-Cola Store offers a variety of Coca-Cola memorabilia and merchandise, including collectibles, clothing, glassware, and accessories.
8. Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is less than 20 miles from Vegas and offers various hiking trails. The easiest is the 2.5-mile round trip Calico Hills Trail. The most challenging is the 5-mile round trip Turtlehead Peak Trail, which includes a 2,000-foot elevation gain. There’s an entrance fee for each vehicle.
9. Hoover Dam
While not technically in Las Vegas, this concrete arch-gravity dam is but a short drive away in the beautiful Black Canyon on the Nevada-Arizona state border. Dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, it opened in 1936, it was then the world’s largest dam. It’s visited by seven million tourists annually.
10. The LINQ Promenade
This outdoor entertainment district in the center of the Vegas Strip across from Ceasar’s Palace is free to explore and features 35-plus stores, restaurants, and other attractions such as the strip’s only zipline, the LINQ Zipline, the High Roller, North America’s Tallest Observation wheel, and the Brooklyn Bowl.
11. The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Every season, this 14,000-square-foot garden becomes a showcase of scents, sights, and bright colors. The floral displays even include a specific display for the Lunar New Year. It’s open to the public seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Admission is free.
12. The World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain
This is the world’s largest chocolate fountain, certified by Guinness World Records. It’s located at the Bellagio resort. 27 feet tall and includes 500+ feet of stainless steel piping. Six pumps move 2 tons of chocolate at 120 quarts per minute. Sadly, you can’t sneak a taste.
13. The Caesars Palace Fountains
The Atlantis Fountain and Festival Fountain are located inside the Forum Shops. The Atlantis Fountain features animatronic figures that tell the tale of Atlantis, complete with fireballs and special effects. The Festival Fountain includes animatronic statues that come to life in a show with smoke and special lighting effects.
14. Wynn Las Vegas
The luxurious resort Wynn Las Vegas is found on the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors can enjoy a walk through the Wynn’s beautiful grounds and see the striking architecture and design too. You can enjoy the free nightly Lake of Dreams show the Wynn Floral Carousel, and the Wynn Butterfly Habitat.
15. The World’s Largest Atrium
At 29 million cubic feet, the Luxor Hotel’s atrium is the world’s largest by volume. Nestled in the hotel’s center, it’s 10 stories tall and includes an obelisk and a replica of the Sphinx. Its Egyptian theme fits in with the resort’s standout pyramid shape.
16. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip includes various contemporary art installations and exhibits. Its art program includes hundreds of contemporary works. Here visitors will see paintings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media works, and murals by new and established artists from around the world.
17. The New York-New York Hotel and Casino
New York- New York is a casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Designed to be evocative of New York City, it offers such free attractions as a 300-foot-long recreation of the Brooklyn Bridge, a 150-foot-high Statue of Liberty replica, and its own Greenwich Village.
18. The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium
The Atrium is an indoor garden nestled within the Grand Canal Shoppes at The well-known Venetian The Palazzo. Highlights here include exotic flowers, a domed skylight, and the multi-story waterfall all decorated for the individual seasons. It is open to the public seven days a week, 24 hours a day.