Things to do in Vegas for free

Must-see free Vegas sights

A dazzling oasis where about forty million people a year come to escape, Las Vegas has made a fine art of indulging its visitors’ every appetite. If you’re looking to head to the City that Never Sleeps, take a look at our fantastic Las Vegas holidays.

  1. See an Elvis Presley tribute show
  2. Be dazzled at the Bellagio fountain show
  3. Take a wander through the Conservatory
  4. Be entertained at Circus Circus
  5. Hop aboard a free monorail
  6. Enjoy a free line-dancing class
  7. Make the most of the Fremont Street Experience

Delve deeper into Las Vegas and you will find a plethora of attractions which can all be enjoyed without spending a single dollar. Think entertaining circus shows, fun dance classes and a memorable Elvis tribute act – you’ll never be stuck for what to do in Las Vegas for free.

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1. See an Elvis Presley tribute show

Catching one of Las Vegas’s musical shows is one of the most exciting things to do in the city. And if you’re an Elvis fan, you’re in for a real treat here. Las Vegas’s biggest and best-loved Elvis impersonator is Pete Vallee and he hosts his own show, Big Elvis. His King-like voice still packs a powerful punch, though, and his mastery of Elvis’s repertoire and easy audience rapport - requests welcome - make this the best free show in town.

Best for: Elvis fans

While you’re there: Absinthe is a popular show staged in a marquee on Caesars’ outdoor Roman Plaza.

2. Be dazzled at the Bellagio fountain show

Even when it’s lying dormant, Bellagio’s ice-blue eight-acre lake makes an impressive spectacle in the Nevada desert. When it erupts into a balletic extravaganza of jetting fountains, as it does from morning/early afternoon until midnight daily - the Bellagio Fountains are most certainly one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas. The sky-high spurts and streams are accompanied by booming music - mostly songs from Broadway shows and popular classics. For anyone other than diners in the expensive waterfront restaurants the best views are from the Strip sidewalk (stake your place early), the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or from the guest rooms in either Paris or the Cosmopolitan.

Best for: Fountain show

While you’re there: Window shop at the Forum Shops. It’s found inside the faux-Roman pomp of Caesars Palace.

3. Take a wander through the Conservatory

Ever since Bellagio opened, its magnificent Conservatory has been considered one of the major sights of the city. A glassed-over courtyard ringed by galleries and restaurants, it’s repeatedly transformed by a huge team of gardeners into extravagant, themed shows that include bizarre whimsical props amid an extraordinary array of living plants. The five separate seasonal displays start with the Chinese New Year and then celebrate spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Best for: A botanical themed show

While you’re there: Another fantastic show is at the Kà, known for its sheer spectacle and breathtaking stunts.

4. Be entertained at Circus Circus

One of the most fun free things to do in Las Vegas is to enjoy an entertaining show. Circus Circus is so huge that it’s the only Strip casino to have an internal monorail system, to take guests to their rooms. With its low ceilings and endless corridors, lined with fast-food outlets and novelty stores, it’s quite a maze, and it can be hard to find the mezzanine area that’s home to the Midway. The circular stage here plays host to a constant succession of free circus acts, from trapeze artists and jugglers to tightrope walkers and, yes, clowns. Old-fashioned sideshows offer kids the chance to win their own stuffed toy. They’ll also love Splash Zone, Vegas’s newest water park, with its water playground and thrilling slides.

Best for: Circus show

While you’re there: There is plenty of fun at the Venetian. With dazzling frescoes and costumed gondoliers, it’s Grand Canal attracts many.

5. Hop aboard a free monorail

There are several monorail systems which are free to link small groups of neighbouring casinos. It’s a great way to travel around the city - all for free! The southernmost monorail connects Mandalay Bay with Excalibur, via Luxor. The second runs from the Monte Carlo, via Aria and Crystals in CityCenter, to Bellagio; it’s a futuristic ride, but be warned that the Bellagio station is in that property’s far southwestern corner, far from the casino floor and the Strip. Finally, there’s the short link between the Mirage and TI now, which serves little practical function other than keeping pedestrians cool.

Best for: A fun way to travel around the city

While you’re there: Note that four separate monorail systems operate along different stretches of the Strip. The longest is the Las Vegas Monorail.

6. Enjoy a free line-dancing class

Gilley’s Saloon is a lively country and rodeo saloon. It’s a firm favourite in the city. You can join a free line-dancing lesson most nights at 7pm, drink two-for-one rum cocktails until 10pm, or dance to honky-tonk bands until long after midnight.

Best for: Dancing!

While you’re there: The nightclub Tao is also a great place to show off your dance moves.

7. Make the most of the Fremont Street Experience

Wanting to give downtown a large-scale spectacle to match the Strip and make visitors feel safer outdoors at night, the downtown casinos came up with an amazing rebranding scheme - they put a roof over four city blocks and renamed downtown the Fremont Street Experience. After dark, the sky itself seems to become a giant movie screen - a dazzling light show of monsters and mayhem. Live bands pump out rock classics on stages set up at the main intersections - and downtown parties until long after midnight.

Best for: Dazzling light show in Las Vegas

While you’re there: Looking for more thrills? It’s possible to fly to the Grand Canyon South Rim and back in a day from Las Vegas.

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