Las Vegas is best known for its opulent casinos and hotels, live shows, fine dining, and generally all the best ways to make your travel budget disappear. If you don’t want to join the gambling craze or spend your money on expensive shows, you can hunt for the mesmerizing, tasty, and totally free places to explore in Sin City. You’ll discover dozens of completely free activities, and my favorites are below. If you’re like me and always keep an eye out for great hotel offers, travel deals, coupons, and freebies, you’re going to love this list.
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Mirage of the Circus
Circus shows are almost synonymous with Las Vegas. Here’s how to get free entertainment and find out all about how the circus works. Starting in late August, the KA Theatre in MGM Grand Hotel and Casino offers tours on Tuesday mornings, showcasing the mechanics of their Cirque du Soleil production.
When you’re done, visit the world’s largest permanent circus at Circus Circus Las Vegas. While the normal show isn’t cheap, you can enjoy the performances of their unicyclists and acrobats, up high above the casino floor, for free every half hour.
Explore Las Vegas Art
Visit the CityCenter fine art collection to enjoy works by Nancy Rubin, Claes Oldenburg, or Coosje van Bruggen. Displayed around a choice location in the heart of Las Vegas, this permanent collection is open 24/7 and completely free.
While you’re here, check out Akhob, the enormous installation by light artist James Turrell inside the Luis Vuitton Maison. Then check out the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for Kenny Scharf’s murals.
While free, this activity may still end up putting a dent in your budget — unless you have great willpower and don’t bring your kids. Start by making your way to the Botanical Cactus Garden and find local chocolatier Ethel M. Chocolates.
Access to the garden is free, and you can take a self-guided tour of the Ethel M. Chocolates factory to enjoy free samples. Next, visit M&M’s World and catch a free 3D movie starring Red and Yellow. Cross the street to Hershey’s Chocolate World to see the 800-pound chocolate Statue of Liberty.
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And There’s More …
You’ll find more free attractions, including the following: the world’s largest gold nugget at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Strip, The Fountains of Bellagio and the hotel’s immense skylight conservatory, the huge talking statues of the Fall of Atlantis show, the Polaroid Fotobar museum, the Downtown Container Park, and the self-guided tours of the Fremont East Entertainment District.
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If you’ve come here for a list of free things to do, you probably are a budget-conscious traveler and want to enjoy everything at the lowest price possible. Just for you, here are a few extra tips: Catch the limited times when prices are lower, such as July and August during the months of extreme heat or weekday holidays (because everyone parties more during the weekend). Try to find the best Las Vegas hotel deals you can, then plan your trip around the time of the offers.
Are you convinced yet? What will be the first free thing you’ll do in Sin City?
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