11 Free Things To Do in Las Vegas
February 24, 2015 | By Melissa Manzo |
Think Las Vegas and you’ll likely think extravagance: casinos, fancy hotels, elaborate entertainment. A trip to Las Vegas, however, does not have to break the bank. In fact, there are plenty of free things to do in Las Vegas. Here are our top 11 free shows and attractions in Vegas:
Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio
Everything at the Bellagio Hotel is an experience, and its Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are no exception. There are 5 distinct exhibitions per year: one for the Chinese New Year in January, followed by one for spring, summer, fall and winter. Each exhibition is treated as a theatrical production, featuring a colourful assortment of flowers, plants and trees that requires months of preparation.
The World’s Largest Permanent Circus at Circus Circus
Every half hour between 11:00 a.m. and midnight, the World’s Largest Permanent Circus takes centre stage at the Carnival Midway at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. Each segment lasts about 10 minutes and features stunning performances by acrobats, trapeze artists and jugglers. Make sure to get there at least 15 minutes in advance if you want to get a seat!
Free gaming lessons at various casinos
Are you a novice when it comes to casino games? No need to worry! Several casinos in Las Vegas offer free gaming lessons to get you started. They’ll introduce you to the basic rules, etiquette and strategies for games such as poker, roulette and blackjack. The Luxor, Circus Circus and Excalibur are among casinos to offer such lessons.
The Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Palace
This 11-minute fountain show takes place inside the Caesars Palace Forum Shops. It tells the tale of sibling rivalry, as the son and daughter of King Atlas battle over who should take over as ruler of Atlantis. The story is brought to life by 9-foot animatronics, as well as dazzling water and fire effects. While you’re there, you can also marvel at the 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium that surrounds the area.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is like a miniature oasis amid the hustle and bustle of The Strip. Chilean flamingos, exotic ducks, black swans, Japanese koi and yellow catfish are among the wildlife you can observe here.
Auto Collections at the LINQ Hotel & Casino
The Auto Collections at the LINQ is a sort of living antique and muscle car museum, featuring over 250 vehicles. The cars on display are all for sale, so the collection changes frequently. You may also occasionally see iconic cars from famous Hollywood movies or that have belonged to celebrities. For an even more enriching experience, opt for a free audio guide to learn about the history of the vehicles.
CBS Television City Research Center at The MGM Grand
Ever wondered what it’s like to be an executive for a major TV network? At the MGM Grand’s CBS Television City Research Center, you can be a TV exec for a day! You’ll learn the ins and outs on deciding which shows get put on the air, as you view a selection of shows and learn how to register your opinion on the cast and content of each one.
Carnevale di Venezia at The Venetian
No need to go all the way to Italy to get a taste of the Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice). For a quick glimpse into what the Italian festival is all about, head to the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel. Every day (at different intervals), a troupe of gondoliers, living statues and jugglers put together a 15-minute performance that emulates the famous Venetian carnival.
The Volcano at The Mirage
The Volcano at The Mirage is a spectacular sight, featuring 2 volcano systems, a lagoon and fire shooters that shoot flame more than 12 feet in the air. As if that’s not enough, the fireballs move to the sounds of an exhilarating soundtrack created by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Indian composer Zakir Hussain. The sound is so powerful that you can actually feel the rumble of the volcanic movement.
Paris attractions at Paris Hotel and Casino
No, it’s not the real Paris. But with the amount of detail put into its design, it could be! If you’ve always wanted to see famous Paris attraction like the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Opera House, l’Arc de Triomphe and l’Hôtel de Ville, just stroll throughout the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino for free!
This one is exclusive to Air Canada Vacations. Book a vacation package to Las Vegas and you get a free tour of Laughlin, a city off The Strip that has just as much to do as Vegas does (minus the hustle and bustle). This resort destination has tons of casinos, shopping, spas and golf courses to keep you busy, as well as outdoor activities like fishing, swimming and boating.
Wondering what else you can do in Las Vegas? Check out our Vegas page for the full low-down on Sin City, including a multitude of other activities (which may not be free, but can be booked in advance!)