Las Vegas has reinvented itself as an adult and family playground all at the same time. This has been achieved through a never ending blitz of promotion through movies, ads and TV Shows.
- Where else can you find a 25$ USD luxury buffet to take the 25,000 prostitutes on offer by those Latino flyer guys? In Vegas of course!
- Where else can you stay in a 25$ a night hotel, so that you can blow 1000’s of dollars on the Blackjack tables? In Vegas of course!
- Where can you claim to visit The Pyramids of Egypt, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Canals of Venice thena circus, a zoo with partridge in pear tree? In Vegas of course!
Every time I go to Vegas, I get sucked into the Strip … I never want to leave, and the days and nights at the blackjack table go by very quickly and before I know it, it’s time to go home. It’s easy to lose track of time with all the eating, shows, bars and people watching one can do on the strip. Speaking of losing time … here’s 9 things that Vegas is not!
That being said, from all the times I’ve visited, I always promise to see more of Vegas than just the strip and I’ve done better over the years where I do manage to break away from the glitz and see something different.
If you are thinking about heading to Vegas and the idea of sitting around a casino’s pool doesn’t appeal to you, here are some options that prove there is lots of free stuff to do in Vegas, if you lose all your money at the Blackjack table
- Take your picture at the Las Vegas sign
- Go see the Grand Canyon
Seriously … just go rent a cheap car and head out down there.
- Before you hit the Grand Canyon, you can see the Hoover Dam
Dubbed one of the seven wonders of modern engineering and ranked as the second-highest dam in the United States, Hoover Dam is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas on the Nevada-Arizona border and worth the 30-minute drive. Parking on the Arizona side of the structure is free, and you can walk across during daylight hours. Tours inside the power plant cost extra, but there is no charge to stop by the visitors center, which is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Dance to the fountains at the Bellagio or see the lobby of glass.
The Bellagio Fountains are one of the most commonly recognized sites in Sin City. Every ½ Hour in the afternoon you can witness thousands of gallons of water spout hundreds of feet in the air, complete with music and visual accompaniments at nighttime. Then you can spend the next 5 hours wandering around inside the Bellagio Hotel.
- Monday – Friday
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Show every 1/2 hour)
7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Show every 15 minutes)
- Saturdays, Sundays* and Holidays
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Show every 1/2 hour)
7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Show every 15 minutes)
*On Sundays Fountain show times begin at 11 a.m. and run every 15 minutes (Bellagio Fountains)
- Monday – Friday
- Watch the Fall of Atlantis at Caesar’s Palace
Caesars Palace’s version of the water show uses lifelike animatronic figures to act out the myth of Atlantis in the Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show. The shows take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until midnight. on Friday and Saturday. After the show, check out the 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium behind the fountains that is home to more than 100 species of fish.
- Get the Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street used to be the old Vegas with some of the older Casinos and where you can find some great deals and the VIVA Vision.
I think that the Fremont Street experience is now a “must-do” when in Vegas and it’s free!
- Go watch a Volcano explode at the Mirage
Probably the closest you are going to ever get to the real thing, the Volcano at the Mirage has been around for decades, no exaggeration! Featuring the most widely viewed visual fire-display on LV Boulevard, this free attraction brings hundreds, if not thousands of visitors to the front of the Mirage every evening to witness one of the coolest free shows on the Strip!
Eruption Schedule: Begins at 7:00 p.m. and runs every hour on the hour until 11:00 p.m. (nightly) Volcano at The Mirage
- The Talking Statues at Caesars Palace
Ever wondered what it would be like to see Atlantis fall and Roman Gods banter in the mortal world via the inhabitation of man-made statues? Well head to the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace to experience one of the most innocent free attractions in Las Vegas. Perfect for kids, the statues are located atop one of the most glorious fish tanks in Las Vegas and offer a chance for families to beat the heat and still have a good time that only Vegas could dish up!
Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight. Holiday hours vary.
- Mermaids at the Silverton
The tank is one of the best in Vegas, and the Silverton also has Bass Pro Shops attached, it may sounds like “just” a store but the “Outdoor World” at the Silverton is Bass Pro Shops flagship location. Complete with out-door decorations, lakes and “would-be” animal life and displays, this place is as much fun to explore as it is to shop!
- Watch the Sirens of Treasure Island
It’s best to find a spot in the audience to view the 10.00 pm performance or find the view from a restaurant around. The audience gets pretty thick when the show starts but it’s worth the wait. The show is a 45 minute mix of music, acting, dancing and pyrotechnics.
- Gondolier March at the Venetian
The Gondolier March takes place daily at 9:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., and the street performers entertain daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Watching the Free circus at Circus Circus
When you head to Circus Circus, you can experience the world’s largest permanent circus, highlighting the center stage of the Carnival Midway daily. See performances starting at 11 a.m. daily.
FLYING VARGAS : Grace and daring on the Trapeze from Mexico
ZOE: An Argentina Aerialist performing with balletic grace on the Aerial Silk
ZUMA-ZUMA : As seen on “America’s Got Talent” a joyous celebration of acrobatics from Kenya
DUO RESONANCE : A scintillating duo of acrobatic excellence from Russia as seen on “America’s got Talent”
FLYING ANGELS : Grace and daring on the Flying Trapeze featuring three female flyers and a male catcher
APRIL : An American tour de force of spectacular aerial artistry on the Cloud Swing
EVGENY VASILENKO : Slack Wire sensation from Russia
- Tour Paris in America.
See re-creations of some of Paris’s greatest landmarks right on the Las Vegas Strip. Replicas of Parisian landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Paris Opera House, and Hotel de Ville are all at Paris casino. Mimes and other performers also wander the grounds offering free performances.
- Go see the Flamingos … at the Flamingo
The Flamingo is home to no shortage of its namesake birds. Walk along the streams of Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat to see flamingoes, swans, and other animals not native to desert Nevada.
- Walk around with a 2 -3 ft long drink!
- Do some spectacular night photography
- Go spin a giant slot machine!