Las Vegas is full of glitz, glamor, high rollers, and sweaty tourists. The whole city is a giant gambling empire, but what if you’re not a big gambler? Or if lady luck has left you high and dry with an empty wallet?
Don’t fear, there are plenty of things to do in Sin City for free. You can stay busy for a week and not gamble at all.
However, if you love to gamble, do your wallet a favor and partake in a few of the free things below that Vegas has to offer.
1. Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – Escape the heat of the desert to view a beautiful garden showcase inside the Bellagio Casino atrium. The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are a meticulously groomed floral feast for the eyes that change with each season. Dozens of trees as well as thousands of shrubs and flowers are artfully displayed in this 14,000 square foot space.
2. Red Rock Canyon (Calico Basin Red Springs) – While the main entrance to Red Rock Canyon charges an entry fee of $7 per car, there is no entry fee for the Calico Basin Red Springs area. Cross the boardwalk over the grassy marsh to get picturesque views of the red sandstone cliffs and mountains against a bright blue sky. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon away from the commotion of the strip.
3. Gold and Silver Pawn Shop – If you like the television show Pawn Stars then you should visit the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. It’s less than a mile from the Downtown Freemont Street Experience and is where the actual Pawn Stars series is filmed. Go early to have the best chance of seeing the stars and also to beat the lines.
4. Las Vegas Sign – Head past Luxor and Mandalay Bay to the far end of the strip to get an iconic photo with the famous Las Vegas Sign. Unless you like to be helpful and take tons of photos for other people, you probably won’t stay too long since there’s not much around the sign of interest. However, a stop here is well worth it.
5. Window Shopping – There’s plenty of shops to spend money in, but sometimes window shopping can be just as satisfying. From the Forum Shops, Miracle Mile, Grand Canal Shops, to pretty much all of the fancy casinos, there are a plethora of stores to browse in Las Vegas.
6. Springs Preserve Trails and Gardens – If you need to get out and stretch your legs you can go to the Springs Preserve Trails and Gardens. This complex also houses the Nevada State Museum, a butterfly habitat and other exhibits that charge admission, but access to the gardens and trails are free. There are 3.65 miles of trails that can be hiked as well as 110 acres of gardens to explore.
7. Peruse the Casinos – To someone who hasn’t been to Las Vegas it might sound strange to suggest walking around the casinos if you’re not going to gamble. However, most casinos have unique themes, so it’s actually fun just to wander. My favorite casinos to walk around are Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, New York New York, Bellagio, and Circus Circus. Some of them are a little cheesy, but still fun!
8. MGM CBS Television City – Take part in a television screening at the CBS Television City research center in the MGM Grand Casino. Watch a new television series from networks like CBS, MTV, or Nickelodeon and give your feedback on the show. You might get to watch an episode of the next hit series before it’s released to the public!
9. Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour – Venture about 10 miles off the strip if you want to watch fine chocolate-making first hand. Ethel M Chocolate Factory offers free self-guided tours where you may get to see them making their famous pecan brittle or the filling for their chocolate crèmes. Collect your free sample and head outside to enjoy their 3 acre cactus garden.
10. Banger Brewery Tour – When visiting Freemont Street downtown, don’t miss Banger Brewery. Sign up a day or two in advance to take a free brewery tour that covers how their beer is brewed. The tour includes a free sample, so it’s pretty much a no-brainer.
Some visitors don’t even come for the gambling since there’s more than enough free sightseeing to keep a person busy for days. I belong to this group. Spending $20 in the penny slots is about as much as I can take in a day, but I’ve been to Las Vegas six times now, and I’ve never been bored or short on things to do.
In addition to the ten things above, check out my 10 Best Free Shows in Las Vegas article that outlines all of the shows you can see for free! With all of this free stuff to do I’m not even sure how so many people have time to gamble!
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