Las Vegas may be one of the most fun destinations I’ve been to in the US. If you’re visiting for the first time, check out my previous post to get the lowdown on Vegas before you go! But what all should you do once you get there?! All of the casinos have their own personality, there’s so many people watching opportunities, and it’s already time for another drink! But what if you’re on a budget and don’t want to spend a ton of money? There’s loads to do in Vegas if you’re budget-minded (or if you lost all of your money last night)! Here are 10 free sights you can’t miss in Las Vegas:
1. Elvis Impersonators
While there aren’t quite as many strutting around as I thought there would be, you absolutely can’t leave Vegas unless you have a picture with The King: Elvis Presley. So find your Elvis and grab a picture—technically this isn’t free, since it’s expected to give a couple of bucks after as they make their money off of tips!
2. Street Performers
Some of the street performers I saw in Vegas were literally jaw-dropping (thinking of the double-jointed guy who did more weird shit with his body than I thought could exist). The performances are free, and they will be everywhere, especially at night! Who knows, you might find someone playing Drake on an electric violin. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
3. Interior of the Venetian
If you only go inside one casino in Las Vegas, it should be the Venetian. Having just visited Venice only a few months ago, I walked inside and was absolutely floored! The interior is designed to look exactly like the Italian city, from a river with gondola rides to a replica of St. Mark’s Square—with hordes of Asian tourists included! The Venetian is absolutely stunning, so give yourself an adequate amount of time inside to wander around and get lost.
4. Bellagio Conservatory
The Bellagio is one of the most famous casinos on the Strip, with a beautiful interior. But it’s showstopper is the Conservatory in the Lobby—a whole flower show, right in the middle of the hotel! There was a huge aquarium you could walk through, and the entire display was aquatic themed. Best part of it all, it doesn’t cost anything at all!
5. Fountains at the Bellagio
Watching the fountain show at the Bellagio was one of my favorite things I did in Vegas. The casino puts on a very impressive show in their huge fountain (right on the Strip) to different songs—the shows usually start at 3:00pm and run until midnight. Fountain shows are every half hour during the day, and every fifteen minutes at night. Again, it’s completely free!
6. Volcano at the Mirage
Similar to the fountain show at the Bellagio, the Mirage casino also has an outdoor display to draw people in. Every half hour (at night), they have a huge volcano that erupts outside on the Strip! Complete with real fire, you can’t miss it if you happen to be in the area!
7. See the Flamingos at the Flamingo
The Flamingo is one of the oldest casinos on the Strip. But one of the best reasons to stop by the casino and wander around outside is the chance to see real flamingos in the garden! Their wings are clipped so they can’t fly anywhere, but it’s 100% free to walk around and see the animals.
8. Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
A little over a mile away from the Mandalay Bay casino and 2 miles away from MGM Grand on the Strip is the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. There are buses that run along the Strip, and a parking lot to make visiting easier, or you can just walk there. Seeing the iconic sign and a symbol of Vegas is a must-do while in Sin City, and it’s completely free!
9. Walk the Strip at Night
One of the best things to do in Vegas is to grab a beer and walk down the Strip! While drinking in public is (of course) one of my favorite pastimes, the Strip really comes alive at night, when all the buildings are lit up, performers hit the streets, and everyone comes out to have a good time. The people watching is superb!
10. BONUS: Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood!
Okay, this isn’t free. In fact, it’s basically the opposite of free, considering how expensive tickets to see her show are. So it’s not a budget travel tip. But honestly seeing Britney Spears at her Las Vegas show was one of the highlights of my entire trip! I’ve been a huge Britney fan since I can remember listening to music (and yes, I still know every word to my favorite song, Lucky) and her show was really phenomenal. If you can throw down the cash, go check it out!
Have you ever been to Vegas?! What are your favorite things to do?