Cheap and Free Things To Do In Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is an amazing city to visit, but it certainly isn’t a cheap one. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of cheap and free things to do in Las Vegas!

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Take a Look Around The Hotels

Almost every hotel in Las Vegas is themed and they are often spectacular to look at, not only from the outside, but from the inside too. 

One of the best things about Las Vegas is you can walk around the inside of all the hotels, even if it is just to be nosey!

The best for theming include The Luxor, New York New York, The Excalibur, Paris (complete with miniature Eiffel Tower) and Caesars Palace. 

You can walk between many of the hotels without actually leaving or needing to head back out onto the strip which saves time (and aching feet!)

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas then a visit to the Bellagio Hotel to see the fountains is more than likely on your to do list. 

However, if you venture inside the hotel, you can visit the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for free. 

The stunning glass roof is over 50ft high and the gardens are designed to compliment the seasons, changing throughout the year. Visitors will be blown away by the array of colours, flora and fauna and models on display. It really is a breathtaking experience!

While we’re on the subject of the Bellagio, did you know that the hotel actually houses the world’s largest chocolate fountain? It’s behind a glass case so although you can’t actually eat the chocolate, it’s still pretty amazing to take a look at. 

You can find the chocolate fountain in the Spa Tower, not far from the conservatory.

Travel On The Deuce

One of the best things about Las Vegas is there is just so much to see and do. The strip is just over four miles long and that’s before taking a walk around any of the hotels.

The Deuce is a bus service that runs up and down the strip and over to Downtown Las Vegas 24 hours a day. It stops outside most hotels and is one of the most affordable ways to get around the city. Grab a double decker and sit upstairs for the best views!

An unlimited day pass costs just $8 and a three day pass costs $20 – far cheaper than getting an Uber! Just purchase your ticket from the machine located at all stops.

Take A Trip Downtown

Downtown Las Vegas is situated to the North of the main strip and you get there either by Uber or by taking the Deuce. 
Here are some reasons to visit downtown Las Vegas if you’re on a budget.

Cheaper Gambling – Gambling in downtown is much cheaper than on the strip so your money should last longer. 

Fremont Street Freemont Street is home to the world’s largest video screen and there is a free accompanying light show each evening. 

Fremont Street also has plenty of performers and buskers throughout the day as well as people dressed up as everything from superheroes to film characters who you can have your picture taken with for a $1 or $2 tip. 
Container Park – Container park is a shopping area which is worth visiting even if you don’t plan to shop. There are sculptures (including a heart love locket and a huge Praying Mantis which breathes fire), a playground and an outdoor theatre.

Cosmopolitan Hotel Chandelier

The Cosmopolitan hotel is home to one of the world’s largest chandeliers which spans two floors and is quite a sight to behold! It cost over a million dollars to create and can be seen from several vantage points on the floors of the hotel. 

There is even a cocktail bar in part of it where you can enjoy the shimmering light sparkling down on you while enjoying a drink or two.

Comped Drinks

While gambling in Las Vegas, your drinks are usually comped, meaning the hotel provides them for free as long as you’re playing at a table or machine. It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing  for cents or hundreds of dollars, you’ll still be asked if you’d like drinks. You can ask for soft drinks if you don’t want alcohol.

You will need to tip the waitress around $2 – $3 each time if you want her to keep coming back. While this is a great way to get free drinks if you were planning on doing some gambling anyway, just be aware of your alcohol intake and what you’re spending.

Free Poker Lessons

If you want to brush up on your skills before attempting to play for real, then many Las Vegas hotels offer free lessons in Poker, Blackjack, Craps and other card games. 

These usually take place in the mornings or early afternoon when the Casinos are quieter. Once the lessons are complete you may be able to participate in some low stakes ($1-$2) games with other beginners. This means you can practice playing without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated.

Free Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Flamingos probably aren’t something you’d expect to find in the middle of Las Vegas but there are lots to be seen at the Wildlife Habitat located at the Flamingo hotel. 

This small oasis in the middle of all the neon lights and noise of the strip is home to a variety of birds, fish and turtles and is free to enter.

As you can see, there is plenty to do in Las Vegas, even if you don’t have a huge amount of money to spend!

Fiona Hawkes is a blogger and freelance writer who loves saving money. She documents her love of slow fashion and thrifty food over on her blog

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