Fun, Free Sights Not to Miss in Las Vegas

**Today is day 5 and technically I’m back but I’m exhausted and Kris was  awesome enough to write a guest post for me.  Make sure you go check out her site too!  Also, all the pictures are her own so that’s the source!**


Hi, I’m Kris from Balancing Money and Life, and I’m so excited to be writing a guest post to help bogofdebt out while on vacation in Las Vegas. In a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago on my blog, I wrote about ways we tried to save on our vacation in Vegas when paying for things you really want to do. In this post, I’m going to give suggestions for ways to stay entertained in Vegas without spending much. There are lots of completely free attractions in Vegas, and several more than are fairly cheap. Even if you want to take advantage of some of the more expensive attractions Vegas has to offer, if you mix in some of these fun freebies, you can still keep your vacation spending in check. I can’t positively say all of these activities are current as of 2012 – I verified as many as I could, but even some we went to check out had changed so you may want to check before you find out. Any we didn’t try, I’ll note.

  1. Ride the Deuce. This is a double decker bus that run from one end of the Strip to the other. For $7, you get a 24 hour pass that gives you unlimited access. Ride the second level for the best views. There is so much to see on the strip, from the famous Bellagio fountains to the pirate ship in front of Treasure Island, it’s worth the price of the ticket. Plus, walking the whole Strip can be exhausting!
  2. Walk the Strip. Yes, I know I said it can be tiring, but it’s still worth doing. Stop in at any casino you pass to see their theme and decor. Play tourist – take pictures with the street performers (most will take a photo for a small donation).
  3. Stop in a the Wynn, and for $10 admission, go look at the Ferrari dealership. You do have to pay, but how often do you get a chance to see a real Ferrari? While there, stop by some of the high end designer shops – just leave your credit card at home so you don’t give in to temptation!
  4. Walk through the Venetian and watch the gondola rides. The canals run both inside and outside the casino, and the roof looks like the sky – lots of fun.
  5. Every night outside Treasure Island, the Sirens of TI put on a free pirate show for all the passersby to see. (I have seen this before, we did not see it this year). It is a fun production, but go early to get a good position, and keep a close eye on your purse. Times can be found on the Treasure Island website.
  6. The Bellagio fountains. A site not to be missed, the fountains are choreographed to play to music daily. Times vary depending on the day, and the music is always changing.
  7. The Rainforest Cafe at the MGM Grand. The MGM used to have a live lion habitat, it is no longer there, but it still has huge fish tanks at the Rainforest Cafe, plus bar stools shaped like animal legs – super fun to see. Also at the MGM is a huge bronze statue of a lion in the main foyer.
  8. The Flamingo Hilton has a flamingo habitat free to explore. There are hundreds of the big pink birds to see. We did not visit it this trip.
  9. Outside the Mirage hotel is a volcano that erupts nightly. We missed it this trip, but it is stunning.
  10. Hang out by the pool. From March to October, most hotels have fantastic pools, and the Vegas weather can’t be beat. This is free fun at it’s best!
So there you have it – 10 activities in Vegas that won’t leave your wallet begging for mercy!

Editors note: I did some of these a few years ago when I went to Vegas and they were all fun! I’m going to have to go back and do the ones I missed the first time.


7 Comments on “Fun, Free Sights Not to Miss in Las Vegas”

  1. Michelle says:

    This is making me way too excited for when I go to Vegas in August!

  2. Jessica says:

    Great post! I really want to go to vegas in the next year or so, but I didn’t know where to start in regards to touristy things, but now I do.

  3. I really want to go to Vegas but it isn’t in the budget this year and we’re going on a cruise later. I like the Ferrari display but would you believe when I lived in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia there was actually a Ferrari, Lambo, and Maserati in the mall on the first floor? The mall was super ridiculous expensive and right next to a cheaper mall but it was still cool to see. They didn’t have price tags on the cars though :(.

    • What’s the old saying… if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it? Yeah – I can’t afford it! 🙂 We’ve blown our travel budget for this year, we took the kids to Disney in January, and now Vegas – we’re homebodies for a long time now!

  4. I love Las Vegas!! My husband and I went for the first time in 2005 and have been back many times. We have done everything on your list. I enjoy watchng the gondola rides at the Venetian and have some awesome pics of them. Last time we went we also spent an afternoon just walking around the new City Center. The stores in there are super expensive and they were so dead.

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