Free Things to Do and See in Las Vegas
October 12, 2018
There’s no shortage of entertainment and attractions to fill up your days when you live in Fabulous Las Vegas. Whether you’re looking for a fancy atmosphere to enjoy dinner with your significant other or the biggest rock show in town, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in this desert valley. But, what about some of the free attractions, where the only thing you need is yourself and a good attitude? You’re in luck, because Vegas has just as many free activities as they do extravagant ones. Learn more about fun things to do around your city, for free!
1. Fountains of Bellagio
One of the most well-known and beloved Vegas attractions is the Fountains of Bellagio. Located in the middle of the 4.2 mile Strip, you will find a show of dancing water fountains and lights, all choreographed to some amazing music. Although you may have seen countless pictures of the fountains while planning your trip to Vegas, nothing beats witnessing them in person! This beautiful performance is mesmerizing and the perfect photo opportunity. Here’s the show schedule:
- Every 30 minutes from 11 am – 7 pm
- Every 15 minutes from 7 pm – midnights
- Monday – Friday
- Every 30 minutes from 3-8 pm
- Every 15 minutes from 8 pm – midnight
- Saturday & Holidays
- Every 30 minutes from 12 – 8 pm
- Every 15 minutes from 8 pm – midnight
2. Pinball Hall of Fame
Turn your weekday evening or Saturday afternoon into a game day, and check out the Pinball Hall of Fame! The Pinball Hall of Fame is a museum and arcade where visitors can relive their childhood memories through their favorite games. Technically, this Hall of Fame isn’t free, but each pinball machine only costs between 25 cents and a dollar. So turn your 10 dollar bill into quarters and spend the whole afternoon racking up the pinball points! Enjoy some of your childhood favorites and discover new obsessions at their location on E. Tropicana Ave. You’re sure to have a fun afternoon watching the lights and the pinballs bounce around, any day of the week.
- Sunday – Thursday
- Friday & Saturday
3. Mt. Charleston
They say that the grass is always greener on the other side and in this case, they’re right! Experience a whole new side of Las Vegas at Mt. Charleston, a recreation area just 40 miles from your home at The Ogden. This mountain is home to a variety of hiking trails, lodge style restaurants, camping, skiing at Lee Canyon, and a whole lot of nature to take in! And, if you’re looking to escape the desert heat for a few hours, Mt. Charleston is the perfect location as their weather tends to be a few degrees cooler than that of Las Vegas.
Whether you’re looking forward to having a picnic, camping out or just relaxing in the great outdoors, plan your wilderness outing soon to enjoy the beautiful location. Here’s Mt. Charleston’s schedule:
- Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway
- Trails & Campgrounds
- Open 24 hours unless closed for the season
- Picnic Areas
4. Viva Vision Light Show
Bringing the fun back to your very own neighborhood. The Fremont Street Experience Viva Vision Light Show is a must-see for locals and tourists alike. The largest screen in the world is made up of 12.5 million LED lamps and displays a variety of imagery as it dances to music 90 feet above the Fremont Street crowd. Featured artists include The Killers, Heart, Green Day, Imagine Dragons, The Who, Tiesto, and many more. Not sure when the lights of Fremont start? We’ve got the current schedule covered:
- The Viva Vision Light show lasts approximately 6 minutes
- Lights and music run every hour starting at 6 pm and ending at 1 am
Along with the Viva Vision Light Show, there are a variety of performers that make their way to the Main Street stage of the Fremont Street Experience. Make sure you check out their calendar of upcoming events to plan your perfect night out on the town.
5. Marjorie Barrick Museum
If you’re in the mood for some art and culture, make your way to the UNLV campus and explore the Marjorie Barrick Museum. The Barrick, known as Southern Nevada’s most important collecting institution, consists of fine art exhibits, contemporary art displays, and community contributions. The art museum is located inside the historic gymnasium, the perfect venue for displaying experimental video art, international arts, and Nevada’s very own collections. The Marjorie Barrick Museum artwork is on display for all ages to enjoy, so fill your free afternoon with the arts of Nevada!
6. The Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo
The Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo combines nature, wildlife, the desert, and a laid back day on the Strip. Located on the Flamingo’s 15-acre grounds, this wildlife habitat is filled with exotic birds, fish, turtles, ducks, swans, koi fish, and – of course – a flock of Chilean flamingos. Streams, waterfalls, and flowers surround the animals and give them an enjoyable place to live, while also providing views for all visitors to enjoy. Take the whole family as you make your way through this beautiful and free attraction, and learn a little something you didn’t know about the flamingo (both the bird and the hotel!). Here’s when you can catch the birds and their feeding times:
- Wildlife Habitat
- Pelican Feedings
7. Seven Magic Mountains
Located 10 miles South of Las Vegas are the very colorful Seven Magic Mountains. Positioned in the middle of the desert, you can’t miss these towers even if you tried. Created by the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale, public art installation consisting of seven towers of stacked, colorful boulders. Each tower sits more than 30 feet tall, with a variety of mountain ranges making up the background. The goal behind the 2016 art installation was to bring a burst of color and poetry to the Mojave desert and it has certainly delivered! The next time you have the afternoon off and are looking to get outside for a bit, make your way to Seven Magic Mountains and snap a few Instagram-worthy pictures for your feed. Plus, it’s open every day from dawn to dusk!
8. The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel
Living in the desert doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy marine life! Make your way to the Silverton Hotel, located South of the Strip and enjoy the The Aquarium at the Silverton! This desert aquarium has 117,000 gallons of water with a variety of tropical fish, stingrays, and sharks. In addition to the sea creatures of the Silverton Aquarium, mermaids also swim through the water and interact with the friendly sea life. As a family hotel, the Aquarium at the Silverton is the perfect family activity that everyone will enjoy. Step away from the desert for the day and into the world of tropical sea creatures! The aquarium is open:
- The Aquarium at the Silverton
- Mermaid Swims
- Thursday – Saturday: 12 – 1:15 pm, 2 – 3:15 pm, and 5 – 8:15 pm
- Sunday: 10:30 am – 1:10 pm, 2 – 3:15 pm, and 5 – 6:45 pm
In addition to these eight free Las Vegas activities, there are plenty of other activities, shows, and attractions to see and experience in this fabulous city! Become a tourist in your own town and experience the many opportunities that are available right outside your front door.