Las Vegas is a great place to have fun, and it’s not just for high rollers. There are plenty of things you can experience for free, and in this post I have put together a list of my favorite free things to do in Las Vegas:
1. Watch the dancing fountains in front of Bellagio
The dancing fountains in front of Bellagio is a beautiful sight, especially after dark. It’s probably the most popular free thing to do in Las Vegas, and on weekends it gets really crowded in front of the Bellagio Lake. The fountains dance to a rotating musical repertoire spanning from Michael Jackson to The Beatles and at the end of the show, the water shoots far up in the air. You have the best view right in front of the fence, and if you want to take photos without too many heads and hands in your frame, this is where you want to be.
2. Admire the flower displays at The Conservatory
Take a break from the hustle and bustle on The Strip inside this peaceful corner at Bellagio. The flower displays at The Take a break from the hustle and bustle on The Strip inside this peaceful corner at Bellagio. The flower displays at The Conservatory changes with season, so even though you’ve been to Vegas before, The Conservatory is always worth a visit. The Conservatory is open 24 hours, but especially in the afternoon, it sometimes gets crowded. The best time to go and visit is early in the morning.
3. Say hi to the flamingos at the Wildlife Habitat
Vegas is Vegas, so of course The Flamingo Casino has its own flamingo habitat. The beautiful pink birds are hanging out in a lush garden with natural fences, and they seem to be treated well and enjoying themselves. In addition to flamingos, there are also a number of exotic birds and fish species to admire.
4. See the volcano eruption in front of The Mirage
The volcano in front of The Mirage erupts every night to an infernal soundtrack composed by Mickey Hart from The Grateful Dead and Zakir Hussain. The free performance, which includes fireballs, flames and smoke, goes on for about 10 minutes, before the volcano calms down again.
The volcano is located right in front of The Mirage, so you’ll have a nice view from The Strip. On weekends, the eruptions attract a lot of people, but The Mirage is quite a bit north on The Strip, so it does not attract the same crowds as the dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio.
5. Visit the Las Vegas Sign
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is located at the southern end of the Strip, just south of Mandalay Bay. The sign looks best in the golden hours just around sunset and sunrise, so try to get there around that time. It gets busy out there, so prepare to wait if you want a selfie in front of the sign.
For the plane spotters: McCarran Airport is just across the street, so depending on which runway is in use, you can also get a really nice view of airplanes taking off or touching down.