No doubt about it. Things can get expensive in Las Vegas. Drinks, dinner, bottle service, resort fees. It all adds up. Fortunately, there are plenty of free attractions and things to do on the Las Vegas Strip. The following attractions on the Strip are a lot of fun, add up to a great vacation experience and don’t cost a dime.
Attractions at Bellagio
1. The Fountains at Bellagio
It’s one of the most iconic sights on the Las Vegas Strip, featured in countless photographs, commercials and movies like “Ocean’s 11” and “The Hangover Part III.” Located on an 8-acre lake in front of the Bellagio resort, the Fountains perform regularly throughout the afternoon and evening, usually in 15 or 30-minute intervals. More than 1,200 devices shoot water streams up to 460 feet in the air, synchronized to music from Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, the Beatles and others with more than 200 speakers surrounding the lake.
2. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
The Bellagio hosts seasonal floral displays in its Conservatory & Botanical Gardens underneath a 50-foot-tall atrium. Traditionally, the exhibits pay tribute to spring, summer, fall, the winter holidays and Chinese New Year. Each one is planned out months in advance with thousands of flowers, plants and trees. Admission has been limited during the pandemic, so there may be a short wait to enter.
3. The Mirage Volcano
Crowds gather outside the Mirage between 8 and 11 p.m. nightly for a series of explosive shows at the resort’s man-made volcano. It’s a spectacle of flames, lava and sound effects with a musical backdrop composed by the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian tabla virtuoso Kakir Hussain. The performance is far from subtle. You can hear the noise and feel the heat from the other side of Las Vegas Boulevard.
4. The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
The recognizable “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is where the south end of the Strip unofficially comes to an end. The lights are fully solar-powered and often illuminated in special colors to coincide with holidays and other special events. Even though it’s located in the middle of the street, there is plenty of parking. Just line up and wait your turn to snap a photo.
5. Circus Acts at Circus Circus
Circus Circus lives up to its name with a full schedule of big top performances at the casino’s Carnival Midway. Enjoy the juggling routines of Yongjian and Yong Zhang, the high-flying trapeze skills of the Flying Poemas, the aerial silk choreography of Naira and many more.
The performances are fun for all ages with a few clowns in the mix as well. If you do have money to spend, the Midway also has about 200 arcade games to keep kids busy for hours.
6. Eiffel Tower Lights Shows
The Eiffel Tower replica at the Paris Las Vegas casino shows off a dazzling light display on the hour and every half-hour throughout the evening. The landmark sparkles, blinks and changes color with the help of 1,100 light fixtures, including 300 strobes. While only half the size of the original in France, the Las Vegas version of the Eiffel Tower is still an imposing sight on the Strip skyline, stretching 541 feet into the air.
7. The Venetian Streetmosphere Performers
After a pause during the pandemic, “streetmosphere” performers have returned to St. Mark’s Square and other areas of the Grand Canal Shoppes. Music ranges from folk to opera, designed to match the shopping plaza’s Renaissance theme. In addition to live singers and musicians, you may see human “statues,” stilt walkers and acrobats. You’ll also hear occasional singing from the gondoliers on the canal.
8. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The Flamingo Resort (the oldest currently operating on the Strip) is home to a 15-acre wildlife habitat that’s easy to access from the casino hallway. Guests can wander through landscaping, streams and waterfalls to see a variety of exotic birds, including flamingos, swans, cockatoos and more. See if you can spot Japanese koi fish and a variety of ducks in the water.
9. The Atrium at the Palazzo
Bring your camera. The Waterfall Atrium at the Palazzo is one of the most photographed places on the Las Vegas Strip. A scenic indoor garden rests alongside a two-story waterfall and a ruby red metallic display of the word “LOVE” in 12-foot tall letters. There’s also an authentic, historic hand-made gondola from Venice on display.