Las Vegas is a playground full of great shows, attractions, restaurants and shopping, but you won’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great time—in fact, the following attractions won’t cost you a cent! Save up for an unforgettable night on the town by visiting these fun spots during the day.
You never know what’s going to happen on Lake Bellagio—Britney Spears has danced on top of them, and the Imagine Dragons rolled up in a van to perform a pop-up concert here. Bellagio Fountains literally dance themselves—more than 1,200 fountains that span 1,000 feet are choreographed to 32 songs that range from Frank Sinatra and The Beatles to Michael Jackson and Tiesto.
Inside the Bellagio, the seasons are alive in this testament to the power of nature. A team of more than 100 horticulturists change out displays of flora and fauna five times a year; for the Chinese New Year display, more than 22,000 flowers and 660 trees and shrubs are on display; the koi pond holds 21,000 gallons of water. Those interested in more information on gardening and exhibits can visit with “Mr. and Mrs. Green Thumb” daily from 10:30-11:30 am.
Downtown Container Park
A tribute to the spirit of ingenuity alive and well in Las Vegas, the Downtown Container Park features local shops and restaurants and a live music venue encompassed within 40 brightly colored shipping containers. As you enter, you’re greeted by a praying mantis that shoots fire; you’ll want to spend an afternoon here checking out the eclectic home, toy and jewelry shops and much more. In the middle of it all, a children’s park contains a tree house with a 33-foot-tall slide, a NEOS play system and a wet zone.
Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden
There’s a reason why bus tours to the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon stop at this delicious Ehel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden —in addition to offering some of the best (and hometown-made) chocolate around, visitors can watch how it’s made and sample it at the end of the tour. Should you want to bring some home with you, the store on premises can accommodate. Don’t leave without taking a walk through the cactus garden before you leave. And we love that this eco-minded attraction recycles all the water it uses on site.
During the holiday season, the cacti are adorned with millions of multi-color lights, making for an only-in-Vegas experience that's not to be missed.
Fall of Atlantis
This thrilling show inside the Forum Shops at Caesars recounts the myth of Atlantis—through water, fire and other mind-blowing special effects. In the tale, King Atlas is deciding whether his son or daughter should succeed him in ruling Atlantis. Greed gets the best of the two siblings when demonstrating their strong points (the son harnessing the power of fire, the daughter harnessing the power of water). As with many sibling contests, it gets out of hand, and the gods show their wrath with the Fall of Atlantis—courtesy of a terrifying 20-foot winged dragon.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The original site of Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo is being well-used—it’s home to the property’s iconic, long-legged namesake birds and other exotic creatures. Bugsy paid homage to his long-legged girlfriend, Virginia Hill, with the property's name. The beautifully manicured Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is open 24 hours and is one attraction every Vegas visitor should walk through when touring the Strip. You’ll find a plaque commemorating Siegel next to one of the waterfalls.
Fremont Street Experience
A pedestrian mall that spans the length of five football fields, visitors flock to Fremont Street Experience for its free nightly shows that play every hour on the hour between dusk and midnight. Free concerts and entertainment also take place on three stages year-round.
The Golden Gate opened on the historic street, known as the "birthplace of Las Vegas," in 1906.
Wonder why everyone on the Strip seems to be walking around with yellow bags from this chocolate nirvana? People can’t resist these candy-covered chocolates and the merchandise inspired by them—with four floors to filter through, it's easy to find something on everyone’s can’t-be-without list. The must-do here: watching the 3-D film, “I Lost My M in Las Vegas.”
Nothing really lights up the night as the firepower of the awe-inspiring Mirage Volcano, on the Strip in front of the Mirage. Designed by WET, the same company that brought the Bellagio Fountains to life, 150 fireshooters explode fireballs choreographed to the music of Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussein. Each show ends with a dramatic fire eruption that reaches 60 feet into the air.
This gorgeous display showcases more than 4,000 fish, three species of stingrays and three species of shark in a 117,000 gallon tank. The front-viewing convex window measures 25 feet by 12 feet and is one of the largest single pieces of curved acrylic in the United States. You could watch these animals glide by for hours; there are also two interactive feeding shows daily and mermaid swims on Th-Su.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
Celebrated Las Vegas neon visionary Betty Willis designed this iconic sign in 1959. The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign sits about a mile south of Mandalay Bay and draws visitors by the carload and busload; indeed, it’s one of the most popular sites in Las Vegas to mug for a photograph. Everyone knows the words on the front side of the sign, but what about the back? Depart from the crowd and get a picture with the words “Drive Carefully, Come Back Soon.” They're words to live by!