Diana Edelman

Top 10 Free Attractions in Las Vegas

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Running Out Of Cash? Skip the ATM and Check out These Free Attractions!

Nothing in life is free. Yeah, tell that to people who get to enjoy all of the free — yes, free — attractions in Vegas.

Sure, you’re probably plunking your hard-earned dollars into the slots or throwing dolla’ dolla’ bills on the tables, but come on, once you’ve folded, it’s nice to know you can still get something (for nothing) out of Sin City.

1. The Mirage Volcano

Experience the eruption of a volcano — minus the catastrophic damages. Every night in front of The Mirage, you can check out a force of nature, kind of. This man-made volcano erupts nightly, weather permitting, at 8pm and 9pm. Friday and Staurday nights feature a third explosion at 10pm. Think smoke and fire rising 100 feet into the arid Las Vegas air. Set to music. It’s like nature meets Las Vegas.

2. Bellagio Fountains

Fountains Of Bellagio

The famed fountains outside of Bellagio cannot be missed. Just ask the throngs of people who line-up against the fence each day to witness the spectacular water show unfold in the 8-acre lake. These dancing fountains are timed to music ranging from classical to Broadway and more. To check out the free beauty, head to the front of the hotel after 3 p.m. during the week, or noon on weekends. Shows run until midnight and operate every 30 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes at night. Take note — if it is windy, the show won’t go on.

3. The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

You’ve probably seen the infamous sign in posters, on T-shirts … well, just about everywhere when Vegas is mentioned. This iconic sign can also be in your own photos. Located at both the North and South ends of The Strip (the popular one is just south of Mandalay Bay), the sign is open 24 hours a day. You can glimpse newlyweds smooching, bachelorettes getting that final Facebook photo before heading out to the clubs and even Big Bird. Just say “cheese.”

4. Bellagio Conservatory

Bellagio Conservatory

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Once you’ve enjoyed the free fountains, step inside Bellagio to explore the conservatory and botanical gardens. The whimsical botanical gardens are updated seasonally and have been known to feature everything from a working water mill to cranberry-filled ponds. There are more than 100 horticulturists who maintain the gardens, arranging floral works of art around gazebos and winding pathways.

5. The Wildlife Habitat

Housed at The Flamingo, The Wildlife Habitat is a popular free attraction for families. Inside the habitat, animal-lovers can find a flock of Chilean Flamingos, plus plenty of other feathered friends. The newest addition to the exhibit are brown pelicans rescued from California in 2012. Set next to the Flamingo pool area, it’s a chance to view entirely different animals.

DO you have a favorite free attraction in Las Vegas? Join in the discussion below and let us know about your favorite Vegas freebie!

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