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.

So … what exactly can you enjoy for free if you aren’t a high roller and the casinos aren’t kindly smooching your derriere?

Here you go. You’re welcome.

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 at the top of the hour, every hour from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Think smoke and fire rising 100 feet into the arid Las Vegas air. Set to music. It’s like nature meets Las Vegas.

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.

Circus Acts at Circus Circus
If you don’t want to spend time at AdventureDome, the huge indoor amusement park at the children-friendly resort, then head over and visit the circus midway. The kiddies will love the free circus shows they can enjoy, complete with jugglers, acrobats, trapeze artists and other performers. Yes, there are clowns. Bragging rights: it’s the world’s largest permanent circus. The fun starts every day at 11 a.m.

Cosmopolitan Art
The entire resort is packed with art. From the cool Art-O-Matic machines where you can snatch up original art for a few bucks, to the world’s biggest chandelier to the huge high-heeled shoe you can take a photo with, art abounds thanks to Cosmopolitan’s embracing artists like Yoko Ono and other big names. What’s more, there’s the P3 Studio at the resort, and, yup, it’s free to wander in and check out a rotating schedule of some of the biggest and hippest names in the art world selling their wares … or just letting you see them up-close.

CityCenter Fine Art Collection
Speaking of art, CityCenter also offers free art for your culture fix. Artists like Maya Lin, Henry Moore and others are packed into the property for your viewing pleasure. It may be packed into the high-end shopping area, but the art here is truly stunning and worth turning a blind eye to Prada for.

Bellagio Fountains
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 until 7 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight. Take note — if it is windy, the show won’t go on.

Bellagio Conservatory
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.

Fremont Street Experience
Downtown Las Vegas is not to be skipped for the freebies. Sure, you can get a thrill simply people-watching here, but the Fremont Street Experience is the real attraction for out-of-towners. Simply look up at the canopy packed with millions of LED lights to create different displays set to music. Plus, there are heaps of free concerts to enjoy in the downtime between the lightshow.

First Friday
Spread over Downtown, First Friday is the merging of art and culture. And locals. Here, you can stroll through the many galleries packed into the Arts District, sip wine (OK, that’s not free), and check out the local art scene. There’s live music, performances and more. It runs the first Friday of every month (hence the name) and is a perfect way to get a glimpse of real(!), live(!) people living in Vegas.

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.”

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