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.

6. 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 between the light shows.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. CityCenter Fine Art Collection

CityCenter 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.

10. Cosmopolitan Art

Speaking of art, The Cosmopolitan 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.

Editor’s Bonus Picks

Ka Open House

Enter the spectacle and fantasy world of Cirque du Soliel … without spending a penny. Every Tuesday and Saturday, Ka opens its world to the public. Located inside MGM, guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at the renowned show and what goes into creating the whimsical world of Ka. Opens houses run Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and Saturdays at noon and 12:30 p.m. To take advantage of this opportunity and experience the world of Cirque, simply check-in at the theater doors.

Jame Turrell’s “Akhob”

Who would have thunk the latest art installation would come courtesy of Louis Vuitton? Well, it has. The French luxury store at City Center is now home to a permanent piece of art, Jame Turrell’s “Akhob,” meaning pure water in Egyptian. Housed on the fourth floor, the installation is the largest of the artist’s light fields and is made up of two chambers with circular openings and a pattern of light in pinks, blues and orange which slowly changes in 24-minute cycles. Take the time and chill out from the sensory overload of The Strip with Turrell’s latest piece. By reservation only (702) 730-3150.

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