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Viva Las Vegas: 5 free things to do when visiting Sin City

Las Vegas: the city of bright lights, endless entertainment, and – let’s be honest – probably a few too many regrettable decisions. It’s the city where dreams are made (and occasionally lost) amidst a whirlwind of slot machines and showgirls.

Welcome, Vegas Virgins

If you’ve never been to Vegas, prepare for a sensory overload of epic proportions. You’ve seen it in movies like “The Hangover” – the wild nights out, the unforgettable adventures and the inevitable morning-after surprises. Even though the majority of the action is situated on just one street (“The Strip”), this city can quickly become overwhelming.

Here’s the thing about Vegas – it’s not all high-roller suites and VIP bottle service. In fact, some of the best experiences Sin City has to offer won’t cost you a single penny. As someone who once accidentally joined a group of Elvis impersonators for karaoke (it’s a long story), I know a thing or two about stretching every dollar in this town.

So before you go end up in a rooftop pool with Mike Tyson, let me help you navigate the neon jungle of Las Vegas on a budget of… zero dollars!

#1 – The Bellagio Fountains: get wet with excitement

One of the most iconic and mesmerizing attractions on the Las Vegas Strip is the Bellagio Fountain Show. What’s the big deal about a bunch of fountains? Well, this dazzling display of water, music and light perfectly captures the Vegas spirit – bold, beautiful, and utterly unforgettable.

As the music swells and jets shoot high into the air, you’ll get to witness an awe-inspiring choreography that drowns out all of the Vegas noise. And if you’ve ever dreamed of being part of a blockbuster movie (no judgment here), then this is your moment as some of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers have graced this very spot. Remember that final scene in 2000’s “Ocean’s 11”?

With a repertoire that includes everything from classical pieces to contemporary pop hits, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Shows generally play every 15 – 30 minutes in front of the Bellagio, but always double-check current showtimes.

#2 – The Venetian Resort: a taste of Italy

Looking to add a touch of European charm to your Las Vegas adventure? Look no further than the Venetian Canals, a surprisingly accurate re-creation of Venice’s iconic waterways right in the heart of Sin City.

As you wander through the Venetian Canals, take a moment to appreciate the attention to detail that went into recreating this masterpiece. From the intricately painted ceilings to the charming piazzas, every corner of this place exudes the elegance and sophistication of Italy’s most romantic city. And if you enter after dark, you’ll feel instantly rejuvenated because the sun always shines in Venice.

Whether you’re craving a taste of la dolce vita or simply looking for a unique photo op, this place has got you covered. It’s a free, fun and utterly unforgettable experience that’s sure to leave you feeling like you’ve been whisked away to the streets of Venice – minus the hefty plane ticket!

PS: you can hop into an actual gondola for about $40 / person but save your money and enjoy the gondoliers serenading passengers as they glide along the shimmering waters – all for free.

#3 – The Forum at Caesar’s Palace: marble marvel

The Forum at Caesar’s Palace lets guests experience the opulence of a Roman marketplace right in the heart of Las Vegas. As you wander through The Forum, you’ll be transported to a world of marble statues and larger-than-life replicas of famous Roman landmarks. So while you’re there, don’t forget to snap a selfie with the iconic statue of Julius Caesar.

One of the highlights of The Forum is a free show known as the Fall of Atlantis. Watch in awe as animatronic figures come to life while recounting the legendary tale of the lost city and the battle between good and evil.

If you prefer modern luxury over ancient Rome, let’s not forget about the shopping! Even though treating yourself at the The Forum’s upscale boutiques may not be free, window-shopping is always a cost-effective alternative. Plus, you never know what treasures you might stumble upon as you wander through this labyrinth of luxury.

Whether you’re a history buff, a culture vulture or just looking for a unique Vegas experience: all roads lead to Rome. Or in this case, Rome’s more extravagant offspring.

#4 – The Bellagio Conservatory: a botanical oasis

Escape the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Bellagio Conservatory. Nestled within the luxurious Bellagio Hotel and Casino, this enchanting botanical garden offers travelers a serene oasis in the heart of Sin City.

As you enter the Bellagio Conservatory, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a lush landscape of vibrant flowers, towering trees and whimsical sculptures, all meticulously arranged to create a feast for the senses.

Each season brings a new themed display, from springtime blooms to winter wonderlands, ensuring that no two visits are ever the same.

#5 – Welcome to Las Vegas sign

No trip to Las Vegas is complete without a visit to the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Situated at the southern end of the Strip, this legendary landmark is both a tourist trap and a must-do on any Vegas itinerary.

As you approach the sign, you’ll join a stream of visitors from around the world eager to capture the perfect photo op. Beware that lines get long and parking is scarce. There is no point in getting there early as this landmark is busy any time of the day.

My best advice? Don’t wait in line for hours. Just pose to the side of the line and have your camera ready. If you’re well-prepared, you’ll be able to snap a decent picture between groups posing in front of the sign. But it’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.

BONUS – The Fremont Street Experience

I know I said I was only going to talk about 5 free things in Las Vegas but as millennials do: I lied. I couldn’t possibly let you go without mentioning the second most famous street in Las Vegas, called “Fremont Street”.

Fremont Street is a historic street in downtown Las Vegas and has a more laid-back and less crowded atmosphere than the Strip. It is known for its historic charm, old-style casinos and quirky attractions while the Strip is famous for its glitz, glamour and grandeur. 

Most notably, this area is home to the Fremont Street Experience, an open-air entertainment complex that stretches for several blocks and features a roof covered in LED lights. There are free live music performances, light shows and street performers throughout the night, making this the perfect, bite-sized alternative to Las Vegas’ iconic Strip.

5 free things in Las Vegas

If you’re “Waking up in Vegas” just like Katy Perry once said, it’s important to remember that “the house always wins”. The best way to beat any casino is simply by not playing. So if you’re looking for alternatives that won’t cost you a dime, here’s a recap of what you need to do:

  1. Walk! There are tons of free things to see and do. But you’ll only see them on foot
  2. Almost every casino has something unique to discover
  3. Take your time. This city truly never sleeps
  4. Visit the Fremont Street Experience for a more laid-back vibe

Or if you really want to spend money, try one of these:

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