Monday, July 21, 2014

10 Fun Things to Do for FREE in Las Vegas

Whether you have gambled away the last of your cash or just want to save a bit of dough, this list of 10 Fun Things to Do for FREE in Las Vegas will certainly keep you entertained:
  1. Gambling Lessons - Many Las Vegas hotels offer free gambling lessons for visitors. Learn the rules and object of each game, then play a few hands for practice. Even if you're a seasoned gambler, you can still pick up some new techniques or learn a game you've never tried before. Poker lessons are offered at the MGM Grand each day at 10:30am and 6pm and many other hotels offer lessons for various games. Make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time or arrive early - classes are limited and fill up quickly. Good luck and happy gambling!
  2. The Bellagio Fountains & Conservatory – The Fountains of Bellagio are one of the most famous free attractions along the Las Vegas Strip. This show features multiple fountains and lights choreographed to music. They run every half hour during the day and about every 15 minutes during the evenings (after 7pm). The music changes too, so the show may be different from the last time you visited Vegas! While the fountains take a rest, head inside to the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The gardens are magnificent and change throughout the year for holidays and seasons. There are live musical performances from 5-6pm daily too. You can also meet Mr. & Mrs. Green Thumb between 10:30-11:30am to ask questions or get gardening tips.
  3. The Volcano at Mirage – Another Strip-Side attraction you cannot miss is the Volcano at Mirage. This fiery performance takes place every half hour after 8pm (with the exception of 8:30) until midnight. And of course, no Vegas attraction would be complete without music: Greatful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian tabla sensation Zakir Hussain will you keep you grooving during the eruption!
  4. The Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo – The 15 acre Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo will make you feel as if you’re in a distant land, far away from the Las Vegas Strip. This attraction features koi ponds, turtles, and of course flamingos! They have two live feedings per day for nature lovers and children to enjoy. Take a rest to relish the scenery or strike a pose for a fantastic photo-op.
  5. The Aquarium at Silverton – Visit Silverton’s 117,000 gallon aquarium, home to over 4,000 tropical fish and several MERMAIDS! Did we say mermaids? Yes! Stop in Thursday – Sunday to try and spot one of these majestic creatures. You can also catch interactive fish feedings daily at 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
  6. CBS Television City Research Center at MGM Grand – Stop into the CBS Television City to give your two cents about television programs from Viacom networks such as CBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon. Screenings typically last about 45 minutes and are followed by a 15 minute touch-screen survey.  Television City has also offers testing for commercials, websites, and consumer electronics such as gaming systems and computers. After you’ve given your opinion, you can stop into the souvenir shop for merchandise from your favorite TV shows.
  7.  The Auto Collections at the Quad Resort & Casino – Stop into The Auto Collections between 10am and 6pm to view their plethora of vehicles, worth over $100 Million. This eclectic showroom features 250 antique, muscle, famous, and historically significant cars. This is a must-see for any vehicle-buff visiting Las Vegas. They even offer a free audio guide so you can get the full history and hear the unique stories behind these cars! All vehicles at the Auto Collection are for sale so inventory is constantly changing.
  8. Carnevale di Venezia – The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian and The Shoppes at Palazzo are both fantastic places to window shop. And each day, they come alive thanks to the Carnevale di Venezia. A 15 minute performance features operas and Italian folk music. There are also several other entertainers such as gondoliers, livings statues, and jugglers on stilts. The shows create a “Streetmosphere,” taking you into the heart of Italy. See one of several daily performance at St. Mark’s Square (Venetian) or in front of Barney’s New York (Palazzo).
  9. The Fremont Experience – Fremont Street just isn’t what it used to be. It’s better! Visit Downtown Las Vegas to see the Viva Vision Light Shows every hour from dusk til midnight. The light shows take place on a large overhead canopy that’s the length of 5 football fields. And it’s all set to awesome music! New shows are added each year, so Fremont Street Experience staff currently have about 15 options to choose from. And while you’re there, you’ll notice people launching themselves from a giant slot machine known as “Slotzilla,” down a zip line through Fremont! The zip-line does require you to buy a ticket, but it’s free to people watch. Which brings us to our final topic…
  10. People Watching – Las Vegas is by far the BEST place for people watching. You’ll find costumed characters all along the Strip. And you never know when you’ll catch an impromptu street performer breakdancing, juggling, or performing magic tricks. Wherever you are in Vegas, keep your eyes peeled. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to take a selfie with Batman or Alan from the Hangover!

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