Of course, you can always take a selfie by the old Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. But if you are looking for a few more things to do in Las Vegas that won’t break the bank check out the list below.
Experience A Cupcake ATM
You heard right, a cupcake ATM! Located close to the Linq (the giant Ferris Wheel), the Sprinkles bakery offers some of the most decadent cupcakes you’ll taste, available 24 hours a day! Need a Red Velvet treat at 2am or a dark chocolate mid-day snack? Even if you crap out at the tables, you’ll be sure to hit the jackpot at Sprinkles Las Vegas. ($4+)
Red Rock Canyon/Calico Basin Red Springs Hiking or Rock Climbing
Just West of Las Vegas is the Red Rock Canyon featuring Calico Basin. Boasting breathtaking red rock sandstone formations, this is a beautiful haven. The sandstone creates some of the best hikes and rock climbing in Nevada. The rocks attract climbers from all around the world and are consistently rated as one of the top 5 climbing spots in the United States. For those moments when you just want to get out of the city, Red Rock Canyon is the place to go. There are several hikes and trails to choose from at any ability level. (Free)
Tony Hsieh, of Zappos, installed a project called, Container Park. Conceptually it was created as a sustainable revitalization downtown project. Several areas are built from old shipping containers. The result is pretty interesting. The quirky atmosphere has attracted all kinds of coffee houses, boutique shops, and restaurants serving fun and interesting cuisine. Often you will find free events and entertainment including concerts and movie nights. After 9 pm, the Container Park is an adults-only venue. (Free+)
Dig Into An Eggceptional Sandwich!
For a satisfying breakfast, check out Eggslut at The Cosmopolitan. They have the MOST delicious egg sandwiches. This is a favorite place for quick and inexpensive meals in Las Vegas. These are no ordinary egg sandwiches. These are chef-created, gourmet sandwiches. Founded in 2011 by Alvin Cailan, Eggslut is a find for egg lovers everywhere. The limited menu is a balance of comfort and creativity. For quality, taste, presentation, and excellent customer service, Eggslut is a must. ($8+)
Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are great places to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The dam is on the Nevada and Arizona border, and only about 30 minutes from downtown. Pack a picnic and enjoy some fresh air. You can take a tour of the dam for a fee. You can also find places to rent boats around Lake Mead.
Seven Magic Mountains
Yep, it’s modern art in the middle of the desert. A Swiss artist named Ugo Rondinone created the display. Apparently, it is a temporary installation so you’ll have to hurry to see it. It might be one of those things that will make you scratch your head, but hey, it’s free!
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Each season, talented horticulturalists and designers transform the 14,000-square-foot floral showcase to reflect the seasons, with an additional display for Chinese New Year. When the seasons change most of the trees, flowers, and plants in the conservatory are recycled. At the moment you will have the opportunity to see the spectacular Japanese Spring in the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Bonus: Enjoy a free daily musical performance from 4:30p to 6:30p in the South Garden area. (Free)
Pinball Hall of Fame
The largest of its kind, the 10,000-square-foot pinball museum is home to machines from the 1950s to 1990s. The entire collection belongs to Tim Arnold. The Pinball Hall of Fame is a nonprofit that shares its earnings with several charities. Test out your pinball wizard skills. Games cost 25 to 50 cents each, depending on the age of the machine.
Watch sharks, stingrays, and schools of tropical fish swim by at the Silverton Aquarium. Named the “Best Free Attraction in Las Vegas,” Don’t miss live Mermaids who have assisted with Project Mermaids, a non-profit organization helping to bring awareness to Save Our Beach Foundation. Guests can also enjoy freshwater aquariums located on-site at the Bass Pro Shop. They have an 18,000-gallon water feature simulating Red Rock Canyon’s filled with live Koi. (Free)
Fremont Street is a spectacle. The pedestrian mall is covered by a 1,500 x 90-foot screen housing millions of LED lights. Starting at dusk, watch the free Viva Vision light show that runs every hour on the hour while set to music. The Freemont Street experience can be more fun than The Strip. You’ll find “old Vegas” casinos, street performers, live music and lots of interesting people. It is, by far, the best place to people-watch in Las Vegas. (Free)
Don Pablo Cigar Factory. Part-cigar store, part-factory, this is where you can take in the fine art of old-style Cuban cigar rolling. While it is free to watch, the cigars cost around $6-$15 each. Open 9a-9p Mon-Sat, 10a-7p. Sun.
Catch the circus. The Circus Circus hotel entertains guests and visitors with free circus shows. Acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, and other performers from around the world take to the stage every half hour from 11am to midnight.
Ethel M. Chocolate Factory. This chocolate factory offers free self-guided tours where you can watch chocolatiers create delectable sweets. Sample yummy chocolates in the gift shop. The bonus here is that it is next door to the Botanical Cactus Garden, housing the largest collection of cacti and succulents in the world.
Learn to Gamble. Of course, the Vegas casinos will teach you to gamble. Most casinos have free lesson times, just visit their website, or ask at the information desk.
Snack at the Shake Shack at New York – New York Casino. After a day of site seeing, fill your belly at the Shake Shack. The burger is among their budget-friendly food options.
Want To Splurge?
With all of the savings above, you might be able to treat yourself to one of the pricier places below.
Neon Museum/Graveyard. Vegas casinos are continually changing and updating. Neon signs come and go. What do they do with the old ones? They go to the Neon Museum of course! Take a walk back in time to see casino signs of Vegas past. The night tour features 11 incredible restored neon signs, as well as stunning un-restored lit signs. This adventure is not recommended for children under 10 due to the broken glass and rusty metal. Tours are available for about $20/Adult.
The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Lots of places have nice aquariums, but the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip makes for a refreshing break from the casinos. See sharks, exotic fish, and pause in the tunnel that makes it seem like you are at the bottom of the ocean. Check out the touch pool or shark feed too. $25/Adult
Gondola ride at the Venetian. Go international, particularly to Venice? Take a gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel. It’s your opportunity to be serenaded by a real gondolier while being escorted through man-made canals in a miniature version of Venice. Uncover piazzas with charming cafes connected by bridges. $36/Adult
Do you know of any budget-friendly things to do in Las Vegas? If so, share in the comments below.