In 2016, over 43 million people visited Sin City, AKA Vegas.
Known for its popular nightlight, it’s no surprise that Vegas is a popular hot spot for bachelor/ette parties.
Though some may come to Vegas to splurge, others may want to visit the city without spending thousands of dollars.
Below you’ll find ways to save in Vegas, as well as 10 free things to go do and see in Vegas.
Though they say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, remember that your bank account KNOWS EVERYTHING.
How to save in Vegas
1. Use Airbnb to save money on accommodations. Get your own place in Paris or share a room with a Parisian. Get $40 for your first trip here.
2. Check out Triple Your Travel, which is the most comprehensive resource on budget travel available.
3. Teachers, first responders, and students get 10% off at Caesars.
4. Use Groupon to save money on restaurants, concerts, and other events in Vegas.
5. Obviously, avoid fight weekends. These weekends are generally going to be insanely expensive and Vegas will be overly packed.
6. From my personal experience, the guys you see walking around handing out free VIP tickets are actually legit. We got into Tao nightclub for free and had a booth and had free drinks all night. (Though I’ve heard people have negative experiences with these ticket guys).
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Below are 10 awesome FREE things to do in Vegas.
1. Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River was built during the Great Depression. You can go on private tours at Hoover Dam, or go and see it yourself. Receiving over 7 million visitors annually, the Hoover Dam took an astonishing 5 million barrels of cement and 45 million pounds of steel to create the tallest dam in the world. Over 21,000 people were employed to complete the project, and over 100 died during the dangerous construction of the dam. The dam is in charge of powering over 1.3 million homes.
You can learn more about the Hoover Dam and visitor info here.
Location: The damn does not have a street address. Nevada 89005
Make sure to also visit the Gold Strike Hot Springs. This is a 4.5-mile strenuous hike that has a ton of see along the way to the hot springs, but be aware that this is a very difficult hike according to hikers who have completed it in the past.
2. Fremont Street
Fremont Street is packed with activities to do 24 hours of the day. If you don’t want to spend money, you can check out the live music, entertainers, and just sit back and people watch because this area can be pretty entertaining, to say the least!
Fremont Street is also known for its 12 story zipline called the SlotZilla, as well as its light show.
Binions Casino also has a free photo op where you can take a photo with a million dollars cash.
Location: Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
3. Downtown Container Park
After Freemont Street, make sure to stop at the Downtown Container Park. This shopping center is filled with boutique shops, live music, restaurants, and it’s completely made out of shipping containers, even the kids playground!
Location: 707 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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4. The Park
Come to The Park if you’re looking to relax and kick back a little. The area has quite a few benches, tables, and other sitting areas for people to come enjoy lunch or dinner.
The Park has several pieces of artwork to enjoy, as well as a waterwall. This is a really neat place to visit at night since its lit up with a ton of colorful lights. During Christmas, this area has a huge Christmas tree you won’t want to miss!
Location: 3782 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
5. Calico Basin Red Springs
The Calico Basin Red Springs area is a great alternative to the Red Rock Canyon main entrance since there is no national park fee. On your visit, you’ll see red and white sandstone cliffs, natural springs, and a variety of wildlife and vegetation. Make sure to bring food on your visit since there are tons of picnic tables and fire grills to use in the area.
Location: Calico Basin Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89161
The Streetmosphere at The Venetian is a unique location for shopping and other fun activities. Throughout the Streetmosphere, you’ll see entertainers and performers in the walkways. This is the area you’ll often see people dressed up as living statues. You’ll also see a recreation of St. Marks square. If you’ve never been to Venice before, you’ll get a little taste of it here.
Location: The Venetian 3377 S. Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109
7. Lake of Dreams
The Lake of Dreams, located in the Wynn is an area with a 40-foot waterfall and nightly show. There are several restaurants to choose from while you’re viewing. You’ll be entertained with both music and imagery that is created from 4,000 lights.
Location: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV 89109
8. Seven Magic Mountains
Seven Magic Mountains is a public art area created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. About 10 miles from Vegas, the art contains 7 towers of boulders that are brightly colored stacking over 30 feet high. Make sure to visit soon as the area is supposedly closing in May of 2018.
Location: S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89054
9. Visit Circus Circus
Circus Circus is a dream for amusement park lovers, so you already know when I visited at 14 years old I was PUMPED. There are legit rollercoasters and rides here. On top of that, there are entertainers that you can check out throughout the day at no cost. Seriously, a must visit!
Location: 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
10. Pawn Stars
If you love the show Pawn Stars, you’re going to want to check out this place. Pawn Stars attracts over 4,000 people daily and is packed with thousands of items you’ll want to check out. The unique items range from artwork, jewelry, and other items that the public doesn’t usually have access to.
Location: 713 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Did I leave anything out? After visiting Vegas 3 times over the span of 8 years, I’ve grown to love it!
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