The Top 5 Free Attractions in Las Vegas


What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But, you don’t want that to be true for your money. Keep a bit more green in your pockets and take a break from the Black Jack tables and slot machines to get out on the strip and experience the best free attractions in Las Vegas.

1. Bellagio Fountain

You’ve seen it in virtually every modern movie made about Las Vegas, but the experience of seeing the Bellagio Fountain in person doesn’t translate on film or in photos. First, it’s not so much a fountain as it is a lake that shoots 17,000 gallons of water up to 460 feet in the air. More of a romantic attraction than an engineering feat, the fountain show features water choreography to 30 different songs including “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Time to Say Goodbye”. Shows run every 15 to 30 minutes, right outside the Bellagio Resort – just walk on by!

2. Mirage Volcano

This attraction is credited with starting the extravagance trend on the Vegas strip. Along with fire that shoots more than 12 feet in the air, water, lighting, sound effects, and heart-pounding rumbles accompany the volcano show. This free attraction still draws the biggest crowds on the strip. Stop by for the eruptions that happen every 30 minutes between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to see what the fuss is all about.

3. Circus Circus Performers

See acrobats fly through the air with the greatest of ease, above the casino floor at the Circus Circus Resort. Shows happen every 30 minutes, from 11 a.m. to Midnight, and feature trapeze performers, unicyclists, and jugglers. There is a small 60-seat grandstand if you don’t want to watch from a slot machine or table game.

4. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

If you’re stopping by the Bellagio Resort for the fountain show, take some time inside to visit the free conservatory. While a calmer attraction for Vegas, it is no less amazing (and it smells phenomenal). The conservatory features a horticultural display with thousands of flowers, trees, and plants. The conservatory is open 24 hours a day, but from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. you can enjoy live musical performances in the South Garden.

5. MGM TV Research Center

Feel the power of a TV executive for a few hours. You get to watch pilots for proposed shows and current programming that airs on CBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon. The only cost is your time and a quick survey at the end. Sometimes, you have the opportunity to test websites, technology products, and commercials. Just sign-up for a viewing.

Looking for some off-the-strip fun? Head to Fremont Street. History buffs will love the old-time casinos, thrifty tourists will love the penny slots, and everyone will love the people watching. Shining down over Fremont Street is the 500-foot long Viva Vision Projection screen that continually plays 6-minute long light shows. You can also catch free tribute band concerts every night and access to the Vegas StrEats Festival every second Saturday.

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Tammy Banfield is a professional writer and blogger ( When she’s not scouring the world (and the web) for the best travel and life experiences, Tammy can be found running with her dog or organizing her next book club meeting.