When you think of Las Vegas, lots of images flash in front of your eyes: neon signs, grandiose hotel interiors, beautiful women, free drinks at casinos, but the thing that probably remains static is the dollar-sign symbol. Las Vegas can be an expensive destination, but it doesn’t have to be. There are cheaper accommodation choices that will still allow you to be in the hustle and bustle of everything the city has to offer. And there are lots of free and inexpensive things to do so you don’t have to break the bank! Here are just a few ideas to help ensure you make it home with at least a few dollars left in your wallet.
Las Vegas Shows
One of the main attractions (besides the gambling part) is the number of amazing shows you can attend: magic, music, dance, and more. If you’re not set on any particular show, try your hand at scoring discounted tickets through Tix4Tonight. Show up at one of their many locations and see what they have that’s available for later that night.
If you want to check out what old Vegas was like, Freemont Street is the place to do it. It’s home to many of the original casinos, and while it’s not quite as fancy as The Strip, it still offers tons to do. There are countless buffets (often cheaper than on The Strip) and the pedestrian mall has tons of free shows and performances.
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
The Bellagio offers not one, but two awesome free things to see. The Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens feature seasonal flowers, trees, and plants, and the arrangements are sometimes themed around holidays. The gardens are open 24 hours and have nightly music performances. If you want something that’s a bit more flashy, get a front row spot for the fountain show out front. The fountains shoot high into the air and dance to whatever song is chosen. The fountain shows run every 15 or 30 minutes depending upon the day of week and the time you’re visiting.
Check out the Silverton’s 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium! Over 4,000 tropical fish call this free aquarium their home. You can catch daily interactive feedings with the fish or watch one of their mermaid swims Thursdays through Sundays.
Take a Stroll Through Italy
Even in Las Vegas, you can live in a fantasy world where you’ve traveled to Europe for vacation. If the Eiffel Tower gave you enough of a France fix, head over to the Venetian or Caesars Palace to be transported to Italy instantly. Walk along the canals and watch gondolas glide by or take in some ruins and see a recreation of Michelangelo’s David statue.
Las Vegas has something for everyone–even those who aren’t looking to gamble away their hard-earned cash can enjoy a few days in Sin City! Take advantage of all the inexpensive and free things to do in the city and splurge a bit on decadent meals or shopping instead!
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