Explore Las Vegas

Free Things To Do in Las Vegas

Get out and explore the city and don't spend a dime doing it—these great attractions offer up hours of fun and no price tag. 

Mirage Volcano

This attraction is bigger, better and hotter than ever before. It erupts Su-Th at 8 & 9 pm; F-Sa, 8, 9 & 10 pm. Free. 

M&M's World

For chocolate lovers, this logo-shopping experience is a dream come true. See the Colorworks wall and the 3-D animated movie “I Lost My M in Las Vegas.” 9 am-1 am daily. Free.

Fall of Atlantis

As King Atlas decides which of his children will succeed him in ruling Atlantis, the gods ultimately take matters into their own hands in this 11-minute fountain show that is jam-packed with jaw-dropping special effects. Every hour on the hour between 11 am-11 pm Su-Th; until midnight F-Sa.

Wildlife Habitat

Chilean flamingos and other exotic creatures take up residence on the original Flamingo hotel site. Open Daily from 8 am-dusk. Pelican feedings take place daily at 8:30 am and 2 pm. Free.

Palazzo Waterfall Atrium

The Palazzo’s staff of horticulturalists change out over-the-top displays by the season. The centerpiece of the atrium is a dramatic, two-story waterfall.

Downtown Container Park (DCP)

A two-story shopping and dining nirvana whose environs are made of recycled shipping containers. Shop-owners are local artists and artisans; restaurateurs are Las Vegas locals as well. The family-friendly destination offers a kid’s play zone in the center, and in the evening, live events take place on the performance stage.

Bellagio Fountains

At Bellagio, more than a thousand fountains sway in front of the hotel, enhanced by music and light. The display spans more than 1,000 feet with water soaring as high as 460 feet into the air. There is nothing like seeing them in person.

Silverton Aquarium

A 117,000-gallon artificial reef home to more than 4,000 tropical fish, three species of stingrays and three species of sharks. The front viewing convex window extends 25 feet by 12 feet and is one of the largest single pieces of curved acrylic in the United States.

Circus Acts

The world’s largest permanent circus houses high-flying acts every half hour; performances start at 11 am daily. Free.

Hershey's Chocolate World

A two-story destination that's all things Hershey's, from the Hershey's kiss pillows to customizable candy bars to the Statue of Liberty sculpted from Hershey's chocolate. Open Su-Th, 9 am-11 pm; F-Sa, 9 am-midnight.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

Explore colorful botanical gardens, interactive galleries and trails at this 180-acre “birthplace of Las Vegas.” Open daily from 10 am-6 pm. $18.95 adults, $10.95 children 5-17.

Luxor Light

This beacon, so bright it's able to be seen from space, is Las Vegas' best directional aid for those looking for the South Strip.

Binion's $1 Million Display

A modern-day update of the famed attraction, which allows guests to have their pictures taken with a cool million, which is enclosed inside an acrylic box atop a poker table. 9 am-11:30 pm daily. 21+.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden Tour

Watch how this fine chocolate is made, and sample some at the end of the tour. When you’ve finished, discover a 2.5-acre, arid landscape with more than 350 species of cactus, succulents and desert plants from the Southwest and other deserts of the world. Su-Sa, 8 am-8 pm. Free.


Street performers, such as opera singers and living statues, perform at St. Mark’s Square. More than 30 performances take place each day. Free.

The Hand of Faith

The largest golden nugget in existence; it’s also the largest ever found with a metal detector. On display in the hotel lobby.

First Friday

An art, entertainment, dining and shopping event that takes over the streets of downtown Las Vegas on the First Friday of every month, from 5-11 pm. Local artisans display their wares in tents, food trucks are on site and open-top buses provide free transportation between stopping points.

Live Runway Shows

See designers from the hottest designers and retailers at Fashion Show as the retractable runway in the Main Hall elevates for an energetic and fun fashion show! Select weekend shows take place at the top of the hour between noon and 5 pm. Check the Fashion Show web site for additional details. 

Swarovski Starburst Drop

Every night is reminiscent of New Year's Eve when this 14-foot-wide starburst, made from more than 1,800 LED lights, drops from atop a 55-foot spire. Nightly at 9 pm and midnight. 

Public Art at CityCenter

Fine art has a home at CityCenter, where various modern pieces can be found throughout Aria, Vdara, The Shops at Crystals and the walkways between the properties. Ask for a list of pieces to discover at the Aria concierge desk. 

Lobby Aquarium at the Mirage

A glimpse into the aquatic wonders of our planet, this 20,000-gallon display showcases nearly 1,000 forms of marine life, including sharks, stingrays, porcupine fish, eels, sea bass and puffers. The display is one of the most elaborate and technically advanced in the world. 24 hours.

Sunset Stampede

Chronicles the Western pioneer experience with music, lights and animation. Fountains shoot eight stories into the air and the waters dance in the lights to a symphonic score recorded especially for Sam's Town by the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. Daily at 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 pm. Free.