It’s no secret that everything in Las Vegas is ridiculously expensive. An average three-course dinner at a standard decent restaurant on The Strip will cost you around $75 per person. The prices cocktails at a club like Bond at The Cosmopolitan will run you somewhere between $15-$20 each and the cheapest show tickets for shows will likely start at $45. However, if you’ve done your homework, you’ll know that not everyone in Sin City lives or can afford such excesses. They take advantage of the free and almost free events, shows, and attractions that Las Vegas has to offer.
Most people end up skipping Downtown Las Vegas to focus mostly on The Strip. This is a tragedy in itself for a couple of reasons. First, you’ll be missing out on one of the most unusual shows in Las Vegas: the Freemont Street Experience. The signature neon light show’s been entertaining visitors to Las Vegas for two decades now. If you happen to visit during the day, head towards Container Park, where you’ll find a number of local eateries such as JoJo’s Jerky and Eat as well as offbeat shops like BluMarble. There’s also a really cool playground that kids will enjoy.
Venture Out to Red Rock Canyon
If you want to escape the crowds and the craziness of Las Vegas during the day, head west towards Red Rock Canyon. Spend a few hours trekking on one of its dozen hiking and cycling trails. There’s also horseback riding (added fee) and rock climbing available should you dare to be a bit more adventurous. Bring a picnic basket and set up camp at one of its picnic grounds that overlook the canyon or the adjacent Mojave Desert. There’s also a 13-mile scenic route those who simply want to drive and experience the park from the comfort of their air-conditioned seats.
Take Advantage of Free Shows
Walking along Las Vegas Boulevard is a show in itself, particularly at night, when the city sparkles with light and activity so take advantage of a couple of free entertainment alongside Las Vegas hotels. The dancing fountains at the Bellagio are likely one of the more famous shows and with good reason. It’s absolutely incredible to watch and the accompanying music blasted around the property will seriously make you stop and watch. If pyrotechnics is more like your style, head over to the Mirage and catch their nightly volcano show. There’s a hypnotic musical score with matching choreography too.
Visit The Mega Resorts and Casinos
When you’re in Las Vegas, take in as many casinos as you can. There are no charges to go in them and many feature some stunning interior and exterior designs. Check out the outdoor gardens at Caesar’s Palace or stroll along the Venetian’s Grand Canal. Some of them even show museum type quality pieces of art. The Aria commissioned several artworks by renowned artists such as Maya Lin and Jenny Holzer and displays pieces by the likes of Claes Oldenburg while the Bellagio features an entire ceiling full of Dale Chihuly sculptures.