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Las Vegas is well known for the lavish experiences it has to offer. Where else can you dine at world-class restaurants, luxuriate in 5-star spas, and stay in suites that are fit for royalty? But not everyone has a huge budget when visiting Las Vegas. If you’re traveling on a dime, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of awesome experiences you can have in Vegas for cheap. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature-lover or a nightclubber, there’s something for you to do. In this article we’ll let you in on our favorite things to do in Las Vegas for free, or under $25.

Snap a Selfie at the Fountains of Bellagio

Type of activity: Sightseeing
Bellagio, 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

One of the most iconic sights to see in Vegas is the Fountains of Bellagio. If you’re exploring the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll find this right in the center of activity, outside the Bellagio hotel. Every half hour to 15 minutes, a spectacular water and light show bursts into action. (You can find a schedule here.)

Towering fountains of water are coordinated beautifully with popular songs ranging from “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” to the Titanic theme song. This is a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy a Buffet Brunch Inside a Castle

Type of activity: Dining
Location: Excalibur, 3850 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: $24.99 for adults, $14.99 for children aged 5 – 11

Buffets are a big deal in Las Vegas, and if you want to delight in a delicious but affordable buffet brunch, head down to Excalibur on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8am – 3pm. You’ll love the made-to-order crepes and omelets station, as well as brunch favorites like pancakes, waffles, bacon and eggs. No reservation is required.

Get Your Thrills at Adventuredome

Type of activity: Amusement Park
Location: Circus Circus, 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: Starting at $20

A carnival-themed amusement park inside a big glass dome, Adventuredome is a thrill for the whole family. With rides ranging from bumper cars to crazy roller coasters, laser tag to mini golf, everyone will find something they love.

While you’re at Adventuredome, be sure to check out the World’s Largest Permanent Circus where you can catch world-class circus performers for free!

Adventuredome from $20

Explore a Neon Sign Graveyard

Type of activity: Museum
Location: 770 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Price: $20

In historic Downtown Las Vegas you’ll find a really cool spot called the Neon Museum. Glittering neon signs have always been associated with Vegas, and this is where the retired signs go when they’re broken or no longer needed.

Wandering through the outdoor Neon Boneyard, you’ll get to see more than 200 unrestored vintage signs (which are especially cool when lit up after sunset). It’s a fabulous way to take in the history of the city, while snapping some awesome photos.

The Neon Museum from $16

Get a Bird’s Eye View from the World’s Largest Observation Wheel

Type of activity: Sightseeing
Location: The Linq Hotel + Experience, 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: From $21

This gigantic observation wheel (the biggest in the world, in fact) gives you a sky-high view over the bright neon lights of Las Vegas. You’ll ride in a comfortable air conditioned cabin that takes you 550 feet in the air above the Las Vegas Strip.

We recommend going when it’s almost sunset – Las Vegas’ desert sunsets are some of the most beautiful in the world. It takes 30 minutes for the wheel to make a full revolution.

High Roller from $25

Loop the Loop on the Big Apple Roller Coaster

Type of activity: Thrill Seeking Ride
New York New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: $19 – $23

You’ll get quite a view of the strip from the Big Apple Coaster at New York New York. This thrilling roller coaster is not for the timid. It starts out with a heart-stopping 144-foot drop, and features a 180-degree “heartline” twist and dive maneuver as well as a 203 foot drop.

Hot tip: Check out the Coaster ‘n’ Cocktails deal, which can be purchased for $23 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1pm and midnight. It gives you 1 nighttime coaster ride and a $15 arcade credit to be used at the Big Apple Arcade.

For more information, click here!

Go to a Real Las Vegas Pool Party

Type of activity: Pool Party
Location: The Cosmopolitan, 3708, Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: $20 general admission for females, $30 for males

What on earth is a dayclub? In Las Vegas it’s the way we party… in a pool! Beat the heat by splashing in the water while listening to top local DJs on a killer sound system. The vibe is young, trendy and upbeat at Marquee Dayclub, and the view from the infinity-edged pool is spectacular.

While special pricing applies when big names are DJing, the general admission cost for females is $20 ($30 for males). Check here for their schedule and to purchase tickets!

Have an Underwater Adventure at Shark Reef Aquarium

Type of activity: Animal Lovers Exhibit
Location: Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Price: $20 for adults, $14.99 for kids aged 5 – 12

When you explore Shark Reef Aquarium you’ll come face to face with over 2,000 sea creatures from inside an underwater walkway. Sharks, giant rays, endangered sea turtles and more can be seen swimming in reef-like surroundings. It’s an awesome place for the whole family to learn about life under the sea, while having a fun day out.

An optional experience that costs a little extra is the Undersea Explorer VR Theater, which lets you feel as though you’re swimming next to a humpback whale or 15-foot tiger shark.

Shark Reef Aquarium from $29

Dance the Night Away at a Hot Las Vegas Nightclub

Type of activity: Nightlife
Location: Aria, 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Price: Female general admission from $20, male from $40

If you want to experience the sizzling nightlife of Las Vegas, Jewel Nightclub is a great place to start. This opulent multi-level dance club will stun you from the moment you walk in, with an amazing multi-faceted LED stage where top DJs perform on a state of the art sound system.

General admission for females starts at $20 ($40 for males), but you can check this schedule to see what DJ is performing and what the ticket cost is on the night you want to go. Hot tip: if you manage to get added to a guest list, your entry fee gets waived. That’s right: you’ll get in for free!

Take a Stimulating Stroll Down the Fremont Street Experience

Type of activity: Sightseeing
Downtown Las Vegas
Price: Free!

Get ready to stimulate your senses! Taking a walk down the pedestrian promenade in Downtown Las Vegas known as The Fremont Experience lets you see how wild and wonderful this city can be.

It’s an all-night party every night with live music, walk-up bars complete with dancing girls, and the world’s largest LED screen glowing above you. An absolutely Vegas experience.

For more information, click here!

See the Phenomenal Jabbawockeez Dance Crew Perform

Type of activity: Show
Location: MGM Grand, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: Starting at $19.99 for limited view seats

Remember the white-masked dance crew who won “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2008? Now you can see them perform live in Las Vegas! Their show “Timeless” marks their 10 year anniversary of performing on the Vegas Strip, with intricate and creative dance routines choreographed to an awesome soundtrack.

This is your chance to see a world-class dance performance that the whole family will love, for a really affordable price.

Marvel at the Natural Beauty of Red Rock Canyon

Type of activity: Sightseeing for Nature Lovers
Location: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161
Price: $6 per vehicle

When you’re immersed in the sensory overload of the Las Vegas Strip, it’s hard to imagine that there’s a tranquil natural wonderland just 20 minutes away. Red Rock Canyon State Park is a stunningly beautiful place to relax and take a break from the stimulation.

There are a number of hiking trails around the majestic copper-red desert mountains. You might see surprising things: like cascading waterfalls in the middle of the desert, wild burros, golden eagles and hummingbirds.

Bowl a Strike at Brooklyn Bowl

Type of activity: Bowling
Location: The Linq Promenade, 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: $25 per lane, per half hour (up to 8 people per lane)

What do you get when you combine bowling with rock ‘n’ roll and great food? Well, in the words of Rolling Stone, “One of the most incredible places on earth”. This super cool bowling alley features 32 lanes, leather chesterfield sofas and 8 gigantic high-definition screens. You’ll love the mouth-watering menu by Blue Ribbon, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Brooklyn Bowl also happens to be one of the hippest music venues in the city, with live music ranging from EDM to punk rock.

Click here for more information and to reserve a lane! 

Go Back in Time at the Pinball Hall of Fame

Type of activity: Museum, Arcade
1610 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
25 cents – 50 cents per game

If you considered yourself a bit of a pinball wizard back in the day, you’ll have a ball at the Pinball Hall of Fame. Brought to you by members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club, this is the world’s largest collection of pinball machines and it’s open to the public.

Play your favorite classic games from the 1950s right through to the 1990s, at a cost of 25 cents – 50 cents per game. If you feel like putting your money in a machine in Vegas but don’t want to gamble, this is the way to go (especially since all profits go to charity).

Click here for more information!

Take in the View from the Eiffel Tower

Type of activity: Sightseeing
Paris Las Vegas, 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: From $24

One of the coolest things about Vegas is that you can travel the world in one city. An example of this is the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, a half-scale replica of the famous landmark in Paris, France.

The viewing deck from the top of this 46 story-high tower gives you a truly romantic view over the bright lights of the city, the Vegas Valley and the desert mountains beyond.

Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck from $28

Appreciate the Masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Type of activity: Art Gallery
Bellagio,3600 Las Vegas Fwy, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: From $16

This intimate art gallery is a peaceful retreat from the noise and bright lights of the Strip. Opened by Steve Wynn in 1998, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art was the first of its kind in Vegas. Since then it has been home to works of art by such names as Picasso, Warhol and Monet, as well as exhibitions of respected contemporary artists. 

Take a Photo with Parrots at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Type of activity: Animal Lovers Exhibit
Location: The Flamingo, 3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: Free entry; $20 per photo

Nestled inside the Flamingo Hotel and Casino you’ll find a 15 acre wildlife park. Here you can see all kinds of exotic birds, including pelicans, sacred ibis, and (of course) real pink flamingos. But the most exciting (and little known) part of the Flamingo Wildlife Exhibit is the opportunity to have your picture taken holding exotic birds.

The beautiful parrots, including colorful macaws and umbrella cockatoos, are all rescued by Las Vegas bird trainer Clint Cavalho and trained to sit still for the camera in hilarious and adorable poses. Holding a big parrot is something you have to experience to believe.

For more information on the wildlife habitat, click here!

Race Go-Karts at Pole Position Raceway

Type of activity: Go-Kart Racing
Location: 4175 S Arville St, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Price: From $18

Got a need for speed? At Pole Position Raceway you can race 18 horsepower go-karts that get up to speeds of 45 miles per hour! You’ll get to race your friends and family on tracks designed by real race car drivers. And because it’s indoors, this is an activity that isn’t weather dependent. Fun for experienced drivers and newbies!

Go on a Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Type of activity: Walking Tour
Location: Las Vegas Strip
Price: $20

This exciting 3 hour adventure lets you discover the Vegas Strip by exploring the famous landmarks, hotels and casinos. Using your smartphone for guidance, you’ll solve clues and complete challenges while you learn about the history of Las Vegas. It’s a really fun way to see the city, and fun for the entire family!

Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt Adventure from $21

Get Cool in the Pool at Wet ‘n’ Wild

Type of activity: Water Park, Amusement Park
Location: 7055 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89148
Price: Twilight admission (4pm – 8pm) for $20

There’s only one way you can survive the summer heat in Las Vegas, and that’s by being in a pool. Whether you prefer floating peacefully along a lazy river or barreling down the most thrilling water slide of your life, you can enjoy it all at Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas.

Featuring some seriously scary water slides, a 6-lane slide where you can race your friends, a wave pool with 4-foot-high swells, and more!

Click here for more information!

Feel on Top of the World at the Skypod Observation Deck

Type of activity: Sightseeing
Location: The Strat, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Price: From $20

Want to get as high as you can in Vegas? You can do that by visiting the Skypod Observation Deck at The Stratosphere – the tallest observation tower in the United States. The 2-level indoor-outdoor viewing deck gives you a spectacular 360 degree view of Sin City from above.

For an additional cost you can test your courage on some of the most terrifying thrill rides you’ve ever been on.

Skypod Observation Deck Experience from $23

Customize Your Own M&M’s Candy at M&M’s World Las Vegas

Type of activity: Foodie Attraction
Location: 3785 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: Free entry; $12 – $25 for customized candy

You’ll be in chocolate heaven as soon as you step inside M&M’s World Las Vegas. Witness a wall of 22 different colors of M&M’s candy, and explore the 28,000 square-foot candy store.

The best part of visiting this real-life candy land is designing your own customized M&M’s candy. You can get creative with a choice of 16 different colors, cool clipart images and add your own personalized message!

For more information, click here!

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