Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, is most well known for its’ abundance of world class casinos. However, these casinos, and Vegas in general, offer much more than gaming opportunities. In fact, you can easily spend an entire Vegas vacation enjoying various shows, attractions, and sightseeing without putting a dime into the slots.
There is much fun to be had anytime of the day, any time of the year you visit. The great thing about Vegas is that it’s a 24/7 destination with fun attractions for everyone. On your next Vegas trip, be sure to keep in mind a few of my tips for some budget-friendly non-gaming fun! Enjoy the list and be sure to add some of your own ideas for gaming free fun in Vegas!
1. Check out the Mirage volcano show
One of the best shows on The Strip is the explosive volcano show at The Mirage, erupting at 8&9pm every night (additional 10pm times on Friday & Saturdays). You can feel the heat of the fireballs shooting out of the volcano, in tune with a great soundtrack from The Grateful Dead’s drummer Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain. The show, like all others, is popular so get there early (especially during the summer season!).
2. Watch the spectacular Bellagio Fountain show
Every half hour from 3-8pm and every 15 minutes from 8pm-Midnight, the fountains in front of the beautiful Bellagio hotel come alive for a dazzling musical show. The amazing choreographed show is a real treat to see (day or night), just get there early enough to get a front row view! The fountains are quite a sight as they dance along in harmony to all different types of music, including popular Broadway and Classical tunes.
3. Shop ‘Til you Drop at The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace
Caesars Forum Shops is a collection of luxury designer shops located right on-site at the hotel. It’s the most upscale and beautiful shopping area in Vegas. Whether you are looking to indulge in an all day designer shopping excursion or just looking to window shop, you will enjoy the stunning roman themed design and beautiful faux starry sky. Here you will find most of the high end retailers like Armani, Gucci, Valentino, Mark Jacobs, and more (over 150 shops!). Enjoy your feasting your eyes on the seemingly never ending collection of uber expensive shops.
4. Get an up close view of Sharks at the Golden Nugget
The unique 200,000 gallon shark pool inside Fremont Street’s Golden Nugget is considered one of the most unique sights in Vegas. Here you can slide down a waterslide right in the middle of a Shark tank! Swimming and jut lounging around the pool area will also give you a great view. Don’t worry if you are not a hotel guest as pool viewing is open from 8am-midnight to anyone.
5. Take pics of The Strip at night
Sometimes the simplest activities end up being the most worthwhile. Simply walking around The Strip at night, taking in the drastically different than daytime views of all the resorts, is an incredible, memorable experience. Everything looks so much more alive and spectacular with the millions of lights. Some of the best views and photos can be experienced at the escalator near the Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood (the cover photo was taken here). Built as a convenient way for tourists to exit North on The Strip, it is more well known as a scenic view and photography hotspot.