13. The Golden Nugget Shark Tank

Shark tank at The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Golden Nugget pool has received world wide recognition for their unique pool area which includes a glass enclosed slide through a shark tank. In fact, it is often rated amongst the best in the world. You’ll gain admission to this super cool pool as a guest of the hotel, however, you can still view it for free even if you are not staying on-site. The 200,000 gallon tank features 5 species of shark and all sorts of colorful exotic fish. Not necessarily worthy of a separate drive, however, you must check the tank out if you are heading to Fremont St. for other activities such as the Fremont Street Experience or the Neon Museum.

14. Fall of Atlantis Show

Fall of Atlantis Show at Caesars Palace Forum Shops in Las Vegas, Nevada

This free show at Caesar’s Forum Shops features life like animatronics telling the myth of Atlantis. It’s a pretty entertaining little 15 minute show with lots of special effects, making it a welcome little break from walking around Caesar’s massive Forum shops area. And while you are here, be sure to check out the 50,000 gallon aquarium.

15. CBS Television Research Center

CBS Television Research Center at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

At this neat little research center at the MGM Grand, you will be able to watch a pilot for a potential new TV series. For anyone looking for a unique free experience, visiting the CBS Television Research Center is an idea. Giving your personal feedback on whether or not a TV show should be picked up is a fun way to kill an hour or 2. Who knows, you could be deciding the fate of the next big hit like Friends. It’s free, fun, and only requires an hour or so of your time. Plus, you will get lots of coupons just for showing up.

16. WSOP signed table at Binion’s

Signed World Series of Poker table at Binion's on Fremont Street in Las Vegas

Binion’s casino, known as “the place that made poker famous,” hosted the first World Series in 1970 with no poker room. Any poker fans will definitely want to take a glimpse at the poker table, which is signed by various professionals.

17. Bellagio Chocolate Fountain

World's tallest chocolate fountain at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Bellagio is home to a number of wonderful free attractions, amongst them the world’s tallest chocolate fountain. This amazing work of art can be found at the  Jean-Phillippe Patisserie,  a delicious European chocolate shop located near the beautiful gardens. You will feel as if you are in Willy Wonka’s workshop as you marvel at 3 different types of chocolate totaling over 2000 pounds, enticingly flowing from a 27 foot tall glass case. It is a visually stunning work of art that will have your mouth watering for a sweet treat. It’s hard not to be tempted by the mountains of pastries and sweets over flooding the shelves of  this European chocolatier. A word of advice: combine this activity with the gardens and fountain show to save yourself some walking!

18. Swarvoski Starburst

Swarvoski Crystal at Bally's in Las Vegas, Nevada

Each night at 9pm and Midnight in front of Bally’s, the 55 foot Swarvoski Starburst crystal drops in a New Year’s Eve style fashion. Comprised of 900 crystals and 1800 LED lights, and weighing 4000 pounds, it is like a mini Times Square celebration every night, which of course is very fitting for the entertainment capital of the world. The lights change in tune with music for a really dazzling, can’t-miss experience.

19. Grand Canal Shoppes

Gondola ride at the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas

Let’s start by saying that I hate shopping in Vegas. I can shop at home – why waste my time on a great vacation when Vegas has so much more to offer? The one exception to the rule is the luxurious Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. The designers really did a great job here replicating the feeling of Venice, complete with gondola rides (pricey but worth it for a romantic date), lovely architecture, outdoor cafes and gelato shops, romantic restaurants, and even a replica of St. Mark’s Square. It’s a gorgeous place to take a stroll, and not at all overwhelming like some of the massive, mile plus shopping areas like Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Miles and Caesars Forum Shops.