There are a lot of things to spend your hard earned money on in Vegas.
If you’re looking for ways to blow your cash, you can order bottle service at one of the hottest clubs, tour around the city in a limo, go wild on tacky souvenirs (guilty), or keep telling yourself that the next hand of blackjack will be your lucky break.
If, like me, you booked a flight to Vegas and then remembered that you probably can’t afford Vegas, don’t worry! It is possible to do Vegas on a budget. One piece of good news is that the hotels are actually quite affordable. I assume that’s because they expect you to spend oodles of dolla bills in their gift shops, restaurants, and casinos while you’re there but, lucky for us, there are a bunch of free activities to choose from as well.
Fountains of Bellagio
Photo via Candice Walsh
While my friend and I were dining at Lago at Bellagio and crying over how delicious the gnocchi was (and the cheese platter, be still my heart), lo and behold, the fountain show began and we realized that we had the best seats in the house. The fountain show includes lights and music and happens every 15 minutes. At first we both just stared in open-mouthed wonder before clutching onto each other and squealing with delight.
We’re very appreciative tourists.
Photo via Candice Walsh
The Fremont Street Experience
Although not everything on Fremont is free, you can keep yourself wildly entertained by simply walking up and down the street. There are entertainers every few feet that include impersonators (obviously), body contortionists (which I couldn’t watch), and half naked, waxed and tanned, stripper men (if that’s your thing).
There’s also the Viva Vision LED light show that plays on the 1,500ft-long canopy and headliners playing on stage at any given moment.
Get Verbally Abused
Okay, so maybe this doesn’t sound like the kind of experience you’re looking for but I tell you, there’s fun around every corner and if nothing else, you’ll have a good story to tell.
As we were walking by, one man had the most interesting way of asking for money that I’ve ever encountered.
“Hello ladies, my name is Bob, I’m a Virgo, I like long walks on the beach, and your [gosh darn] money.”
We didn’t give him any money but check it out; I have a fun story to tell.
If you find yourself in the rare and unfortunate situation of not drawing unwanted attention on the street, you could always take a walk through Dicks Last Resort. Dicks is known for their rude staff, disgusting remarks, and saucy attitudes. If you decide to eat or drink you’ll have to spend some money but I’m willing to bet that if you don’t order anything, they’ll be extra mean to you. Win-win!
Get Married and Eat Pancakes
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The wedding itself will not be free. Realistically, you’ll probably be paying for that decision for the rest of your life.
If, however, you decide it’s the right thing to do at the time, then you’re in luck! Free pancakes at Denny’s on Fremont street after the “I do’s”! If free pancakes aren’t a good reason to get married, I don’t know what is.
I ate at Denny’s and the pancakes were delicious but like a real chump, I paid for mine and remained unwed.
Get Your Picture Taken With The Las Vegas Sign
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Cliché. Typical. Kind of boring once you’re actually there.
But think of the Facebook (Tinder?) profile picture!
Yes, I saved the best for last.
There are a few ways to go about drinking for free in Vegas and none of them will make you feel especially proud of yourself.
Every Thursday night, Rock ‘N Roll Wine holds free tastings at various locations. You have to sign up online in advance and figure out where to go. They don’t make it that easy.
At 7pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, head over to Vom Fass for some whiskey, scotch, and bourbon. Note that Thursday is also wine tasting day. Write this down.
Perhaps the best way to drink for free in Vegas is to sit at a slot machine and pretend to play while the waiter keeps the cocktails coming.
I haven’t tried this and I can only assume that you would be figured out and asked to leave. That’s what the penny games are for.
As you can see, no matter what you do in Vegas, you’ll likely do it with a smile. Las Vegas is not the place to take yourself seriously.
What are your favorite activities in Las Vegas?