The saying goes, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. What if it didn’t have to though? We all want to be able to show everyone our photos from a vacation or have that Instagram-worthy post, so why not! No, it isn’t all gambling and alcohol which means you can have a fun family vacation on a budget. Since it’s the city that never sleeps that means that there are plenty of things to do round the clock in Las Vegas. So here are your top ten family-friendly excursions that are free!
“Welcome To Las Vegas” Sign
First and foremost, you have to get a picture with this classic icon. You’ve seen it in the movies and now it’s time to have your own! Granted, it may be the touristy thing to do but this is your vacation and you can do what you want to. In addition, it’s a great picture to have for your younger kids so the older they get, they can say “Hey, I’ve been to Vegas and here’s the proof”.
Location: 5200 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119
Open: Any day, any time
For a little family fun, we have Circus Circus which is located in the Circus Circus hotel at the center of the Midway Arcade. If you go up above the casino they have a free circus! Now you may think this is a little fishy, but I promise you it’s not. This circus has jugglers, clowns, unicyclists, and acrobats! Did I mention that it was free?
This is such a fun experience for kids and parents alike to enjoy. Then when you are done with the entertainment you can walk over to the arcade and play some games.
Location: 2880 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Times: Everyday 11am – Midnight
Travel the World
If clowns freak you out or the circus just isn’t your cup of tea, then here’s your chance to travel the world. This is going to require a lot of walking, so make sure that everyone has comfortable walking shoes!
Egypt: Get transported to the deserts of Egypt with the Great Sphinx and the. Pyramids that are placed in front of the Luxor Resort.
Location: 3900 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119
Great Britain: You don’t want to miss out on seeing the Excalibur Hotel. This hotel transports you back to the Middle Ages with its medieval castle architecture.
Location: 3850 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
New York, New York: When you leave Britain you may as well take a hop across the pond and peek into New York City for a little while. They have replicated the New York City skyline uncannily. Here’s your chance to see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and The Brooklyn Bridge!
Paris, France: The Eiffel Tower awaits….but this one may not be as tall as the one actually in Paris. If traipsing around France is something you have wanted to do, let the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas hold you over until you get there. It also has the most incredible replica of the Arc de Triomphe and is worth seeing
Location: 3655 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Italy: Head on over to The Bellagio, The Venetian, or Caesars Palace if you want to feel like you are walking through a city in Italy. They are all designed with Italy in mind and will inspire you to take a trip to Venice or Rome.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Calling all of my chocolate lovers, this one is for you. Take a tour of all things Hershey. You will find old and new recipes that Hershey has used and you can quickly get lost in how much there is to look at. Not to mention, there are free chocolate samples, and who doesn’t love free samples??
This may be a hotel but it is one you need to see! This massive hotel is jaw-dropping with beauty and luxury. Walk into the lobby and be instantly transported with the ancient Roman décor. As if walking through “Rome” isn’t enough, there is a shopping mall inside the hotel called “The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace”. This mall has over 160 shops in it!
While shopping is great, the real highlight of this mall is the attraction “Fall of Atlantis”. This is an animatronic/pyrotechnic show around a 50,000-gallon aquarium. This show talks about the old myth of Atlantis and it plays every hour, this is one you don’t want to miss.
Location: 3570 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Open: Sunday-Thursday 10am-11pm Friday- Saturday 10am-Midnight
I know we touched on the Bellagio in our trip around the world but if you are looking at staying at a hotel — this is the one to choose. Their buffet is the talk of the town and they have entertainment in the hotel. If you walk right out of the lobby, you will reach the Bellagio Gardens; these gardens are decorated every few months with a different theme.
Outside of the hotel is a lake with a free synchronized light show! The dancing water from this light show is stunning and an incredible experience. While it does play during the day, this is something you should really see at night for the full experience.
Location: 3600 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Fountain Show: Every day 3pm – midnight
Yet another massive hotel with another overwhelmingly large mall, yet slightly different. The Venetian is made to feel like you are walking through Venice, Italy and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. There is a canal that runs through the inside and the outside of the hotel — and they have real gondolas!
Inside the “Grand Canal Shoppers” they have free entertainment they like to call “Streetmospehere” and here is the schedule:
Living Statues: Ann Taylor: noon – 8pm; St. Marks Square: 6:30pm – 10pm
Gondolier March: 9:50am – 4:20pm
The Venetian Trio – An Evening of Musical Elegance: St. Marks Square: 6:30 – 10:30pm; Ann Taylor: 6pm
Carnivale di Venezia: St. Marks Square: Every hour from 1 – 6pm (Except 3pm) Barney’s New York: 12:30pm, 1pm, 4:15pm, 5pm, 5:15pm, and 6:30pm
Location: 3355 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Open: Everyday 10am-10pm
The Mirage is one of the more lavish hotels on the strip known for its tropical atmosphere. There is a volcano that erupts with explosions and fireballs that is accompanied by and classic Rock and Roll track. This show will have you feeling the heat and will get your blood pumping.
Location: 3400 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Volcano erupts every hour Sunday – Thursday 8:00pm and 9:00pm Friday-Saturday 8:00am-10pm
The Wynn and Encore
These two buildings are practically the same hotel, just different themes. The Wynn has an elaborate flower lobby with a life-size carousel made out of flowers. The Encore has a series of waterfalls that are beautiful to stop and look at. Both are decadent and a beautiful sight to see.
Location:3131 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Open: All Day, Every Day
If you want to see more flamingos in one place than you would in a zoo, then you have to head over to this hotel. Their décor is in the name as everything is flamingo-themed. The fun part is if you go to the back of the hotel there is a flamingo habitat that is free to visit! The animals are most active in the morning, so try and get there early.
Location: 3555 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Open: Everyday 8am – 8pm
Las Vegas has plenty of things to stop and stare at. The City of Lights knows how to put on a show wherever you go. From theme parks to interactive museums, there are a lot of places to enjoy with your family. Comment below your favorite activity!