Las Vegas is full of things you can do for free along with some great experiences that won’t break the bank.
One thing that’s available is a Bite Card. This card costs $20 and can get you deep discounts throughout the city on food, shows, attractions, and has the power to make many parts of Las Vegas more affordable.
Aside from the Bite Card, here’s a list of 23 things to do in Las Vegas for $50 or under.
1 – Silverton Aquarium
Who doesn’t love a cool aquarium?
Watching all kinds of different fish species swimming around just like they do in their natural habitat has a calming effect.Las Vegas has many different aquariums to see but the one at the Silverton Hotel and Casino is one of the best.
This aquarium is an 117,000-gallon aquarium that’s home to over 4,000 different species of fish. The exhibit is free to the public and is open 24/7. This aquarium is different from the other aquariums in a couple different ways. One is that during feeding time the diver feeding the fish answers guest questions from inside the tank.
The other big difference is the mermaids that you can see Thursday – Sunday swimming with the fish. The mermaids are real and interact with the guests as they swim around and dance under the water. The mermaids are a popular part of the aquarium and have been featured over the years on many television shows.
So if you’re just walking the strip and have a few minutes to waste stop at the Silverton and check out this amazing collection of tropical fish, stingray’s, and jellyfish.
2 – Bellagio Free Attractions
Another hotel that has some free attractions is the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. One of those attractions is the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This 13,573 square foot indoor garden displays a multitude of different plants and trees for your viewing pleasure.
If you visit Vegas on a regular basis you’ll want to make sure you check out the garden each time you’re there because the scenery changes with the seasons plus every two weeks the flowers are replaced with fresh ones.
With over 10,000 different species of plant life, I’m sure you’re going to find some flowers you’ve never seen before. The gardens are opened 24 hours a day so you can make this part of your morning walk or unwind here at the end of your day. This isn’t the only attraction that the Bellagio has for you to enjoy for free.
You can also watch the world famous fountains outside the resort day or night. The fountains dance and when night falls are joined by color lights to enhance the already mesmerizing show.
3 – Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden
Free attractions are the best and the Ethel M Chocolate Factory is an amazing place you can go and enjoy without spending a dime.
As you go through the factory you get to see that the chocolate is still made the same way it was when Ethel made it herself with just a few upgrades. You can watch as the chocolate is made and as it’s shipped to the packing room.
In the packing room, you can watch the workers hand package each chocolate. This has been the way the chocolate has always been packaged and there is no intention of changing this fact anytime soon.
Continue on down to the gift shop where you can have your choice of a sample of freshly made chocolates.
Next door to the factory is an unusual botanical garden. In the garden, you won’t find your ordinary flowers instead you’re greeted with different types of cactus.
The garden has over 300 different species of cactus.Cactus might not be something you think of as being beautiful but I’m sure once you take a walk through this garden you’ll have a whole new view on these amazing desert plants.
4 – Hershey’s Chocolate World
Another great free stop to make is the Hershey’s Chocolate World. You can see some of the coolest pieces of chocolate art, try new and different chocolate candies, and you don’t have to spend a single dime if you don’t want to.
The Hershey’s Chocolate World store is a huge 13,000 square feet two story shop that brings all the candies we know and love made by the world famous Hershey’s company to one central location. Inside you’ll find over 800 different types candies made by Hershey’s.
Besides the chocolate you can also send a virtual Hershey’s Kiss to a friend, design your own candy bar wrapper, and find out how Hershey’s became the company it’s now.
Also during your visit be sure to stop by the bakery and get a freshly made treat or get your picture taken with the cool Eifel Tower made of chocolate or one of the other exhibits you can see all made of the world’s most loved chocolate.
5 – The Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame is another great stop to make while you’re in Vegas. You can see some of the oldest games along with some of the new versions of the pinball game.
The warehouse is home to over 200 pinball and arcade games. You can play every single game in this hall of fame. Find your favorites from when you were a kid and play to your heart’s content or until you run out of quarters.
Take a trip back in time and find your favorite game from your childhood. The best part is that the admission is free; just don’t forget your quarters.
6 – Flamingo Hotel Wildlife
If you came to Vegas hoping to get a great picture taking opportunities then making a stop in at The Flamingo Resort and Casino is a must. Tucked away inside the walls of the resort is an outdoor wildlife park where you can see some amazing wildlife in a beautifully designed habitat.
As you enter the wildlife habitat you’re greeted by a waterfall that’s frequented by the black swan and black neck swans who keep the area clean of algae.
As you continue through you find Chilean Flamingos, a mixture of different duck species, ponds of colorful koi, and different species of turtles.
With over 300 different bird species for you to come in contact with this is a wonderful experience.
Don’t miss out on the animal feedings and watching these creatures interact with their providers. Anywhere else this type of exhibit would cost you at least $20 bucks but not in Vegas. This is another free thing you can do and you can have some great pictures to show to your friends back home.
7 – The High Roller
The High Roller is the huge Ferris wheel that’s at the end of the shopping plaza at LINQ. This is the largest observation wheel anywhere in the world standing at 550 feet tall.
The wheel has 28 air-conditioned pods that seat up to 40 passengers at a time. The pods have benches available for those who don’t want to stand. For those who are afraid of heights, the ride on the High Roller is so smooth you probably won’t even notice how high you really are.
The ride lasts about 30 minutes and gives you a complete 360-degree view of the strip so make sure you have your camera ready to take some amazing pictures. For around $20 a ticket this is an incredible attraction.
8 – Siegfried and Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
One of Las Vegas’s most famous duos is Siegfried and Roy. They were at the top of the world when it came to Las Vegas until a horrible accident ended their career on stage. They didn’t want to deprive the people of the enjoyment that their many animals have to give so they opened their own exhibit in the hotel that made them famous.
The Mirage hosted the duo for the length of their career and is now home to their amazing animal friends. Come and enjoy the six different areas with the big exotic cats and other wildlife. Also included in this habitat are dolphins which you can view in their natural element.
To view these majestic animals the prices are $22 for adults and $17.95 for kids 4-12.
9 – All Shook UP
The King is alive and well at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. If you’ve ever wanted to hear your favorite Elvis songs live here’s your chance. It may not be the real deal but this show is one of the best on the strip.
This show can be seen every night at 6:00 p.m. It’s recommended that you order your tickets in advance because it’s a great show and there’s limited seating. The show is setup like a real Elvis concert with a live band and Elvis singing his most loved songs.
The tickets for the show can be as cheap as $34.99 for general admission. If you want you can upgrade to VIP and get closer to the stage.
10 – Las Vegas Lights Night Tour
This tour takes you through all the sites that Las Vegas has to offer a first time visitor. On this tour, you get the inside information that most visitors don’t ever get from a knowledgeable guide.
The trip starts at Bally’s Las Vegas and takes you to see famous landmarks such as the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, Vegas Vick, and The Fremont Street Experience. You’ll also get a tour of the Bellagio, The Mirage, The Cosmopolitan, and The Golden Nugget.
The tour makes stops at some of the most famous public attractions like the Fountains at the Bellagio, the Volcano at Mandalay Bay, and The Eifel Tower at Paris. Others stops include the replica Statue of Liberty, The Luxor Sky Beam, MGM Lion, and the wedding chapels that have become synonymous with Las Vegas.
All these sights are included in the combination bus and walking tour for around $49.99. You won’t find a better tour of the city that is this encompassing anywhere.
11 – Casa de Shenandoah
Wayne Newton is one of Las Vegas’ most famous entertainers ever. He is known by many as Mr. Las Vegas and now he has opened his 52-acre estate up to the public. When you arrive at his home your first stop is the visitor’s center where you can watch a short video about the estate and the man who lives there.
You can choose to go through the estate yourself on a self-guided tour but if you want to get a more in-depth look at the place you can choose one of the other three options available.
On the tour, you get a rare look at his private jet, his car collection, and all of his flashy costumes. Check out his memorabilia from presidents, and other legends like Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and Jack Benny. Enjoy his collection of iconic artwork, the stables where his Arabian horses are housed, and his incredible collection of exotic pets.
This is a must see for the Wayne Newton fan and can be just as enjoyable for a non-fan and with tickets starting at 19.99 it’s one of the cheapest in town.
12 – Tanked Behind the Scenes
If you’ve ever seen the hit show Tanked on television this behind the scenes tour is perfect for you. The tour is about an hour long and takes you behind the scenes of the show.
The tour takes place at Acrylic Tank Manufacturing where the show is filmed. This 37,000 square foot facility is the same one you watch the group build their amazing fish tanks in on every show. You learn about the business and how it became one of the world’s most prestigious fish tank makers.
You also get to see how the aquariums are made and some of one of kinds that have already been made. You can also view the many different species of animals that are housed in the facility as well. Watch out for the cast and crew of the show that might just pop in unannounced.
This is one of the cheaper tours you can find in Las Vegas costing only $39.99.
13 – Mike Hammer Comedy and Magic Show
If you’re looking for a fast paced interactive show to see that won’t break the bank this is the show for you. Mike Hammer takes the stage at the Four Queens Resort and Casino on Freemont Street downtown.
At the show be prepared to be involved, Mike is determined to have the audience interaction high. He performs all kinds of magic tricks while making jokes along the way. He keeps you on the edge of your seat with his commentary but when he starts swallowing razor blades and reading minds he has you mesmerized as well.
The show is a little over an hour and for less than $25 you get a riveting magic show that is full of hilarious antics and I’m sure you’ll leave the show wanting to come back again.
14 –Recycled Percussion
This show is one of a kind and can be found at the David Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood. The name says it all, Recycled Percussion is an amazing mix of music, humor, and audience interaction all based on junk.
These athletes and musicians have found a way to make music with trash. They use everything including trash cans, washing machines, ladders, vacuums and one of them even does an act using just his own body.
When you walk through the doors you get your very own drumstick and instrument that you can play all throughout the show. At different times they have audience jam sessions and they jam right with you.
This is an incredible show that makes the 70 minutes it last fly by. Another great thing is that the price for a ticket is only $49.99.
15 – Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N
The Avengers are a group of superheroes that were put together to become better heroes. If you’re a fan or someone you know is a fan this attraction can’t be missed. The exhibit can be found at the Treasure Island resort and casino and takes around an hour or so to complete but every minute is well worth your time.
You learn about hero’s history and the origins of the Avengers through intelligence files and experiments. You also get to check out the suits and props from the famous movies like Captain America’s suit and shield, Bruce Banner’s lab, and Tony Starks Hall of Armor.
As you go through the exhibit your job is to assemble a file on each character so you can become a qualified member of S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Kids and adult fans are going to love this chance to get up close and personal with the Avengers and since it only cost $33.99 it’s well worth the money.
16 – Lion Habitat Ranch
In 2012 the MGM Grand resort closed down its lion exhibit and many people were disappointed but now you don’t have to be because I found where all those amazing animals were sent for retirement. The Lion Habitat Ranch is an amazing find and should definitely be a stop you make when in Vegas.
The ranch is roughly 15 minutes south of the strip away from all the craziness of the city. When you first walk in you see the ranch inhabitants right off the bat. You’re incredibly close to these animals that aren’t afraid to still show everyone who’s boss.
On this tour, you can take your time and enjoy these amazing creatures. Watch them relax in the sun and playing with each other and their trainer. Also on the ranch, you can see giraffes, ostrich, and even get a chance to feed the baby giraffe with the help of a trainer.
It’s good to see that these animals that have put in many years of work have such an amazing place to retire to. The trainers here are all about the cats and making sure they’re well taken care of.
The price of a ticket is only $24.99 and that amount goes toward keeping these animals happy and healthy.
17 – VooDoo Zip Line
If you’ve ever wanted to try zip lining here’s your chance. This isn’t your traditional zip line since you’re sitting in a chair but it can still be just as exciting as the free fall version.
At the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, you can get 400 feet off the ground and fly at 30 miles per hour for 800 feet. The zip line takes you from the 50th floor of the Masquerade tower across to the Ipanema tower all the while you get a complete 360-degree view of the strip.
Your ride doesn’t stop there though because you get to go back the way you came and no you don’t get turned around.
If you’ve been unsure of trying the traditional zip line experience give this one a try and you might just find that there really isn’t much to be afraid of plus for only about $30 if you hate it you won’t be out a whole bunch of money.
18 – Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Sharks are some of the scariest animals on the planet but even with the threat of death, people still find them intriguing. At Mandalay Bay, you can view all kinds of different sharks and other animals.
The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is the only aquarium exhibit you’ll ever see that is based more on the predators of the sea than the other wildlife. The aquarium is home to over 2,000 animals that include saw fish, stingrays, endangered turtles, and jellyfish, along with 15 different species of sharks.
The aquariums include the main tank that houses 30 different sharks in a 1.3 million gallon tank or takes a stroll through the tunnels and get an underwater view of the fish.
The aquarium also offers a Sea Monsters Revealed exhibit that gives you a unique perspective of some of the biggest creatures of the world that live in the sea. Don’t forget to stop and see the 300-pound sea turtle while you’re there; he is an amazing sight to see.
The price for this attraction is reasonable at $20 for adults and $14 for kids.
19 –Zombie Apocalypse Experience
Zombies have become the new fad in entertainment so it only makes sense that they would also show up in Las Vegas.
The Zombie Apocalypse is an interactive paintball game where your goal is to kill as many zombies as possible. When you enter this attraction you become a part of the assault team tasked with killing zombies. You’ll be given a .50 caliber paintball gun.
You’re given instructions and then lead to the area that needs to be saved from the Zombie take over. The area has four zones and three safe houses. You don’t have to worry about being hit since the zombies aren’t armed but you do have to watch out so you don’t get eaten. Your adventure is complete when you’ve killed all the zombies and made through zone four.
This attraction is a zombie lover’s dream come true for only $48.99.
20 – V: The Ultimate Variety Show
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino is the place to go for some of the greatest shows for less money.
V brings a new look to the common variety show with great acts like jugglers, stunt artists, and magicians, but you also get some comedy thrown in. The show is an interactive show so you can expect to get drawn into the acts as you watch the show.
Each show is different so if you go one time you probably won’t see the exact same acts the next time you go. The show gives you two options for show times and tickets. Once you choose your showtime you can decide if you want dinner included if not you just need to purchase general admissions tickets.
The general admissions tickets run about $50 but for a show of this quality, you can’t get any better.
21 – Downtown and Fremont Street History Walking Tour
If you want to learn about how Vegas started this walking tour is the perfect way to learn about the history of this incredible town. The tour is about a mile and a half long and takes around two hours to complete so make sure you have on your walking shoes.
The tour starts when you meet your guide on Fremont St in downtown Las Vegas. This tour takes you through the heart of the casino corridor and to quirky places you never would’ve known existed. See where the Rat Pack hung out, and stop at the Las Vegas Club, Golden Gate, and Binion’s.
This tour takes you through the heart of where Vegas started and by the time it’s over you’ll have a new view of the city and its heritage. The tour cost $35 and can be upgraded to include a trip to the Pawn Star’s pawn shop.
22 – Wet ‘n’ Wild
If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat of the Nevada desert take a 15 minute trip to Wet ‘n’ Wild and have a day full of fun in the sun.
Wet ‘n’ Wild is a well-known amusement park that has venues all across the country. The park is made up of different areas that include slides, wave pools, and everyone’s favorite the lazy river. This park has a total of 25 slides to try out that come in all different levels. If you’re looking for the scariest slides give the Rattler and the Constrictor a try.
If you’re going as a family you have the family friendly section of the park called Paradise Falls that includes a bunch of interactive kid friendly slides and pools.
For only $30 this is a great way to take a day and relax during your vacation.
23 – Virtual Reality Experience
This never before seen virtual reality world is a great way to step out of reality and into another world. You can choose from four different experiences and use your hands and feet to navigate the virtual world.
You can become a superhero and fly high above Las Vegas in search of hot air balloons, or take your chances in a haunted house but make sure you don’t disturb the ghost who live there, go skydiving without even having to leave the ground, or go drone hunting while flying over the Alps.
This amazing experience is only going to set you back $22.69 each time and I’m sure you’re going to want to try it more than once.
If you want to go to Las Vegas but don’t have a whole bunch of money to spend, don’t fret because there’s plenty to do at a reasonable price.
From family friendly attractions to shows that get you involved in the action, you can have a blast in Las Vegas without spending a ton of money.
Many of the hotel’s on the strip have cool things to do for free like the fountains and botanical gardens and don’t forget to go on a tour to learn more about the history of this great city.