8 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids

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strip_at_nightThe best way to make a family vacation affordable is to do the free stuff. And there are plenty of free things to do in Las Vegas to help you have a cheap family vacation.


White Tiger Habitat - Siegfried and Roy’s rare white tigers are located near the front of the Mirage hotel.  This is seperate from the large habitat outside of the casino that you must pay to get into.

Tropical Rainforest - In the Mirage as soon as you walk in the front entrance is a 100 foot dome with lagoons, plant life and a waterfall.

Wild Life Habitat – Found at the Flamingo hotel. Full of lush foliage, flamingos, penguins, cranes, turtles, fish and lots of other birds. The penguins are fed daily at 8:25am and 2:55pm.  This was a big hit with the kids.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory - You can take a self guided tour, eat free samples and watch the chocolate from behind large glass windows. You can also walk through the cactus garden.  At Christmas time, this cactus garden is beautifully done in Christmas lights.

Fremont_LED_screen_at_nightFremont Street Experience – Located in downtown. This has a ceiling outside made of 12.5 million lights. On the screen they put videos to music. (I can’t adequately describe this, but it is awesome) There are also street performers, Elvis and other celebrity impersonators, spray paint artists and more. My kids love watching the guy down there spray paint pictures.

Hike Springs Preserve – You can take your kids hiking around the Springs Preserve without paying to go into the main part. There are 1.8 miles worth of trails split between four themes. The trails are open from 10am until dusk.

Mermaid Show – Located in the Silverton Hotel. A free mermaid show occurs in the aquarium Thursday – Sunday hourly from 2:15 -8:15 pm. The fish are feed daily at 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm.

Calico Basin Red Springs – Part of Red Rock Canyon National Park that you don’t have to pay to get into. See the red and white sandstone cliffs, walk around the boardwalk, and go for a hike.  The boardwalk is a half-mile round trip and is an easy walk.  My mother has a bad knee and she was fine walking it.  We hiked to the right of the boardwalk along a trail over to a rock where they teach people to rock climb.  It was highly entertaining at times.

Meagan is our Military Traveling Mom. You can also find her blogging at Mommy Travels. She has a passion for family travel, including maximizing military travel options. For more of Meagan’s adventures find her on facebook Mommy Travels, or follow her on twitter @MommyTravels