Las Vegas may be best known for ways to separate you from your money, but it also boasts a wealth of Free Things to do. And many of these Free Things To Do are family friendly! So, if you start out the vacation low on funds, or even if you blow your budget at any of the casinos, you can still hit the jackpot with these free things to do in Las Vegas with kids.
Fun Free Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids
The bright lights and manic energy of Las Vegas appeal to the kid in everyone. The grandeur and luxe found in the hotels along the strip summon the desire to vacation well. It’s easy to blow your budget on your very first day in Sin City, but I have found it much more favorable to seek out the many free things to do in Las Vegas. Especially when vacationing with kids. The best way to make a Las Vegas family vacation affordable is to seek out the budget friendly things. Even better are the totally FREE Things, right? Below is a list of our favorite family-friendly free things to do in Las Vegas…
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
The Bellagio Hotel and Casino’s Conservatory is constantly changing with the seasons, as well as the Chinese New Year. It is one of our top picks of Free Things To Do In Las Vegas with kids.
You will find the Gardens across the lobby from the front desk at the Bellagio Hotel. Here, a glass ceiling rises 50 feet up, giving an incomparable visual of what is to come. The Conservatory is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.
The Conservatory season starts with Chinese New Year. During the Spring you will see Cherry Blossoms featured. While summer offers equally delightful fragrances. In the fall, the conservatory turns a vibrant red, orange, yellow, gold and brown. After Thanksgiving, the talented horticulturists transform the Conservatory for the Christmas season. This ever-changing display is not to be missed by visitors of Las Vegas!
Fountains of Bellagio Water Show
Just outside the Bellagio Hotel, you will find these magnificent fountains. I can attest to the fact that there is nothing like seeing them in person and they are totally Free! Here, Water, Music, and Light combine to tantalize viewers. As you approach, find a place to sit or stand to watch the dynamic display that is sure to entertain both kids and adults alike.
To take advantage of this top pick of free things to do in Las Vegas, be sure to time your arrival appropriately. Luckily, it’s hard to miss this daily show in Las Vegas. The show is every 30 minutes from 3 pm to 8 pm Monday through Friday and every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight. On Sundays, the show starts at 11 am every 30 minutes until 7 pm when the show goes on every 15 minutes until midnight. On Saturdays and Holidays, the shows start at noon every 30 minutes and change to every 15 minutes at from 8pm to midnight. Of course, times may vary, so check with the hotel itself.
Mirage Hotel Atrium/Tropical Rainforest
Just behind the front desk of the Mirage Hotel is a giant 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium that your kids will assuredly marvel at. But, walk just beyond to see a 100-foot dome under which is housed a 60′ waterfall, peaceful lagoons, and an enormous variety of plants. In addition, discover uber tall palm trees, Bird of Paradise Trees, over 300 Orchids and 1,000 bromeliads, along with other colorful flora and fauna. All that you can explore.
As you find yourself heading back outside, be sure to check out the volcano in front of the Mirage, rounding out the tropical theme of this hotel and yet another addition to the free things to do in Las Vegas.
Wild Life Habitat – Flamingo Hotel
The Flamingo Hotel’s Wildlife habitat is easily one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas. It is touted as one of the most unique and family friendly attractions in Las Vegas. Open to the public daily, this 15 acre wild habitat is full of luch foliage, flamingos, penguins, cranes, turtles, fish and lots of other birds.
Subject to change, you can watch the penguins being fed daily at 8:25 am and 2:55 pm. You can also take your picture with the parrots, or use the excellent backdrop for exotic family photos.
Free Fun at Ethel M Chocolate Factory
This is one of the sweetest free things to do in Las Vegas! At the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory, take a self guided tour, eat free samples and watch the chocolate being made from behind large glass windows.
You can also walk through the four-acre Botanical Cactus Garden, the largest in Nevada. At Christmas time, this cactus garden is beautifully decorated in Christmas lights. There are 300 species of plants: half are native cacti and succulents and the rest are desert trees and shrubs, both local and from Australia and South America.
The chocolate, of course, is all local – and delicious!
Fremont Street Experience
I caution parents heavily when bringing up Freemont Street as one of the top free things to do in Las Vegas. In my humble opinion, it is not family friendly. But, I include it here with a cautionary tag.
Freemont Stree is located in downtown Las Vegas. It is somewhat like an outdoor mall. It has a ceiling outside made of 12.5 million lights. where videos are played to music. There are also street performers, Elvis and other celebrity impersonators, spray paint artists and more, which is where I urge you to use your own judgment when bringing kids down to Freemont Street…
Hike Springs Preserve
Get off the strip and immerse yourself in the Springs Preserve, dubbed the Miracle in the Mojve. here, you can take your kids hiking around the Springs Preserve without having to pay to get into the main part.
There are 1.8 miles of trails split between four themes, with wildlife, native habitats and archaeological sites. The trails are open from 10 am until dusk. Be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen and hats for all. Note that there are many many additional activities that are available for a fee.
A quick search for Las Vegas Pass, may be in order … free entry into Springs Peserve, among others is one benefit.
Named the “Best Free Attraction in Las Vegas,” the Mermaid show at the Silverton Hotel is a must see. The 117,000-gallon aquarium is home to thousands of tropical fish and live Mermaids.
Subject to Change, a free mermaid show occurs in the aquarium Thursday – Sunday hourly from 2:15 -8:15 pm. The plethora of fish is fed daily at 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. There are thousands of tropical fish and one or two mermaids swimming every day all day.
Calico Basin Red Springs
If you are in search of a little adventure in Las Vegas look no further than Calico Basin. Only a few minutes away from downtown Las Vegas, the Calico Basin is legit worlds away. This portion of the Red Rock Canyon National Park you don’t have to pay to get into.
The area features spectacular red and white sandstone cliffs and, as the name implies, there are many natural springs that feed the abundant vegetation and attract a variety of interesting wildlife. Take a walk around the boardwalk, go for a hike and just enjoy getting away from the crazy non-stop assault on your senses that is the Las Vegas strip.
Free Circus Show
In keeping with the Circus theme, Circus Circus puts on a free circus show each and every day from No, not Cirque de Soliel. The Circus am – 11 pm. Not exactly Cirque de Soleil, but still a fun experience for kids.
The Circus Hotel show features jugglers, unicyclists, trapeze artists acrobats and more. Each show is 10 minutes long, and shows run every half hour, daily, from 11 am – 11 pm; until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Billed as the “World’s Largest Permanent Circus,” the popular show has only 60 seats, so get there early.
What are your favorite free things to do in Las Vegas? Share with us in the comment section below.
Note: This is an updated version of a post originally written by Meagan Wristen.