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The Best of Vegas on a Budget!

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How to experience the best of Las Vegas inexpensively! This includes some free options, low cost and good value.

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12 Places

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12 Places

Bellagio Fountains

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Grimaldi's Pizzeria - Fashion Show

Restaurants

Fremont Street Experience

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Geologic Formations, National Parks, State Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Canyons

Four Queens Casino

Casinos

Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park

Theme Parks

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

Gardens

Jean Philippe Patisserie - Bellagio

Restaurants

Carnaval Court at Harrah's

Bars & Clubs

The LINQ Promenade

Neighbourhoods

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Downtown Container Park

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls

Anna W's City Tips

  • Although it's fun to walk around, you can't walk everywhere so stay on or just a block behind the strip or downtown if you don't want to spend much money on cabs. To get downtown and back you can take the CAT Transit. if you're going to the convention center the TRAM is still the best choice and is walkable to and from any hotel on the strip.
  • Bellagio Fountains
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Anna W Says:

    This is one of the true and free delights of the Las Vegas strip! These are not fountains but more living, breathing water art. This is an afternoon or evening activity. You can stand in front of the fountain on the sidewalk on Las Vegas Blvd (the strip). You will see, hear and feel some of the most powerful water art in the world! Great for photo backdrop too. It is truly spectacular. Schedule is M-F 3-8 pm every half hour, 8pm to midnight every 15 min. Weekends and holidays are noon to 8pm every half hour and 8pm to midnight every 15 min.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Afternoon and evening only. The fountains don't run in the mornings. Watch from outside the casino on the sidewalk.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 381 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just okay during day time 14/12/2018
    • Quite the show 14/12/2018
    • Bellagio Fountains
    Address:
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Bellagio Hotel Resort
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
    Phone:
    +1 888-987-6667
    Other:
  • Grimaldi's Pizzeria - Fashion Show
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    Anna W Says:

    This is a tasty, affordable, upscale casual dining experience inside Fashion Show Mall. Grimaldi's is not a "mall" restaurant, it just happens to be in one of the most exciting malls in the country. Also it is positioned right next to the runway where they hold the free fashion shows on the weekends.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Positioned near the runway at Fashion Show Mall where they have free runway shows on weekends. You can order the smallest pizza it is big enough for two.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 3 990 restaurants in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best pizza 11/12/2018
    • Great Pizza 08/12/2018
    • Grimaldi's Pizzeria - Fashion Show
    Address:
    3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 1540
    #1540
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-0737
    Phone:
    +1 702-778-8777
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Fremont Street Experience
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    Anna W Says:

    I tell everyone to check out Fremont Street (downtown) at least once in their lives during an afternoon or evening, (not in the mornings). This is because it is truly a unique and affordable experience. You can walk around downtown and enjoy the sights and sounds of classic Vegas which is entertainment in itself. There are street performers too. Evenings are a lot of free music including the 3rd street stage and the light show overhead which runs every hour on the hour in the evenings. Dining is cheaper than the strip. Slotzilla, the zip line goes down Fremont Street.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Casual and a lot of what you see and hear is free entertainment. Affordable dining at Plaza, D, and Four Queens.
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 381 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tacky. 15/12/2018
    • Old Vegas 14/12/2018
    • Fremont Street Experience
    Address:
    425 Fremont Street
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-5620
    Phone:
    +1 702-678-5600
    Other:
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
    Geologic Formations, National Parks, State Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Canyons
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    Anna W Says:

    If you want some fresh air and a unique experience take a day trip to Red Rock! It's only 25 miles from the strip. I love this park and whenever I tell people about it they are thrilled! If you go as a group of two or more it ends up being affordable. You can rent a car from your hotel for a day or arrange a shuttle trip using Lasvegas.com click on shuttle trips, etc. It may be best to rent a car because then you can see the Red Rock scenic loop, 13 miles, and you can light hike on any of the more than 10 hikes, or just sight see. (It's 8 per car as of now). Then you can drive a few min over to Bonnie Springs Ranch for a casual lunch and visit their Western town and petting zoo for a fee if you wish. A few miles away from there you can stop at Red Rock Casino if you want to gamble at all. Then Downtown Summerlin is fun to walk around and they have affordable restaurants and shops amongst high end ones. There really is something for everyone there!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • You can take a shuttle to or rent a car to drive 25 miles to Red Rock Conservation Area. It's one of the most popular hiking, sight seeing and rock climbing places in the country.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 381 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome, must see! 14/12/2018
    • Fun place just outside of Vegas 14/12/2018
    • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
    Address:
    3205 Nevada 159
    Las Vegas, NV 89161
    Phone:
    +1 702-515-5350
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Four Queens Casino
    Casinos
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    Anna W Says:

    Located on Fremont Street, this is one of the best places for video poker in town. Also their main restaurant has good deals on Prime Rib dinners. You can try a free slot pull for everyone off the Fremont Street entrance and win prizes, or if you don't win they give you coupons.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Their main restaurant Magnolia's Veranda has great prices on dinners including prime rib.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 381 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Old place 04/12/2018
    • Don't Make a specific room request with Stephanie 21/11/2018
    • Four Queens Casino
    Address:
    202 Fremont St
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-5673
    Phone:
    +1 800-634-6045
    Other:
  • Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park
    Theme Parks
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    Anna W Says:

    Did you know this is one of the top ten amusement parks in the country? Circus Circus really did it big here, and no this is not the circus tent. This is a separate indoor amusement park and the rides are seriously wicked good! Prices are a good value for a few hours of fun for almost any age.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Family friendly One of the top amusement parks in the country!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #120 of 381 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Disrespectful 19/11/2018
    • good time for the kids 14/11/2018
    • Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park
    Address:
    2880 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Behind Circus Circus Hotel
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-1138
    Phone:
    +1 702-734-0410
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Other:
  • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    Anna W Says:

    I have never recommended this free site to anyone that was disappointed after. It's beautiful, creative and free. (Remember, also the Bellagio fountains just outside the casino too). You can walk through the conservatory and see many items made entirely of flowers. This is a large area and is amazing for photos and weddings. If you want to have an affordable light lunch you can walk through the casino to the casual sandwich restaurant overlooking their pool or the Gelato restaurant across the hall.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Entirely free and a great pairing with the Bellagio Fountains. Wonderful background for photos
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 381 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Conservatory at The Bellagio 15/12/2018
    • Amazing 15/12/2018
    • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
    Address:
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S
    Bellagio
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    Phone:
    +1 888-987-6667
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Jean Philippe Patisserie - Bellagio
    Restaurants
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    Anna W Says:

    This is right next to the Bellagio Flower Conservatory inside the Bellagio.Gorgeous and artistic pastry, crepe and coffee shop. The food inside is art in itself! If you don't want to spend too much you can share a freshly made crepe dish, or a mini cheesecake because this shop is not cheap but it's worth sharing just to try what are in my opinion the best baked goods I've ever had!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Next to the Bellagio Conservatory Share a desert for a better value Check out their 6 ft chocolate fountain
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breakfast stop 02/10/2018
    • A Cut Below 30/09/2018
    • Jean Philippe Patisserie - Bellagio
    Address:
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
    Hours:
    Mon
    06:00 - 22:00
    Tue - Thu
    06:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sun
    06:00 - 23:45
  • Carnaval Court at Harrah's
    Bars & Clubs
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    Anna W Says:

    One of the best places to dance on the strip and it's free! Everyone I take here loves this place. Why? As soon as you walk in there's a fun atmosphere with the bar, gaming, and the dance music. You can dance to the DJ who plays a variety of music for as long as you want. No cover, no dress code. But you must be at least 21.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Free dancing and DJ Fun atmosphere Friendly and casual crowd
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 352 Nightlife in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Convenient 20/10/2018
    • The WhipIts at Carnival Court 02/10/2018
    • Carnaval Court at Harrah's
    Address:
    3475 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-8922
    Phone:
    +1 702-369-5000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 03:00
    Other:
  • The LINQ Promenade
    Neighbourhoods
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    Anna W Says:

    Located between Flamingo Hotel and Harrah's on the strip, the Linq is a free and pleasant good time to walk through. You will see a lot and enjoy a nice stroll, it's never over crowded as the streets are wide. I was there on St Patricks Day and it was a safe and pleasant crowd. Martinis Bar usually has free music and they leave their doors open. O'Sheas has the best drink prices. The High Roller is at the end of The Linq but is not particularly cheap to ride so you may have to check on deals for that. I have a great time without it.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Walk through for a pleasant stroll and maybe a few drinks for a meal. The Italian Pizza Place has good prices. This is more for dining, sight seeing than shopping. Not many shops.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 381 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Plenty of places to eat & drink 14/12/2018
    • Loved the Hot Chocolate on a cold night. 13/12/2018
    • The LINQ Promenade
    Address:
    3535 Las Vegas Blvd S
    between The LINQ Hotel & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-8921
    Phone:
    +1 702-322-0560
    Other:
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Anna W Says:

    I love Lake Mead because it has something for everyone! It's a great place to sight see and very affordable, and closer to the strip than people think, (30 min away). I take people here and if they don't want to pay they can just park in the lot outside the park and walk along the old railroad pass trail. This is beautiful and has breathtaking view of the lake! All Free. If you want to go in the park it's about $10 per car load. You can then use the beach if you want or head to one of the two public marinas who both have a restaurant for casual lunch or dinner, and/or to rent a jet ski or boat.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can see Free if you park in the free lot just outside Lake Mead and walk the Railroad Pass Trail. Drive another 10 minutes and you are at Hoover Dam which you can drive through or walk around free. Lake Mead is located about a half hour from the strip so you will need to rent a car for the day from your hotel or shuttle there. Historic Boulder City next to Lake Mead has a great restaurant for lunch, Milo's Cellar. If you want to keep it affordable share a sandwich and soup or a dinner entree. Next to Milos is an old fashioned candy store with candies you have not seen since you, or your parents were kids. These make great and cheap souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 992 things to do in Nevada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome views over Lake Mead 04/12/2018
    • Great Get Away 29/11/2018
    • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
    Phone:
    +1 702-293-8906
    Other:
  • Downtown Container Park
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls
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    Anna W Says:

    Trust me, this is a lot more fun and interesting than it sounds. It's free, and great for daytime or evening. There is a unique playground in the middle for kids of all ages, it's in the form of a giant tree house. Also, there are shops all along, all made of uniquely designed and cheerful shipping containers. Fremont Street is only a few blocks away as well.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free and fun for all ages day and evening.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 381 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gem of a find 11/12/2018
    • Well worth a visit 30/11/2018
    • Downtown Container Park
    Address:
    707 Fremont St
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-5615
    Phone:
    +1 702-359-9982
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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