Fun Things to do and See in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a city of blinking lights and endless tourist attractions. There are casinos, clubs and other attractions that you can only find in Vegas. Las Vegas is the one city where fantasies can come true if only for a minute, it wasn’t given the name Sin City for nothing! It has been described by some as one giant amusement park that has incorporated replicas of wondrous sites like the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids, the Coliseum and the romance of Venetian Gondolas. Las Vegas is more than a city of loud neon lights, obscene number of gambling establishments, 24-hour nightclubs and restaurants. In spite of the gaudy façade that somehow melts into the luxury of establishments like the Bellagio, Las Vegas has something to offer everyone, whether you have money to burn or have to count every penny.
Read on as we discuss some things to do if you’re on a budget in Las Vegas.
1. The Strip
The Strip is a 2.5-mile section of Las Vegas Boulevard that runs through the city from the northeast to the southwest. This is where you’ll find most of the best entertainment venues in the city, most of which are built around a theme. There are plenty of luxury hotels like the Mandalay Hotel and Treasure Island Hotel, notable restaurants and endless nightlife. Most tourists would enjoy a simple walk down the strip and the sidewalk entertainment available for free.
2. Fremont Street
Fremont Street is located in Downtown Las Vegas. This pedestrian only zone has a number sites you have to check out. Four blocks of the street have a canopy of LED lights above making you feel as if you are in a gigantic never ending, light show display. To walk through Fremont is a great experience. With each step you take you will experience different things, from buskers to street magicians and special acts that are uniquely tailored to the ambiance of the area.
3. Enjoy what the Bellagio has to offer
You might not be able to afford a suite at the luxurious Bellagio hotel, but you can still enjoy what the hotel has to offer, such as the fountains that rise up and ebb to the high and low notes of music. For those looking for romance, there is no better setting than having waterworks dancing to the music of Frank Sinatra. Waterfall shows take place in the afternoon and in the evening at 30 to 15 minute intervals. Best of all, the show is free.
4. Wine tasting at Rock N Roll
Rock N Roll hosts themed wine tasting events at various locations in Las Vegas. Venues vary from the Artisan Lunge to Vice Versa. To be part of it, you will need to sign up on their list a couple of weeks in advance. You can expect your typical whites and reds but there’s always a surprising twist to the event otherwise it would be predictable and boring. These wine tastings usually take place on Thursdays, which is a good way to kick off a weekend.
5. Watch a volcano erupt at the prestigious Mirage hotel
In a bid not to be outdone by other hotels and entertainment venues, the Mirage built a volcano that explodes, shoot fire and lava right on the front of the hotel. This is a spectacle not to be missed!
The Mirage also has theme nights varying from lava eruptions cued to the sound of eastern instrumental music to heavy death metal music. The lava show lasts for about 30 minutes every nigh. Again, you can enjoy the theatrical pyrotechnics for free.
6. Go hiking
To get away from the claustrophobia-inducing city, you might enjoy a short hike into the desert. Las Vegas was built on desert terrain and a lot of that has remained unadulterated by the gaudy progress of neon lights and perpetual insomniacs in the city. The best place to enjoy nature is to hike through Red Rock Canyon. It’s the desert so be prepared for scorching heat. To avoid the dry desert heat, head out on a trail in the early morning or late afternoons when the sun is not at its peak. Get plenty of water and a protein bar or two to get through hiking in the dry, hot desert.
Las Vegas really does have something for everyone. Theres so much to do and see in Las Vegas and even though you’re on a budget, it doesn’t mean you can’t have plenty of fun!