While there may be plenty of places to spend money is Vegas, these definitely aren’t those places. These are spots where you can have tons of fun and make great memories without opening your wallet or risking a hangover. Plus you can do it all without ever buying a ticket. Open – priceless!
1. THE AQUARIUM AT THE SILVERTON HOTEL
Located at the Silverton Hotel near the intersection of Blue Diamond Road and Industrial Road. About 5 miles from the Vegas Strip.
Open : 24 hours, free entry and no reservation necessary.
Watch 4,000-plus exotic fish swimming in the colorful Silverton Aquarium, including Triggerfish, Parrotfish, Leopard Shark, Achilles Tang, Unicorn Tang and Emperor Angelfish. If you get tired or simply want to admire from a different view there are plenty of comfortable benches surrounding the aquarium for your lounging pleasure.
There are even “mermaids” swimming in 117,000-gallon reef aquarium. The mermaids swim among the fish and do everything from blowing bubbles to interacting with kids watching from the outside.
2. BELLAGIO CONSERVATORY
It’s a garden inside the Bellagio hotel-casino at the intersection of Flamingo Road and the Las Vegas Strip.
Open: 24 hours every day, no entry fee or reservation necessary.
120 gardeners with 15,000-18,000 visitors to impress every day, why not be part of the festivities.
Five times a year: Chinese New Year, spring, summer, fall and winter, the Bellagio Conservatory team creates a full-blown floral production. For an entire week, the staff work 24 hours a day to transform the nearly 14,000-square-foot space with tens of thousands of flowers, trees, and plants. Very creative, I might add. These creations are so impressive they attract over 5 million visitors every year.
The Bellagio Conservatory in the summer
Summer: May 20 – Sept. 10
Autumn: Sept. 16 – Nov. 25
Winter: Dec. 1 – Jan. 6, 2017
Mr. & Ms. Green Thumb: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
3. BLISS DANCE
Located at The Park between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo. They are all about paying homage to the EDM life in Las Vegas.
Open: 24 hours everyday, no feeds, no reservations and no restrictions.
Bliss Dance is the centerpiece of The Park between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo. This six-acre outdoor promenade features the T-Mobile Arena, several dining and bar options, outdoor seating and architectural features like water walls and shade structures that were made in the Netherlands. The 40-foot, 7,500 pounds of stainless steel tribute was created by artist Marco Cochrane over the course of a year and a half to represent the feminine energy he experienced at the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert.
Picture by multivu.com
4. CBS TELEVISION CITY RESEARCH CENTER
Located inside the MGM Grand hotel-casino at the south end of the Strip where Las Vegas Boulevard meets Tropicana Avenue.
Open: Everyday from 10 AM to 8.30 PM. No reservations needed but children must be at least 10 years of age and accompanied by an adult.
You can pick up tickets in front of the research center, that give you access to either CBS, MTV Nickelodeon or any other Viacom network. The attraction also offers testing for commercials, websites and technology-based products. Products tested in the past included Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Apple iPhone and Dell notebook computers.
Viewers then are instructed on how to use the test pads and monitors to register their opinions, and settle into the viewing process.
The show’s length will determine the time of the testing process. A survey following the program lasts about 15 minutes, so viewers should expect an hour for an hour-long show (actually 45 minutes, as it is shown with no commercials). And since everything is done through touch screen, you won’t have to worry about your hand cramping up from writing.
5. WORLD’S LARGEST PERMANENT CIRCUS AT CIRCUS – CIRCUS
Located at the Circus Circus hotel-casino, at the intersection of the Vegas Strip and Circus Circus Drive.
Open – 11 AM to 11 PM every day, but closes midnight on Friday & Saturday.
Jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats performing death-defying stunts for about 10 minutes every half-hour, between 11 a.m. and midnight? Count me in!
Video courtesy of brijesh singh – YouTube
6. ETHEL M CHOCOLATE FACTORY AND BOTANICAL CACTUS GARDENS
Located 16 kilometers from the Strip, near Mountain Vista and Sunset Road.
Open: Everyday from 8.30 AM to 6 PM
You’ll have a wide selection to choose from; white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate with fillings like fruit, caramel or nuts. Festive flavors and box packaging during Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas and during summer you’ll get an ice pack to keep the treats from melting. Because of the lack of preservatives the freshness of each sweet package only lasts two weeks. But my guess is that we won’t have to worry about that.
So you’ve had your treat and now you’re feeling a bit guilty? Not to worry, walk off the calories because next door is the unique three-acre Botanical Cactus Garden which features more than 300 types of cactus including spotted aloe, agave plants, Texas prickly pears and yuccas. The flowers bloom starting from the end of April to the beginning of May. During the Christmas season, the garden transforms into a breathtaking winter wonderland complete with lights, festive decorations, Santa visits and carolers.
Join the almost 1 million visitors from all over the world that visit each year.
7. FALL OF ATLANTIS AT CAESARS FORUM SHOPS
Located inside Caesars Palace Forum Shops at the intersection of the Strip and Flamingo Road.
Open: 11 AM – 11 PM every day, but till midnight on Fridays & Saturdays
The Fall of Atlantis show inside the Forum Shops at Caesars is an animatronic display of fire, water and nine-foot-tall talking statues. It’s a tale of family and rivalry – and I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil it for you.
There are some pretty cool features like heat and sound waves, there are a few hokey ones too. The costumes and props were created by the same geniuses who worked on Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean and there’s also a 20-foot winged dragon. Now there’s something you don’t see every day.