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While Las Vegas is still a great destination for budget travelers, you can no longer count on free hotel parking on the Strip and you can expect “resort fees” to increasingly bump up your lodging costs. However, those inconveniences aside, many hotels do offer a complimentary enticement or two, and there are lots of other free goodies to be found around town. Here are 20 of the best freebies to check out on your next Sin City visit.

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The Strip

Aria Fine Art Collection
A free brochure from the concierge desk provides a description of the impressive collection displayed throughout Aria, including works by Maya Lin, Claes Oldenburg and Frank Stella, among others.

Bellagio Fountains
In addition to the free Conservatory & Botanical Garden with its seasonal floral displays and the casual art show that is the lobby ceiling made of Chihuly glass flowers, the crown jewel of the Bellagio is surely its collection of more than 1,000 fountains that spray water up to 460 feet high while dancing to music and light.

Fall of Atlantis
The story about the famous lost undersea city features an epic battle with fire and smoke in which Roman statues come to life. It all happens at the Forum Shops at Casears Palace.

Circus acts
The exciting circus acts performed at the “World’s Largest Permanent Circus” on the Carnival Midway stage at Strip legend Circus Circus include trapeze artists, acrobats and clowns.

Court Jester’s Stage in Medieval Village
Step back in time as magicians, jugglers and clowns entertain at (where else) Excalibur.

Photo courtesy of the Flamingo

Wildlife Habitat
Exotic birds are exhibited on islands just next to the pool area at the legendary Flamingo, including a flock of Chilean flamingos, swans and ducks, but also koi fish and turtles.

Akhobat the Louis Vuitton Las Vegas CityCenter
Brilliant light fields blend into one another at this fully immersive art installation by James Turrell that’s hidden away on the luxury shop’s secret fourth floor and includes a tour of the store’s other noteworthy pieces. Advance booking required.

The Mirage Volcano
Located in a landscaped lagoon and surrounded by waterfalls and palm trees, this 54-foot-high volcano has been erupting in a satisfying fiery display since Mirage first opened in 1989.

Photo courtesy of the Venetian

Streetmosphere
In the style of a Venice carnival, strolling performers, stilt walkers and living statues in costume entertain shoppers in St. Mark’s Square located between the Venetian and the Palazzo.

Trams
A complimentary tram runs between the Bellagio, CityCenter and the Monte Carlo. Another runs between the Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay, and yet another shuttle runs between Treasure Island and the Mirage.

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Fremont Street and Downtown Las Vegas

Sigma Derby
Watching the vintage Sigma Derby horse-race gaming machine in action is free at D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, but participating will cost you a quarter.

Flickr CC: Ken Lund

Downtown Container Park
Built with re-purposed shipping containers plus locally manufactured modular metal cubes, this open-air shopping center has a children’s play area in the center with a giant treehouse and over-sized foam building blocks.

Citrus Grand Pool Deck
The heated rooftop infinity pool at the Downtown Grand features a fire pit, table tennis and a grassy seating area complete with umbrellas and outdoor day beds, and it is always free (lounge chairs are first come, first served) for both hotel guests and visitors.

Fremont Street Experience
The five blocks between Main and 4th Streets are closed to cars and covered by an immense mesh canopy lit nightly with more than 2 million lights. A free light-and-laser show and live music shows provide entertainment while shops, cafes, casinos and street performers line the way.

Main Street Station Casino antique and art collection
Pick up a brochure for the self-guided tour of antiques and art displayed throughout this hotel, casino and brewery, including bronze doors from the Royal Bank of Kuwait, a portion of the Berlin wall and a collection of vintage slot machines.

Off-Strip

18b, The Las Vegas Arts District
Located north of the Strip and south of Downtown, this dynamic arts district features street art and a regular First Friday event, as well as plenty of antiques shops.

Ethel M Chocolates
A working chocolate factory in nearby Henderson, you can view the chocolate-making through glass windows here, and stroll the 4-acre botanical cactus garden—the largest in the southwest—and home to 300 plant species.

Zappos Headquarters Tour
This 90-minute tour of the nation’s largest online retailer (Zappos is owned by Amazon) visits the ball pit, interactive history wall and virtual reality customer service experience.

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Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Carole is a Berkeley-based travel writer who most especially enjoys cultural and culinary travel. She contributes to an assortment of publications and is the author of 18 books. Carole oversees two websites, berkeleyandbeyond.com and webcamtraveler.com, and she blogs at travelswithcarole.blogspot.com.
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