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17 Best Free Family Activities Las Vegas 2024

You don't have to spend a lot of money (or anything at all) to have a great time in Vegas

Truth be told, you really don’t have to spend a lot of money to do some very fun and free family activities Las Vegas style.

Sure the city has elegant restaurants and five star accommodations (and $10k blackjack tables), but the city is also full of cool family restaurants and cheap or even free entertainment opportunities, around almost every corner.

But with so many possibilities, you definitely can’t do it all, and you don’t want to waste any time on activities that won’t be a good match for your kids or your family.

If you follow our blog, you know we visit Vegas frequently with our kids. To help you get started on a budget friendly Vegas vacation, we have compiled a list of our 10 favorite free family activities in Las Vegas that we think are definitely worth your time.

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Free Family Activities Las Vegas

free family activities las vegas strip

Walk the Strip

There is a lot to see in Vegas and although it occupies just a single boulevard, it is bigger than it looks. A great way to soak it all in for free is to simply walk the strip. We prefer to walk the strip at dusk as the temperature starts to drop and the millions of light bulbs start to come alive and set the strip ablaze.

 Yes, the Las Vegas Strip is much more calm in the morning, but it is also much less lively (aka boring) in the A.M. and it’s HOT. It would just be wise not to stay out on the strip too late after dark if you have little kiddos, but a one hour evening stroll would do just fine.

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Free Silverton mermaids Las Vegas

See Live Mermaids at Silverton’s Aquarium

3333 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89139

Who doesn’t love mermaids? Take the opportunity to see live mermaids swim, flip and blow bubble kisses from a jumbo aquarium inside a Las Vegas Casino. Silverton Mermaids swim every Thursday through Sunday. Swims start at noon and go until 8:15 pm, except for Sundays, which start at 10:30 and end at 6:45.

The mermaids are super interactive with the kids, which makes it all the more magical. We all love it so much that visiting the mermaids is the first thing we do when we get to Las Vegas.  Also, two times a day, at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm, visitors can enjoy an interactive feeding show.

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Free Erupting Volcano at Mirage Resort Las Vegas
Photo courtesy of MGM International

Watch the Volcano Erupt at Mirage

3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Catch it while you can! The Mirage Volcano is an iconic Las Vegas landmark attraction, erupting nightly at 7:00 pm, 8:00pm and 9:00 pm. Prepare to be amazed by the explosive glory that is The Mirage Volcano. By day it looks like a lush tropical waterfall, but by night it ignites with fury.

Fireballs explode from the cool (pina colada scented!?) water as a soundtrack of music feels the night. The heat is intense and the eruptions are very loud, which can be exciting. However, if your kids are jumpy I suggest standing back a bit. My daughter is such a deep sleeper, though, that she once slept through the entire show at about two years old!

Mirage is also our top-rated overall hotel in Vegas for families (you can read why right HERE)

In case you don’t get to Vegas in time, before the Volcano is gone, you can watch it here!

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Free Fall of Atlantis Show in Las Vegas

Fall of Atlantis Show at Caesar’s Palace

3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Located within the Great Roman Hall at the Forum Shops, is the Fall of Atlantis show. What appears to be a regular fountain adorned with Roman statues, magically transforms every hour into a seven minute epic tale that is worth the stop. The statues come alive as they tell the tale of how Atlantis was destroyed.

There are fiery pyrotechnics, a light show on the ceiling and tons of excitement. It is amazing for a free show, considering there are a ton of awesome family-friendly shows in Las Vegas. The great thing is that it is located in front of several dining establishments, so you can enjoy your meal and a drink while the kids are being entertained. Also, at the base of the fountain is a huge saltwater aquarium with over 100 different species of ocean life, including sharks!

Caesar’s Palace is next door to Mirage and is in a great location on the strip. It is a great hotel choice for families visiting Vegas as well.

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Free Water Show in Las Vegas at Bellagio Fountains

See an Amazing Water Show at Bellagio

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

The Fountains of Bellagio show is a beautifully choreographed water show set to music and lights. Free to the public and viewable from some balcony rooms, the dancing waters span more than 1,000 feet and can shoot up to 460 feet into the air. The Fountain shows are always different and musical selections range from operatic to classical, from Broadway to current popular tunes.

Monday through Friday the show starts at 3:00 pm and run every 30 minutes until 8:00 pm, before switching to 15 minute intervals until midnight. On the weekends and holidays, the shows start earlier around noon. You can see the spectacular fountain show from many different vantage points along the Vegas strip.

(Hot Tip: a great way to see the show from a whole new aerial perspective is to go up the Eiffel tower at Paris and wait on the observation deck until the water show begins across the street! We did this once and it was pretty cool.)

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Family-friendly shopping Las Vegas

Stroll the Many Indoor Shopping Areas

Shopping may not be free, but it costs nothing to take a wander through the grand Las Vegas malls. These aren’t your typical shopping malls. Oh no, Las Vegas is where all the major designers come to open flagship stores alongside upscale restaurants and world class entertainment that only Vegas can provide. Just along the strip, there are a number of high retailers. For example, Miracle Mile and Fashion Show have 200 boutiques and stores each!

In addition, many hotels have luxury shops as well, like The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (where you can find the world’s largest H&M), The Wynn Esplanade, Via Bellagio, Shoppes at Mandalay Place, and The Grand Canal Shops at The Venetian, which looks as though you are strolling along the canals of Venice, gondolas and all.

The great thing is that these shopping malls are outrageously decorated and have plenty to be entertained without buying a thing.

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Hangout in The Park at New York New York

3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Located between New York New York Hotel and Park MGM, The Park is an exciting outdoor gathering spot loaded with restaurants, bars and entertainment.

There are always fun events, games and concerts happening at The Park, making it a family-friendly section of the strip. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting 5:00 pm is Party at the Park, featuring free live music and $5 beer, wine and shots.

New York New York also made our list of the top family hotels in Vegas, and you can read all the juicy details why HERE.

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Hershey's Chocolate World in Las Vegas

Hershey’s Chocolate World

3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

If you’re craving a chocolatey adventure in the heart of Las Vegas, look no further than Hershey’s Chocolate World! Trust me, kids are going to go absolutely cocoa-nuts over this place.

Walk into a wonderland filled with giant Hershey’s Kisses, towering chocolate bars, and the irresistible aroma of cocoa wafting through the air. It’s like stepping into a dream where everything is made of chocolate!

You will enjoy interactive experiences where you can personalize your very own HERSHEY’S chocolate bar wrappers or uncover your REESE’S PERFECT combination. It’s like being a chocolate wizard, casting spells of deliciousness!

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M&M Store Las Vegas

M&M Store

3785 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Chocolate lovers listen up! M&M Store is 28,000 square feet and four levels of chocolate heaven. Not only is it fun to just walk around enjoying the sights and smells of the giant M&M store, guests can actually create personalized M&M’s. In addition to the chocolaty goodness, M&M Store is a great spot to find unique M&M merchandise. For example, where else can you snap a selfie with a giant M&M to express your love of chocolate to all your friends back home?

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Mirage Hotel Pool

Splash Around in the Resort Pool

A great way to spend the day in Las Vegas, especially during the summer months is in the pool. Many of the hotels along the strip have gorgeous pools that you’ll want to spend some time by, sipping Pina Coladas in the sun. I personally love The Mirage pool, because it is tropical and lush, and we have been taking our kids here since they were infants.

The pool still has the fantastic waterfalls, palm trees and seclusion from the strip that I have always loved. However, every major hotel usually has a good pool, perfect for cooling off and giving your wallet a well deserved break. In addition, pool days are a great way to burn up the kids’ energy too, yielding relaxed kids at dinner.

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Free Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Las Vegas Attraction

Experience Bountiful Botanies at Bellagio Conservatory

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Las Vegas casinos are never short of amazing, but for something truly beautiful mosey into the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Located to the right of the lobby, this 14,000 square foot floral display, changes every season. On top of that, displays also feature relaxing water features and dripping chandeliers. Wander under the 50 foot raised glass ceiling and take in the fragrant smells and the vibrant colors. This is a super relaxing and zen-like way to spend a free hour or two in Vegas.

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Free Circus Acts at Circus Circus in Las Vegas

Circus Acts at CIRCUS CIRCUS

2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Circus-loving families jaw-dropping thrills and laughter that fills the air with the free circus acts at Circus Circus, home to the World’s Largest Permanent Circus! Trust me, it’s a spectacle that’ll leave you wide-eyed and grinning from ear to ear.

First off, let’s talk about the word “free.” Yep, you heard that right! At Circus Circus, you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy some world-class entertainment. The circus acts are completely free for everyone to enjoy, making it the perfect budget-friendly outing for families looking to have a blast without spending a dime.

From high-flying trapeze artists to hilarious clowns, there’s something for everyone under the big top. Watch in amazement as talented performers from around the globe showcase their skills in daring acrobatics, mesmerizing magic, and sidesplitting comedy. It’s a non-stop extravaganza of awe and wonder that’ll keep the whole family on the edge of their seats!

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free fremont street experience in Las Vegas

Fremont Street Experience

Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

If you’re on the lookout for some unforgettable fun that won’t put a dent in your wallet, look no further than the iconic Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas! Trust me, it’s a free attraction that’s packed with excitement and perfect for the whole family.

Experience a vibrant canopy of LED lights stretching across five whole blocks, bathing the entire street in a mesmerizing glow. It’s like stepping into a futuristic wonderland where every color of the rainbow dances above your head. The sheer spectacle of it all is enough to leave both kids and adults alike in awe!

Fremont Street isn’t just about the dazzling lights; it’s also a hub of live entertainment and street performers that’ll keep you entertained for hours on end. From talented musicians belting out catchy tunes to awe-inspiring magicians wowing the crowds with their sleight of hand, there’s never a dull moment on Fremont Street.

And let’s not forget about the iconic Viva Vision light show, a nightly extravaganza that’ll leave you breathless. Imagine being surrounded by towering screens that come alive with stunning visuals and heart-pounding music, creating an immersive experience that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s a show that’s sure to leave the whole family cheering for more!

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Linq Promenade Las Vegas

LINQ Promenade

3535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Get ready to stroll down the Linq Promenade, where excitement, entertainment, and unforgettable moments await, all for free! It’s a pedestrian-friendly paradise where you can explore, shop, dine, and play to your heart’s content. And the best part? Admission is absolutely free, so you can enjoy all the action without breaking the bank.

Now, let’s talk about the attractions! From eye-catching street performers and live music to larger-than-life art installations and interactive experiences, there’s something for everyone at the Linq Promenade. Kids will be thrilled by the colorful sights and sounds around every corner, while parents can kick back, relax, and soak in the lively atmosphere.

The Linq Promenade is home to some seriously cool attractions that are sure to wow the whole family. How about taking a spin on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel? From the top, you’ll get panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip that’ll take your breath away, and trust me, the kids will love it too!

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Free Stranger Things Store Family Attraction Las Vegas

Stranger Things Store

3785 S Las Vegas Blvd Suite #102, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Are you ready to step into the upside-down world of Hawkins, Indiana? Well, get ready because the Stranger Things store in Las Vegas is calling your name! It’s not just a store, it’s a totally tubular free attraction that families won’t want to miss.

Walk through the doors and you will suddenly find yourself transported to the nostalgic 80s world of the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things. From iconic props and memorabilia to exclusive merchandise and collectibles, the store is a treasure trove of all things Hawkins. It’s like stepping right into the show itself!

The Stranger Things store isn’t just about shopping, it’s also an immersive experience that’ll delight fans of all ages. Kids will love posing for photos with life-sized replicas of their favorite characters, while parents can geek out over rare finds and limited-edition items. It’s a win-win for the whole family!

The interactive elements, from themed photo booths and virtual reality experiences and to the free fun at the Stranger Things store. It’s a place where you can truly immerse yourself in the world of the show and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

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free flamingo wildlife habitat in Las Vegas

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Immerse yourselves in a tranquil oasis at the free Flamingo Wildlife Habitat! It’s a hidden gem that’s sure to delight visitors of all ages, and families will absolutely love it. Lush greenery, winding pathways, and serene water features make for a tropical backdrop to the towering hotels and neon lights. It’s a peaceful retreat right in the heart of the city, offering families a chance to connect with nature and unwind amidst the excitement of Las Vegas.

It’s home to a colorful array of exotic birds, tropical fish, and other fascinating wildlife that kids and adults alike will marvel at. From majestic flamingos strutting their stuff to vibrant koi fish swimming gracefully in the ponds, there’s something new and exciting to discover around every corner.

The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat offers families a chance to learn about conservation and the importance of preserving natural habitats. With informative signage and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions, kids can gain a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

But perhaps the best part about the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is that it’s completely free to visit! That’s right. You can enjoy all the beauty and tranquility of this hidden oasis without spending a dime. It’s the perfect budget-friendly activity for families looking to experience a different side of Las Vegas.

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Free photo ops at the Las Vegas sign

Visit the Las Vegas Sign

5100 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Visiting the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is the ultimate free family activity in Sin City! Think about the sheer excitement of standing in front of one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is not just a sign, it’s a symbol of all the glitz, glamour, and excitement that Las Vegas has to offer. It’s totally free to visit, making it the perfect budget-friendly activity for families looking to capture some unforgettable memories.

no trip to the Vegas sign is complete without a family photo op! Whether you’re striking a pose in front of the sign itself or getting creative with fun props and poses, the Vegas sign is the perfect backdrop for capturing some truly Instagram-worthy shots. Plus, it’s a great way to commemorate your family’s trip to Las Vegas and share the excitement with friends and loved ones back home.

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That’s A Wrap!

As you can clearly see, there are many ways to have fun on a budget in Las Vegas with kids. We have outlined ten of our favorite free things to do in Las Vegas, but if you are willing to spend a buck or two, there are also a ton of other great affordable activities for families in Las Vegas (under forty bucks or so).

With affordable nightly rates at four star mega-resorts, amazing restaurants, kid-friendly family shows, and so many free or cheap activities to spend some fun time with your kids, it is no wonder that Vegas is becoming well known more and more as a bona fide family vacation destination.

Check out more of our great Vegas for kids guides as well as things to do in Nevada.

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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".


  1. Las Vegas is also one of our favorite family destinations! Great job on compiling the list of best attractions and activities to do with the kids when in Vegas!

  2. It’s wild how family-friendly Vegas has become! It’s really becoming a playground for all ages. But the part I really love about Vegas is near the city limits. All the amazing nature on display in Red Rock Canyon, the cool tours at the Hoover Dam, and all the things to see out in the desert.

  3. The image of Las Vegas keeps changing in my mind. I don’t know what it would look like by the time I finally visit it. But it’s good to know it’s so family-friendly.

  4. What a great idea to watch from the Eiffel Tower. I didn’t realize you can go up it. We did watch from the patio at their restaurant, which was a wonderful vantage point.

  5. This looks awesome, even as an adult without kids haha. I’d love to visit Vegas someday, and will definitely be checking out all of these spots!

  6. The new attractions coming to Las Vegas will be MSG Sphere, Resorts World, Raiders Football Stadium, The Drew Hotel, Circa Hotel on Fremont St, Cannabition Museum, just to name a few. Cheers!

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