Las Vegas is not a holiday destination known for its frugality; with casinos on every corner and its very streets lined with people hell bent on emptying their pockets quicker than you can say ‘gambling problem’, it is absolutely true that in this town, money is king. Make it, lose it, and then do it all again – a mantra that is encouraged by every brightly lit den of debauchery you’re likely to come across. But don’t fear – here at dealchecker we are (obviously) masters of getting great stuff on the cheap (have you SEEN our Real Deals?!). The original city of sin might be our biggest challenge yet, but were flexing our thrift-thirsty muscles to bring you our top FREE things to do in the desert of dreams…
The Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience is located in Downtown Las Vegas, and features nightly shows that showcase over 12 million light and 550 watts of sound. The show is often combined with free concerts and starts every hour on the hour from 7pm to midnight. Loud, bright and a bit gaudy – it’s Vegas in a nutshell.
Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino
Living on an island surrounded by streams and waterfalls at the Flamingo Hotel you’ll find exotic birds and other kind of animal. Over 300 birds are featured including a flock of pink flamingos (surprising). You’ll also see penguins, swans and ducks. You might even see a turtle if you’re really lucky.
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The Bellagio fountains are made up of over a thousand fountains that ‘dance’ to different music – from Sinatra to Pavarotti, the show is a visual spectacle that has been lauded as the most choreographically complex water feature ever created! Depending on the time of the day, the show starts every 15 or 30 minutes in front of the casino.
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Volcano at the Mirage Hotel
Found by the Mirage Hotel on the strip, the Volcano erupts each hour from 8PM to midnight, spewing smoke and fire 100 feet above the water. Its had a revamp in recent years, making it into a rather impressive show, with music, fire choreography and amazing effects. The Mirage has recently joined forces with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart who is responsible for the hypnotic score that accompanies the movements of the volcano and the design firm behind the Fountains of Bellagio have completely transformed the visual aspect. Worth a look!
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Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Ethel M Chocolates is located seven miles from the Strip and offers tours of the chocolate making process from start to finish. Admission is free, tasting is encouraged – go on, be a devil – in sin city, lets face it, it’s not the worst thing you could do.
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