Free Activities in Las Vegas, NV
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you — that is a mermaid you saw floating by. The Aquarium at the Silverton Lodge features more than 4,000 tropical fish, stingrays and sharks in 117,000 gallons of salt water. You can see the fish being fed daily at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., while the fair mermaids make an appearance in the octagonal tank every half hour Thursdays from 2:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 2:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m.
Step through the lobby of the Bellagio to find the Conservatory & Botanical Flower Gardens, an indoor garden of exotic plants and flowers on display for 24 hours 365 days a year. Plants, flowers and trees arranged by more than 140 horticulturists show off the best of the season in intricate detail. Look for gazebos, ponds, bridges, jumping fountains and more. Take a leisurely stroll to discover the treasures within and maybe find inspiration for a garden of your own. The display changes to reflect the holidays, Chinese New Year, spring, summer and fall.
Watch chocolates being made and tour the wandering paths of the Cactus Gardens at Ethel M. Start your tour with a self-guided walk through the chocolate factory that makes M&M's, Mars Bars and Milky Ways. Afterward, get a free sample of chocolate. Then head to one of Nevada’s largest collections of cacti with more than 300 species of plants. About half of the plants on the three acres are native to the Southwest with the remainder calling South America and Australia home. The facility is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; while tours of the Chocolate Factory take place Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grab the kids and check out the world’s largest permanent circus at Circus Circus, the resort designed with kids in mind. Renowned circus acts perform every half hour from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Aerial acts, acrobatics, jugglers, feats of strength, moves on the trapeze and magic take center stage in these free shows that bring the circus alive. In addition, you can check out the free clown shows in the midst of the carnival midway at the Adventuredome, the theme park within the resort.
Dancing waters, music and a show that changes all the time await you at the Fountains at the Bellagio. The choreographed fountains dance to opera, classical and standard music with a little light show thrown in at night. You can see this breathtaking treat every half hour from 3 to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and every half hour from noon to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.