Las Vegas offers a lot of enticements and unless you gamble heavily; it does end up being one of the most affordable escapes from reality. If you ever signed up for free rewards membership for Caesars group of hotels, Venetian’s Grazie, Cosmopolitan’s Identity, and many others; you are probably aware that they give out comps or majorly discounted hotel stays and some even give you at least $5 in slot play. Now, let me enumerate the fun, free, and affordable activities in Vegas.
1. Exploring Hotels
Before anything else, wear comfortable shoes and drink lots of water. The hotels are huge and getting around Caesars Palace alone is a workout in itself. My personal favorites are Paris and The Venetian. The interior is quite breathtaking and larger than life in my humble opinion. Paris has the Eiffel tower and a certain charm that gives you a tiny glimpse of what it would be like to travel the actual city. The Venetian, on the other hand, have Gondolas which passes through the Grand Canal complete with a singing Gondolier. It is quite fascinating to watch and something you shouldn’t miss if you haven’t seen it before. Other things to see are the Flamingos at Flamingo, Fall of Atlantis show at Caesars Palace, Big Elvis show at Harrah’s, and the modern hotels – Cosmopolitan and Aria.
2. Free Shows along the Strip
The Fountains of Bellagio is a combination of water, music, and lights that captivate the audience and best seen during night time to enjoy the full effects. I’ve seen it numerous times but never get tired of it. The Mirage Volcano shows a fake volcanic eruption that blast flames into the air. You do feel the heat even from a safe distance; it may be better to skip this during summer.
3. Light Show/Street Concert at Freemont
Downtown Las Vegas is an experience you shouldn’t miss. There is a huge screen suspended on top of you where the light show and music fill your senses. There are concerts performed by live bands all throughout the night as well. The crowd may be a bit rowdy later at night. The street performers are fun to watch. Some are a bit aggressive. If you’re bringing kids with you; it’s better to arrive at an earlier time.
4. Free Drinks in the Casino Area
Yes, they are free. I usually go and sit by one of the slot machines. You don’t have to play. The drinks will keep on coming as long as you tip the cocktail waitress. I love the Margarita at Venetian and the Cosmo at Cosmopolitan.
5. Famous Buffets
If you eat like me, then you better take advantage of the 24-hour buffet of buffets. The price is a bit steep but worth it if you do it right. Prices are $59.99 + tax from Sunday to Thursday and $74.99 + tax for weekends and holidays. The following restaurants are included:
a. Flamingo’s Paradise Garden Buffet – Love the dessert station and the hamburger – cooked to order.
b. Harrah’s Flavor’s Buffet – Crab legs with butter (yum!)
c. Paris’ Le Village Buffet – Sweet and savory crepe station is heavenly.
d. Planet Hollywood’s Spice Market Buffet – The Prime Rib is mouthwatering.
e. Rio’s Carnival World Buffet – The Asian station comes highly recommended.
6. Free Hotel Stays
I am a total rewards member of Caesars group of hotels and take full advantage of the benefits. It’s free to join and is only a rewards card. You earn points when you dine, shop, play and stay at one of their hotels. The hotels are Caesars Palace, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Linq, Rio, Harrah’s, Bally’s, and The Flamingo. You do get good discounts once you sign up, and after you book your hotel make sure to include your rewards card to accumulate points. Once you’ve accumulated enough points, keep on checking for offers of free hotel stays (resort fee is not free, however). Please check the link below, sign up for a Total Rewards membership with Caesars Group of Hotels, and book your next stay. DISCLOSURE: Please be aware I get commissions for bookings made through links in this post at no additional cost to you. Please read complete Disclosures here.
Or if you just want to go to Vegas without signing up for the rewards card and taking advantage of the perks of being a member you can book your next trip with hotwire or hotels.com. The links are provided below.