One of the best things about visiting Las Vegas is that you can always find some great free things to do. Many casinos try to bring in business by offering elaborate free shows. This is a win-win situation for tourists who want entertainment that will leave a little money in their pockets and for casino operators who want are hoping you'll stick around and spend some of these leftover money in their casino.
One of the great shows you can enjoy for free is the Fall of Atlantis Show at Caesar's Palace. This show features lifelike animatronic figures to tell the story of Atlantis. The show's platform is actually a salt-water aquarium, and after the show you can stick around and see divers feed the fish each day while another staff member is on hand to answer any questions you may have. They also offer tours.
Another great Vegas freebie is the daily performances of the Hawaiian Marketplace Island Performers. Modeled after Waikiki's International Marketplace, the Hawaiian Marketplace in Vegas offers dancing and storytelling, as well as Polynesian craft demonstrations every day.
And what would a trip to Vegas be if you didn't take in an Elvis show? Get your fix at the Big Elvis Show, starring Pete Vallee. The complimentary one-hour show plays several times a day from Monday to Friday at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon.
M & M's World is a wonderful place to visit while you're in Vegas and, more importantly, it is a free place to visit. The museum celebrating one of America's favorite chocolate candies is open seven days a week. This is a fun attraction to visit and is much more than initially meets the eye. Take a stroll, look around and make sure you see all there is to see or you just might miss something fantastic.
For another sweet freebie, check out Ethel M's Chocolate Factory. The admission for this self-guided tour is free and so is the first sample. But who can eat just one chocolate? Be sure not to leave this tour empty- handed, if you're a chocolate lover. The factory is surrounded by an extensive desert garden, which is also open to the public. And don't miss the Living Machine, a waste-recycling machine that turns 32,000 gallons wastewater from the factory each day into water that is clean enough to use for irrigation purposes.
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of History, which is located on the University of Nevada Las Vegas Campus, is another place to go and learn while being entertained. Admission is free Monday through Saturday, and you'll be able to enjoy a great display of Western culture and the history of ancient Mexico.
No matter what your specific interests are there are plenty of wonderful things to see and do in Las Vegas that do not put a strain on the pocketbook at all.