Free Tours, Attractions & Exhibits
Aerial Gallery – Free Tour Downtown Las Vegas
Fifty banners featuring the work of local artists can be found along a one-mile stretch of Las Vegas Blvd. that runs from the arts district to city hall. This curbside art project, coordinated by the Las Vegas Arts Commission, presents new artwork every year for an estimated 30,000 pedestrians and car passengers per day. Downtown Las Vegas Aerial Gallery locations Las Vegas Blvd., From Charleston Blvd. to Mesquite Ave.
Airport Runways Viewing Area – McCarran International Airport
For a free and entertaining (even romantic) diversion, you really can’t beat the runway viewing area at McCarran International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the Nation. Sit in your car or bring along some lawn chairs, then watch as various aircraft take-off and land. Tune your FM radio to 101.1 and you can listen to the conversations between the pilots and the air traffic control tower.
Antiques at Main Street Station – Las Vegas Free Tour
Located in historic downtown Las Vegas, Main Street Station recreates turn-of-the-century opulence with unique design, detailed craftsmanship and an extensive collection of authentic antiques, architectural artifacts, artworks and collectibles. Pick up a self-guided tour brochure and map at the front desk to help you navigate the property, where you will encounter many wonderful and important pieces of history.
Antique Malls– Arts District Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a great city for antique hunting! Check out these delightfully
unusual antique malls!
Aquarium– Caesar’s Palace
The magnificent 50,000-gallon salt water aquarium features more than 300 fish. Some exotic marine life includes tropical puffers, stingrays, flounders, sharks and Orange Clown Fish (also known as Nemo, of “Finding Nemo” fame). Daily feeding take place at 1:15 and 5:15 p.m. daily. At The Forum Shops – Level 2 at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino (located by The Cheesecake Factory)
Aquarium– at the Mirage Hotel and Casino
One of our most popular attractions is the aquarium located behind the front desk. This 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium is home to angelfish, puffer fish, tangs and other exotic sea creatures.
Aquarium– at Silverton Casino
Named the “Best Free Attraction” in Las Vegas, Silverton Casino’s saltwater aquarium is large and impressive. Our signature 117,000-gallon reef aquarium will transport you to a tropical oasis where you can admire more than 4,000 tropical fish, and three species each of stingrays and sharks. Interactive feeding shows are scheduled daily at 1:30pm and 4:30pm. The staff marine biologist at our Las Vegas hotel is equipped with a full-face communication mask and answers guests’ questions during the feeding show. Also, don’t miss the live mermaid swim! Mermaid swims are scheduled Thursday from 2:15pm – 8:45pm, Friday and Saturday from 2:15pm – 9:45pm and Sunday from 11:30am – 6:45pm. In addition, the Mermaid Lounge features two 500-gallon jellyfish aquariums lit with LED lights.
Atrium– at the Mirage Hotel Las Vegas
Aviation History Museum – McCarran International Airport Las Vegas
The Museum shows the history of aviation in Southern Nevada, from the first flight in 1920 through the introduction of jets. The Museum focuses on the history of commercial and general aviation, and is open 24 hours a day. The Museum’s main exhibit is located above baggage claim on level two, with an additional exhibit in the general and corporate aviation terminal operated by Signature Flight Support. Admission is free.
Barrick Natural History Museum – UNLV campus
The Barrick Museum is a major center for the arts on campus, with engaging exhibitions and dynamic programs, including performing arts events, lectures, film series and social gatherings. Free (but with a ‘suggested donation’) see web site for details.
Bellagio Botanical Gardens– Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas
Brilliance abounds inside our breathtaking Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The attention to detail is astounding. The passionate display of nature in all its awe-evoking glory – quite simply, sensational! Let your imagination wander as you assume a leisurely stroll amongst rare natural finds selected distinctively for Bellagio from all over the world.
Bonnie & Clyde Exhibit – Primm Valley Resort
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow collaborated on nationwide crime spree from 1932 until their deaths in 1934. The pair combined to commit 13 murders, numerous kidnappings, and several burglaries and robberies. The FBI and many local law enforcement agencies engaged in one of the largest manhunts in United States history. Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed instantly by a posse of lawmen led by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer on May 23, 1934. Bonnie was shot 23 times and Clyde was shot 25 times. Some bullets went completely through one car door and still dented the opposite car door. A total of 167 bullets were fired.
Calico Basin Red Springs – Red Rock Canyon
This project in the Red Springs area is a result of management alternatives developed to protect the habitat in this high use area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a Bureau of Land Management area on the western edge of the Las Vegas Valley.
Centennial Murals – Downtown Las Vegas
The City of 100 Murals, a signature project of the Las Vegas Centennial, inspired the creation of 180 (including 80 extra) permanent and temporary murals, and involved thousands of students, artists and citizens. The themes are diverse and range from familiar Las Vegas icons to historical events that made the area what it is today.
Chocolate Factory Free Tour – Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Our self-guided Factory Tour and Botanical Cactus Garden are open seven days per week. Check for our current hours and special events.
Adjacent to our factory is our world famous Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden. One of Nevada’s largest collections of cacti, our garden will delight you with over 300 species of plants.
Chocolate Fountain – Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas
Displaying a spectacular series of melted chocolate cascades, Jean Phillppe Patisserie’s glass-enclosed, floor-to-ceilling chocolate fountain at Bellagio is officially the largest chocolate fountain in the world as certified by Guiness World Records™. The first-of-it’s-kind, freestanding attraction.
Country Music Memorabilia – Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill
“I love this bar & grill. It’s my kind of place. Just walkin’ through the front door, puts a big smile on my face.” Named after Toby’s hit single “I Love This Bar,” this exciting venue has it all — a full restaurant and bar, music videos, and a stage area with live bands! Free tour.
Dairy Tour – Anderson Dairy
A tour for kids of all ages, Anderson Dairy’s free tour is a scheduled, guided tour. This special “Barnyard Buddies” Tour has been created, complete with animatronic animals, farm scenery and colorful lighting to help us tell the story of Anderson Dairy and Las Vegas. See, first hand, how we process our dairy products. We’re proud of our processing plant, it’s cleanliness and how we package the products you enjoy at home!
Desert Demonstration Garden – Acacia Park
Acacia Demonstration Gardens is a collaborative effort between the City of Henderson, Conservation District of Southern Nevada and several other local organizations. The gardens provide a wealth of landscaping examples that are water efficient for our dry desert climate. In addition to providing visual examples of landscape possibilities and information about the plants displayed, Acacia Demonstration Gardens also hosts a variety of workshops every spring and fall.
First Fridays – Arts District, Downtown Las Vegas
Fountains at Caesars Palace – Caesars Palace
Since 1962, the Fountains at Caesars Palace have adorned the “front yard” of the Roman-themed Caesars Palace. While many other famous Las Vegas hotels have fallen to clear the way for newer concepts – Caesars has stood the test of time, and endured as probably Las Vegas’ greatest testament to the dreams of its early visionaries. In this case, the legendary Jay Sarno. In 1967 the Fountains were the object of nation-wide spectacle when Evil Knievel attempted to jump them with his motorcycle. The stunt failed. Knievel incurred a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist and both ankles, and a concussion that kept him in a coma for 29 days. More than two decades later, in 1989, his son Robby Knievel successfully cleared the now-famed Fountains at Caesars on a considerably superior motorcycle – again to the delight of a national audience!
Gaming Lessons – Various locations
Many Las Vegas casinos offer free table games lessons in order to introduce novice players to the fundamental rules, strategies and etiquette that are unique to each game. The following is a list of Las Vegas casinos that currently offer free lessons. The games that they offer free lessons for include blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, and other games.
Fiori di Como – Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas
The lobby is, in a word, grand, both in scale and in design. Above the 18-foot ceiling is a coffer filled with the most extraordinary glass sculpture, a chandelier called Fiori di Como by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, whose work has been exhibited in every major museum in the world. This stunning piece is comprised of 2,000 hand-blown glass blossoms. Chihuly glass art sculptures also adorn the Bellagio Baccarat Lounge with the Clusters Persians centerpiece as well as his Blue Spears which outline areas of the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Fishing Demonstrations – Bass Pro Shops Las Vegas Vegas
The basics of Fly Fishing are easier than you think! Learn the fundamentals that will give you a solid foundation with professional fly caster Steve White & Fly Tying expert Bill Teresco. Classes will take place every Wednesday at 7:00 PM in front of the big fish tank in the main aisle. These classes are FREE!!!! For more information please call the Fly Shop at (702) 730-5200 ext 4043
Harley Memorabilia – Harley-Davidson Cafe Las Vegas
Includes a Jon Bon Jovi snakeskin jacket designed by Gianni Versace. This snakeskin jacket was worn by Jon Bon Jovi in concert and is autographed by him on the inside back lining. The first Harley-Davidson® Café Las Vegas Captain America Tee Shirt, autographed by Peter Fonda.
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve – Henderson
The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve (HBVP) is becoming one of the best places in southern Nevada to watch birds and dragonflies. Marsh and stream-side habitat in the nearby Las Vegas Wash, combined with open ponds and trees in the HBVP ponds, attracts birds of all kinds to water in this otherwise parched land. Desert species, waterbirds, wading birds, migrant songbirds, and shorebirds can be abundant here. Paved (fully accessible) and dirt (mostly accessible) walkways run on dikes that divide the area into nine brush-lined ponds and provide many vantage points. An elevated platform gives good views over much of the area. Access to the area is free, but it closes early, especially during summer.
Lake Mead Railroad Tunnel Trail – Lake Mead Railroad Tunnel Trail
In 1931 a construction contract was let to Six Companies, Inc., a consortium of six major western firms. Together with the government, they built almost 30 miles of railroad connecting Boulder City with all the facilities needed to build Hoover Dam (eg., cement mixing plants, quarry pit, gravel sorting plant). The Hoover Dam construction railroad system had three segments. The first, from Las Vegas to the Boulder City site, was built and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad. read more.
Las Vegas Info & Free Email – LVCVA Visitor Center
Don’t unpack – there’s time for that later. You’ve just arrived in Vegas and already you’re hungry for a taste. Maybe a light afternoon snack of Parmesan paprika popcorn at Hubert Keller’s approachable new small-plates concept, Fleur. Replacing the formal French restaurant Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay, Fleur also mixes frozen cocktails tableside, compliments of a little liquid nitrogen magic. Plus, the hugely popular pajama brunch at Simon inside Palms Place offers a Bloody Mary bar, cotton candy, chicken and waffles, a junk food plate, and, of course, a sushi bar … read more
M & M’s World Academy – Las Vegas
M&M’S WORLD® is a series of stores that specialize in everything from M&M’S® Candy to M&M’S® clothing. Our most famous location is on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2005, we opened our second location in sunny Orlando, Florida. And in 2006, we opened our latest store in midtown New York City, New York. Our first location opened in Las Vegas in 1997, in the Showcase Mall next to the MGM Grand.
Movie Memorabilia – Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Stop by Planet Hollywood Restaurant in the Forum Shops at Caesars to see a huge collection of movie industry memorabilia including famous sets, costumes and props from old and recent television and movie productions. Some of the items featured include Emma Peale’s boots, James Bond’s trick car devices, Theda Barra’s headdress and items from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hot movie the Terminator. You can also preview upcoming movies and shows. Good food and drink is another great reason to stop in!
Mystic Falls Park – Sam’s Town Hotel Las Vegas
Take a leisurely stroll in the park day or night in Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town. The sound of a rolling waterfall compliments the soft chirping of birds in live trees reaching up toward the skylight ten stories above. Suddenly, the serenity is interrupted with the urgency of a wolf’s call howling from atop the waterfall. It’s the beginning of Sunset Stampede. The mountain in the Mystic Falls Indoor Park comes alive as the Sunset Stampede chronicles the Western pioneer experience with music, lights and animation.
Nevada Test Site Tour – 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas
President Truman established the NTS in December 1950, as the nation’s on-continent nuclear weapons testing area. Prior to 1950, most tests were conducted in the Pacific. This was costly, time-consuming, and logistically difficult. The first bomb, a one kiloton warhead dropped from an airplane, was detonated on January 27, 1951. Between 1951 and 1962, 126 atmospheric tests of atomic weapons were conducted within the Test Site’s boundaries. What You’ll See: Take a walk through “Doom Town”, realistic sets constructed by the Atomic Energy Commission to measure effects of atomic weapons on animals and various types of buildings. The site is only open to the public once a quarter, with the exact day picked a few months in advance. The site is closed on Friday through Sunday, so the public tours will always fall on a Monday through Thursday. To find out the day of the next tour call the Office of Public Affairs at Phone (702) 295-0944.
N. Las Vegas Airport Viewing Deck – N. Las Vegas
North Las Vegas Airport features an outdoor observation deck. It is a fun place to watch the airplanes. However, shade is in short supply. During the hot summer months the observation deck may not be particularly comfortable. But it is a pleasant experience the rest of the year. North Las Vegas Airport also features the Flight Deck Restaurant. The restaurant features a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, with traditional German dishes served after 5 p.m. It may not offer the shopping experience of McCarran, but the North Las Vegas Airport has its own charms.
Picture with a Showgirl – Harrah’s Hotel Las Vegas
FREE PICTURE WITH A REAL LAS VEGAS SHOW GIRL. At Harrah’s Las Vegas you can get a FREE picture of yourself with a real, and stunningly beautiful, Las Vegas showgirl in front of a background scene of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip! Located near the north entrance to the casino.
Red Rock Visitor Center – Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located just a few miles west of Las Vegas, is named for the deep red 3,000-foot-high sandstone cliffs that are perched above the dusty wastelands of this part of the Mojave Desert. The view from any part of the park is breathtaking: mostly nature fills the more.
Rotunda Gallery – Clark County Government Center
Organized through Clark County Cultural Outreach, this center features free art exhibits by local contemporary artists.
Searchlight Heritage Museum – Searchlight, NV
The Clark County Museum and Searchlight Museum guild have created and installed the Searchlight Community Museum. Located in the Searchlight Community Center, the museum focuses on the fascinating history of this 100+ year old community. Founded in 1898, Searchlight takes its name from the Searchlight Mine. Mining history is a prominent part of the museums offerings, in addition to the many interesting residents of the community.
Skydiving Demonstration – Vegas Indoor Skydiving
Vegas Indoor Skydiving, formerly known as Flyaway, operates America’s first indoor skydiving facility built in 1982. At Vegas Indoor Skydiving guests will earn their wings and experience body flight during a simulated skydive experience in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The experience is similar to skydiving with the addition of a mesh trampoline floor and foam padded walls. Guests are able to simulate the free fall aspect of skydiving without the use of an airplane or parachute. (Note: Demo is free, if you wish to fly, see pricing on their website)
Sports Car Museum & Showroom – LV Speedway
Check out the Shelby automobiles showroom and museum to see the old and the new from this one of a kind American sports car maker and racing legend. The museum features cars from all eras of Shelby manufacturing and race car development from 1962 to today, including the legendary Cobra. Free tours are offered Monday though Friday at 10:30 am, and include details about each car and walks you through the actual manufacturing operation where you can watch today’s high quality Shelby vehicles being hand-assembled.
UNLV Desert Gardens – UNLV campus
Plants found in southern Nevada landscaping are displayed in mature form throughout the campus setting. One may tour the campus landscape at a leisurely pace, any time or day of the week. The Xeric Garden is located at the entrance to the Marjorie Barrick Museum. Created in 1988, this garden contains plants from arid regions from around the world. Numerous informative signs are located throughout the garden. Many plants are in bloom, regardless of the season, but spring is the best time to visit as virtually every plant has some color. Guided tours of the campus grounds are available upon request. Inquiries may be directed to the Horticultural Supervisor by calling (702) 895-0952
UNLV Special Collections – University of Nevada Las Vegas
UNLV Special Collections houses unique, rare, and specialized research material that documents the history, culture and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada region, the gaming industry, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.The collections include books, pamphlets, posters, serials and periodicals, scrapbooks, archives and manuscripts, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, video and audio tapes.
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign – Las Vegas Boulevard
The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign has been part of the Las Vegas Strips landscape since 1959. This iconic structure has become a symbol of the city itself. While the location of the sign has moved several times along different places on the Strip, the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign has long been a part of the Las Vegas Strip. The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign is located on the south side of the Vegas Strip by the Mandalay Bay Resort. The sign reads “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” as you drive towards the main strip area. As you leave the Strip the sign reades “Drive Carefully Come Back Soon”.
Wetlands Park – Las Vegas
The Wetlands Park Nature Preserve is located adjacent to the Visitor Center, off of East Tropicana and Wetlands Park Lane. The Nature Preserve features two miles of concrete walking trails, graveled secondary trails are ADA accessible. The Duck Creek Trailhead begins at Broadbent and ends at the Wetlands Nature Preserve. It is just over 1/2 mile in length. Visitors can also access the 1/2 mile Coyote Loop and the Quail Run Loop from the main Duck Creek Trail.
Wildlife Habitat – at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino
Appropriately enough, the Flamingo Las Vegas resort is home to a flock of live Chilean Flamingos! These birds, as well as a collection of other feathered friends, fascinate our guests and populate our Wildlife Habitat. In addition to our namesake, you’ll find swans, ducks, koi, and turtles populating these grounds. All of our animals are carefully tended by experts and live on islands and streams surrounded by sparkling waterfalls and lush foliage.
Wi-Fi Hotspots – various locations
The Las Vegas hotspot locations offer free WiFi wireless Internet connections to the general public.
Wine Tasting and Tour – various locations
Pahrump Valley Vineyards, “The Winery in the Desert,” is located approximately 61 miles Southwest of Las Vegas, and offers free tours most days at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Your tour guide will share the fascinating history of the winery and how the beautifully wild terrain of Pahrump Valley was developed into a lush, thriving vineyard … a very different kind of wine country.