Friday, April 4, 2014

Things to do in Vegas for free, on a budget, at outrageous prices

CSI Las Vegas, Barry Manillow Store, Foundation Room at the Mandalay Bay are some of the things to do in Las Vegas

Foundation Room @ the Mandalay Bay
Club/lounge. 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89119 
On the Strip - $750 

CSI: The Experience
Interactive Exhibit based on the hit CBS show You crack the case - test your investigative skills Starts September 9 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas

Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world's largest pinball collection, open to the public. The games belong to one club member (Tim Arnold), and range from 1950s up to 1990s pinball machines. Since it is a non-profit museum, older games from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are the prevelant, as this was the 'heyday' of pinball. 

Barry Manillow Store
After moving from his old stomping grounds at the Las Vegas Hilton in March 2010, these days it is the Paris where Barry swoons his stuff live in concert.

Chapel of the Flowers 
Chapel of the Flowers is a wedding chapel located on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Chapel of the Flowers was one of the earliest wedding chapels built on The Strip, but has undergone numerous renovations in its history.

Tournament of Kings
Show and dinner experience of Medieval proportions. With jousting, dancing, singing and a feast fit for a king, the Tournament of Kings is a show of legend. The all-ages experience provides plenty of excitement and non-stop action as knights on horseback engage in a series of competitions to determine a champion. Located at the Excalibur, the show takes place inside an arena with the seats situated around the main performance area. $70

AREA 51 Tour
702-889-8687 or 888-363-8687 
or want to stay overnight? Little A'Le'Innv     more info:
HC61 Box 45  Rachel, NV 89001   775-729-2515    Hours 8 am to 8 pm

Atomic Testing Museum
The headline exhibit is the motion-simulator that endeavors to give visitors a taste of what it must have been like to sit in on one of the several hundred tests carried out at the site between 1951 and 1992. This is still comfortably the most interesting and enlightening museum in the city.  755 E Flamingo Road (East of the Strip).  Cross Street:between Swenson Street & Paradise Road  -  Opening hours:9am-5pm Mon-Sat; 1-5pm Sun. Admission $12; $9 reductions; free under-6s.

The Deuce
See the sights of the Strip for less than $10
The Deuce is one of the city’s double-decker buses that troll the Strip and all the way to Downtown. $6 for a two-hour ride or $8 to hop on and off all day. Purchase a multi-day, all-access pass either online through the RTC, at an authorized vendor, from a Deuce bus driver, or from kiosks located at various Deuce stops along the Strip. Multi-day Deuce passes may be purchased on the Internet, but it takes seven to 10 days for the pass to arrive in the mail.

High Roller
Is the world’s tallest observation wheel until an even bigger one opens in New York City in 2016. @ The LINQ. Riders are 30-minute/ride, each cabin holds up to 40 people, totally 1,120 people at capacity. Ticket prices range from $24.95 for a standard day ticket to $59.95 for the express that allows you to board anytime without waiting in line.

The LINQ  
The LINQ is Las Vegas shopping, dining, and entertainment district with it's star attraction, The High Roller. more...

Wetlands Park - Wetlands Nature Preserve Trails 
Guided nature walks available for groups, Open Dawn to Dusk, Shade structures, a wildlife viewing blind, boardwalks, and amphitheaters, Interactive learning and games
Wetlands Park Nature Preserve Trails.  Free.

Las Vegas Double-Decker Bus of the Stars
90-minute tour of the Las Vegas Strip aboard the double-decker Bus of the Stars. Performances by celebrity impersonators which may include Elvis Presley, Cher, Dolly Parton, Elton John. 10-minute "intermission" at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. Ticket pricing: Lower level: $39.95 and VIP (upper level): $49  (702) 738-3542 - Website:   You can also buy the tickets at Planet Hollywood - 3667 Las Vegas Blvd South  - Miracle Mile Shops.

Fountains of Bellagio Las Vegas
Fountains of Bellagio, a large dancing water fountain synchronized to music, is one of Las Vegas icon. While there, visit the  Conservatory & Botanical Gardens - Free. The gardens are seasonal themes.  3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 
Fountains of Bellagio
Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 

The Luxor
The iconic Sky Beam, the only one of its kind on the Strip. The Luxor Sky Beam actually consists of 39 individual xenon lights with 7,000-watt bulbs.

CityCenter Fine Art Collection at ARIA Resort and Casino - Free. Art collection of all shapes, sizes and materials. 
Gondola Ride at the Venetian
A must see: gondolas and a St. Mark’s Square at the Venetian Hotel & Casino. It's a 10 minute ride down the indoor canals. Tickets can only be purchased on the same day and it is $18 a person. Watch also the show at St. Mark's Square.
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon Zipline
8,000 feet of zipline. Along your journey you'll be captivated by the scenic desert landscape and vast blue skies. Wildlife sightings are common on the tours. The canyon is home to: red-tail hawks, chuckwallas, big horn sheep, and more. 1512 Industrial Rd, Boulder City, NV 89005
30 minutes from the Strip.  Phone:(702) 293-6885 -  Hours: Open today · 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  -  Duration: 180 Minutes  (approx.).  locals:  $135.00

Las Vegas Night Flight Tour  
This tour is an exciting helicopter flight taking you over the Las Vegas strip to view all of the beautiful lights at night! From $98.00

Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show & Aquarium at Caesars Palace Las Vegas - Free
"Fall of Atlantis Show". After the show visit the lively aquarium just behind the stage.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour - From $313.00
Grand Canyon Sunset Helicopter Tour with Dinner
Experience the Grand Canyon like a VIP on this luxury helicopter tour during sunset. From Las Vegas, enjoy a magical helicopter flight over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon West Rim, and land for an all-out gourmet dinner complete with fine china, silverware, table linens and flower decorations. From $409.99

NYNY coaster
Individual Tickets - $14.00, Scream Pass - $25.00 which
Includes: all day ride pass, $2.00 off 5x7 photo. Family Fun Flight for Four - $60.00 - Includes Four individual ride tickets & 2 (two) 5x7 close up photos and Vegas Locals Receive 2-for-1 Admission - *Must purchase one regular priced admission. Valid NV I.D. required. Only valid on individual tickets. 

Aquarium at The Mirage Las Vegas - Free
Sharks, puffer fish, eels and stingrays are just a few amazing sea life creatures you will spot in Mirage's free aquarium. 

Circus Circus
There are acrobats, trapeze acts, jugglers and all your other favorite circus acts in the middle of the casino's kid-friendly midway. Performances start at 11 a.m. daily.

Tropicana Resort & Casino Bird Show - Free
Bird show  With Tina Carroll, enjoy the complimentary show daily in lounge.

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
On the Strip. There are also swans, ducks, koi and turtles relaxing by the waterfalls.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
There are three Welcome to Las Vegas signs. One is at 5200 Las Vegas Boulevard south, on the Strip, across street from the Mandalay Bay, another one is at Boulder Strip, just South of the stoic Sam's Town and Nevada Palace casinos and north of Tropicana Avenue. The third is the "Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas" sign which is at the intersection of Fourth Ave. and Las Vegas Blvd.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
This small, enthusiastically run museum doesn't offer much in the way of bells and whistles. The Marine Life Room features small sharks in a large tank, the Wild Nevada Room has exhibits on the flora and fauna of Nevada and the Young Scientist Center has some interactive displays. However, the big draw is five roaring, robotic dinosaurs, among them a vast T-rex. Combine a visit with a trip to the nearby Lied Discovery Children's Museum. 900 Las Vegas Boulevard North - Downtown Las Vegas
Admission $7; $3-$6 reductions; free under-2s.

Free Musical Entertainment at Casino Lounges
Some casino lounges do not have a cover charge. This is great evening entertainment without putting a dent in your wallet. Best: The Orleans and the Mandalay Bay.

Weekly Football Contests
The M Resort offers a free contest for gamblers to try to pick the NFL teams will win each week. First prize each week is $5,000, and you don't have to risk a penny to take your shot. There is also a chance to win $150,000. The chances of winning are pretty slim, but hey, it's free. Coast Casinos also have a weekly football contest with 30,000 in prizes. 

Free Casino Gaming Lessons 
Many casinos offer free lessons for some of the table games in the casino. Get live instruction in blackjack, craps, roulette, pai gow, pai gow poker.
All pricing are constantly updated 

by Bea Taylor