If you are planning a low budget holiday, Las Vegas has many options for you that will leave you more than satisfied.
Think glitzy, glamorous, exciting and exhilarating, and a vacation in Las Vegas fits the description. The best part is that it is a place where people ordinary rub shoulders with the jet set and the glitterati. There is enough excitement for those on a budget or for a family adventure with kids in tow.
Vegas is situated in the middle of a high desert surrounded by stark desert mountains. It used to be famous as a gambling and casino center. But today it has a variety of entertainment that attracts millions of tourists apart from casinos and gambling. The city never sleeps and the action never stops, day or night.
Some of the low budget activities in Las Vegas are:
A visit to Las Vegas is incomplete without visiting this visual spectacle. It stands outside the Bellagio Hotel and is the best free visual treat in Las Vegas. Every 15 minutes, the waters dance to music, transporting you to another world. The mist from the finely tuned nozzles buried deep within the blue lake in front of the casino rains down on you to the sounds of Italian operas and arias playing in the background. The waters will dance to the tunes of Puccini, Pavarotti and Boccelli - a mesmerizing experience.
Forum shops at Caesar’s Palace
The ancient Romans would have been horrified by this modern version of a public square. But there is much to see and do at the forum shops and it is free. Stroll through the massive mall, and see the talking statues, eat at any of the great restaurants or buy some souvenirs. The cheap stuff are: The Cheesecake Factory - large portions and quality food;Spago- more value for your money;Bertollini’s – big portions of pasta and pizza or just grab an espresso and watch the humanity stroll by. When tired, check out the animated shows at either end of the mall, in which marble statues come to life. There is also a huge indoor aquarium teeming with rays, sharks and other exotic fish.
Slots of Fun, Las Vegas
Cheap gambling, cheap drinks and cheap food, all lead to a great time while spending fewer dollars. Choose a place with low limits and unlimited drinks. This is the place where the fun is non-stop even on a tight budget.
The Fremont Street experience, down-town Vegas
This is an event that takes place every night after dark, for about five minutes every hour on the hour. This is in the old Strip- the casinos here cater to an older crowd. The Fremont light show takes place along several blocks on Fremont Street. A sound and thick white steel mesh screen covers the block and lights are projected on to this screen. This screen is in fact the world’s largest electric sign. Live bands play music along sections where crowds gather to watch. The electronic canopy of light and its mind-boggling light and sound show is an amazing experience.
The Masquerade show in the sky in the Rio Hotel and casino
You can watch the masquerade show at the Rio. It is on every night, it is free and entertaining. Sit at the bar near the village seafood buffet and enjoy the show.
The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio
The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offer a lovely respite from the frenzy of gambling and other action in Vegas and are a great free-of-charge getaway in the Bellagio hotel.
The Grand Canal shops at Venetia Hotel Las Vegas
You can spend an enjoyable time at this mall without spending a dime. Window shop, watch the gondolas glide by or listen to the music at the square.
Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
It has several activities for children, like hands-on museum, post office, market etc.
Showroom (Fitzgerald’s - down town)
They have a small events center which features shows magic, music and comedy shows.
Gilley’s Saloon - (New Frontier- The Strip) - has loud and live country music.
The Guggenheim - Museum in Venetian (The Strip)
A genuine, legitimate art museum, showing works from pop art to the impressionists.
The Blue Man group
An amazing show of art, music and humor.
The Eiffel Tower experience
Buy your ticket at the Paris Hotel and treat yourself to the most amazing view of the entire Las Vegas skyline. There is also a restaurant located on the 11th floor.
The Grand Canal-At the Venice Hotel, Las Vegas
Missed your trip to Venice? Here is a good replica in the Venetian Resort/ Hotel Casino. Gondoliers row their passengers down the canals, crossing arched bridges, and there is also an St Mark's Square with live music.
The Shark Reef- at the Mandalay Bay Resort
At the center of the Mandalay Bay Resort is a tropical jungle with a shark tank that surrounds you completely. There are also piranhas and jellyfish to gawk at.
The Stratosphere tower
It has the tallest roller coaster ride in the world. Watch the sun go down from this tower which has a stupendous view of the Las Vegas skyline.
The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden
The Chocolate Factory offers tours, free samples and the most amazing cactus garden in Southern Nevada.
The Galleria at sunset
The one million square foot enclosed mall has a spacious Southwest theme, which has over 110 retail shops and a 600–seat food court.
The Hoover Dam
Situated between two states, Arizona and Nevada. It is one of America’s national treasures. A gift shop here sells memorabilia of the dam.
The Manhattan Express roller coaster
Situated in the New York New York Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, it is a mindblowing roller coaster ride.
The Lion Habitat at the MGM grand
Watch lions and cubs at close quarters in the MGM Grand resort.