Free Things to do in Las Vegas — Including Partying with VIP Access
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In case you haven’t heard before: ladies literally have it all in Sin City. That’s right, I’m talking free drinks, free pool party access, free club entry, free VIP section & cabana access, the works. (Sorry fellas). And while drinking and partying is definitely a major highlight and probably why you’re going, there are also lots of other free things to do in Las Vegas, no matter your gender! Read on for some insider secrets to finesse your way through the city as well as just some cool sights to see while you’re there.
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Take in the Sights
Part of what makes Vegas so much fun is the incredible architecture. Each resort is just breathtaking with incredible detail both inside and out, plus they all have different fun themes. But even just on the strip, you’ll find so many unique shopping centers and light displays. Not to mention the gorgeous bridges that make this area super walkable.
The best part of all? Taking in the plethora of sights is one of the most time-consuming free things to do in Las Vegas. Meaning, you wouldn’t be bored for days if all you did was walk the strip and check out each hotel, their casinos, and everything in between!
Here’s a couple of my favorite resorts that you absolutely must visit.
Although I’ve never stayed at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, it’s easily one of my favorite places on the strip. And yes, partly because most things inside are hot pink (if you couldn’t tell, that’s my all-time favorite color).
The Flamingo boasts two gigantic flamingo statues that you can see in the main photo of this blog, as well as lots of flamingo decorations and cool signs indoors.
But most notably, the hotel also has a garden of real flamingos! They’re pretty nostalgic and interesting to watch, but the garden itself can be pretty hard to stumble upon since the resort is so big. So feel free to wonder around a bit! We entered the hotel from the Cromwell side and just kept walking straight (if that helps lol).
Plus, the back entrance where the large flamingos sit outside leads out to a gorgeous corridor of shops and restaurants. Rich text to the flamingos is the I Love Sugar store, which totally isn’t free, but is pretty awesome to check out if you can resist the temptation!
Truly a replicated gem from Roman times, Caesars Palace is just a dream boat inside and out. Plus, you don’t even have to stay at this pricy hotel to enjoy it. Inside is extremely upscale with gold-trimmed everything. We’re talking lots of statues and fountains that make you feel like you’re actually in Rome. And of course, right outside is the infamous Hell’s Kitchen. This restaurant is kind of impossible to get on the waitlist for though. But also, this is a blog for free things to do in Las Vegas, so opt to snap photos from the outside instead of dining in.
As if the hotel & casino weren’t exquisite enough, Bellagio is full of fun and free spectacles to take in. And again, you don’t have to be a hotel guest. The Fountains of Bellagio show is more well-known, and is definitely worth stopping by while on the strip to watch. It plays every 30 minutes up typically from noon to 8pm and then switches to every 15 minutes until midnight. And fun fact, although not free, you can get a high up view from the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. It’s just across the street and is 46 stories high, giving a perfect view since the water shoots up 500 feet.
My other all-time favorite part of visiting Bellagio is the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The displays change with the season. The most recent summer display had a gorgeous jungle theme with tropical plants and majestic animals. This place is often crowded, so if you’re hoping to get a solid photo, be sure to come early (before 8am) or late at night (after 8pm).
Hello romance. Venture to The Venetian for a taste of Venice, Italy. What really brings this place to life — besides the extravagant designs on the ceilings — are watching the gondolas be serenaded while floating through the inside and outside of the resort.
And FYI, watching the boats is one of the few free things to do in Las Vegas that can often be a money trap. I’ve been on this “romantic” ride with my boyfriend. And personally, I thought it was one of those things that is completely overrated. But also, it’s something you’ll continue to have FOMO over until you do it. So that being said, you decide whether it’s worth it!
Get ready for modern luxury, Cosmo girls! The Cosmopolitan is every chic, trendy babe’s dream stay. And you don’t have to pay for a room here to enjoy the atmosphere. There’s chandeliers galore, a stylish display of electric columns to mark the entrance, oh yeah — and a giant, red-hot stiletto that absolutely NEEDS to be in a future home of mine.
Speaking of fashionable places… Paris Las Vegas is très chic. It’s filled with dainty shops and bistros that are just adorable to walk through, even without stopping in for a purchase. Of course the floors in these back hallways are cobblestone, which gives it that authentic touch and adds to the romantic ambience.
From the outside, you can check out the Eiffel Tower’s free red, white, and blue light display that starts at sunset and runs every 30 minutes until midnight.
And sure, Paris is such a cliche and I personally have never had any desire to go until I’m rich AF and relearn French, but you have to admit, the Eiffel Tower certainly makes a good backdrop day and night! Plus, while this is totally doesn’t represent free things to do in Las Vegas, it’s also easily one of my favorite places to eat (so much French cuisine!)
Partying Day & Night for Free
Alright, ladies. Partying is where we absolutely thrive and have a damn good advantage when it comes to free things to do in Las Vegas. And big shout-out to my girl Karlie for being the brains of this operation and teaching me how to not pay for literally anything when going out.
(No, like seriously, I had gone to Vegas probably ten times in my life before discovering this knowledge — just a better excuse to plan a girls-only trip next time you’re going!)
To sum up our experience, Karlie found our amazing promoter Rich, who is @guestlistrich on Instagram. He got us into both Tao Beach Day Club and Jewel Night Club, where we had free drinks at both. We also got into a VIP booth at the club, which meant free champagne and bottle service!
Rich also had a few more parties he could have gotten us into. But honestly two crazy outings were all we could handle in the limited time we had.
Remember to hydrate, y’all.
And quick tip for day clubbing specifically at pool parties in Vegas. It is hot AF and on rare days after rain, it’s humid too. Stay hydrated and don’t be afraid to eat something before hitting the pool. I may have made the very childish mistake of fasting and not drinking water to avoid being bloated in my bikini. And I may (or may not) have almost passed out from heat exhaustion in the middle of the party just 30 minutes and half a vodka soda in! SMH.
Not to mention, someone in our group may (or again may not) have went too hard on the free drinks and started getting belligerent, which may (or may not) have resulted in us getting kicked out. LMAOOOO. We didn’t even get to see Ludacris perform… The lesson here is to not go crazy too fast even when drinks are free for the first hour, and to eat. Carb up, ladies.
So, how do you do the same for your group (without the passing out or having security escort you to the exit)? First thing’s first…
You’ll want to connect with a promoter.
In Vegas, party promoters literally get paid for bringing girls for free to day clubs, night clubs, and pool parties. To find a promoter, Karlie did some digging by searching for hashtags like #vegaspromoter on Instagram and searching YouTube.
Also, keep in mind — if you’re a group of three girls with one boy, it’s likely you’ll all still be able to get in free, you just won’t have the best access to VIP sections. Just be sure to ask your promoter what they can do based off your group.
Again, we loved our promoter Rich — check him out below!
reach out via DM or text them if their number is provided.
They’ll usually post exactly what hookups they have, like whether they do certain clubs or parties. So just make sure you find a place that you’re interested in, which can help you choose a promoter. Also, be prepared to send them a picture of you and the girls you plan to go with, and also how many girls are in your group. Don’t worry, the picture is nothing weird; but like, you can expect they’re going to prefer girls who dress up the place, so send a photo of you out somewhere looking hot.
Try to stick with just one promoter once you identify the one you want to work with.
They’ll usually keep you updated a couple times a day with what events they have going on. And remember, they get paid for getting people to show up, so don’t be rude and work with too many and just blow them off. They’re doing you a favor.
Then just Show up and have fun — Just not too much fun!
Once you agree on a place to go to with your promoter, show up and let the security people know you’re on a guest list. And a general rule to keep in mind when going out to these places…
Again, the security is super tough and are absolutely no-bullshit type of guys (for the general safety of everyone). So be aware, if you have a friend in your group who gets violent or even rude when they’re drunk, you run the risk of getting kicked out pretty quickly.
Don’t sleep on all the free fun in Downtown Las Vegas, aka Fremont Street. For gals and guys, enjoy the Viva Vision Light Show, which boasts the largest video screen in the world. It’s 1,375 feet long and 90 feet wide, and recently got a $32 million upgrade! This spectacle plays nightly from 6pm to 2am, and include shows like Shakira, The Killers, Steve Aoki, and Imagine Dragon to name a few.
You can also join the free party every night on Fremont Street where they play live music, also starting at 6pm. For more household names, there’s an ongoing Free Concert Series that runs through mid-November where you’ll catch bands like Simple Plan and The Pretty Reckless.
Plus, the Golden Nugget is a breathtaking beauty to check out and boasts a $30 million award-winning pool with sharks! Not to mention the ambience inside is just luxurious.
If you’re lucky like my group was, and you happen to have some friends in pretty high places, an absolute must-visit are the MGM Skylofts. This isn’t exactly something that should be on the free things to do in Las Vegas for the public list, but more of bragging rights for me LOL.
One of my friend’s coworkers happened to be having a bachelor party and of course the guys rented out a super dope room that was pretty suite — haha get it? So of course we had to swing by and get a tour!
The Skylofts are honestly the epitome of luxury. First, they have their own exclusive elevator behind a secret door next to the other “peasant” elevators hahaha. Just off the elevator, the Skylofts have their own front desk and also (get this), their room had a personal butler that kept bringing us drinks!
The suite we were in was two stories with a super tall ceiling and a dining room, two lounges, TV room, and pool table on the first floor. The upstairs was the most impressive though. The guest room alone, had a closet as big as my entire apartment…and in the master bedroom, the bathroom was the most notable aspect. It had a huge tub with a television, a steam room, and a European-style bidet.
If I remember correctly, the suite was only about $2,000 for the guys to stay for a couple nights, so between eight guys it wasn’t too bad a price!
Ready for some free Fun?
Practically the only thing you can’t get in Vegas for free is food and a hotel. Unless you happen to know a secret I don’t that doesn’t involve selling my body on the street… Although in Vegas, while I don’t recommend it, that is definitely an option. If you do happen to know another way to finesse the system, please drop it in the comments below!
Otherwise, head over to my blog “Places to Stay in Vegas Without Breaking the Bank” for the best hotels to get a room without breaking the bank.