If you want to play the part of a high roller while you’re in Las Vegas, you’ve got to make sure your bankroll lasts—ensure that it does by stretching your budget with these fantastic cheap, fun things to see and do.
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One great way to save on local fun things to do in Las Vegas is to check Groupon, the money-saving website that features local discounts in 150 cities. Visit the Las Vegas Groupon page and you’ll find savings of anywhere from 40-90% on attractions, activities, tours, show tickets, dinner spots and accommodations. The Groupon Las Vegas page is a smart place to check out when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your Las Vegas visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.
You don’t expect to find museums in a place like Las Vegas, but they’ve got them. They’re cheap, fun things to see and do and a little different to say the least. Learn about the history of organized crime and the influence gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone had on transforming Las Vegas from a sleepy desert town into the never-sleeps, gambling playground at the Mob Museum. Admission is a budget-friendly $20.
Back in the 1950s, just 65 miles outside of Las Vegas,the US government conducted nuclear tests, exploding bombs and sending mushroom clouds up into the air—citizens could even sit and watch! Relive those days in safety by visiting the National Atomic Testing Museum. Tickets are a very affordable $14. Neon signage has been a part of the Las Vegas scene since it all began. Step back in time at the Neon Museum, a two-acre outdoor oasis of Vegas neon from days gone by. Entry is reasonably priced at only $18.
If ever since you were a young boy, you played the silver ball than a stop at the Pinball Hall of Fame is a must. Here you’ll find 10,000 sq. ft. of pinball machines from the 1950s to the 1990s, all restored and playable. This is without question one of the cheapest, fun things you can do in Las Vegas. Older machines are just 25 cents a play, while machines from the 90s are 50 cents. All the money goes to charity.
Collectors of Coke memorabilia will want to pause for a refreshing break at the Everything Coca Cola Store. This place has four floors of Coke stuff to see, including collectables, clothes, cups, glass wear, plates and much, much more. And for a mere $7 you can try the 14 different flavours of “Coke” from around the world. Gotta a sweet tooth? Then you gotta visit M&M’s World. It too is a four-story mecca, but this time to M&M’s candy. Check out the 22 available colours including teal, hot pink, lime green, gray and purple; all kinds of stuff (like an M&M’s version of Monopoly) and you can even create your own M&M’s with a personalized message. There’s a souvenir for every budget here, so even the thrifty visitor should be able to find something cheap.
If you’re a car nut then the Auto Collections at the Quad Resort & Casino Hotel is a must see. This 125,000 sq. ft. showroom is home to 250 classic cars including the 1967 Ford Mustang “Eleanor” from the movie Gone in Sixty Seconds. Everything’s for sale here, so if you’ve had a good day at the slots, you could pick yourself up a nice set of wheels for cruising the Strip. This cheap thing to do in Las Vegas will only set you back $9. And for something different, visit the Main Street Station Hotel where you can view such curiosities as the doors from the Kuwait National Bank, the chandelier from the Coca-Cola building, a section of the Berlin Wall in the bathroom and more.
It’s not just the gaming action that will give you a thrill during your visit to Las Vegas. A cheap, fun thing to do that will give you a rush is to take the plunge and ride the Roller Coaster at the New York New York hotel. You’ll plummet from 144 feet, corkscrew, go upside down and more. Only $14. Want to go again? A second ride is discounted down to just $7. The Stratosphere is the tallest building in Las Vegas, actually the entire state, and the tallest free-standing observation tower in the USA. It is also home to hair-raising amusements. Get strapped into Big Shot, and be blasted 165 feet in the hour in an instant. Board X-Scream, and try not to panic as you teeter, back and forth, 866 feet above the ground. Test your nerves on Insanity, as you spin, 64 feet beyond the edge of the tower, with nothing but downtown Las Vegas stretching out before you. Admission to the tower and the three rides is a very thrifty $33. If you want to have a thrill but not see your life flash before your eyes, take it down a notch with this cheap thing to do–ride on one of the floats in the Masquerade Show in the Sky at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Admission to this unique Las Vegas experience is a reasonable $13.
Time for a break from the casino action and white-knuckling thrill rides? Here are three cheap, fun things to see and do in Las Vegas that will leave you feeling relaxed. Head over to the Secret Garden & Dolphin Retreat at the Mirage Hotel. See white tigers, lions, leopards and bluenose dolphins for an affordable $20 a ticket. Learn how Las Vegas, the town, got started and how springs buried beneath the Mojave Desert were the area’s only water supply by visiting the 100-acres Spring Preserve. Activities include a museum (including a 4-D flash flood display), walking trails, botanical garden, desert critters and more. Admission is just under $20 an adult. Feel the need to go underground for a while? Head out to El Dorado Canyon Mine Tours, and experience Techatticup Mine, the oldest, richest and most famous gold mine in southern Nevada. Take the guided tour and go inside the actual mine tunnels to see where gold-crazed men sought their fortune for a budget-friendly price of only $12.50 each.
Another unique-to-Vegas, cheap, fun thing to do is to get married or re-married at the Little White Wedding Chapel, a magical matrimony spot where a wide variety of notable couples have got hitched or renewed their vows. We’re talking people like Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Brittany Spears, George and Alana Hamilton, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and many more. A wedding ceremony in the Chapel is just $55 or, if you’re in a hurry to consummate the marriage, you can have a drive-thru wedding for just $40. Now that’s an affordable wedding!
If you’re in the mood to split a gut and have some fun, Tuesday nights at the Onyx Theatre is the place to be where you can enjoy an evening of improv. See comedians and actors from some of the Strip’s most popular productions hit the stage to perform a brand new improv comedy show every week. Tickets for this cheap thing to do are–and we’re not joking here—a very inexpensive $8.
If you’re a cheapskate who loves keepsakes from your travels than the thing to do is pay a visit to Bonanza Gifts. If you can’t find something here, you’re never going to find the perfect, affordably-priced souvenir. This place is over 40,000 sq. ft. of Las Vegas mementos, everything from Rat Pack t-shirts to replicas of the Las Vegas sign.
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