For many industries it is convention season and it turns out Las Vegas is a hot spot this year for many of my working friends. And what’s not to love about “visiting” Vegas for business or pleasure (or maybe even a little of both), huh? Flush with cash or watching your pennies, play your cards right and you can’t lose.
While you might have read that Las Vegas is not the free fun playground it used to be, I disagree. Sure, there are plenty of upscale places to dine, triple-digit show tickets, and spa adventures of a lifetime – and if you can swing it I recommend splurging at least once – but there are just as many low or no cost ways to get a lot of bang for your buck.
Remember, LV is desert – be on the safe side and bring a jacket or sweater. Even if it’s not cold outside (and it does cool considerably in the evenings) the a/c is usually blasting inside. And please, don’t forget the camera!
Whether you’ve driven your RV the distance to check this trip off your bucket list, you love the bright lights, or you’re in town for seminars and Expos get out, stretch your legs, and take in all the glitter and glitz! Here’s a short list of some of my favorite free (or almost free) things to see and do in when I’m RVing in LV:
On the famous Las Vegas Strip:
- Bellagio Conservatory and Fountains
- M&M World 3-D Movie and Store – near the MGM
- Mirage Volcano – revamped in 2009 and pretty cool
- Masquerade Parade in the Sky – Rio All Suite – for a fee you can be in the parade!
- Star Trek Experience – Hilton (check out their gift shop)
- Forum Shops at Caesars Palace – free show at the fountains
- Auto Collection – Imperial Palace – free coupons online
- MGM Lion Habitat
- Flamingo Wildlife Habitat – and catch the Bugsy Siegel Memorial on the grounds, too
- Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati dealership - $10 (but reportedly worth it)
- Welcome to LV sign
- Wander around inside the casinos and you’ll find an amazing abundance of interesting things to feast your eyes upon…seahorses, frescoed ceilings, aquariums, city skylines, and more.
- Fremont Street – go at night to see the light show (visit the Golden Gate Casino for their famous .99 shrimp cocktail)
- Neon Museum - along Fremont Street – a terrific walk through Las Vegas history
- Bass Pro Shops – in the Silverton across I-15
- Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden – especially nice all decorated for Christmas
- Red Rock State Park –my favorite Las Vegas place to get away from all the bells and whistles
- Hard Rock Café
- Harley-Davidson Café
- House of Blues
- NASCAR Café
- Planet Hollywood
- Rainforest Café
Find more information and other fun LV things to do at this useful website: Vegas.comRegardless of the purpose of your Vegas trip have a ball...it's all there for you to enjoy!
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