Las Vegas is America’s gambling capital, but what if you’re not into betting and gaming? Well, you are in luck because Las Vegas is also the Entertainment Capital of the World. We put together a list of family-friendly, low-cost things you can do when visiting Las Vegas. Some of the things on this list is even free! Here is 7 Ways to Experience Las Vegas for Non-Gamblers…

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1.   AQUARIUMS AT THE MIRAGE & SILVERTON HOTEL

One of the overlooked attractions is a free peek at the Mirage’s Aquarium. It’s a giant 20,000-gallon saltwater tank that runs 53 feet long behind the hotel’s front desk. It measures eight feet from top to bottom, and six feet from front to back, with acrylic walls 4 inches thick. This man-made indoor coral reef system is home to nearly 1,000 fish from as many as 85 different species. Gracing the waters are angelfish, pufferfish, tangs, and other exotic sea denizens. Selected for their adaptability and compatibility with other species, the fish come from around the world from tropical places such as the Caribbean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and the Indo-Pacific. 

Another great aquatic vision is even larger. The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel, located at 3333 Blue Diamond Road, is a 117,000-gallon saltwater microcosm. The inhabitants of this giant Aquarium include 4,200 tropical fish, eels, stingrays, and sharks. Enjoy the free interactive fish feeding shows, in which divers equipped with a full-face communication mask interact with guests while they are feeding the tank’s residents. The feedings are held twice a day and the venue also features live “mermaid swims” on designated days.

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2.   CIRCUS CIRCUS ADVENTUREDOME THEME PARK

Located at the Circus Circus Resort, the Adventuredome is a five-acre indoor amusement park for both adults and children. There are rides and attractions, including the Canyon Blaster, the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew rollercoaster.

Circus Circus’ theme park is one of the best things to do in Vegas on a Budget. Look online for a one-day pass, which includes all the rides, and search for a package deal (like Groupon) if you are more than two people. You can enjoy all rides all day long, though you may find 2-3 hours sufficient time to enjoy the rides. This is a great rainy day in Vegas activity and won’t break the bank.

3.   BIG BUS HOP-ON HOP-OFF TOUR

You can hop on this double-decker bus and cruise Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip at your own pace. Plan for at least one hour or use the bus all day long, as it’s an affordable way to get around. Buses run every 20-30 minutes, so you can discover Vegas at your leisure, rejoining the tour from any stop. Open-top buses allow you to enjoy a panoramic view as you ride, with highlights pointed out by a guide. You can also choose from a 1-, 2-, or 3-day pass or a night tour, or upgrade to gain admission to the Eiffel Tower Observation Deck. The Night Tour option is not a hop-on hop-off tour, but it allows you to experience Las Vegas’ famous sights lit up at night, especially good for enjoying panoramic views from the upper deck.

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4.   FOUNTAINS OF BELLAGIO

Mesmerizing synchronized water jets that dance to music are a free Vegas favorite. Get there early to get a good view, as the show is popular. The waterworks show runs at different intervals but every 15 minutes at peak times. The show is relatively short and best seen at night. It starts at 11 am and continues until 8 pm every 30 minutes, and then every 15 minutes until midnight. The Fountains are worth putting on your Vegas bucket list.

5.   CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Vegas is THE destination to take in a Cirque du Soleil extravaganza. Las Vegas has as many as seven different shows playing at the larger casino resorts at a given time. Cirque du Soleil shows are masterpieces of music, costuming, choreography and amazing acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil tickets don’t come cheap but are always memorable, so book early. You can also find some free events hosted by Cirque du Soleil that come with an open house and backstage look at the shows.

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6.   THE NEON MUSEUM

One of the first things you picture when imagining Sin City is all the neon signs that light up the Las Vegas Strip. As old hotels, clubs, and businesses close or remodel, there is a place where all the vintage signs go to keep shinning. The Neon Museum is one of the most unique museums in Las Vegas. They collect, preserve, and exhibit iconic Vegas signs. This vintage sign boneyard is a great place to visit for a glimpse of art and history of the city. It is also one of the best places in the state for photo-ops in Las Vegas.

7.   MUSIC, COMEDY, OR MAGIC SHOWS

This is the quintessential thing to do in Las Vegas for non-gamblers. As the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas is never short on shows. Every single night you can catch some of the best comedians, magicians, musicians, and entertainers performing here. While some of these shows can be expensive, you can easily find shows under $50 if you look out for deals.

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