Las Vegas is a lively place filled with top-notch hotels, five-star restaurants and slot machines on every corner.

People visit the city for all kinds of reasons. It's a popular spot for bachelor parties, a place to quickly say “I do” or to catch a fun show.

Trips to Las Vegas can also get expensive with the shows, expensive merchandise and, of course, the endless opportunities to test your luck at a table game or slot machine.

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Fortunately, there are also tons of free and cheap things you can do.

There are so many different activities to participate in on the Las Vegas Strip. (George Rose/Getty Images)

Here are 10 things you can do on the Las Vegas Strip during your vacation.

  1. Visit a museum or exhibition
  2. See the Mirage volcano show
  3. Get a good seat for the fountain show at the Bellagio
  4. Watch a theater show in Las Vegas
  5. Take a ride on the High Roller observation wheel
  6. Visit “Paris”
  7. Have fun with the Big Apple Coaster
  8. Take a gondola ride down the Strip
  9. Take a photo in front of the iconic Las Vegas sign
  10. Take a stroll around all the hotels and casinos on the Strip

1. Visit a museum or exhibition

There are a number of interactive exhibits and museums located on the Strip, so you're sure to find one (or many) that suits your interests.

The Titanic exhibit is a popular choice where you can see items from the sunken ship, as well as a recreation of the ship's iconic grand staircase. This exhibition is located in Luxor.

The Mob Museum is another popular spot among travelers. Here, guests can explore the history of organized crime in America.

For cheap fun, the Pinball Hall of Fame can provide hours of entertainment. Entry to the hall of fame is free and has 700 pinball machines that cost between 25 and 50 cents to play.

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2. See the Mirage volcano show

Las Vegas is known for its shows, but did you know that there are free outdoor shows at some of the Strip's most popular hotels?

One of these shows is the volcano show at the Mirage Hotel. Go to the Mirage at night and choose a good spot to watch the fire show. The show takes place every night from 7pm to 11pm and is free to watch.

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3. Get a good seat for the fountain show at the Bellagio

The Bellagio, one of the most famous hotels in Las Vegas, also hosts a show you won't want to miss. The show takes place on the water right in front of the famous hotel. The show includes music that accompanies the movement of the water in the fountain.

People watching the Bellagio fountain show

The Bellagio fountain show takes place several times every day in front of the hotel. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

This show happens often during the night, but it gets packed with people wanting a good view, so you may have to stay a few rounds to get a good seat.

The fountain's free exhibition takes place every day of the week. During the week, the show takes place every 30 minutes from 3pm to 7:30pm, and then every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight, according to the Bellagio website.

On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the show takes place every 30 minutes, from noon to 7:30 pm, and then every 15 minutes, from 8 pm to midnight.

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4. Watch a theater show in Las Vegas

There are many shows happening in Las Vegas every day, so there is plenty to choose from. There are many musical artists who reside in Las Vegas for a period of time, so check before your visit to see if there are any artists you would like to see.

The Blue Man Group painting on canvas during a show

The Blue Man Group show at the Luxor in Las Vegas is a show filled with music and comedy sketches. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Blue Man Group)

There are also many popular shows in Las Vegas, such as Blue Man Group, America's Got Talent Superstars Live!, Cirque du Soleil, Penn & Teller, Shin Lim, Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles LOVE and more.

Whether you're looking for an adult, magic, comedy, children's or musical show, there's something you can see in Las Vegas.

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You also won't want to miss the immersive Las Vegas Sphere, a unique concert venue unlike any other. Even if you don't see a spectacle, the exterior of the Sphere is a spectacle in itself, with eye-catching designs.

Check before you go to see which shows are taking place during the time you visit so you can purchase tickets in advance.

The Las Vegas Sphere

The exterior of the Las Vegas Sphere often features breathtaking displays, like this one during the 2023 Grand Prix. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

5. Take a ride on the High Roller observation wheel

The High Roller is a great way to see all of Las Vegas, as long as you're not afraid of heights.

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The High Roller is a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. However, it's not quite the same as a regular Ferris wheel, as each of the capsules accommodates around 40 passengers and the experience takes around 30 minutes from start to finish.

6. Visit 'Paris'

Did you know that there is an area of ​​Las Vegas that includes some of Paris' main attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower? The Parisian-themed hotel is a cool area to stroll around and emerge into the European atmosphere.

The Parisian hotel in Las Vegas

The Paris hotel in Las Vegas features a replica of the Eiffel Tower. (Roger Kisby/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas also lights up at night.

7. Have fun with the Big Apple Coaster

While there is a section of the Strip dedicated to Paris, there is also one dedicated to the East Coast, with New York City.

The New York-themed hotel in Las Vegas showcases many Big Apple staples, including the buildings and even a Statue of Liberty.

In this New York-themed section of the Strip at the New York-New York Hotel, there is also a roller coaster you can ride.

8. Take a gondola ride down the Strip

Gondola rides at The Venetian, an Italian-inspired hotel, are a great way to experience Las Vegas. There is an indoor and outdoor promenade at the hotel, each filled with stunning views.

The Las Vegas sign

Don't forget to take a photo in front of the iconic Las Vegas sign at some point during your visit. (Images AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC)

9. Take a photo in front of the iconic Las Vegas sign

No trip to Las Vegas is complete without a photo in front of the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. It is located at the south end of the Strip, very close to the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

10. Take a stroll around the Strip's hotels and casinos

Go hotel hopping! The Strip is full of hotels that are worth checking out.

The hotels on the Strip are huge, all full of their own stores, restaurants of all types, casinos, shows and exhibitions.

Take some time to explore each of the hotels and see what they have to offer. There are so many popular hotels worth checking out, such as Mandalay Bay, Fontainebleau, The Cosmopolitan, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, The Venetian, Aria, Treasure Island, New York-New York, The Encore & Wynn, The Mirage, and Resorts World, plus so many more.

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There are plenty of places visitors can access even if they're not staying at the hotel, so take some time to grab a bite to eat, see a show, or simply explore other hotels on the Strip.

Many of these hotels have their own theaters for shows and nightclubs, so be sure to check out what each one has. Plus, maybe you'll find out where you'd like to stay on your next Las Vegas vacation.

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