16 Ridiculously Fun (and Cheap) Things to Do in Vegas

Need some fun (and cheap) activity ideas your Vegas trip? Here's a sampling of just a few things to do.

World's Largest Permanent Circus


Circus Circus presents the world's largest permanent circus for FREE, with live acts every day on the center stage of the Carnival Midway. Performers from around the world perform dazzling feats that will have you holding your breath and dropping your jaw, at the same time! Trapeze artists, feats of strength and balance, acrobats and even a "Free Ladderman" who performs acrobatics on a ladder. What would a circus be without clowns? Sure enough, there are clowns and jugglers and hula hoop acrobats as well. Oh and it's FREE! Location: The Big Top at Circus Circus hotel

GameWorks at Town Square

GameWorks is a state-of-the-art arcade with more than 200 games organized into several themed areas that's attracting droves of tourists, both young and old! Try your hand at new games like Dance Revolution and Indy 500, or reminisce with old favorites such as PacMan, Centipede, and Asteroids. There's also a carnival-style "Big Win Zone" where visitors can collect tickets for winning and redeem them for great prizes.Hint: $20 for an All-Day

Eiffel Tower Experience

The Eiffel Tower Experience, located at the Paris hotel, is one of the most popular attractions with Las Vegas visitors. Take a glass elevator to the 50th floor for a panoramic view of Las Vegas from this half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. Along the way, your elevator operator, your de facto tour guide, will point out can't-miss Vegas landmarks. Location: Paris hotel

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey's Chocolate World is located inside the New York-New York Hotel. Based on the aroma that wafts over you as soon as you enter, you might think they're pumping chocolate flavored oxygen into the store! You'll encounter hundreds of pounds of chocolate in varying shapes, sizes and packaging. Not to mention the candy themed apparel, jewelry as well as chocolate clones of your children? ok, maybe there aren't chocolate clones of your children, but that would be nice some days, no?? Hint: Free "I Lost My M in Las Vegas" 3D movie. Location: New York-New York hotel

Tree House & Play Zone at the Container Park

The Container Park, located in Downtown Las Vegas, is an open-air shopping center built from repurposed shipping containers. Marking the entrance is a 55-foot metal praying mantis sculpture which shoots flames during special occasions. Once inside the park, you'll be surrounded by unique restaurants, bars, and hip retail outlets selling a variety of clothes, toys and food...and the feature attraction for kids: the children's park. Located in a mostly-shaded area, (key for those hot summer months) the park contains a 33-foot tall slide. If that's not enough for your kid, there's also an electronic game that requires kids to chase after flashing lights. Hint: This is a free attraction! Location: Container Park

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles is THE place in Las Vegas to satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth. Located right off the Strip in the LINQ Promenade, their legendary cupcakes, cookies, and ice cream draw out-the-door lines, but don't be put off by the crowds: there's a cupcake ATM right outside! Flavors rotate on a regular basis with vegan, gluten free, and sugar free options also available. Can't decide between a cupcake or some ice cream? No problem! The signature Sprinkles Sundae features the scoop of your choice nestled between the top and bottom of a cupcake. Location: LINQ Promenade

Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York

Live out your NYC dreams in Las Vegas. New York-New York consists of 12 towers designed to replicate the beloved city's famous skyline, including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. But one of the best attractions is The Brooklyn Bridge, this 300-foot-long rendition of the actual NYC bridge Location: New York-New York hotel

Houdini's Magic Shop

Calling all aspiring magicians! The "mecca of magic" has two convenient locations on the Las Vegas Strip, inside the Miracle Mile Shops and the Grand Canal Shoppes. Voted "Best Novelty Shop" in 2016, this is the ultimate destination for one-of-a-kind collectibles, magic tricks, costumes and special effects makeup, and more! Magic lessons and instructional materials are available for those seeking to improve their craft. Hint: Free magic shows offered daily. Location: Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian

Fun Dungeon at Excalibur

Games, games and more games abound at the Fun Dungeon. With the world's biggest Pacman, Air Hockey, 10 kiddie land games, 106 redemption games, 60 arcade games, 16 carnival midways, and 10 sports games, the Fun Dungeon is a non-stop treat for those with short attention spans, young and old! Everything is covered at the Fun Dungeon: Dairy Queen and Orange Julius are located right in the arcade. This arcade and game center is less expensive than the AdventureDome and less crowded. In short, Fun Dungeon is a fun stop for the youngsters, but also for your wallet and your inner kid. (Go Frogger!). Location: Excalibur hotel

Mirage Volcano

Ever wanted to see a volcanic eruption up close? Now you can! The famous Mirage Volcano offers all the drama with none of the hazard. This isn't your everyday school science project with the baking soda and vinegar. This is real smoke, fireballs, and lava raining down to a mesmerizing soundtrack that blends Indian beats and iconic American music for a truly unforgettable pyrotechnic experience. Plus, it's free! All of the bang for none of the bucks. Hint: This is a free attraction! Location: Mirage hotel

M&Ms World

For candy lovers, this might just be heaven on earth! The iconic brand comes to full colorful life in this 28,000-square foot, four-story homage to all things M&Ms. Souvenirs and merchandise are available on the main floor, while upstairs is the one-of-a-kind Personalized Printer where guests can customize M&Ms candy with their own unique message in a cool and interactive experience. Choose from 16 candy colors, 14 different Las Vegas icons, or write your own two-line message. Fans of the classic M&Ms commercials will love the free 10-minute 3D movie starring Red and Yellow, called "I Left My M In Vegas." Location: Across from New York-New York

Stupidiotic

There's specialty retail, and then there's Stupidiotic retail, where the founders pride themselves on "the ingenious and the UN-genius." Located inside the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Stupidiotic is where the good, the bad, and the just plain ridiculous converge. Pick up a Pizza Pouch to wear around your neck, grab a can of dehydrated water, and marvel at some of the worst-best (or best-worst, depending on how you look at it) products and novelties to ever grace the imagination. Location: New York-New York hotel

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

This world famous oasis was the creation of legendary illusionists Siegfried and Roy and showcases their dedication to animals in a unique and unforgettable setting. Lush greenery and jungle themed music abounds as you wander through the Secret Garden see white tigers, lions, leopards, and other endangered species. The adjacent Dolphin Habitat includes an underwater viewing area, shaded seating, and a café. Both the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat have a beautiful gift shop where you can purchase mementoes, children's books, toys, plush animals, and apparel. Hint: Admission is free for children age 3 and under. Location: The Mirage

Everything Coca-Cola Store

The taste, the memories, the iconic glass bottle?they're all here! The world's largest Coke bottle is outside to welcome visitors to soda heaven right on the Strip. The multilevel Everything Coca-Cola is part retail store and part interactive experience, as shoppers can peruse a vast array of exclusive merchandise and souvenirs or get their photo taken with the beloved Coca-Cola polar bear. While classic Coca-Cola is about as American as it gets, the taste has spread worldwide and become an international phenomenon. Relax and inject some multiculturalism into your trip by sampling Coca-Cola products from all over the world, available here for taste tests. Location: Across from New York-New York

Town Square Chldren's Park and Playground

It's Vegas and thus, it's hot! One of the best options for cooling down from the heat is to visit the Children's Park and Playground at the popular outdoor Town Square Shopping Mall. With a hedge maze, a tree house, a princess tower playhouse, a pop-jet fountain as well as a bakery café and a stage for storytelling, your kids will have fun and stay cool. Hint: This is a free attraction! Location: Town Square Shopping Mall

Pinball Hall of Fame

The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world's largest pinball collection, open to the public. A not-for-profit corporation was established to further this cause. The games belong to one club member (Tim Arnold), and range from 1950s up to 1990s pinball machines. Since it is a non-profit museum, older games from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are the prevelant, as this was the 'heyday' of pinball. There are no 'ticket spitters' here (aka kiddie casinos or redemption). It's all pure pinball (and a few arcade novelty games) from the past. And since it's a non-profit, excess revenues go to non-denominational charities. Location: 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89119