Nevada June 23, 2015
Here Are 10 Awesome Things You Can Do In Nevada Without Opening Your Wallet
I’ve always loved the quote, “Sometimes the best things in life are free!” I couldn’t agree with this more. I enjoy going places and doing things that aren’t going to cost me anything. After all, who doesn’t? Let’s take a look at 10 fun things you can do right here in Nevada that won’t cost you a dime.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park, located in White Pine County, Nevada, is probably the least known national park in the southwest because it was just recently created in 1986. It's also pretty far away from famous landmarks. This beautiful park is great for camping, fishing and hiking. Entrance to the park is free.
2. Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour
Ethel M Chocolates is located in Henderson, Nevada and is the only Ethel M factory in the world. Visitors will get to watch how much time and effort it takes to create the perfect sweet morsel. The factory is open daily from 8:30am-6pm. Live production hours are normally Mon-Fri until 4:30pm. The Ethel M Factory tour is free, but I'm willing to bet you'll be bringing some of their delicious chocolates back home with you.
3. World Famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" Sign
You simply can't visit Las Vegas without having your picture taken in front of the world famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. The odd thing about this sign is that it's actually located in Paradise, Nevada - 4 miles from Las Vegas. Tourists don't seem to mind!
4. Fremont Street Experience Light Show
The Fremont Street Experience is the most popular attraction in downtown Las Vegas. This attraction features a 90ft high LED video screen canopy that covers 4 blocks of Fremont Street. The screen is made up of 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lamps. Fremont Street Experience entertains visitors nightly with a variety of light shows that begin at 6pm. Light shows currently feature the music of Heart, The Who, Bon Jovi and others. This light show is a definite must-see.
5. Pioneer Saloon
Take a peek inside the world famous Pioneer Saloon of Goodsprings, Nevada. This saloon has a lot of history and has also been featured in many movies and television shows. The Pioneer Saloon might also be the oldest stamped-metal tin building in the nation.
6. Gaming Lessons
Many casinos in Nevada offer free gaming lessons for table games. You can get live instruction for games such as blackjack, roulette, craps, and more...all for free!
7. Truckee River Walk
In Reno, just a few blocks from the downtown hotels, is the Truckee River Walk. Sure, there are many restaurants and bars along the river walk, but those cost money. Why not spend the afternoon strolling along the Truckee River and taking in the beautiful scenery? That sounds like a perfect afternoon to me.
8. Performances at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
At Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the World's Largest Permanent Circus is one of the main attractions. Visitors will enjoy watching free circus acts throughout the day such as flying trapeze acts, juggling acts, and aerial silk performances. These highly entertaining performances take place every half hour and last about 10 minutes. Everyone of all ages will enjoy this show.
9. Extraterrestrial Highway
Take a scenic drive down Nevada State Route 375, aka Extraterrestrial Highway, to see if you can spot any UFOs. Hey, anything is possible! If you're a fan of science fiction, this is a drive you'll definitely want to take.
10. Bellagio Fountains
One of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas is the Bellagio Fountains, located directly in front of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. This spectacular fountain show is choreographed to more than 30 different songs. The fountain shows are free and run throughout the day, starting at 3pm.
What are some other enjoyable things to do in Nevada that are absolutely free? Let us know in the comments below!