Free and Discounted Tips and Tricks for a Las Vegas Trip
A Las Vegas vacation may seem expensive, but a trip to Sin City can be done on a budget with these tips. A cheap Vegas getaway can still be done, without sacrificing on the fun or carrying around tons of coupons. Try the following tips and tricks to get more bang for the buck on any Las Vegas vacation.
Low-Cost Vegas Lodging
One of the best ways to save on hotels is to visit Las Vegas just before and after major U.S. holidays. In particular, the summer holidays of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, along with the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas offer the best deals on lodging.
On the Strip, the best deals can be had at the Excalibur, Imperial Palace, Harrah’s, and the Stratosphere.
And while the Las Vegas Strip is considered the heart of the action, staying off the Strip can produce major savings. Try the Orleans, any of the Station hotels, or even downtown Las Vegas hotels for savings of up to 50 percent from hotels on the Strip.
Eat Cheaply in Las Vegas
Even though Vegas has become a foodie mecca with five-star chefs, it is still possible to eat cheaply while in town. Older Strip casinos like Slots-O-Fun offer $1 – $2 hot dogs. Cheap buffets at hotels like The Orleans and Terrible’s Casino allow patrons to fill up for less than $10 a person.
For cheap splurges, try the $7.77 Gamblers Special (steak and shrimp plus sides; not on the menu – you have to ask for it) at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Mr. Lucky’s restaurant or the $6.99 steak special (10oz. steak, sides, and a microbrew beer) at Ellis Island Casino. For the truly cheap, there’s always the 99 cent Golden Gate shrimp cocktail in downtown Vegas.
Free Las Vegas Attractions
Las Vegas resorts have spent a lot of money to build free attractions that will entertain both guests and non-guests.
Among the best are the Fountains at the Bellagio, the Mirage Volcano, the Sirens at TI and the replica of St. Marks Square at the Venetian are all worth visiting. The Fremont Street Experience in downtown Vegas is also a must-see on any trip.
Free or Low-Cost Nightlife
Yes, there are a multitude of great shows in Las Vegas, but if one doesn’t have $50 or more to spend on a show, or wish to spend even more at a nightclub, there are still plenty of places to enjoy a low-cost night out on the town.
Enjoy live music both on and off the Strip. Try Big Elvis at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall or Panama at Dick’s Last Resort at the Excalibur. Go downtown and check out local bands and DJs at the Beauty Bar on Fremont Street or head over to Paradise Rd by the Hard Rock and check out the nightly free concerts by rock/punk bands at the Double Down Saloon.
For cheap drinks, check out the amazing beer selection at the Freakin’ Frog on Maryland Ave, or head downtown to the Triple 7 at the Main Street Station and enjoy one of their microbrews during happy hour. Speaking of happy hour, SpyOnVegas sponsors a rotating weekly line-up of free happy hours at venues all over town.
Free Gambling Lessons in Vegas
The best way to save money while gambling is not to gamble at all. But of course, gambling is a major reason to visit Las Vegas. So the next best way is to be prepared and knows how to play the games.
Several resorts offer free morning and afternoon gambling lessons in various table games, including poker and blackjack. Try Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Imperial Palace, or the Golden Nugget, among other hotels for classes.
It also helps to sort out the gambling budget into several envelopes, one for each day of the trip. When that day’s envelope is empty, it’s time to hit up the free options listed above to entertain for the rest of the day.
What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but paying for it doesn’t have to bankrupt anyone. With these tips and tricks, a low cost Las Vegas vacation is within anybody’s reach.