7 Free Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas


When you’re visiting Vegas on a budget, Downtown Las Vegas is the best place in the city to get the most bang for your buck. Downtown has you covered if you’re tired of paying premium prices and expensive hidden fees on the Strip. To help you out, we’ve put together the most comprehensive list of free things to do in Downtown Las Vegas. Check it out!

1. Soak Up the Sun at the Pool

With an average of about 310 sunny days per year in Las Vegas, why not take advantage of the sunshine while sitting poolside with a cocktail? If you happen to be a guest at one of the Downtown Las Vegas hotels with a pool, feel free to spend a relaxing afternoon in the cool water with your friends.

The Citrus Grand Pool Deck at Downtown Grand is a stunning rooftop space with a sparkling infinity pool, full bar, private cabanas, day beds, a fire pit, and backyard games. As always, the pool is free for Downtown Grand hotel guests to enjoy a refreshing day under the Downtown Las Vegas skyline. Even if you’re not a guest at the hotel, you may be able to get free admission by reserving a cabana.

2. Explore the Downtown Las Vegas Street Art Scene

If you didn’t know already, Downtown Las Vegas has undergone a cultural and artistic rebirth in recent years. A lot of that has to do with the Life is Beautiful Music Festival, which Downtown Las Vegas has hosted since it started in 2013. Each year, celebrated street artists have decorated the downtown streets with vibrant murals to complement the popular three-day music festival.

3. Check Out Downtown Container Park

Downtown Container Park is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours if you need a little break from the flashing lights of the casinos. Container Park is a unique destination made entirely of repurposed shipping containers. Each store, restaurant, bar, and art gallery at Container Park is housed in a recycled, air-conditioned pod!

Downtown Container Park Mantis

You can’t miss Downtown Container Park — on the corner of Fremont and 7th Street — with the giant praying mantis steel sculpture marking the entrance. You’ll find other fun photo opportunities inside the park, including more sculptures, art, and an epic treehouse and playground for the kids. It’s also the place to go for a more boutique-style shopping experience downtown.

4. Experience the World’s Biggest Video Screen

Only a couple of blocks away from Downtown Grand is the world-famous Fremont Street. One of the most iconic Downtown Las Vegas attractions there is the larger-than-life video canopy that dazzles spectators with booming concert-quality sound and stunning visuals. The best part about this entertainment option is there is never a fee to watch the nightly light shows!

If you’re ready to take a break from gambling, the Fremont Street video canopy is a quick walk away from the casino at Downtown Grand. Go in the evenings after the sun has gone down to experience the full effect of the world’s largest video screen in action.

5. Get Your Selfie Fix in Downtown Las Vegas

There are so many unique things to see and do while in Downtown Las Vegas. It’s worth spending a little time exploring this part of the city to take some great selfies that won’t cost you a thing. Here’s a quick list of the best selfie-worthy spots to check out:

  • Vegas Vic on Fremont
  • The Dome at Container Park
  • The Shark Tank at Golden Nugget
  • The Oldest Casino in Las Vegas (Golden Gate)
  • The Mob Museum Exterior
  • Camila Magrane’s “Transmigrations” series at the Downtown Grand

6. Sign Up for Player Rewards Memberships

Although the idea of “freebies” might be lost on the Las Vegas Strip, Downtown Las Vegas still honors that vintage Vegas tradition of rewarding loyal patrons and gamblers. The best way to make sure you get all the perks that downtown has to offer is to sign up for a rewards card and use it every time you make a bet, book a reservation, or dine in one of the casino’s restaurants. Once those points start adding up, the freebies are not far behind!

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Downtown Grand offers the Grand Rewards Players Club, so Vegas visitors have a chance to earn free plays, hotel and dining offers, complimentary merchandise, and perks while staying with us. But you’ll find that most Downtown Las Vegas casinos offer similar programs that will help you save while in Sin City.

It’s free to sign up, so you really have nothing to lose.

7. The Best People-Watching in the City

Without a doubt, one of the best free things to do in Downtown Las Vegas is the people-watching. You’ll see people of every age and background visiting from all over the world while in Sin City. A great place to sit and watch the crowds is an outdoor table at Triple George Grill on 3rd Street. You’ll see all the action happening across the street in the Downtown Grand casino and an eclectic group of visitors as they bounce from bar to bar.

You’ll also have plenty to look at on Fremont Street, a quick five-minute walk from Downtown Grand. Aside from the crowds and bands, you’ll also have the opportunity to check out free street performances that cover everything from singing to body painting.

Downtown Las Vegas on a Budget

Just because you’re in Las Vegas doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money to have a good time. There are plenty of free things to do in Downtown Las Vegas without having to sacrifice any fun. Check out our exclusive hotel deals and packages and save by booking early or taking advantage of food & beverage credits.

Be sure to stop by the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino for more exciting things to do in Downtown Las Vegas!

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