Free Activities in Vegas to Check Out During CES 2016


If you're attending the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and find yourself without a roll of dimes to your name (perhaps you parted ways at the slots?), you may panic. "How am I going to entertain myself," you may ask, "in a city that charges a lot for, well...everything?" Don't fret, young broke traveler. Here are five free things you can check out in Vegas during CES 2016:

The Fall of Atlantis in Ceasars Forum Shops
Aside from the Bellagio fountains (see below), The Fall of Atlantis show in the Caesars Forum Shops is arguably the most well-known free entertainment on the Strip. With recently revamped animatronics, fire and projection special effects, the 8-minute show runs hourly starting at 11:00 a.m.

Viva Vision Light Show at the Fremont Street Experience
Probably the most well-known attraction in the downtown Vegas, the Viva Vision Light Show is a music and lights bonanza that happens along the covered corridor of Fremont Street. The curved roof lights up with over ten million lamps in a six-minute show celebrating the glitz and glamour of Sin City. The show takes place hourly, starting in the evening.

Inside and Outside The Bellagio
Near the lobby of The Bellagio is the hotel's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which are redesigned seasonally to produce a beautiful, breathtaking and enormous floral display.

Of course, you can always check out the fountain show outside of the Bellagio, made famous by those now-rich crooks in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven. The fountain show happens on the half-hour, usually starting around noon each day.

Live entertainment at the Grand Canal Shoppes
The Grand Canal Shoppes, which stretch across an upper-level of both The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts, are a fun way to window shop, as the whole place is designed to evoke the sense of strolling through Venice--even though you're inside. What's better is the free, live entertainment--singers, musicians, dancers, "live statues" — that you can find throughout the Shoppes, especially in the St. Mark's Square area.

Free gaming lessons at Luxor
Many of the mid-tier casinos on the strip like Luxor and its neighbor, Excalibur, offer free table game lessons every day on a first-come, first-serve basis. Why not try to win back enough for airfare home with a little bit of professional tutoring in your back pocket?

Jeff Birou is an education administrator by day, travel and freelance writer by night. You can find him on Twitter at @Jetsetter_Jeff.