Free. Fun. Under 21.

A paradise in the Nevada desert, Las Vegas is a perpetual city that doesn’t sleep. This is however, pretty exclusive to those of a certain age group. The proclaimed “Disneyland” for adults, is always alive with shows, clubs, bars, and much more. What does this leave for anyone else who is under the legal age of drinking? I constantly ask my friends “What is fun to do in Las Vegas that’s free? ” As students, most of us seem to be on a tight budget and aren’t willing to stray from it even for a night of fun. Most things that are fun and free seem to be reserved for 21+ people. With that said, it is becoming a struggle to find something to do in tis city. But if this is you, have no fear. Here are a few free things to do in Las Vegas is you are under 21.

  1. Circus acts at Circus Circus Midway. While it might seem like Circus Circus is a place solely for children, but that is not the case. Circus Circus has fun for everyone. While the games may not be free, the circus acts definitely are. Performance begin at 11 a.m. daily, and a new act comes on every half hour until midnight. Acts include trapeze artists, jugglers, balance acts, acrobats, clowns, and quick change artists. Circus Circus does have a detailed list of each act on the hotel website.
  2. Las Vegas Street Art. Downtown Las Vegas seems to have a growing collection of street art and murals on the sides of buildings. Just driving through downtown, one is able to see some of the amazing work of local artists. Those that have time can take a stroll through the area. These murals are all within 1-2 blocks of each other and can be the background to some artsy profile pictures.Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 5.37.48 AMScreen Shot 2016-06-26 at 5.36.35 AM
  3. Fall of Atlantis. This animatronic show includes fire, water, and amazing special effects. It tells the story of King Atlas and the feud between his two children of who will one day, take over his thrown. Showtimes are Sun. – Thurs. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. to midnight.
  4. Aquariums. Now the Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay is not going to be on this list, as it is a well-known tourist attraction so it’s definitely not free. However, the Atlantis aquarium at Caesars Palace is free to the public. Silverton Casino also has an aquarium that is very reminiscent of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Only 5 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip this treasure is also open 24 hours a day.
  5. Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio. Over 80,000 plants are housed in this garden and cared for by a specialized staff of horticulturists. The Conservatory is definitely a sight to see, especially being that it has a new theme with each season. Summer 2016 is showcasing and “Under the Sea” theme, including mermaids, seahorses, and a walkthrough to experience the sea from all sides. You can read more about the specific greenery of the garden here.
  6. City Center Art Collection. Easily accessible through the Aria, the City Center Art Collection features work from artists from around the world. The exhibit showcases pieces that are contemporary and its very location unites modern art with the urbanism of the city.SONY DSC
  7. Bellagio Fountain Shows. This iconic Las Vegas water display is one that you have to see whether or not you are local. The show incorporates music of all genres and is constantly changing. It showcases songs such as Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” to Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk.” Shows run daily ever half hour in afternoons, and  every 15 minutes after 8 p.m.
  8. Downtown Las Vegas/Fremont Street Experience. While it might be an older part of Las Vegas, Downtown offers a number of things to do, all in one place. As a part of Fremont East, Container Park includes boutiques, weekday movie nights, and live music on the weekends. It even has a flaming praying mantis! Walking more west, you get to the renowned Fremont Street Experience. This includes neon light shows, street performances, live music concerts, a zip-line, you name it, the Fremont Street Experience pretty much has it all.

These are just some of the activities that are available for anyone who is still under 21. The list of free and fun things to do for those under 21 is growing. Soon enough,there won’t be a need to ask the questions “What are we doing?” and “Is it free?”

3 Comments on Free. Fun. Under 21.

  1. I wish I had seen this video before I turned 21! You highlighted some great places in town with this artistic video. Great work.

  2. Hey Samantha,

    Great blog post!. I love how you incorporated your video and pictures into your blog. Not only was the layout of your blog interesting, but it was also a very interesting subject. I can tell that you put a lot of work into writing this article. Job well done!

  3. Your post is wonderful! I really like your idea of compiling a few things to do into one article! I could definitely see this in a local publication, especially now that it’s summer and people are looking for activities to do. Your video was nice and informative because you showed everything that you highlighted in your post. This gives the viewer more information about it, so they can decide if they actually want to go check a few of these places out. It’s never too late to be a tourist in your own city!

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