With all the high-stakes gambling, stylish designer stores and decadent dinners crafted by celebrity chefs, there are endless ways in which to give up your hard-earned cash in Las Vegas. However, with little bit of planning, you’ll be able to do Las Vegas on a budget while not feeling like you are missing out on a thing.
It simply takes a bit of strategizing to seek out the most affordable times to travel, the most cost-effective way to get there and seeking out many of the activities that will not cost you a cent. So, from selecting the best days to travel to obtaining the best deal on a buffet, here are ways in which to shave some expenses from your visit to Sin City.
Go to Vegas Midweek
The most common days to visit Las Vegas are Thursday and Friday. The most common days to depart are Sunday and Monday morning. When it comes to hotel rates, Friday and Saturday nights are usually higher.
If you are able to be versatile, you will pay a great deal less for your flight and hotel room. For example, going there on a Sunday and returning on a Tuesday or Wednesday can save you considerably on flight and hotel rates. Don’t fret, as it’s Vegas and there is something to try and do every night of the week, not simply on weekends.
Where to eat on a budget in Las Vegas
The days of ultra-cheap all-you-can-eat buffets are over, however, you still will get some sensible deals if you look for them. Also think about paying for a 24-hour pass or a pass that allows you to dine many casinos for one price. If you are fully price-focused, the following buffets have rock bottom prices on the Strip.
• Circus Circus – Circus Buffet: What’s on the menu? Omelet stations, salad bar, carving station, International favorites, all-you-can-eat fried shrimp, desserts.
• Excalibur – The Buffet: What’s on the menu? Made-to-order omelet stations, peel-and-eat shrimp, carving station with beef and turkey, crepe station, snow crab legs. The upgraded dinner served Fridays-Sundays includes Samuel Adams clams, sushi and pizza
• Luxor – The Buffet: What’s on the menu? A 30-foot salad bar, carving station, pizza and omelet stations; sushi; peel-and-eat shrimp; Asian- and Latin-inspired cuisine. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes upon request.
• Palms Casino Resort – A.Y.C.E. Buffet: What’s on the menu? A.Y.C.E stands for “All You Can Eat.” There are seven food stations where guests can see their food being prepared. Choose among salads, casseroles, whole fish, pasta, roasted meats and vegetables, global dishes, smoked meats and vegetables, desserts, vegan and anti-inflammatory options.
• Stratosphere – Crafted Buffet: What’s on the menu? Pan-Asian dishes, Southwestern specialties, American comfort foods, carving stations, deli display and omelet and dessert stations. Weekend brunch includes crab legs, champagne and mimosas. Dinner offerings include a surf-and-turf combo: New York strip steak and peel-and-eat shrimp.
Not into the buffet scene? At most restaurants, lunch is cheaper than dinner. Or leave The Strip to explore a number of the local-favorite restaurants. Check websites for daily specials and look into hotel and casino rewards programs. They are free to join and generally provide discounts and / or free buffets to loyal customers.
Check for deals On-line
If you are staying at a hotel, check their website for promotions. Local websites provide deals and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau recommends Best of Vegas.com.
Free and low-cost things to try and do
Along with well-known freebies like the Fremont Street experience, Bellagio Fountains, Bellagio Conservatory Gardens, Mirage Volcano and also the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign, there are quite of few free things to try and do in Las Vegas.
Cirque du Soleil: If the price of a ticket is not within your budget, check up on a rehearsal instead. Mystère and KA provide an opportunity to check what happens behind the scenes. Space is first-come, first-served. Mystère rehearsals are 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays at the theater in Treasure Island. KA rehearsals are noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays in the KA Theater at MGM Grand.
Vegas Golden Knights: The new Las Vegas NHL team is super popular. If you cannot afford a ticket, check up on a practice at City National Arena in Summerlin.
See Big Elvis: Pete Vallee is one of the foremost renowned Elvis Presley impersonators. He has performed over 7,000 times on The Strip and sings all of your favorite Elvis hits. Catch him within the Piano Lounge at Harrah’s.
Free art exhibits: Explore the fine art assortment at Aria at City Center on the Strip. If you’ve got a automobile, head about ten miles south of Las Vegas to Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains colorfully painted stacked boulders. Take a tour of the new artwork scattered through the recently restored Palms Casino Resort close to the Strip.
Play Pinball: Bring some quarters and explore the Pinball Hall of Fame, a museum filled with pinball machines from the 1950s to 1990s. It’s at 1610 E. Tropicana Ave.
Take a brewery tour: Reserve a tour and tasting at Banger Brewing, 450 Fremont St. It includes a flight of 4 beers. price is about $9; you’ll be able to take home a souvenir glass for a couple of bucks more. bangerbrewing.com.
Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden and Chocolate Factory: There is no charge to tour the garden, which covers three acres and has three hundred plants, in nearby Henderson, Nevada. If you’ve got a couple of greenbacks to spare, sign up for a $15 chocolate tasting or a $25 chocolate-and-wine tasting. ethelm.com.
Take a million-dollar picture: Get your free memento picture in front of a pyramid of cash at Binion’s Gambling Hall, 128 Fremont St. Note: you’ve got to be 21 to take a photograph.