This is a list posted by Wann2119 - feel free to revise. These tips have been gathered from the internet and from the members of the Vegas forum.   This list includes cheap or free things, as well as suggested places that people might want to check out. This list will make it easier so you don’t end up looking for a volcano at the Bellagio. 

As a general matter, get as many slot club/players card memberships as you can (however, Harrah's and MGM both own a  number of properties and getting a comp card at Caesar's or The Mirage, for example, may cover any of their other properties so that you don't get extras for separate comp cards - so decide which Harrah's or MGM property will give you the best freebee for signing up; each registration will offer you freebees and 2-for-1 coupons or $$ off coupons for buffets/shows.  Staying at a property seems to earn you the most comps - by far.  This is especially a good thing when, as mentioned before, one Casino Group owns so many properties so your stay may earn you a free stay at any of their other properties.  Many of the casinos are now offering nonsmoking slot areas.  Just ask.

Don't miss out on half-price show tickets.  Two Companies, one with 4 locations.

  • -One Company is in Coke Bottle near MGM
  • -Other Company (Tix4Tonight) has 4 locations:  in front of Fashion Show Mall, by the Riviera, by Outdoor Polynesean Market (all on Strip), and inside the Four Queens Casino (Fremont Street), opening at 11 a.m., with shows available posted at 10:30 a.m.
  • -If you go as a couple and are willing to sit through a Time Share sales pitch, there are a number of companies that will give you show or tour tickets for listening to their presentation.   Be prepared to be insulted if you turn down their sales pitch.
  • -Check the hotel web sites for special show/accomodation or show/dinner packages.  Some of the hotels will discount the show tickets if bought in conjunction with a dinner reservation at selected restaurants on their property.
  • -If going during peak times, consider buying tickets before you go.  Tickets for some of the more popular shows sell out quickly and may not be available upon your arrival.
  • Sign up for casino/hotel email notices and receive advance notifications of special offers in your email.


  • ~Connected to Paris (indoor walkway)
  • ~Shuttle to Rio: By limo entrance leaves every 15 minutes…M-W 10am-1am, TH-S 10am-4am
  • ~Tequila Bar: Happy Hour Starts at 4-7 daily, $4.50 drinks.
  • ~Free Slot machine by snack bar to win prizes
  • ~Connecting point for Monorail
  • ~Has some good size rooms

Bills Gambling Hall

  • ~The world's largest stained-glass mural.
  • ~Shuttle to Gold Coast
  • ~Shuttle to Sam’s Town 9:30, 11:10, 12:50, 2:30, 4:10, 5:50, 7:30, 9:10
  • ~Shuttle to The Orleans
  • ~Big Elvis show
  • ~Pool access to Flamingo with Bill's room key
  • ~Good coffee shop


  • ~Fountain shows during the day are every 30 minutes, noon to 7 on weekends, and 3 to 7 on weekdays, and then every 15 minutes after 7 p.m. (Free) (lights at night)  (Best vantage point is on pedestrian bridge that crosses the Stip at Bally's) Out front is fine too after about the 2nd show or so.
  • ~Botanical Conservatory in Lobby (Free)
  • ~Glass Art in Lobby
  • ~ Jean Philippe Patisserie: Has chocolate fountain wall (Past conservatory) Yummy treats!

 California Station

  • -Shuttle to Sam's Town 

Casino Royale

  • ~$1 Beer and Margaritas (margarita's could be better from 7-11)
  • ~ Great drink service
  • ~$50 free slot play for joining players club and $$ off coupon book (only on specified machines & you can't cash out)
  • ~hot penny video poker machines


  • ~ Shuttle Caesars to Rio (at Augustus Tower valet entr.) every 15 minutes…mon-wed 10am-1am, thurs-sun 10am-4am
  • ~Free fountain show in forum shops; "live statues" (simple mechanical mannequins) in forum shops area near fountains.
  • ~ 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium in forum shops. (Fed by diver at 1:15 and 5:15 p.m.), Cheesecake factory
  • ~ Exotic Cars at Caesars Forum Shops ($5 each)
  • ~here and Planet Hollywood have the best comp drinks, just about anything you want
  • ~good video poker machines by the swimming pool entrance - you can actually see daylight while gambling and get great drinks too - it doesn't get any better in Vegas!!

Circus Circus

  • ~Live, free trapeze and high wire acts every day each half-hour from 11am to midnight.
  • -game arcade on second level - ideal area for kids
  • ~(Cheap Eat) $2.50: Giant shrimp cocktail at Casino Cafe
  • ~(Cheap Eat)$4.99: Graveyard special at Casino Café. Includes two eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon or sausage and coffee. Available daily, 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Holidays are excluded.
  • ~(Cheap Eat)$10.99: 12-ounce prime rib dinner at the Casino Café. Includes potato, vegetable, roll and soup or salad. Available Sunday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Holidays are excluded.
  • ~(Cheap Eat) $2.50: Giant hot dog at Casino Cafe.
  • ~Has fresh air (practicing the fresh air act)

Downtown (Fremont Street Experience)

  • ~(Suggested) Fried Twinkies at Mermaids
  • ~(Suggested) Slushies at La Bayou
  • - 2/$1 bottled water and canned soft drinks at T-Shirt Blowout (in same block as Mermaids, on same side of street)
  • -Free Laser Light Show beginning at 8 p.m., hourly
  • -Free live entertainment in each of 3-4 blocks every night, beginning at 8 p.m.

El Cortez Hotel Casino

  • -One block east of Strip in Fremont Street area
  • -One of the older, casinos but renovated in 2007
  • -Rock-bottom room rates, with actually quite nice, spacious and clean rooms
  • -Some rooms on top of parking garage with outdoor corridors, but still very nice rooms
  • -Very loose slots
  • -Great Mexican/Cuban restaurant across the street (Mamacitas of Las Vegas)

  Ellis Island (Behind Ballys)

  • ~Great root beer!
  • ~(Cheap and Suggested) $4.95: 10-ounce steak. (Includes potato, bread and green beans.)
  • ~(Cheap)$1.95: Two scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy and bacon or sausage. Available from 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.
  • ~(Cheap) $3.45: New York steak and eggs, available 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.


  • -Free monorail shuttle to Luxor and Mandalay Bay
  • -Dinner show with Tournament of Kings (Renaissance Fair type program complete with joust; no silverware - dress accordingly) 


  • $1.50: Corona
  • $4.99: Steak, two eggs, hash browns and toast, served 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. at Baja Beach Cafe.

Fitzgeralds (Downtown) -

  • tallest building Downtown so rooms have great views of Vegas and mountains
  • second floor has good payout machines and a bar with outside balcony to watch light show


  • ~Free Wildlife Habitat (Flamingos)
  • -Great shops area
  • -Margaritavlle located here;  great sandwiches, casual island atmosphere, interesting decor
  • -Connecting point for Monorail
  • Fantastic pool(s) with waterfalls, cabanas, blackjack tables - Bill's Casino patrons can also use

Four Queens

  • -Specials offered at each meal for players club members (just pick from specials posted on blackboard and show slot card to cashier when paying the check; breakfast special is usually $5 for meal that would otherwise cost $10; comparable lunch and dinner specials)
  • -Tix4Tonight booth just inside front entrance.

Fremont Hotel Casino

  • ~Shuttle to Sam’s Town 815...930...1045. ..12...115...230...345...5...615. .730..845..10..1115

Gold Coast

  • ~$9.95: 16-ounce T-bone steak dinner at Monterey Room.
  • ~$1.25: Hot Dog served from a vendor's cart at the sports. Available 10 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Golden Nugget

  • ~Aquarium (Free)
  • ~ free gaming classes
  • -great buffet
  • Fabulous pool with huge shark tank
  • Large, very nice Starbucks with outside seating
  • Great indoor waterfall in swimming pool area of hotel 

Golden Gate

  • ~(Cheap Eats) 99 cents: The original, classic shrimp cocktail at San Francisco Shrimp Bar & Deli
  • $2.99: The "Big Shrimp" cocktail
  • $4.99: New York steak and eggs. Available midnight - 2 a.m. Hard Rock
  • ~(Cheap Eat) $7.77: Gambler's Special: Steak, three grilled shrimp, a choice of potato or broccoli and a salad. At Mr. Lucky's 24/7. It's not on the menu -- you'll have to ask your server -- and is available around the clock.


  • ~ Shuttle to Rio (in garage off valet entr. Near hotel lobby area) every 15 minutes 10am to 1am (thurs-sun-till 4am)
  • ~Shuttle to Sam’s Town (same location)  930.. 11.. 1230.. 2.. 330.. 5..630.. 8..930
  • -Toby Keith's Bar and Grill (great food, reasonably priced; free nightly entertainment in bar)
  • -Carnival Court area has vendors, outdoor bar with live musical entertainment nightly, and juggling bartenders
  • -Just inside casino adjacent to Carnival Court - Dueling Pianos bar
  • -Connecting point to Monorail

Imperial Place

  • ~Classic Car Collection on display (free w/ coupon or get coupon when you join players club)
  • ~Great drink service; avoid the food if at all possible
  • -Dealertainers (impersonators are card dealers)
  • -Connecting point for Monorail

Las Vegas Outlet Center

  • -175 "name-brand" shops with deep discounts, south of McCarron Airport
  • -take Deuce bus to South Terminal and transfer to Mall Connector bus for access (Trolley service too irratic and expensive with new hour restrictions on passes); Your $5 all-day (pass is good for 24 hrs from the time of 1st use)  Deuce pass is good for the Connector bus as well.


  •  -See this if you can because it will soon be gone; they are in the process of eliminating the Egyptian theme
  • -Great eye candy; lots of heiroglyphics, etc. in lobby/casino areas
  • -Sphynx
  • -Pyramid 
  • -IMax show

Main Street Station

  • -excellent buffets
  • -large collection of antiques
  • -turn-of-the-century decor
  • -Louisa May Alcott Pullman Car (Teddy Roosevelt's touring car)
  • -Lillian Gishe large antique stained glass entryway
  • -Fragment on the Berlin Wall in downstairs men's room by casino cage
  • -Excellent room rates online with players club card 

Mandalay Bay

  • ~Shark Reef ($15 each)
  • -Great swimming pool with manmade beach (property guests only)

MGM Grand

  • ~Lion Habitat 11am-11pm (Free); photo op with white tigers
  • ~$3.50: Nathan's hot dogs served at a cart by the Monorail station at MGM Grand.
  • ~ CBS Television City Research Centre: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free (Review TV shows 15-45 minutes.)
  • ~(Suggested Drinks) Fat Tuesdays
  • -Connecting point to Monorail
  • ~Emeril's Fish house
  • ~Rain Forest Cafe


  • ~Free volcano show (Top of each hour at 8pm & 9pm only)
  • ~Free white tiger display
  • ~Secret Garden $15 each (Baby dolphin!)
  • -Free monorail shuttle to Treasure Island next door

Monte Carlo

  • -relaxed comfortable atmosphere 
  • -great magic show - Lance Burton
  • -very nice

Nevada Palace

  • ~$1 blackjack, for reels - quarter roulette with a $1 minimum bet, and $1 craps with "full" double odds
  • -the table is often halved by a border.

New York New York

  • ~Times Square Bar (Duelling Pianos) No cover charge
  • -Ugly Coyote Bar 
  • ~Roller Coaster a little rough.
  • -Great food court area with NY style deli and good food; try America's Restaurant for superb Spanish omelette, Great live music


  • ~$10.95: 16-ounce T-bone steak dinner at Courtyard Cafe. Available 24 hours.


  • ~Highly suggested buffet
  • lunch served outside across from Bellagio fountains
  • Eiffel Tower restaurant requires formal jacket and tie
  • get free ride on Eiffel Tower with comp card (good at all Harrah's properties)

Planet Hollywood

  • ~(Good Crab Legs) Spice Market Buffet $13.99-$24.99
  • extensive shopping mall within the facility
  • Max's in the mall serves lunch for $6.99 - not buffet, many selections 
  • Mexican restaurant kitty-corner from Max's has great breakfast specials


  • -Loose slots; cheap eats; lots of nicotine in the air 


  • ~Free aerial Masquerade Show (Daily performances at 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm & 9:30pm) (check the schedule if going during slow season from Thanksgiving to just before Christmas. Show is performed daily, but not as often)
  • ~ Shuttle to their sister properties… Mon.,Tues.,Wed.: 10am – 1am; Thurs.-Sun.: 10am – 4am ….approx. every 15 minutes
  • ~Shuttle (entr near carnival world buffet) to Ballys(limo entrance)
  • ~Shuttle to Caesars Palace (Augusta tower /valet entrance)
  • ~Shuttle to Harrah’ s (shuttle bus/trolley drop off)
  • ~Seafood buffet is excellent, but expensive ($35 as of 8/07); but there are coupon books at properties with $10 off per person up to 4 people on a single coupon


  • ~(Cheap Eat)Hound Doggies in Penny Town Slots. $1 menu (shrimp cocktail, beer, pizza, margaritas, popcorn, icecream, etc.)
  • ~ Shuttle to Sam’s Town 950… 1120… 1250… 220… 350… 520… 650… 820… 950
  • ~$9.99: New York steak buffet at the Riviera. Available Saturday-Thursday, 10 p.m.-6 a.m.


  • -NASCAR themed cafe and rides
  • -Fastest Roller coaster in Vegas
  • -Paco's Restaurant - good Mexican Food
  • -Connection point for Monorail
  • -Great breakfast buffet for cheap (near Nascar area)! Go to the bathroom before you enter though, it's by the escalator.

Sam’s Town

  • -Shuttles are located on the west side of the casino, under the canopy:
  • ~Shuttle to Barbary Coast 1040.. 1220.. 2.. 340.. 520.. 7.. 840..1 020
  • ~Shuttle to California/Fremont St. (near valet) 9.. 1015.. 1130.. 1245. . 2.. 315.. 430.. 545..  7..  815.. 930.. 1045
  • ~Shuttle to Harrah’s 1030.. 12.. 130.. 3.. 430.. 6.. 730.. 9.. 1030
  • ~Shuttle to Tropicana 1040… 1220… 2… 340… 520… 7… 840… 1020
  • -More shuttles to several other Downtown and Strip casinos
  • -Bowling alley; movie theatre; bingo hall
  • ~$3.99 Steak and eggs. Available 24 hours
  • -Loose slots
  • ~ "Sunset Stampede", a FREE laser, light and water show; at 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily
  • ~ Mystic Falls Park (Neat indoor park)

Showcase Mall

  • -Located across from Wynn's
  • -250 shops and growing
  • -often presenting fashion shows and other entertainment in its main concourse 

Silverton -Hard to find on the local maps; relatively new (located way south of the Strip)

  • -large Bass Pro Shop connected to casino
  • -RV park nearby
  • -great lodge atmosphere
  • -reasonably priced food


  • ~$9.95: Prime rib dinner at the

Slots A Fun

  • ~$1.25 beers
  • ~$1 Blackjack
  • ~Free donuts in the morning to slot players.
  • ~Bad drink service
  • ~very old

South Point (formerly South Coast)

  • -almost half of casino floor is penny slots 


  • -3 thriller rides at top of the spire


  • ~(Cheap Eat) Café Sienna
  • ~75¢ all-beef hot dog available from a vendor cart in the sports book


  • ~$9.99: T-bone steak dinner and a beer at Bougainvillea Cafe. It's not on the menu, so ask your server about this special. Available 24 hours.
  • ~$5.99: Half-chicken dinner at Bougainvillea Cafe. It's not on the menu, so ask your server about this special.
  • -$7/8 luncheon buffet; good food, low prices
  • -Loose slots
  • -Very generous players' club benefits; also owns chain of gas stations and benefits include gas cards and discounts on auto maintenance products

Texas Station

  • ~$2.99: Three egg, hash brown and toast at the Texas Cafe. Available daily, 12 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • ~$2.49: Pancake sandwich at the Texas Cafe.

Treasure Island

  • ~Siren Show - no longer exists - permanantly closed 2-3 years ago.
  • ~(Suggested) Dishes lunch $15
  • ~ Isla - an amazing bar & Mexican restaurant. When you walk in it's hard to tell there's a restaurant behind the bar, but there is. If you can forget about the bimbo hostess everything is just amazing. Delicious drinks, food & awesome service!


  • ~Free slot pull out front to win tickets or car. (machine now at bar instead)
  • ~Shuttle to Fashion Show Mall
  • ~Shuttle to Sam’s Town 955.. 1135.. 115.. 255.. 435.. 615.. 755.. 935
  • ~Comedy Stop: Tickets $25: Shows 8 and 10:30
  • ~Pinball Hall of Fame
  • -Pay $20/Play $50 promotion:  your choice of merchandise if you don't win cash (from $100, $500, it is believed) on machine


  • ~Sign up for players club online and receive $15 in free play.
  • ~ Preview Studios: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Check out and test new products (Free).
  • ~Painted ceilings
  • ~Grand Canal Shops
  • ~Streetsmophere at Canal Shops Schedule:
  • Artiste del Arte
  • Ann Taylor: 11:30 am and 6 pm.
  • St. Mark's Square: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Movado: 11:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Living Statues Ann Taylor: Noon - 8 p.m.
  • St. Mark's Square: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Gondolier March 9:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
  • The Venetian Trio: An Evening of Musical Elegance
  • St. Mark's Square: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • All suite hotel (Smallest room is 650 Sq ft)
  • This property does not have a Buffet

Wynn - Beautiful sights

  • ~Give email address when signing up for Players Club and get $10 in free play.
  • ~ 100 points on the card earned on same day will get two free buffets.
  • ~Ferrari Show Room (Free). Access inside