The best Las Vegas buffets aren’t necessarily the priciest. Check out these five buffets where you can eat all you want and not spend all your money.
Nicole Schaub, Arizona Republic
With all the high-stakes gambling, posh designer stores and decadent dinners crafted by celebrity chefs, there are endless ways to part with your hard-earned money in Las Vegas.
But with a little bit of planning, you can do Las Vegas on a budget without feeling like you’re missing out on a thing, according to The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.
It just takes a little strategizing to find the cheapest times to go, the most cost-effective way to get there and plenty of activities that won’t cost you a cent.
So, from choosing the best days to travel to getting the best deal on a buffet, here are ways to shave some expenses from your visit to Sin City.
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Go to Vegas midweek
The most popular days to travel to Las Vegas are Thursday and Friday. The most popular days to leave there are Sunday and Monday morning. In terms of lodging, Friday and Saturday nights typically cost more.
If you can be flexible, you’ll pay a lot less for your flight and hotel room. For instance, going there on a Sunday and coming back on a Tuesday or Wednesday will save you significantly on flight and hotel.
Don’t worry, it’s Vegas — there’s something to do every night of the week, not just on weekends.
Where to eat on a budget in Las Vegas
The days of ultracheap all-you-can-eat buffets are over, but you still can get some good deals. Check out The Arizona Republic’s list of all of the buffets in Las Vegas and consider paying for a 24-hour pass or a pass that lets you eat at several casinos.
If you’re completely price-focused, these buffets have the lowest prices on the Strip.
Not into the buffet scene? At most restaurants, lunch is more affordable than dinner. Or head off The Strip to explore some of the local-favorite restaurants.
Check websites for happy hour specials. And look into hotel and casino rewards programs: They’re free to join and sometimes offer discounts or free buffets to loyal customers.
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Check for deals online
If you’re staying at a hotel, check its website for promotions. Local websites also offer deals. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau recommends checking these:
Free and cheap things to do
Along with well-known freebies like the Fremont Street Experience, Bellagio Fountains, Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Mirage Volcano and the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign, there are quite a few free things to do in Las Vegas.
Cirque du Soleil. If the price of a ticket isn’t in your budget, check out a rehearsal instead. “Mystère” and “KA” offer a chance to see 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 at the KA Theater at MGM Grand.
Vegas Golden Knights. The Las Vegas NHL team is super popular. If you can’t afford a ticket, check out a practice at City National Arena in Summerlin.
See Big Elvis. Pete Vallee is one of the most famous Elvis Presley impersonators. He has performed more than 7,000 times on The Strip and sings all your favorite Elvis hits. Catch him in the Piano Lounge at Harrah’s.
Free art exhibits. Check out the Fine Art Collection at Aria at CityCenter on the Strip. If you have a car, head about 10 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 renovated Palms Casino Resort near the Strip.
Play pinball. Bring some quarters and check out the Pinball Hall of Fame, a museum full of 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 four beers. Price is about $9; you can take home a souvenir glass for a few dollars more. bangerbrewing.com.
Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden and Chocolate Factory. There’s no charge to tour the garden, which covers 3 acres and has 300 plants, in nearby Henderson, Nevada. If you have a few bucks to spare, sign up for a $15 chocolate tasting or a $25 chocolate-and-wine tasting. ethelm.com.
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