12 Free and Cheap Date Ideas in Las Vegas

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19 July 2017

Las Vegas and love go hand in hand; the drive-thru and 24-hour wedding chapels throughout the city can attest to that. For those not quite ready to walk down the aisle, there are plenty of places for lovers to enjoy each other’s company without spending a lot of money. Whether with your long-term partner or someone you met at a nightclub, here are 12 free or easy date ideas to try in Las Vegas.

Play a game at Gold Spike

For those who want to avoid the typical first date ideas, Gold Spike is a good place to start. In the heart of downtown Las Vegas, Gold Spike serves as a popular nightlife spot on the weekends. There’s a diner on the bottom floor, as well as three bar setups and a dance floor. The lobby and courtyard serve as a playground for grown-ups. With pool tables and shuffleboard inside, and beer pong and cornhole outside, Gold Spike is an easy choice for a first date.

Gold Spike, 217 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 476 1082

Dinner and a movie at Eclipse Theater

When it comes to going out, it’s hard to go wrong with dinner and a movie. Eclipse Theater in downtown Las Vegas takes the movie-watching experience to a whole new level. This theater provides dining options for customers during showtimes, as well as a wine and cocktail list. Guests can relax in the lounge before or after their movie; it hosts different events throughout the month, including comedy shows and indie film debuts.

Eclipse Theater, 814 S 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 816 4300

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

For the creatively inclined, a night at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is a natural choice for a night out. Inside, guests can view masterpieces from world-renowned painters such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Claude Monet. The current collection, I Am the Greatest, is a tribute to the life of the late Muhammad Ali and is on view until September.

After you finish at the gallery, head over to Palio for coffee or gelato.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 693 7871

Take a ride on The Roller Coaster

The brave at heart and adventurous spirits will want to take a ride on The Roller Coaster, also known as the Manhattan Express. The 180-foot-tall (54.9 meters) roller coaster is the main attraction at the New York New York, and part of the Big Apple Arcade. After you and your date take the three-minute ride in and around the hotel, you can return to the rest of the arcade to challenge each other to Dance Dance Revolution or air hockey.

New York New York, 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 740 6969

Eat at La Comida

There’s at least one restaurant on every corner in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, but the neon pink monkey above La Comida sets this little Mexican eatery apart from its neighbors. La Comida looks like a bar you might find in the middle of Mexico; the rosaries and light fixtures give the establishment an enigmatic appeal. The margaritas are the star of the show at La Comida, but the food comes in a close second. Favorite dishes include the chile rellenos, queso fundido, and the fajitas.

La Comida, 100 S 6th St, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 463 9900

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See Marriage Can Be Murder

Dinner theater might seem like it’s a thing of the past, but it is alive and well in Sin City. Marriage Can Be Murder has been showing in Las Vegas since the late ’90s and remains one of the longest-running dinner shows in the city. The play is the work of real-life married couple Jayne and Eric Post, both of whom also star in the show. Ticket prices include entrance to the show and a three-course meal.

Marriage Can Be Murder, 301 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 388 2111

Eiffel Tower Observation Deck

For a romantic evening, try the Eiffel Tower observation deck. This version of the Eiffel Tower is only half the size of the real thing, but it offers an impressive view of the city. When you get to the top of the tower, you get a 360-degree view of Las Vegas, and at night, it’s a stunning view for sure. After enjoying the majestic vistas from the tower, you can head down to the La Creperie for crepes and coffee.

Paris Las Vegas, 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, USA, + 1 702 946 7000

Explore Fremont Street Experience

If you’d rather take your date outdoors, try taking a stroll through Fremont Street Experience. The LED light show plays every hour at night, featuring the music of different genres and generations. In between the light shows, you can enjoy the cast of characters, painters, street performers, vendors, and musicians, changing the landscape of Fremont Street just a little each night. There’s also a host of bars and restaurants to choose from in the area to continue the evening, including Downtown Cocktail Room, La Comida, and Pizza Rock.

Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 678 5600

Hike at Red Rock

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Hiking trail along slope in the foothills of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside of Las Vegas, Nevada
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Those who love the outdoors will want to head out to Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. The 19 hiking trails offer views of the mountains and the city that you can’t find in Las Vegas. To make a day out of it, set up a picnic at Red Rock Canyon Campground or take a scenic drive on the 13-mile (20.9-kilometer) loop that cuts through the park.

Drink at 1923

1923 Bourbon Bar is the place to go for a night out with a twist. It’s one of a handful of speakeasy bars in Las Vegas, making it a unique place to take a date. You’ll find the little bar inside Mandalay Place, the shopping promenade that connects Mandalay Bay and the Luxor. The cigar lounge allows for an intimate evening with your special someone, and the extensive wine and bourbon list will ensure that there’s always something new to try.

1923 is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

1923 Bourbon Bar, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd #200b, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 912 4001

VR Adventures at the LINQ

At VR Adventures, the saying “the couple that plays together, stays together” is put to the test. This virtual reality experience is within walking distance from the High Roller® inside the LINQ. With five simulations to choose from, you and your special someone can do almost anything; for example, you can fly like a superhero or even battle monsters inside a haunted house. When you’re done, wander down to Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop or Carlos ’N Charlie’s to finish out the evening.

VR Adventures, 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 734 0642

The High Roller® at the LINQ

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The High Roller at the LINQ | © Prayitno/Flickr
The High Roller at the LINQ | © Prayitno / Flickr
Another great viewpoint in the city is atop the High Roller®. The giant observation wheel is the star attraction of the LINQ and offers a one-of-a-kind view of the Las Vegas Strip. This new addition to the Las Vegas skyline reaches a height of 550 feet (167.6 meters) over the course of 30 minutes. For an extra special ride, guests can take part in the High Roller Wheel Chocolate Tasting Experience. This added feature allows guests to sample chocolates from the local Ethel M. Factory, paired with a glass of wine.