The Vegas Strip is one of the busiest tourist areas in the world. Like most touristy locations the prices of everything can be higher than anyone sees at home. Many visitors understand this and plan appropriately. Budgeting for a vacation is never fun so hopefully, we can help.
Despite the high prices of some things on the Vegas Strip, there’s a good number of affordable family-friendly activities. There are quick and free attractions to look at on the Vegas Strip but you can only look at a sign, flowers or water for so long.
If you’re going to spend money on something you might as enjoy the experience for more than a few minutes. Here are five activities anyone in the family can enjoy on the Vegas Strip for $25 or less.
Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf at Bally’s – $11.95 per person (click here for 40%)
Monster Mini Golf has glow in the dark mini golf courses all over the country. You may be familiar with their KISS golf course at the Rio. The Twilight Zone course is the latest Monster Mini golf course in Las Vegas. Mini golf is fun all year round, but it’s especially great during the summer in Las Vegas when temperatures can get well into the 120-degree range.
The Twilight Zone Monster Mini experience is more than just a putt-putt course. It has arcade games, bowling lanes, an alternate dimension gift shop, and the only Sci-fi Wedding Chapel on Earth.
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay – $25 adults, $19 children (click here for tickets from $20)
The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is one of the most popular attractions on the Las Vegas Strip. The price of a ticket includes the aquarium as well as the Polar Journey. As you’d expect, this is not your typical aquarium experience.
The Shark Reef has more than 2,000 animals including over 100 different species. Sharks make up 15% of the different species at the aquarium. The largest exhibit at the Shark Reef is the 1.3 million gallon shipwreck where visitors walk through an acrylic tunnel and experience an almost 360-degree view with sharks and fish.
Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq – $20 weekdays, $25 weekends
Brooklyn Bowl a great entertainment concept. The property has a bowling alley, concert venue, restaurant, and a bar. The combination offers a unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else in Las Vegas. Yes, you can have a delicious meal, bowl and watch a concert while enjoying a few adult beverages all under one roof.
For the sake of this article, we’re just looking at the bowling alley as an activity. The price is only for 30 minutes of bowling but up to eight people are allowed to participate. When you split the price between a large party you can bowl for hours for as little as $20 per person.
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage – Adults $22, Children $17 (click here for tickets)
This is not the experience that most people visit Las Vegas to see. That’s part of what makes the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat such a fun experience. The Mirage is a Polynesian-themed resort and the fresh air, trees, and greenery fit the concept perfectly.
You’ll find the famous white tigers and their cubs in the Secret Garden where they share space with lions, leopards, and more. The Dolphin Habitat isn’t only a place to look at the water mammals. It’s also a research facility that tries to educate guests about the dolphins. The Mirage offers multiple dolphin packages if just a few glances aren’t enough.
Gallery of Fine Art at Bellagio – $18 (tickets here when available)
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is one of the top art exhibition halls in Las Vegas. The casino says it’s “where great art goes on vacation.” The gallery has partnerships with other art houses around the world and brings some of the most popular collections to Las Vegas. Some previous exhibitions include “Picasso: Creatures and Creativity” and “Warhol Out West.”
The gallery is a good way to bring a little calm to your Vegas vacation.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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