There are a lot of ways to spend the day in Las Vegas with spending little to no money. One of the best ways to enjoy the Vegas Strip is to do some window shopping. I’m talking about the traditional way to go window shopping and non-traditional way to go window shopping. There is a lot to see in Las Vegas and it can take a full day to see it.
Traditional window shopping often takes us to retail outlets where we’ll look and possibly play with things we’d like to purchase but probably won’t. Well, there’s a lot of that to do in Las Vegas. Window shopping on the Vegas Strip will take you anywhere from the most exclusive shops to second hand goods. I’d normally start with the fancy things to do but in this case the more gritty places are unique and only found in Las Vegas.
Your day of window shopping begins in between where the hotels are on the Vegas Strip and Downtown Vegas at Gold and Silver Pawn. G & S Pawn is located at 713 Las Vegas Blvd. just north of the Stratosphere. This is the pawn shop that most people know as the place where the TV show “Pawn Stars” is recorded. There are a plethora of pawn shops in Las Vegas but this is easily the most popular. You’ll often see stars of the TV show here. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line to look at some pretty random second hand goods.
After spending a little while on the set of a TV show looking at second hand goods you can head a little south and just off the Vegas Strip to Rick’s Restorations. You may be familiar with Rick’s from their TV show on the History Channel “American Restorations”. While you’ll find simple goods that need to be sold for quick cash at G & S Pawn you can expect to see many unique vintage items at Rick’s Restorations ranging from items like slot machines to barber chairs to gas pumps. You may even find some old war artifacts here. You can spend hours here and probably work up a nice appetite for lunch.
The Fashion Show Mall is no different than any mall in you’ll visit with the exception that it’s right on the Vegas Strip. The best window shopping you’ll have here are the people on the Vegas Strip while you’re eating a delicious burger outside at StripBurger. Yes, the people watching on the Vegas Strip is timeless and always fun but these burgers are fantastic and one of the hidden gems on the Vegas Strip. Follow @stripburger for some discounts.
After your burger you can cross the street to Palazzo where you can head to the Grand Canal Shoppes which will connect you to Venetian. You’ll find some of the stores at malls across the country but you’ll also find a unique environment housing these shoppes. In the middle of the Grand Canal Shoppes you’ll find an St. Marks Square where you’ll be treated to stilt walkers, jugglers, mimes and live statues entertaining the crowd. Entertainment is different depending on the time and day. If you’re looking to spend a few bucks you can take a Gondola ride or head into Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
If you’re new to Las Vegas one of the best ways to inexpensively spend a day is simply walking up and down the Vegas Strip. The hotels are so unique that this kind of window shopping is a must on whatever time frame you can handle. The south end of the strip offers a walk from Mandalay Bay to the Luxor Pyramid to Excalibur Castle to New York-New York’s take on New York City. If you’re on the north end of the strip just taking in the beauty the building from Wynn to The Mirage Volcano and Venetian will offer sites that you won’t find anywhere else.
These are places that make Las Vegas such a special place to visit and they’re available for you to enjoy for no cost. Exploring the Vegas Strip is one of the best bargain activities you will find in Las Vegas.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.