Weekend Guide to Las Vegas on a Budget

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Weekend Guide to Las Vegas on a Budget

Las Vegas in one of the ultimate destinations in the United States. From bachelorette parties to family vacations, Vegas is home to literally everything. With so many things to do, it’s hard to figure out which options are the best. After hours of research, failed groupons, and tested trials, I have complied a 3-day guide to Sin City that won’t break the bank.

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Treasure Island

Where To Stay:

Finding a hotel room on the strip can be expensive, especially on weekends. First tip: always keep your eye out for deals. For this past spring break, I was able to snag a good deal for the Flamingo hotel. I’d suggest before settling, scroll through all hotels for a good deal before making a decision. Sometimes you will find high-end hotel are cheaper than usual.

Flamingo – average cost is $100 per night

Caesars – average cost is $170 per night

Treasure Island – average cost is $88 per night

Bellagio – average cost is $220 per night (up to $450 on weekends)

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Paris in Las Vegas

Venetian – average cost is $170 per night

Circus Circus – average cost is $60 per night

Cosmopolitan – average cost is $240 per night (up to $400 on weekends)

MGM Grand – average cost is $160 per night

New York, New York – average cost is $200 per night

Paris – average cost is $220 per night


If you are looking to truly save on food, buffets are the way to go in Vegas. Food on the strip can get expensive. You can easily find groupons and deals online for almost every buffet in Vegas. Sometimes hotels offer deals for visitors. When I was in Vegas this past weekend, I found a deal for a 24-hour pass to 5 different buffets in different hotels for around $59. I didn’t have the time to try this out for myself, but other visitors I have talked to say this is well worth it, especially if you are traveling around the strip.

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Henry’s French Toast


Henry’s @ the Cosmopolitan – BEST BREAKFAST IN VEGAS! Amazing food for an even better price. I had the french toast and the potion was huge. You could easily split it between two people. I highly recommend trying this place out. It’s to you right as soon as you enter the main building.

The Egg & I – The service was very friendly and the food came very fast. I really enjoyed the biscuits and gravy. Their hash browns are to die for.

Eat. – I heard this place had some awesome dishes. I will be visiting this place next time I travel to Vegas (and will hopefully update this page with the review).

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Bobby’s Burgers

Lunch and Dinner:

Bobby’s Burger Place – I really enjoyed the burger I had here. The potato chips on top gave it a unique crunch. It really hit the spot after a ton of walking (By the way, invest in good, comfortable shoes for Vegas. Your feet will thank you).

Rollin Smoke Barbeque – This place has some great BQQ. I recommend the mac n’ cheese.

Joe’s Seafood and Prime Steak – If you are looking for a mind-blowing splurging dinner, this is your location. Their best dishes are the stone crab and key lime pie. If you stop by and try this place, be sure to comment below letting me know your thoughts!

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Elvis Wedding Chapel

Day Activities:

Pinball Hall of Frame – This place was so fun! Your quarters go a long way here. My favorites were the Simpson’s theme and the Aerosmith theme. I hadn’t played pinball in a long time, and this place put a smile right on my face.

Big Apple Rollercoaster – For $55, you can get 2 tickets to the coaster, a toy, and 300 game credits. The coaster was so fun! I’ve been to a ton of amusements and this rollercoaster is up-to-par with most of their attractions. When purchasing the pack, I thought the game credits would be pretty useless. I was VERY wrong. These credits lasted me for hours. I had a great time playing all kinds of different games. Also, I got a souvenir teddy bear out of the experience. Worth it!

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Fremont Street in Las Vegas

Night Activities:

High Roller – There are some amazing coupons for the High Roller all over Vegas. I can only image the great shots you can get from the top. If you have ever been here, or are heading to Vegas soon, send me your pictures with the hashtag #getwanderlost on Instagram. I would love to see your pictures!

Slotzilla at Fremont Street – Though I went on a super packed day and my “flight” was delayed, ziplining through Fremont was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. Once you are flying, it feels so surreal, you forget how high you are. I recommend trying this if you are a thrill-seeker like me.

Walking Dead at Fremont Street – While waiting for the zipline, I tried my hand at killing zombies in the Walking Dead Experience. I had so much fun. The acting was amazing. They really sold it. Plus, the 4-D zombie killing game was worth every penny. I’ve been to the Walking Dead at Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios, and this was walk-through was just as fun.

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New York, New York

Overall, I had a fun time in Las Vegas. I hope my recommendations help you find budget-friendly ways to have fun. If you try any of these out, let me know in the comments. Also, if you have anymore great places to recommend, comment below to help others!

If you are looking for the best way to study while partying up in Vegas (or any other place, check out my blog post on the best tips and tricks.

Like this Weekend Guide? Check out my others on Huntington Beach and Salt Lake City!

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