Ever Wonder What a Jackson ($20) Buys in Vegas

There are some who think you need a bankroll of C-notes to have a good time in Vegas, but there are plenty of places around town where flashing a Jackson (or less) will get you through the door. If you’re a bit short on the moolah, but still can’t resist the bright lights of our bawdy city, then here’s a list of really cool spots that can fill your days on the cheap, leaving those Franklins for the night.

Go Loco at Circus Circus – For just half of your 20 dollar spending limit, or a sawbuck if you like the slang, you can take a 72 second ride on one of the most insane roller coaster rides on the planet. El Loco is celebrating its first birthday at Circus Circus, yet this award winning ride never gets old. Making it even better is that it’s at Circus Circus where you can also catch a performance from the world’s largest permanent circus…. for FREE! 

El Loco at Circus Circus

El Loco at Circus Circus

Eat Like a High Roller at HRH – Don’t tell them we sent you, but if you want a cheap lunch or dinner pop a squat at Mr. Lucky’s in the Hard Rock Hotel and ask for the Gambler’s Special. For $7.77 you get steak, shrimp, two sides and ten bucks (don’t forget to tip) left over to try your luck at the casinos slot machines. At least you might get a free drink in the process even if you don’t hit 777 a second time around.

Gambler's Special at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Gambler's Special at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Pay Tribute to Picasso at the Bellagio – Starting on July 3rd and running until the beginning of 2016, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is displaying over 45 of the famed painter’s portraits. The exhibition spans over 40 years of his career, letting even the un-artful see the evolution of his work. Tickets are $19, not leaving you much spare change, but with the free Conservatory, Masatoshi Izumi Sculpture Garden and, of course the famed fountains, you’ll have plenty to see at the Bellagio and still get to keep that buck.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Swim With the Sharks at the Mandalay Bay– Don’t ever tick off anyone who works at the Mandalay Bay, but for $18, you can explore their live exhibit of over 100 sharks and 2,000 other amazing sea creatures and still live to tell about it. There are 14 distinct areas, totaling 1.6 millions of gallons of water which house some of the oceans most dangerous predators, smack dab in the middle of the desert. If you happen to be a guest at the Mandalay Bay, you can finish your tour off with a day poolside. The pool area at the resort is one of the most amazing in the country, featuring waves, lazy rivers and a sandy beach.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

We may not have scoop on what Janet and the rest of the Jackson gang are up to when in Las Vegas, but we do know how to stretch a 20 spot. Budget your days with cheap and free fun and you’ll have plenty left over to VIP in the night.

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