Freemont Street Experience, Las Vegas
With just a couple of days to explore Las Vegas, we had more than enough to see in the Strip area. But deciding to go and see the Rat Pack show one evening at the Plaza Hotel & Casino meant a trip downtown.
This visit to the heart of downtown Vegas became one of the highlights of the trip. This is where it all began, over a century ago. I don't think I have ever seen so many bright, flashing lights and neon signs in such a small area.
You can't miss the amazing Fremont Street Experience (see Things to do tip) with its sound and light shows. And you will see some of the famous old casinos, like the Golden Nugget and Binion's, the later home to a 'zero-limit' betting policy.
Fondest memory: I also really loved all the giant neon signs, especially the one at the entrance to Fremont Street East of a giant martini glass. Along Fremont Street you will also see the famous Vegas Vic neon cowboy outside the Pioneer Casino, and the neon Glitter Gulch cowgirl advertising a girlie-show.
We stayed on and moved around the strip for several days gambling, eating and taking in all the beautiful new hotels with their features. However, we drove to the Fremont area, downtown and found a much quieter atmosphere, cheaper food & beverages and better gambling. The minimums were smaller and the odds were often better. Most craps tables had better odds and there were single deck blackjack tables with low minimums.
While the strip is more glamourous and loaded with things to see, once you've seen everything, reality sets in. On my next trip to Vegas, I'll stay downtown. I'll report back to you and let you know how it was.
I travel to Las Vegas about twice a year for business. And with each trip, I injoy a visit to the downtown core, Freemont St. at least for one evening.
Last time in Vegas, I was travelling alone and didn't want to hand over the 20 bucks for a taxi, so I jumped on the city bus, ($2.00).
It was packed, hot and smelly thanks to a fellow who (I swear) just filled his pants. Half an hour of holding my breath, I was on Freemont St. and eger to see Buckwheat Zydaco & Dr. John.
Both bands where to play (according to the advertising) Friday and Saturday. Turns out they are playing only Saturday. So, not wanting to repeat the bus experience, I grap a taxi, the driver misses my exit and trys to stick me with a $28.00 bill. I gave him 20 bucks and told him to buy a map.
Downtown Freemont Street - the old strip. Lazer shows, each hour of the evening., we saw the 7pm, 8pm and 9pm show, they all had a different theme. The atmostphere is amazing. Did not want to leave. A trip around the hotels there is also a bonus as they are all so different- The Golden Nugget still have the biggest Gold Nugget in glass case for all to see. The food in lots of the Casinos are buffet style
There were little stalls and live music too which made it a very entertaining evening.
We went in 1997 and 2000 and was so amazing still second time around.i
Fondest memory: We were lucky with the Sunshine, There was great atmostphere everywhere, music, different free shows and the strip was so magical in the evening.
Each Hotel so different and unbelievable.
Favorite thing: Check out the Fremont Experience, cruise the strip and visit the 'Ranch'. Just walking down the strip at night is an awesome experience. Even though Las Vegas is trying to be a Family Adventure these days, you must go 'childrenless' on your first trip to really enjoy what Las Vegas has to offer. Where else in the world can you visit Paris, Egypt, Venice, New York, and Rome in less than half an hour? For international dining, you must visit the Buffet at the Rio. There is nothing else like it.
Favorite thing: Of course, the hotels on 'the Strip' are beautiful and have a very 'Vegas-atmosphere', but don't forget to go to Freemont Street. It's what used to be the center of Las Vegas before they built all the new hotels on the Strip. The whole street is covered with lights and every hour orso, there's is a fascinating lightshow. This is a picture of the 'ceiling' of that street.
Plan ahead as Las Vegas room rates change almost daily. Remember the early bird, he get's the good stuff...Visit the Las Vegas Strip, take a walk at the Fremont Street Experience...best at night and visit the Stratosphere tower...the view is unforgetable.Take a trip to the Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire...enjoy the surrounding areas..you will be amazed what Las Vegas has to offer.
Fondest memory: I live in Las Vegas and the memories, should I ever have to leave I would never forget the people..they are just on of a kind.
visit the Fashion Show Mall area....
DON'T FORGET to check out Fremont Street too. This interesting area consists of FIVE city blocks of mobile entertainment stages and roaming street performers.
The most happening timings? From 7 PM to 11PM nightly. Be there... or be square! Catch a glimpse of the steel canopy over Fremont Street come alive with a sound and light show beginning at dusk and... and... continuing every hour on the hour until midnight. Awesome.
Favorite thing: Did you know that this famous sign of Vegas Vic, which is located in Freemont Street is the largest mechanical neon sign in the world!
Favorite thing: Under the big tent of Fremont Street Experience there are street musicians entertaining the crowd. The guy shown in photo writes and plays his own tunes. He sells his CD on the spot too.
Favorite thing: we left this for our last night and I am glad I did not miss it. It was an experience, like the real Las Vegas with some of the most strange caracters I had only seen on films ;-) but more real
Favorite thing: Go to the Freemont-street in the evening and watch the film that is shown on a big 'screen' over the street!!