Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas
The Fremont Street Experience is a must see for everyone. Here is a excerpt from vegasexperience.com:
".....The Fremont Street Experience is a world famous, one of a kind entertainment venue in the heart of Las Vegas' downtown central core comprised of a 90 foot high, four block long electronic canopy that presents spectacular sight and sound shows. These nightly shows are free to the public and deliver an incredible array of sight and sound musical adventures employing the world's largest electric sign and over 550,000 watts of concert quality sound. Complementing this unique, high tech entertainment canopy is an open air pedestrian mall lined with Las Vegas' most legendary vintage casinos and hotels. In addition, the pedestrian mall has numerous stages and venues presenting a wide range of shows, musical ensembles and concerts for a constant flow of fun loving entertainment. The Fremont Street Experience district entertains over 15 million annual visitors and serves as a backdrop for movies, television, commercials and special events...."
The best thing about Fremont Street (aside from the cool light show and the outdoor concerts), is that you can very often find $1.00 beers and other cheap alcoholic beverages. This is a great place to go and get loaded without breaking the bank!
Just be sure to keep your wallet in a safe place (like your FRONT pocket)....There are quite a few pickpockets in this area of Vegas, and it is vital for tourists to be aware of their surroundings. There are many bicycle policemen riding around, and this area is very well lit, but there are also a few shady people around who are looking to steal a quick buck. But don't let me scare you off, this place is FABULOUS!
r15 years ago, my husband Allan and I visited Las Vegas on our way to a 3-month stay in California. Part of the time, we stayed on Fremont Street in the 4 Queens for about $20.00 a night! Vegas, at the time, was trying to convert to a "family friendly location. Unfortunatley, that idea was not successful. Today, the trend is toward adult entertainment. However, fortunately, the "Fremont Street Experience has improved.
Mickey and I, on this trip, wanted to see Fremont Street, and so we took a free shuttle from our resort that dropped us off in front of the 4 Queens and returned about 3 1/2 hours later. We were worried about this long amount of time; however, we need not have worried. We walked the strip, stopped in at several casinos, joined the 4 Queens Player's Club, gambled there, ate a great dinner in the Golden Nugget, and met our awaiting shuttle on time. The best part of it was seeing it all again and seeing how improved the light and music show was.
As my photographs indicate, the Neon City is still "alive and kicking"!
1. Main photo: The street sign announcing "The Fremont Street Experience"
2. Photo # 2: The 4 Queens Hotel/Casino
3. Photo #2: Glitter Gulch
4. Photo #3: The ultimate Neon Explosion
5. Photo #5: "Viva Las Vegas"...may it endure
My only warning is to be sure to stay on Fremont, and if it looks "dicey" at any time, turn around and go back to the most busy areas. The 4 Queens and The Golden Nugget were our favorite places.
On your visit to Vegas, don't forget to explore the Fremont Street experience for a fun time and a return to the way Las Vegas was in the beginning.
The Saloon has distinct eating and drinking areas, with a sort of minimalist look, and both seem popular. With a long curved frontage and outside seating it is ideal for people watching and there is plenty of opportunity on the vibrant Fremont St, especially in the evenings when the laser show is on. They have regular special offers and music at weekends. Allegedly this is one of Mayor Oscar Goodman's favourite bars.
Service is friendly and efficient although watching an American barman trying to pour a Guinness is normally enough to make me want to cry 'Havoc' and let slip the dogs of war. What is it about these guys, ask them for any ridiculously named cocktail, medium tending towards dry, on the rocks, over easy, lightly shaken with a double twist and backward pike, and they'll set to work with the type of flowing efficient artistry not seen since Torvill & Dean performed Bolero in the 1984 Olympics. But can they pour a Guinness? can they fairycakes!! That 'tick follows tock' advert should be compulsory viewing at every American Bar School.
Anyway, off my soapbox. The food is fairly good, it's a typically American menu, I can recommend the tuna melt. Overall the Saloon is a good place to spend some time if you are looking for a friendly bar with a local feel in what is overtly a tourist area. Just don't ask for Guinness !!
Dress Code: None, few places in Vegas have a dress code.
The Fremont Street Experience is a lively, active and fun time for a break and change off the Las Vegas Strip.
The big attraction seems to be the light & music show which plays on the "ceiling" which is a quasi-dome covering several blocks of downtown old Las Vegas.
Viva Vision, the LED display “canopy,” rising 90 feet in height and stretching 1,400 feet along the Fremont Street Experience promenade from Main Street to Fourth Street, forms a spectacular foyer for the existing resorts. Holding the canopy aloft are 16 columns, each weighing 26,000 pounds and capable of bearing 400,000 pounds, and 43,000 struts.
Stretching the length of nearly five football fields, Viva Vision serves as the showcase for the light and sound shows and the world’s largest graphic display system. A section comprising one fiftieth of the total canopy equals the size of the world’s current largest electric sign. Originally, nearly 2.1 million incandescent lights were housed in the canopy. With the completion of the $17 million investment, more than 12 million LED lamps illuminate the overhead canopy, creating a never-before-seen color spectrum. Within the canopy itself are 220 speakers capable of producing 550,000 watts of concert-quality sound.
Neonopolis, forming the east end of the pedestrian mall, where Las Vegas Boulevard South meets Fremont Street, is a $100 million open-air restaurant, shop and entertainment complex with a 14-screen Crown Theaters movie theater
There is also:
Light & Sound Show
All in all, a nice change from the Strip
Dress Code: Dress code here is casual unless you plan to enter any exclusive clubs that might have a dress code.
Freemont Street is a covered two block walkway that has a nightly light show projected on that ceiling. All lights are turned off in the area so that the show is visible. It consists of brightly colored lights sometimes forming figures . It is well worth the trip to the downtown area to see the show and gamble at some of the oldest casinos in town.
When in Vegas it is well worth a trip to the Fremont Street experience. Fremont is a pedestrianised walkway with a free light show on the ceiling every hour. There are casinos, bars and restaurants here as well as street entertainment and places to buy souvenirs. There are lots of the famous old casinos here like the Golden Nugget. Also don't forget to wave at Vegas Vic and Vegas Vicky!
The Fremont Street Experience is what you make it. When we were here we watched the free light show, strolled around, got free mardi gras beads from the ladies dressed up at the casino doors, drank strawberry daiquiris from novelty cups, watched the street entertainment which consisted of a man doing brilliant trapeze acts with some ribbon suspended from the ceiling and motorbike stuntmen who were driving around doing tricks inside a metal spherical cage outside The Plaza (see photos for more).
There were alot of people walking around with novelty cups but the best ones by far were sold by a man at a stall at The Plaza end of the street. Be warned, if you intend to take your novelty cups home, make sure you finish your drink or hide it in your bag because they won't let you on the Deuce bus back if you have an open drink!
Downtown is easy to get to, we just got the monorail to the Sahara Hotel then caught the Deuce bus down to Fremont. There are always plenty of people milling around so you're unlikely to get lost.
Dress Code: Dress however you feel comfortable, keep your belongings safe as it gets very busy and bustling there.
A strip club right on Fremont street in Downtown Las Vegas. Yeah, that's right, a strip club right next to all those hotels, only in Las Vegas.
As part of Freemont Street experience, you may try this strip club if you are into it. I actually did not have the chance to go inside the club due to time constraint but I might try this one the next time I visit the city. Let us give it a try!
Make sure to save an evening for The Freemont Street Experience. The downtown area was spruced up a few years ago and the "Viva Vision Canopy" with more than 12 million lights is always good for a laugh. Especially with one of those huge liquor slurpees from Blue Bayouor beer from one of the kiosks on the street!
Shows start at 9 pm and then play on the hour until midnight(?).
I love the old neon signs down here, especially Glitter Gulch and The Golden Goose and always loose a few coins at the many casinos!
Dress Code: Good walking shoes and seasonal attire. I needed a coat in December.
The Freemont Street Experience is a great place to go to people watch and get some fresh air after spending the day in the windowless casino's. To revitalize Las Vegas downtown, the city spent millions of dollars and closed off Freemont Street to cars, covered it with an awning to give the strollers some shade and gave the people some free entertainment. On the hour, starting at 6:00pm, all of the sudden the brilliant lights on the Frontier Hotel and the others will go dark and this awning, that is as long as five city blocks, lights up with a bang and the symphony quality music begins. You are drawn into the animated show that lasts for a few minutes.
Once this show is over the awning goes black and the lights on the casino marques blink back on till the next hour.
As you stroll down Freemont St you will notice street actors and comedians. Artist's booths are also dotted along the way. Musicians play their tunes and hawk their CD's. There is a bandstand set up with live music as well.
Dress Code: Comfortable shoes
Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas is probably the most famous location in Las Vegas. It's very famous through all the movies and tv-series shot right here.
It's the place where Las Vegas was established in 1855 and where, because of mob activities, Las Vegas was put on the map in 1905. Hotel Nevada was the first casino-hotel on Fremont Street in 1906 and the first neon sign appeared in 1934.
A nice casino-hotel to visit is The Golden Nugget Hotel Casino (established in 1946) in which you'll find an enormous nugget of gold in the lobby. One hundred dollar bills adorn the walls of The Binion's Horseshoe. Of course the neon signs of the cowboy and cowgirl are very famous and something you must see when you're in Las Vegas.
Once the sun goes down, they light up the dome over Fremont Street. It is quite an amazing show and one that I would never have known about if I hadn't stayed at a hotel over there. It's worth checking out even if you aren't staying on Fremont Street.
A bunch of casinos with their doors open to you within two blocks, as women with Mardi Gras beads try to lure you in. Hop casinos, buy drinks, collect beads, buy trinkets in the touristy shops, check out the chicks hanging out trying to get you into the Glitter Gulch.
Dress Code: Anything goes. Touristy to slutty. Everyone's welcome.
Fremont Street is a must see. Golden Nugget, Four Queens and many other 'original' casinos share this street. A canopy like ceiling has been built over the street, which performs an incredible light show once or twice an hour(at night only). Gotta See It!
Dress Code: Comfortable shoes..
Downtown...Freemont Street Expierence. Just walking along Freemont street after dark, casino hopping, is the most fun and relatively cheap.
The Downtown area give the atmosphere of both the new and the old 'Vegas'. Traditional gambling with some very new and exciting technology.
Dress Code: There is no dress code. And you'll see almost any and everything along the streets.
With its $70 million light canopy, $17 million in upgrades and 550,000-watt sound system, the Fremont Street Experience is sure to mesmerize.
Positioned 90 feet above Fremont Street, the attraction stretches 1,400 feet and consists of 12.5 million synchronized LED modules, including 180 strobes and eight robotic mirrors per block. It's capable of producing millions of color combinations, animation and video feeds, allowing the display to switch from a swirling ocean setting to a television broadcast in minutes.
The Fremont Street Experience is the perfect place to take in the "real" Vegas. With the groundbreaking technology of the sound and light show alongside some of Vegas' oldest and best-known neon signs (Glitter Gulch's Vegas Vickie and the equally recognizable Vegas Vic), the spirit of Las Vegas is truly represented.
Dress Code: At the Fremont Street Experience promenade, guests are able to shop at a number of retail shops, kiosks and souvenir stands while waiting for the sound and light shows to begin. In addition, entertainment can be found with a number of street performers and musicians.