The Fremont Street Experience is an exciting car-free, pedestrian friendly adventure located in downtown Las Vegas. It's surrounded by casino/hotels that is beautifully landscaped and includes a misting system, retail carts, kiosks, and free mall entertainment. Plus to really amaze you, there is a "one-of-a-kind" light and sound show (presented each night at dusk).
Get your picture taken in front of 100 rare $10,000 bills - that's a cool million dollars.
Not only is this photo opportunity a good souvenir from Las Vegas, it's FREE. 4PM to midnight.
I've been informed by another VT member that this is no longer on display as of at least 2 years ago due to a change of owners. Please let me know if you find out that it is redisplayed. Thanks.
I love to head to The Golden Gate for their $.99 shrimp cocktail, which they have been serving since 1959. By 1991 they served a whopping total of 25 million!
You could really splurge and have the $1.99 shrimp and faux crab combo or the $2.99 Big Shrimp!
The Golden Gate has been around since 1906 and claims to be the smallest hotel on Fremont. I always enjoy the 'old school' atmosphere and in the evenings there is usually someone playing the grand piano featured prominently between the casino and the cafe.
the four queens is a historic casino on fremont street downtown. the four queens attracts a more "blue collar" clientelle than the more up scale casinos on the strip. lots of nickel slots and low limit table games. an interesting place to visit to see old las vegas.
Downtown has more of the feel of old Reno than Las Vegas. Downtown is centered around Fremont Street. The clubs are smaller and you can easily walk from one to the other. However, renovations are occurring there also. Prices and gambling stakes tend to be lower than on the strip. A few blocks of Fremont Street are closed to traffic and covered by a canopy. Periodic light shows occur under the canopy.
The Downtown "Freemont Experience" is one of the greatest things to see in Las Vegas. The city has built this covered street experience for us tourists. It is a computerized light & sound show that runs on the hour and is FREE! It has 4-6 different themes, which range from classical music, to western, to the airforce, and childrens themes. It is a 15 minute show that should not be missed!
Before I went to Vegas this picture was what I thought it was all about, neon, flashy and a bit kitsch. Nothing wrong with that and, of course, there is still that aspect to the city, particularly downtown.
Downtown, in Glitter Gulch, is home to the Vegas Vic sign, an iconic image of Las Vegas, and also the flashing lights of illuminated Casino fronts and signs. This is where the first casinos opened and where you’ll find recognisable names such as the Golden Nugget and the Lady Luck.
The area fell into decline during the 1980’s and early 1990’s as hotel/casino building was concentrated on the Strip, however, since the mid-1990’s and the establishment of the Freemont Street Experience (see separate tip) in 1995 the Downtown area and Glitter Gulch began to revitalise. Now, especially at night, the area is buzzing with people, entertainers and – of course, neon
At risk of sounding like a big nerd I love Victorian décor, leaded glass windows and eclectic antiques that can be found every here. What I didn’t know when I visited was that you can pick up a descriptive pamphlet (at the front desk) and take a self guided tour.
There are chandeliers from a Parisian Opera House, wonderful statues and apparently a piece of the Berlin Wall in the men’s washroom in the casino. This I can not confirm personally.
The casino was fairly quiet both times I was here and definitely an “older” crowd!
**Take the elevator (back by the Brewery I think) up to the second floor to check out the amazing wooden billiards tables!**
Take a trip to Downtown Las Vegas. Here, you'll find the original hotels and casinos of Las Vegas, and to me, it's even more vibrant than on The new Strip. There's the Golden Nugget, where you can find a huge golden nugget inside (hence the name), and I think this may be the world's largest nugget of gold. There's also Binion's Horseshoe, where the original World Series of Poker tournaments were held. Also, check out the Fremont Street Experience, a dazzling light show on the ceiling of the covered pedestrianised walkway of Fremont Street, which happens every hour on the hour from dusk.
On Fremont Street a giant LED screen towers above the pedestrian mall. The casino's old-style neon light show is really worth it. Brings you back to the era when Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel! I think many people miss this part of Vegas because they think the Bellagio, MGM Grand and the other casinos on "the strip" are all Vegas offers.
What an amazing transformation the light display has made to downtown Vegas. The light shows are on the hour every hour at night and each one is different. My tip is get there on the hour, watch the show, then pop into Binions for a nice cold beer, then watch the next one, then back into Binions for another nice cold beer, then.....I think you get the idea.
The photo was taken from the top of Stratosphere Tower. The bulk of buildings at the end of Las Vegas Blvd are the downtown casinos. In general, downtown casinos are older, smaller, and tightly built within a few blocks, while most casinos on the Strip are grander, newer, and with individual theme.
Freemont Street is old Vegas, the way it might have been before the strip took over. It has a seedier feel to it than the strip with a smattering of strip clubs to go with the hotels. Still it is worth a look.
With the Strip expansion in the 1990s, downtown Las Vegas began to suffer. The Fremont Street Experience (FSE) was built in an effort to draw tourists downtown. While greatly slowing the decline, it did not stop the decline in tourism and revenue. Downtown is still the choice for people that come to gamble and not to show off. It's where the games are smaller, meaner, dirtier, cheaper and the odds of you getting a tooth busted by a jerk are greater.
I like downtown because it feels more like what Las Vegas should feel like: everything is within walking distance; the air is more putrid; there is a sense of danger; you can bet that gangsters still hang around somewhere; drunks stagger about; guys get slashed with bottles just off the main thoroughfare; and some of the city's less fortunate will hit you up for a buck but the best here is that they have my Favorite Casino in Reno, the FITZGERALD's (now closed).
We wasted $30 in cab fare lastnight to see this brief and unworthy "show". Save yourself some time and money and don't bother. Stay in the main Strip area and avoid downtown Las Vegas. Drunks and panhandlers are on the prowl and it just plain stinks there. The Christmas light show was very brief, lasting about 2 minutes or so. We left shortly afterward. What utter waste.
If you are curious and want to see the show, but don't want to actually be there, check out a video of the show: http://www.vegasrex.com/shows/fremont-street-experience/ and watch it from the comforts of your home. I wish I did.