Fremont Street is where Las Vegas oldest casinos are. It's interesting to feel the "retro" vibe while walking and seeing how it's all about the little things like the signs or the costumes, compared to the casinos on The Strip.
The street is indoors and has a roof where light shows are done everyday, on the hour, for free. They promote themselves of having "the biggest big screen on the planet". The light shows are free, about 5-6 minutes long, with good sound and resolution, and that's the one time where everyone simply stops what they're doing and look up. The day we were there, we had the chance to see a Queen and a Kiss tribute.
I gotta say that for Queen there were only 2 songs performed, "We will rock you" and "We are the champions" (with pictures of soldiers, firefighters, nurses, doctors and everyone who makes the US a good country) and when they were done I was left asking for more. For
Kiss, it was "Shout it out loud", "Lick it up" and "Rock and roll all night".
Between shows, we saw this street artist painting a portrait (picture 4) with spray paint instead of the usual oil or water colors. It was entertaining to see him paint one of the people from the street.
See the schedules on the Viva Vision page.
Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas (in other words, not on the Strip) is the amazing Fremont Street Experience. Casino lined Fremont Street has been topped with a 427m long canopy which is home to (borrowed from the website) "Viva Vision, the biggest big screen on the planet. More than 12 million lights in the Viva Vision canopy and 550,000 watts of concert quality sound pumped to speakers throughout the venue produce an incredible array of eye-popping imagery and heart pounding music."
This captivating sound and light show plays hourly, between dusk and midnight. It is very loud and very bright. Check out the photos to try and get an idea.
Also along the street are old-style casinos, their facades covered in flashing lights and massive neon signs. There is a large stage where a band was playing loudly. Oh, and there was a motorbike display which involved bikes spinning around inside a metal globe - hard to explain and hard to see from the photo, but at one stage there were three guys on full-size bikes riding around inside the globe, some how managing not to smash into each other.
This part of town is really worth a look, so jump in a taxi from the Strip and come and spend some time one evening experiencing Fremont Street.
I LOVE downtown Las Vegas, it reminds me of gansters and hookers. Prices are cheaper than on the strip, and if you are into tacky little Vegas souveniers, this is the place! Especially the kiosks! If it is plastic, silk-screened or tasteless, you will find it here. Freemont Street is best experienced at night - the light show is spectacular! but beware, while looking at the lights, local theives are looking for your wallets... one of the casinos is famous for 'fried twinkies' - gross sounding, I know. But decadent and worth a try ... but not alone, the sugar load will put you into shock since the fried twinkie is covered with powdered sugar and chocolate chips .......
Freemont Business owners were really smart to create this venue. This I think has saved the original gambling area. They encase the original Vegas strip with a dome, so at night they can have awesome nightly shows that reflect along the whole length of the covering. It is really awesome to see in person.
Hours of operation: The show plays from dusk to midnight nightly.
The Freemont Street Experience is a light and music show that goes on from 7:00 PM through midnight. Freemont has been closed to traffic and there are vendors with all types of souvenirs and gifts. The street has been covered with a network of lights and a computer runs various scenic shows while appropriate music is played.
The best to place to watch this, is the balcony (2nd Floor) of the Fitzgerald’s with a tasteful cocktail. BUT GET THERE EARLY to get a seat on the balcony. (FREEBIE)
This is a computer generated light and sound show that takes place on a canapy stretching over 4 blocks of Freemont Sreet 90ft in the air. They recently did a complete overhaul and added even more lights and a better sound system. Shows are every hour from 8 pm until 12 midnight and vary each hour. It is a must see in my book!
The Fremont Street Experience is a 5-block open-air pedestrian mall, a landscaped strip of outdoor cafes, vendor carts, and colorful kiosks purveying food and merchandise.
You hear a musical heartbeat and lookup as the metal canopy of lights above you explodes with sound and color. When those lights go on, all of the casino and shop lights turn dark. Every night there is a high-tech light-and-laser show (the canopy is equipped with more than 2.1 million lights) enhanced by a concert-hall-quality sound system. It comes toward you and goes past your head at incredible speed.
The Fremont Street Experience includes "Odyssey: The Illuminating Journey," which travels from the rain forest to the urban jungle, "Dancing in the Street," a musical medley of songs by The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin, as well as tributes to Vegas legends, country music and classic rock. New to the lineup are "Area 51," in which earthlings go head-to-head with a fleet of aliens and "The Drop," a psychedelic adventure kicked off by a single drop of water.
Amazing what electronics can do these days.
* Hours of operation: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight nightly.
Okay, you are in Las Vegas and you want something that will help relax and have that feel good, glad I came here touch. Then look no further than downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street. High above the street, which is closed off from dusk till midnight, nightly, will be the Viva Vision "Fremont Street Experience". What is it. Well it is a light, music, and display show of cartoon, real life, and dancers. Each show lasts about 6 minutes and is shown on the world's largest screen at 1,500 feet in length. Over 12 million synchronized LED lamps with strobe lights and robotic mirrors fill the overhead arched screen with color and sound that is seen from the blocked off 4 blocks of Fremont Street.
The best part is that it is free. Bring everyone in your family to stand out on the pedestrian only street and look up for an exciting 6 minutes. Shows come up about every 15 minutes and they are rotated to give a different look each time the lights come up. Parking is in the downtown casinos large parking structures, so walking is not a problem. Parking may cost money at some structures, but look for a free parking validation booth. Join the throngs of locals and tourists alike for this spectacular display. Something different, something to remember and something to talk about when you get home. See my short video of the "Fremont Street Experience"
When we ventured to Fremont Street, it was specifically to experience the Light and Music show [which I had seen 15 years ago when it was first introduced in Vegas. Mickey had never seen it. What is it? The Fremont Street Experience entails the use of the world's largest LED screen that spans the length of five football fields and covers a huge amount of Fremont Street at Las Vegas Boulevard in the downtown portion of Las Vegas. There are shows nightly, and, believe it or not, they are free! It's quite a spectacular event that mesmerizes the crowds who sing along to the music and stare upward at the fascinating lights that create strange and beautiful shapes and designs. See the two photographs.
It certainly is more sophisticated than it was when I observed it in 1996.
You can visit the website for more information on show times, shows, live acts, and technical information so I'll tell you what I "experienced on Freemont Street."
Freemont Street is one street that is mainly enclosed under a large dome-like structure that is called Viva Vision. Viva Vision - is a huge overhead screen that projects mini-musical ensembles and a feast of colour and spledor for the eyes. Its a visual delight. Have you ever been to a planetarium? It's kind of like that but with a lot more razzle dazzle and you're standing as opposed to seated. Each mini-musical is different and lasts about 10 minutes. They usually show every hour on the hour after dusk. You'll know when a show is coming on because all of the lights from the hotels and vendors suddenly go off and you're left wondering if there is a power blackout. But all of a sudden the music and lights overhead boom on and everyone stops to watch. (This is where pickpockets may be lurking so just be cautious).
Taking photos of it is like taking pictures of the Grand Canyon - easy to do and great for memories but hard to capture the actual experience of being there. The overhead shows we seen were all family-friendly. Since the dome covers the whole part of the experience there really isn't a bad spot in which to see it from. Wherever you're standing will do just fine. And best of all - it's free!
Whereas the casinos of yesteryear on the Strip are being demolished for future construction, the casinos downtown are embraced for their antiquated appeal. The majority of them line Fremont Street which has been heavily renovated to bring the almighty tourist dollar back downtown. Every hour in the evenings (check website for exact times), a digital display of color and sound splashes above the heads of strolling pedestrians on Fremont Street, and it's a sight not to miss!
every night (i think starting at 10 pm) there is a great light show on the cieling at fermont tstreet (near the 4 queens hotel)
al the shops and hotels put their lights of and there is alot of music and lights
it takes 5 minutes or so but the place is nice to walk around and get some drinks
fremont street is located in downtown las vegas. many years ago this gambling area was eclipsed by the newer and more upscale hotels and casinos on the strip. a number of years ago this area built a canopy over two blocks of fremont street that has a impressive multimedia light show after dark. the fremont street experience light show has helped bring tourists and gamblers back to downtown. for more info on downtown see my fremont street casino tips. the best time to visit fremont street is at night when the light show is on display.
I was shocked when I overheard a local say that going to Freemont Street was a waste of time. It was one of the highlights of my trip! We stayed at the Vegas Club in downtown Vegas which is located right at the beginning of "The Freemont Street Experience".
So what is Downtown/Freemont Street? It is the main street in downtown Las Vegas - not to be confused with the Las Vegas Strip.
Downtown/Freemont Street is about a 5 or 10 minute car ride from the Strip. Downtown/Freemont Street is accessible by the CAT System (Citizens Area Transit) The Deuce a.k.a.city bus. It is NOT walking distance between the two.
On weekends the hotels on The Strip charge an arm and a leg, so staying Downtown/Freemont Street on the weekend is a much more affordable alternative. Plus, if you're still looking for a great street-long party, but not the elbow-to-elbow standing room of the Strip on a weekend, then the Downtown/Freemont Street is the place to be. If you do decide to stay Downtown/Freemont Street you'll likely only need one night. Stay in one of the hotels under the Freemont Street Experience - not El Cortez or one of the other hotels further down. Too many scary creatures and no security really once you leave under the Viva Vision dome. DO stay at Fitzgeralds, Binions, 4Queens, Vegas Club, or the Plaza.
If you're staying on the Strip and just want to visit Downtown/Freemont Street then I'd suggest getting on The Deuce (public bus transit) and getting a 24-hour-pass for $5. Go to Freemont Street after 7pm and expect to leave around midnight.
The only transportation you'll need when you get to Freemont Street is your own two feet. I thought there was supposed to be a huge neon museum on Freemont Street - but what it is, is actually an outdoor complex called the Neonopolis, which has several neon signs attached to the inner structure. See the attached websites for more information.
This is the older part of Las Vegas and as I said in previous tip where it all began. Then I assume that the main Strip started to develop and so Freemont Street sort of got left behind. But with the Viva Vision, sound and light display which is on every night people flock here to see it and its well worth it.
The theme can be different at each showing.