I just visited Las Vegas for the first time in 25 years. If you go to Fremont street use the bus, shuttle or taxi. I used the bus and was surprised how from the Stratosphere to Fremont Street was not a place I would walk at night. I would not wonder to far from Fremont street on foot. There are a lot of gangs in the area and do not carry more than you can afford to lose to the slot machine or being mugged. I did not have any problems but be careful when traveling.
Originally, Treasure Island had a really cool pirate show, where pirates fight against the Britts. However, the show was changed last summer, which reopened October 26, 2003. This show is the worst show I have ever seen anywhere! There are not enough negative words to describe this show.
Treasure Island tried to add sex appeal to their show, but what they did was ruin the entire show altogether. Pirates battle (if you call it that) against the Sirens (from Homer's: The Odyssey). We are not talking about awesome sword play, but more like carefully clinging swords together in a gaylike fashion. There are a few special effects here and there, but not enough to make a difference. After the battle is over, all the characters bust out with some type of poorly choreographed dance routine; which they dance to some terrible loud music; which is played by one of the Sirens on the steal drums.
Just about the entire time I was there, I was thinking to myself, "I can't wait for this show to be over," which never seemed to end. And the worse part is, once you start watching, there is no way of escape. Everyone was packed into the show like sardines or fans at a Mexican soccer game (you get my point). And once the show was over, mass chaos in trying to get free. It must have taken us 20 minutes of pushing, kicking, screaming, and farting, to go 100 feet. Luckily I had my two-year old son in a stroller to run people over with.
Do yourself the biggest favor and skip this one. And don?t go just so you can write your own Virtual Tourist page. To make matters worse, Treasure Island took down their most famous skull & crossbones sign and changed it with a digital screen formed together by the lowercase letters of "t" & "i." This is another big mistake, because you can hardly make out what's on the screen. I?ll bet some people are going to loose their jobs over these new disasters.
In conclusion, don't go!!!
However, if you somehow feel compelled to go, the show times are as follows:
5:30pm / 7pm / 8:30pm / 10pm ? 7 days a week
I agree with what the others have said...do not wonder off Fremont Street and avoid North Las Vegas. In addition, I would avoid Maryland Ave and sidestreets off the main strip.
I had mixed feelings of the Fremont Street Experience. It's nice to see all the lights and the famous "Vegas Vic" sign but other than that I wouldn't recommend leaving the poshness of the strip to come to downtown. You see a difference in clientele on Fremont Street than those on the Strip.
If you're heading downtown, make sure you're not alone, and preferably stay away from side streets and alleys. Mugging in these areas is definitely not uncommon. Don't carry more than you can afford to lose.
The distance from the Strip to Fremont street is about 10-15 miles. We went there by bus, but first we were planning to walk there. Walking there is not the safest way to get there, the distance is not so long but the the neighborhoods looks like ***(allthough from the window of the bus). And in the Fremont street we decided to look around the area nearby. Only to blocks away from fremont we decided to go back. And all this was in day time!
Like in any other big city, pay attention when you go to downtown Las Vegas to avoid dark and deserted places. Stick to main roads and busy places.
On the Strip you won't be having this experience, because there seem to be people everywhere on the Strip.
Every Casino club I have been to has closed early to push people into the casino. Personally I want to stay till the party is dead. Also there is no love at those places; all they want is to drive people in the cattle.
The stratosphere is a tall resort that many are too scared to check out the observatory up top. If that's not enough, they have a gang named gurson park kings(G.P.K) that dwell up here . The tourists that come from anywhere but the west don't usually deal with gangs like talking about so this is for you.They throw ,on average, 2 to 3 people off,per day this 1100 ft. structure to their deaths.Right before they do it ,witnesses hear a lion roar which is their gang calling and then they say,"that was a lion ,not a cough, just take this guy and throw him off". Sounds weird but if you hear this while up there.Look around if their looking at you,,,,if they are...you might as well jump off yourself but be sure to sing Van Halen's"jump" while you go down. I did!!!!It goes "aw cant ya see me standin here i got my back against the rackin machine ,i eat the worst things you've seen , aw cant ya see what i meannnnn.Aw, might as well jump,JUMP
Pittman is about 2.5-3 miles from downtown but there are resorts in this area that draw tourists as well. I grew up in this area and saw many tourists get robbed and worse.If you visit the Skyline casino or the Joker's wild,fine,just stay on the main highway.Get a street map and find the triangle area between boulder hwy.,sunset rd.,and pabco rd. and x it out. Not a tourist friendly place!!
the Fremont st. experience is bright,exciting,alluring,and beautiful. It is also in the heart of downtown which is a very dangerous area after dark(and usually before as well).If you find yourself there,stay on fremont st. and if you're heading to the strip leaving downtown, stay on las vegas blvd. The side streets in the downtown area are very gang-infested and most eastern cities seem tame. It is not a joke so stay on Fremont st. all the way to las vegas blvd. and take a left towards the strip and be cautious until you get to desert inn blvd. then you can relax.
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