If there is one place that you should’nt miss in Vegas outside the Strip, it is Downtown. Over 19 million visitors come each year in this famous pedestrian area: Fremont Street Experience. The Strip took all the glory in the 1980s and 1990s, but in the early 2000s, the old Las Vegas got a new lease of life revamping the main street. Anecdotally, the street was named after John Charles Fremont, an anti-slavery explorer and American politician.
We advise you to go there at night, even if the atmosphere is festive anytime. Shopping, dining and entertaining, Fremont Street Experience gathers every thing that makes Vegas so special. Only one night would not be enough to enjoy it to the full.
Every night, the light show ‘Viva vision‘ is held on the largest screen in the world (12.5 million leds on over 460 meters!). The show lasts about 6 minutes and it starts every hour from dusk, between 6pm and 8pm and until midnight or 1am during summer. Three stages regularly host free concerts, usually on Friday and Saturday night. You will also come across street artists, especially costumed singers.
Day or night, this will be the opportunity for you to pluck up your courage and to try SlotZilla Zipline, jumping from the great slot machine and to enjoy the show from high on about 530 meters and see Fremont from another angle.
On Fremont Street, you will also find the most famous old hotels and casinos, many of them used as Hollywood sets: Four Queens, Fremont, Binion’s Horseshoe and the Golden Nugget, which features one of the most beautiful swimming pools in Vegas and where you can see the biggest golden nugget in the world, as its name suggests.
You like these famous casinos and you prefer this atmosphere to the Strip’s? Then walk 15 minutes to The Neon Museum. With the city’s old signs, you will discover the old Las Vegas and enjoy many vintage items.
If you are visiting Vegas with your children, you might want to go there during the day, as the atmosphere can sometimes deteriorate at night.