Fremont Street Las Vegas has gone from being just a street, to a total “Experience!”
Located in historic downtown Las Vegas, The Fremont Street Experience is an exciting blend of old Las Vegas meets new Las Vegas with a high tech flair and a cozy fair feeling. The experience makes up a five block area surrounded by classic casinos and great cafe style outdoor restaurants.
Las Vegas is so expansive that it is hard to take it all in during a few days stay. Visitors, especially thoses returning, tend to have their favorite locations where they spend most of their time. The three main areas are The Strip, Fremont Street, and Boulder Highway. Vistitors to The Strip and Boulder Highway also tend to spend most of their time near their hotels.
Many visitors to Las Vegas choose The Fremont Street Experience as their preferred location because, unlike The Strip and Boulder Highway, everything is within easy walking distance, under cover, and has a personal nostalgic feel, along with a broad array of entertainment attractions.
Beyond the legendary Casinos & Hotels located around Fremont Street, the main attractions are the free nightly shows, street performers, two concert stages, special events, and the Viva Vision canopy: the largest video screen in the world!
The Fremont Street Experience World Famous Viva Vision
The Viva Vision has more than 12 million lights that appear overhead stretching the total length of the street. Custom videos of all types are featured nightly. Music videos are a dancing array of bright lights and are very popular.
Nearly as impressive as the video images, is the concert quality audio that roars out at over 550,000 watts of power throughout a network of speakers.
Viva Vision Show times are every hour on the hour from dusk to midnight.
Fremont Street is the location of the StrEATS Festival, which takes place on the second Saturday of any given month. It is held outside the El Cortez Casino and features a beer stand and many food trucks. A DJ is always on hand to bring music to the festival. Other food spots visitors will find at this festival include a popcorn car and a stand selling gourmet coffee. There are cheap restaurants at nearby Mermaids Casino. A sampling of the foods offered includes bananas covered in chocolate and deep fried Twinkies and Oreos. Visitors can also munch on 99 cent hot dogs and $6 mini chicken sliders. For meat lovers there is even a Beef Jerky store that carries a wide selection of flavors and even Beef Jerky for vegetarians. Many typical Hawaiian foods can also be found.
For the hipsters and art buffs, the end of Fremont Street provides a fun experience. With its many bars and lounges as well as a record, store, coffee bar and art gallery it is the perfect laid back environment in which to enjoy the Fremont Street Experience on a low key basis.
For visitors who want a taste of California’s Hollywood Boulevard, Fremont Street is the perfect place to get it. There are almost always people walking around dressed as famous characters and real celebrities. Visitors are able to have their pictures taken with the street entertainers, providing them with a unique souvenir of their Fremont Street Experience.
At Fremont Street’s east end lies the Neon Museum. It was established in 1996 as a non-profit organization. The purpose of the organization was to amass a collection of neon signs to put on display for museum visitors. Neon signs are a big part of the look and feel of Las Vegas. There are three components of the Neon Museum; the Fremont Street Gallery, the Neon Signs Project and the Boneyard. The Boneyard is home to more than 100 neon signs that have been donated to or rescued by the museum. These signs are from the 1930s all up the way up through the early years of the 1990s. They all represent local businesses and motels as well as some of Las Vegas’s oldest and most celebrated casinos. The neon signs located in the Boneyard no longer light up and, as a result, can only be viewed by the public during the daytime. The Fremont Street Gallery displays a total of nine signs on both Third Street and Fremont Street. These signs can be viewed by the public at any time of the day or night. The Neon Signs Project has three neon signs that have been restored and will be acquiring more in the future.
Fans of Muay Thai will be happy to hear that in 2014 Fremont Street will be hosting many live fight events. When the first Muay Thai show of 2014 was held at Fremont Street, 1,750 people bought tickets costing anywhere from $25 each to $95 each. Thousands more people stood on Fremont Street and watched the show from a distance. These events are helping to drive even more people to the Fremont Street Experience.
Museum buffs will enjoy the nearby Las Vegas Natural History Museum as well as the Mob Museum. With a display of live insects and new exhibits coming and going frequently, no two visits to the Natural History Museum are the same. The Mob Museum tells the early history of Las Vegas as it was operated and controlled by – the Mob.
Fremont Street has adapted some of the Las Vegas Strip’s desire for continous change and upscaling (minus the implosions) with new features and attractions frequently being added, making at minimum a sure “to see” on your next visit to Las Vegas.