A trip to Las Vegas is not complete without visiting the destination’s historic downtown neighborhood. The vibrant area is home to several unique city blocks—including famed Fremont Street—that offer a variety of entertainment and attraction options, in addition to remarkable resorts and a robust dining scene.
With several things to do downtown and on Fremont Street, it’s easy to spend an entire day—or more—in the area. Here are a few can’t-miss experiences to take in when exploring all that this exciting neighborhood has to offer – all within close proximity.
Fantastic live entertainment has been a Fremont Street and Las Vegas staple since hotels first opened their doors decades ago. If you’re looking for a fun concert to go to when you’re downtown, the Fremont Street Experience puts on a free concert series throughout most of the calendar year. These concerts take place in the evening on one of two stages under the Viva Vision video screen canopy, which displays spectacular visual shows each night. Every genre of music is represented in this series—some of the headliners you’ll see at these concerts include pop rocker Rick Springfield, rapper Jelly Roll, and alt-rockers Stone Temple Pilots. The VEGAS ON team has all the insider details of what to expect at this concert series.
This outdoor entertainment venue regularly hosts music festivals and concerts with world-class production value—all with the fantastic Fremont Street skyline within view. From Latin music to EDM and country acts, the schedule is diverse and always includes lineups featuring truly anticipated acts. The space also features special events and viewing parties, including events surrounding the National Finals Rodeo in December and a Big Game bash in February.
How does viewing the entire Fremont Street Experience from 114 feet in the air sound? Do just that on this 11-story slot machine-themed zip line, which also offers a slightly shorter ride from 77 feet in the air. A true Only Vegas experience, the attraction whisks flyers through the air in prone or “superhero” style, offering an extraordinary viewing experience.
At the south end of Fremont Street, you’ll find Main Street, which connects downtown Las Vegas to the Strip and features a variety of retailers, restaurants and more. One part of this eclectic street is home to Antique Alley, which offers visitors opportunities to peruse and purchase all kinds of retro and vintage items. From furniture and housewares to artwork and clothes, Antique Alley offers an extremely unique shopping experience. Starting just north of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod and running to Charleston Blvd., fantastic treasures can be found at businesses such as Buffalo Exchange, Main Street Mercantile, and ReBAR Las Vegas, among others.
Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas is also where you can grab a cocktail that comes with a show. Flair bartenders create delicious drinks while flipping bottles in the air and performing impressive stunts with cocktail equipment that truly amaze. These talented barkeeps can be found at Circa Bar and MEGA BAR at Circa Resort & Casino, D Bar and Longbar at The D Las Vegas, and OneBar at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Circa Bar and D Bar are both outside and right on Fremont Street under the Viva Vision canopy—be sure to order something fruity, frozen, and fun! The refreshing treat is exactly what you’ll want while taking in the Fremont Street Experience.
Sunshine is plentiful in Las Vegas, which is why a pool day is a perfect way to spend an afternoon under the sun. A can’t-miss—and Only Vegas—pool experience can be found at this massive pool complex at Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino. The three-story space features a waterslide running through a shark aquarium, a jacuzzi and 17 private cabanas. If your crew is all 21 years or older, there’s also the tucked-away Hideout Pool & Bar. With so much to explore, The Tank is a sensational space to splash and swim.
Swim, splash and see the sights at Downtown Grand’s rooftop pool space, which encompasses over 35,000 square feet and features several amenities that promise a poolside day of refreshing revelry. Whether you’re sunning on a daybed, getting competitive with the outdoor lawn games or taking in the views with a cocktail in hand, this is a fabulous way to experience the sunshine in downtown Las Vegas.
The Fremont East Entertainment District is worth a stroll, and this open-air retail and entertainment space is a perfect place to soak up the neighborhood’s flavor. With specialty boutiques, chic cocktail lounges and sensational restaurants—all making a home in the moniker’s repurposed shipping containers—it’s easy to get lost in this downtown favorite. If you brought the kids (or if you’re a kid at heart), the space also features The Treehouse, complete with a 33-foot-tall slide!
Self-Guided Walking Art Tour
Each year the Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival brings in world-renowned artists to create murals on many of downtown’s buildings. The result is always breathtaking, with vibrant masterpieces in eyesight at basically every corner of the historic neighborhood. Do yourself a favor and walk the streets to take it all in—plus, it’s a perfect opportunity for an Insta-worthy selfie!
No matter what kind of experience you’re looking to have Downtown or on Fremont Street, there’s something in this fabulous neighborhood for you. After you’re done looking for things to do in Las Vegas, don’t forget to check out the world-class dining and find a resort that’s perfectly suited to your personal style!