On our first night in Las Vegas we decided to walk downtown to check out the Fremont Street Experience. It took us longer than we expected to get there, but we were kept pleasantly occupied by the ridiculous number of wedding chapels that lined the street. With over 300 weddings a day, I guess there are enough eager couples in the city to keep them all in business!
I wasn’t sure what to expect downtown, but I was pleasantly surprised. About 5 blocks of Fremont Street is blocked off for pedestrian traffic only and it is covered with a canopy of 12 million LED lights. Some of Las Vegas’ oldest casinos and hotels are in the area, which gives it a unique mixture of vintage and modern. Every hour the sky lights up with Viva Vision, a 6 minute sound and light show that would impress even the biggest skeptic.
You can also catch a concert on one of the three stages along the pedestrian strip. We saw an 80’s show, which made my night; 80’s rock! If you are feeling adventurous you can take a ride on SlotZilla, a two tiered zip line that stretches the length of the pedestrian area (or halfway if you chose the lower line). It’s $20 or $40 a ride, making it an expensive attraction for the area. I would recommend doing some more elaborate zip-lining in the desert instead.
There are lots of cheap food option along Fremont Street, including $7 all you can eat salad bar or $9 prime rib at California Hotel and Casino or the famous $0.99 shrimp cocktail at Golden Gate Casino. You can also do some gambling on some classic slot machines, watch the various buskers that line the street or check out the old neon signs that are lit up at various points along the strip. I would highly recommend a visit to the Fremont Street Experience; you won’t get a real feel for Las Vegas if you don’t.