20 Incredibly Romantic Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas

February 11, 2015

Valentine’s Day is here again, which means your procrastination has probably resulted in feelings of panic and dread as you search frantically for romantic things to do with that special someone who might toss a shoe at your head if you don’t get your act together.

Have no fear! There’s a nearly infinite list of romantic things to do in downtown Las Vegas. And exactly none of them will cost anywhere near $30,000. Here we go.

1. Stroll Along the World’s Most Sparkly Street

It’s so simple, yet so romantic. Fremont Street Experience is a thrill for the senses. The lights. The sounds. The people-watching! And it all happens beneath the world’s biggest video screen. No, really. It’s huge. Five football fields huge. So, stroll, people-watch, make out. It’s downtown Vegas, we won’t judge.

Fremont Street stroll

You’ve never really people-watched until you’ve people-watched on Fremont Street.

2. Play the Titanic Slot Machine Together

Nothing says romance like sitting side-by-side with that special someone making wagers against a backdrop of a timeless cinematic love affair.

Titanic slot machine

Don’t cry because it ended, smile because it happened. Or something.

3. Take a Free Portrait With a Million Clams

If you’re like most people, few things will get you in the mood as quickly as a million bucks in cash. At Binion’s, you can get a free photo with a million dollars. No catch!

Million dollar photo

Thanks to Binion’s regulars Dave and Sheri for letting us snoop on their pic.

4. Fly the SlotZilla Zip Line Together

Here’s a sure-fire way to add some excitement to your relationship. Not that you need that, of course. Moving on. Fly the SlotZilla zip line, one of the most exciting attractions in Sin City! Flying on SlotZilla is twice the fun as a couple. See downtown as you’ve never seen it before, and we promise it’ll take weeks to get that smile off your face.

SlotZilla couple

Each of SlotZilla’s line levels (the lower Zipline and upper Zoomline) can accommodate four people, so, technically, you can have an eightsome. Just saying.

5. Have Your Fortune Told

Fremont Street has its own fortune teller, so stop by and see what the future has in store for your relationship. Tip: If the fortune teller says something you don’t like, you can always fall back on, “Honey, our visit to the fortune teller was intended to be ironic in nature and we assume no liability for inaccurate predictions or specific outcomes.” That one has romance written all over it.

Fortune teller

Palm reading is also known as “chiromancy,” which sounds a lot better than its traditional name, “hooey.”

6. Dine Out in Style

Downtown has a great line-up of fine dining restaurants to prove your devotion. There’s Andiamo Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas, Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse at Golden Nugget, the Top of Binion’s Steakhouse and Hugo’s Cellar at Four Queens. At Hugo’s, ladies get a rose, and not just on Valentine’s Day. That’s old-school class, baby.

Hugo's Cellar roses

Actual Hugo’s Cellar roses. No petals were harmed in the taking of this photo.

7. Practice “Safe Sax”

Pretty much every night of the week you can listen to the musical stylings of Fremont Street’s resident “safe sax” expert, Carl Ferris. He’s been getting Fremont Street visitors in the mood for the last 14 years.

Carl Ferris sax

Saxophones were once voted “Instrument Most Likely to Get Your Significant Other All Riled Up.”

8. Share Candied Apples

What’s sexier than chocolate? How about red chocolate? The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at the Fremont casino has specialty candy apples around Valentine’s Day, and they’re the perfect fuel for your night out on Fremont Street. Or night in. Again, no judging.

Valentine's Day candy apple

Say hello to the Valentine Red Chocolate Curl Apple.

9. Fake a Quickie Vegas Wedding

The Photo Magic kiosk on Fremont Street can superimpose your face, and that of your love, on the bodies of other people. The resulting keepsakes can be used to shock and delight family members with news of your Las Vegas elopement, among other things.

Photo Magic

Bonus: You might snag some sweet wedding gifts out of the deal.

10. Have an Actual Las Vegas Wedding

It doesn’t get much more romantic than actually getting married in true Las Vegas style. There are lots of venues for weddings downtown, and they’re all entirely unforgettable. You can get married on a balcony at The D Las Vegas, at the Mob Museum (see photo below), in the Neon Boneyard or even at Denny’s. No, really, Denny’s. If you’re looking for a spectacular way to propose, do it on the Fremont Street Experience Viva Vision screen! Here’s How!

Mob Museum wedding

Three words: Mob. Museum. Wedding. Hey, you either get Vegas or you don’t.

11. Have Your Undergarments Scared Off By a Fire-Breathing Mantis

Hey, there’s a reason people take dates to scary movies. Having a bonding moment at the Downtown Container Park, just a couple of blocks from Fremont Street Experience, where a giant praying mantis lights up the night sky with bursts of fire. The sound gives visitors a jolt, a wonderful facilitator of bodily contact.

Praying mantis

You truly never know what you’ll find in downtown Las Vegas.

12. Add a Lock to the Love Locket

While you’re at Downtown Container Park, add a lock to the piece of interactive art, by artist Nova May, just outside the main entrance, the Love Locket. The Love Locket was originally created for the Life is Beautiful music festival, but now it’s a testament to the vibrant community that is downtown Las Vegas.

Love Locket

Proof downtown Las Vegas has a big heart.

13. Work Your Mojo With a Couples Massage

Massages are a sure-fire way to win the heart of your true love, and a couples massage means there’s something in it for you, too. The newly-renovated spa at Golden Nugget offers couples massages and other services to put you and your special someone in the mood. Check out those Valentine’s Day specials, too.

Golden Nugget spa

The Golden Nugget spa is on the hotel’s second floor (use the elevators near Grotto restaurant) between “Lower, please” and “Whoa, not that low!”

14. Catch a Show

No tickets necessary! There’s free, live entertainment every night of the week at Fremont Street Experience. Here’s the schedule of bands so you can better plan your woo.

Zowie Bowie

Zowie Bowie is just one of the popular bands that call Fremont Street Experience home.

15. Live Dangerously at a Biker Bar

Admittedly, downtown’s Hogs & Heifers Saloon isn’t dangerous, but you don’t have to tell your sweetheart that. This lively, irreverent bar a block north of Fremont Street was the inspiration for “Coyote Ugly.” Don’t miss the bra collection above the bar!

Hogs & Heifers

When you’re at Hogs & Heifers, check out Jim Morrison’s mug shot on the wall. Seriously.

16. Find Your Chocolate Fix

If the candy apples didn’t satisfy your Valentine’s Day chocolate cravings, drop by The Chocolate Box at Golden Nugget. The store is a few feet from the hotel’s registration area, and the succulence within is sure to spark some friskiness. Just blame it on the antioxidant polyphenols. Oh, and if you’re near downtown’s California casino, you can get your polyphenol fix at Ethel M Chocolates, on the hotel’s second floor, next to the world’s best ice cream, Lappert’s.

antioxidant polyphenols
Chocolate Box

While you’re there, check out the replica of the world’s largest golden nugget.

17. Re-Enact That Scene From “Last of the Mohicans”

Hey, if you’re at Golden Nugget for chocolate, you might as well take your Valentine’s Day to the next level. Here’s how. Remember that waterfall scene in “Last of the Mohicans”? Yeah, super romantic.

Now that you have the scene firmly in mind, visit the Golden Nugget’s pool. You’ll notice two water features perfect for re-enacting that famous scene!

Golden Nugget pool

You’re welcome!

18. Be Immortalized

Make your love forever with a caricature at the Caricature Cinema kiosk on Fremont Street.

Caricatures

Tip: The more you drink, the more you’ll look like you.

19. Get Googly-Eyed Over Slushy Drinks

Nobody in the world does slushy cocktails like Fremont Street, so sidle up to one of the bars along Fremont Street Experience and dive right in. Not literally. That would be gross. The monster drinks below came from Golden Gate, the oldest casino in Las Vegas, and still going strong.

Slushy drinks

Love, Fremont Street-style.

20. Cozy Up Fireside

Fremont Street can be boisterous, no doubt, but there are quieter, more intimate spaces, if you seek them out. For example, there’s a fire pit and comfy couches at Bar 46 at Golden Nugget. It’s one of the best places to kick back and people-watch as you kanoodle on Fremont Street. Assuming kanoodling is still a thing. Check out our full list of places to sit and people-watch on Fremont Street.

Golden Nugget fire pit

Alone, with hundreds of new friends, several of them sober.

That’s just a small sampling of the romantic things to do in downtown Las Vegas!

Have a great Valentine’s Day, and if you have other ideas about romantic things to do in downtown Las Vegas, we’d love to hear them in the comments section.