Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience offer a seemingly endless supply of things to do in Las Vegas. Here are a few of our favorites. See more of the best things to do in Vegas in our Las Vegas blog.
SlotZilla Las Vegas Zip Line
SlotZilla zip line is the newest attraction in Las Vegas, and whether you fly the lower “Zipline” or upper “Zoomline,” we think it’s one of the best things to do in Las Vegas, period.
Depart from the world’s largest slot machine, then fly along zip lines under the dazzling Viva Vision canopy at Fremont Street Experience. Learn more, check out our SlotZilla FAQ or get your ticket online now.
Fremont Street Experience Light Shows
Enjoy jaw-dropping, free light shows on the world’s largest video screen, all amidst the electric atmosphere of the Fremont Street Experience’s pedestrian promenade. The people-watching is free, too!
Million Dollar Photo at Binion’s
Take a free photo will a million dollars cash at one of downtown’s most iconic casinos, Binion’s.
Photos are taken from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day.
This photo op is one of the best free things to do in downtown Las Vegas. Visit the official site.
Take a stroll through Las Vegas history at this outdoor museum dedicated to saving and preserving vintage neon signs.
The Neon Museum hosts guided tours through the Neon Boneyard, and incredible collection of retired neon signs, many of them from gone-but-not-forgotten downtown casinos.
Heart Attack Grill
You won’t believe it unless you see it for yourself. This hospital-themed restaurant at Neonopolis prides itself on irreverent humor and a ridiculously indulgent menu, including the “Quadruple Bypass” hamburgers, “Flatliner” fries and butter-fat shakes.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you and your arteries. Find out more, if you dare.
Rub Happy Buddha's Belly
Everyone could use some luck in Las Vegas. Make sure to rub the Happy Buddha’s belly at The California Hotel & Casino. The statue can be found in the hotel’s registration area. By the way, coins left at the statue are collected and donated to charity.
While you’re at The Cal, try the oxtail soup at Market Street Café. We hear it makes a great hangover cure.
Banger Brewing Tour
Launched by five childhood friends, Banger Brewing is a homegrown micro-brewery right on Fremont Street, near the base of the SlotZilla zip line tower.
Free tours are a must-try for lovers of craft beer, and even those who aren’t (yet). Check the official Banger Brewing site for tour times.
Vintage Slots at The D
The second floor of The D Las Vegas (formerly Fitzgerald’s) is devoted to vintage slot machines, many you can’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas. The casino’s Sigma Derby horse race game even takes and pays in coins.
Stop by The D. Learn more.
The fascinating Mob Museum in Las Vegas is an enlightening look at the world of organized crime and law enforcement. The fancy version of the Mob Museum’s name is the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, but no matter what you call it, it’s a Las Vegas must-see. Among the hundreds of artifacts, make sure to check out a giant piece of the brick wall transplanted from the site of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
The museum is just a couple of blocks from Fremont Street Experience, near Downtown Grand (the former Lady Luck).
Hogs & Heifers Saloon
This lively bar has tons of character and is a favorite of bikers everywhere. Look for Jim Morrison’s mug shot and arrest report on the bar’s wall.
Visit the bar’s official site for all the details.
Fremont East Entertainment District
Downtown’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene make Fremont East a great way to spend an evening on the town in Las Vegas. Some best bets for restaurants are La Comida and Le Thai, and no visit to Fremont East would be complete with a stop at Commonwealth, Therapy restaurant, Flippin’ Good Burgers & Shakes or Downtown Cocktail Room.
Learn more at the official Fremont East Entertainment District site.
Shark Tank at Golden Nugget
The Golden Nugget’s $30 million pool is an absolute stunner, not to mention an incredible feat of engineering. The Tank features a 200,000-gallon shark tank visitors can experience at a distance or up-close by riding the pool’s three-story water slide.
Dive into the official Golden Nugget site for more information.
Berlin Wall at Main Street Station
Inside the men’s restroom at Main Street Station, there’s a huge slab of the Berlin Wall. Yes, that Berlin Wall. Women can ask to be escorted in by security to see this surprising curiosity, too.
It’s a hidden gem in hotel with dozens of antiques and curiosities from around the world. Stop by the registration desk for a brochure listing all the antiques around the hotel.
Sharpshooter Club at Fremont Casino
If you’re into craps, check out the Sharpshooter Club hall of fame at Fremont Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Plaques immortalize the names of players who have had hot rolls on the hotel’s craps tables. There’s another wall of plaques at the Fremont’s sister hotel, the nearby California Hotel & Casino.
How serious is the Fremont about craps? It’s the only casino we know of that has a roll counter on its craps tables to track the hot rolls for posterity. Love it!
Shrimp Cocktail at Golden Gate
The shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate casino isn’t just any shrimp cocktail, it’s a piece of Las Vegas history.
It’s estimated more than 40 million people have had a shrimp cocktail at Golden Gate. Get this world-famous shrimp cocktail at Du-par’s restaurant, just off the casino floor. Don’t miss out on this tasty Las Vegas tradition. Read more.
Vegas Vic and Vegas Vickie
Two classic neon signs reside under the canopy at Fremont Street Experience, downtown. Vegas Vic (originally commissioned as a cartoon character by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in 1947) stands above the Pioneer Club (now a gift shop). His counterpart, Vegas Vickie (also sometimes spelled Vicky or Vicki), can be found just across the Fremont Street Experience mall.
These two were legally married during the construction of the Fremont Street Experience, and the duo are fast approaching their 20th wedding anniversary. Only in Vegas!
Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
Made famous in the reality TV hit, “Pawn Stars,” this pawn shop is always bustling with activity. You may even spot the stars of the series from time to time. The colorful cast of “Pawn Stars” are frequently spotted out and about downtown, and often make appearances at Fremont Street events. Right next door is the new Pawn Plaza, a shopping center made of shipping containers.
Learn more at the official Gold and Silver Pawn site.
Downtown Container Park
Downtown’s newest shopping center is just as the name implies, its shops, restaurants and bars are in giant shipping containers. Downtown Container Park is family-friendly, with a massive playground at its heart.
Free Slot Pulls at Fremont Street Casinos
If you know where to look, you can find at least two free slot machine pulls at Fremont Street casinos. The best free slot pulls are at Binion’s and Four Queens. At each, you could win up to $2,500 cash. Make sure to ask about the free coupons for casino amenities, too.
These free machines might not have the best odds in town, but did we mention they’re free? Just remember, not all free slot pulls are created equal. Here’s why.
Scorpion Shot at Nacho Daddy
We’re not kidding. At Nacho Daddy restaurant, a few steps off Fremont Street on 4th Street, you can order an actual scorpion in your shot of whatever. Why you’d want to do that, we have no idea, but that’s beside the point. It’s Vegas, baby!
Nacho Daddy is also known for its margaritas, recently voted the “Best Margaritas in Las Vegas” by the readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal. The food’s pretty good, too!