The Best of Downtown Las Vegas
So Much to Do, So Little Time
Things to See
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, an incredible collection of retired neon signs, many of them from gone-but-not-forgotten downtown casinos. Visit the website.
Get Lucky In Las Vegas
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. Learn More
A little piece of history
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.
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!
See how it all began
The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino opened in 1906, so there’s a lot of history in this still vibrant casino. Near the hotel’s registration desk, check out the little known artifacts on display, including gaming ledgers from the early 1900s, vintage chip racks and more curiosities from the early day of Sin City.
Swim with the sharks (not really)
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.
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 without a stop at Commonwealth, Therapy restaurant, Flippin’ Good Burgers & Shakes or Downtown Cocktail Room.
Learn more at the official Fremont East Entertainment District site.
Banger Brewing Tour
TOUR DE BREWS
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. 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.