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Carshalton, United Kingdom
January 28, 2007
From journal Viva Las Vegas!
January 19, 2007
From journal Viva Las Vegas
Pine Hill, New Jersey
June 20, 2006
Instead of gangsters and starlets, you are more likely to see rowdy college kids jumping from kiosk to kiosk filling up large plastic cups with liquor. Despite the fact that this is Las Vegas and not New Orleans, beads seem to be very popular amongst the vast never-ending sea of pedestrians. This was the first time in my life that I actually saw someone fall down drunk. A young college-age blonde girl fell down and proceeded to pull her two willowy friends down when they tried to help her up. I also saw the police, chase, tackle, and handcuff a man. The casinos didn’t even seem nostalgic as they were packed with rowdy frat boys hogging up all the good tables.
Of course the main draw of going to Freemont Street is the four-block mega screen, which comes alive displaying various creatively assembled short movies. This, in fact, is extremely impressive and must be seen at least once if you are visiting Las Vegas. It was remarkable to see a hush fall over the crowd as the last show of the night began. The show we saw was "Area 51" an alien/space theme. The story was hard to follow, but who cares, it was amazing just to experience thousands of people transfixed with their heads looking upward encountering this vast technological wonder.
If you like the "party scene" then by all means go forth into your wonderful oasis at Freemont Street. If you just want to see something really cool, then time it so you can see the show and be on your way to discover even more mesmerizing sites.
From journal Las Vegas- A Different WILD
June 6, 2006
The Fremont Experience occurs after dark under a huge canopy made of LCD lights. Each hour a different light show begins with music and graphics. The night I went to see it, it was a light show about aliens. Check out my photos below. The website http://www.vegasexperience.com offers a listing of what shows will be playing at what times. We just took a chance and went down there and the show was really neat.
It takes place near Binion's Horseshoe Casino and there are tons of other things to view on Fremont Street when the light show is not taking place.
To get to the Fremont Street Experience pick up one of the tourist maps at the airport or at your hotel. The driving directions on these were very clear and easy to follow.
As a side note, parking was a little more difficult to find on the Old Strip. We managed to park in the Golden Nugget's parking garage.
February 17, 2006
From journal Las Vegas Vacation
December 5, 2005
You have to see the Fremont Street Experience at least once in your life. It may not be my favorite part of town but it’s definitely worth experiencing. It looks like a canopy that is covered in 12.5 million lights, 90 feet above the ground and it stretches 1,400 feet on Fremont Street, located in downtown Vegas. The shows are short and are usually done to all of the best songs. The lights overhead illuminate the sky, with all the different colors. The show runs every hour from 7 to midnight. The streets fill up quickly with people when each show starts so find a good spot early. The best spots are at the outdoor bars and restaurants that have second story decks. Although you can’t help but get a great view from the ground either with the canopy being so immense.
The atmosphere downtown is a little different than on the strip next to the nice hotels. This is one place in Vegas where you can in fact find a cheap meal still. Most of the hotels in this area aren’t very glamorous except the Golden Nugget, which has a four-star rating. The shopping in this area isn’t the usual Versace or Prada that you may be used to on the nicer part of the Strip; downtown offers lots of discount stores, which are usually crowded.
If you decide to go downtown, it’s always smart to have someone with you, especially if you are a woman. Downtown is dirtier than most of the Strip, garbage litters the streets, and there seems to be beggars on almost every corner.
From journal City of Flashing Lights
September 9, 2005
Newton, New Jersey
September 7, 2005
From journal Las Vegas in September
Greenville, North Carolina
August 6, 2005
The Fremont Street Experience is located in downtown Las Vegas, near the famous historic hotels, such as the Golden Nugget, the Golden Gate, Fitzgerald’s, The Fremont, and others. This is where you will find the nostalgic smoking cowboy sign and the infamous cowgirl kicking her leg that you always see on TV as the symbols of Las Vegas. In order to attract more visitors downtown, the casinos have built a 5-block-long canopy connecting the casinos and turning the street into one big street party.
Fremont Street has a variety of souvenir shops, restaurants, sidewalk artists, street musicians, and casinos to keep you busy all night. You can find anything you want, from deep-fried Twinkies to hand-blown glass. The "Viva Vision," however, is the main attraction. About every hour, starting at 8pm, the casinos turn off their lights, the musicians stop playing, and the canopy ceiling is turned into an incredible light and sound show. There are five different shows during the night that play through LED screens and loud speakers all the way down the street. For about 10 minutes, you get to see the sky above you turn into a whole different world with marvelous technological advances. We saw the show "Area 51" about aliens, and when it revealed the view of Earth from space, I really felt like I was there.
To get to the downtown area, you can take the bus or a cab, as we did. The monorail stations claim there is a shuttle that goes downtown from the Stratosphere hotel. However, we never found the shuttle, and the people at the Stratosphere had never heard of it.
One issue I should point out is that of safety in this part of Vegas. The locals told us that the downtown area of Vegas is not a safe area. They recommended that we should not go anywhere outside of the canopy at all, and we followed their advice. Even though we were under the bright lights of the casinos with security and hundreds of people around, a man pulled a knife on a guy standing right beside me. This could have been just an isolated, uncommon occurrence, but I would suggest that you keep your guard up when you’re around there. The good news is that the casinos have great security at their doors, so if you get into trouble or feel uneasy, just run into one.
Overall, it was an enjoyable evening, and I would recommend taking a trip downtown to see the historic Las Vegas and the amazing "Viva Vision" light show.
From journal A Fabulous First Trip to Las Vegas
July 25, 2005
From journal Viva, Las Vegas! A First-Time Visitor's Take