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SAN DIEGO, California
August 20, 2013
March 7, 2005
The highlight for most tourists are the Viva Vision shows, with over 12.5 million synchronized LED modules broadcasting images set to various musical shows. There are usually seven shows a night, on the hour, starting at 6pm. There are six different shows that rotate throughout the night.
In between the shows, small show stages are set up throughout the street, where good cover bands entertain tourists as they wait. The older casinos in this area also tend to offer table games with lower minimum bets. This is also a good place to come for cheap margaritas and New Orleans-style drinks.
The no. 301 and 302 buses run directly to Fremont Street. Try to catch the no. 302 if you can, as it is an express bus and makes fewer stops. Taxis from the Strip are expensive--around $20, depending on the traffic. The trolley also runs here.
From journal Long Weekend in Vegas, Baby!
Bayside, New York
July 20, 2001
This is where the locals come to gamble (bets are much lower than the "other" Vegas)and the eats are also cheaper. There is one fantastic Indian gift shop which has handmade crafts of very high quality, rather than the knick-knacky sort of stuff you see in the area's souvenir shops. There are sculptures, blown glass pieces, paintings, kachina dolls, jewelry from the reservation Indians, etal..Make it a point to stop in there. It will be hard to leave.
Above your head will be an enormous canopy (90 foot long?) that turns into a light and sound show with different themes on the hour. When those lights go on, all of the casino and shop lights turn dark. It comes toward you and goes past your head at incredible speed. Amazing what electronics can do these days. The entire experience may last about 10 minutes or less. People hang around to see other shows, but we didn't as we had had a very full day.
Fremont Street is a must do, especially if you tire of the theme package on Las Vegas Boulevard. Attraction is free.
From journal Romance in Las Vegas
OCEANSIDE, New York
May 14, 2005
From journal Las Vegas with Children 101
June 7, 2004
From journal Vegas, Baby, Vegas
October 27, 2004
The light show is bedazzling at first, but after a while I got tired of looking up; in the end, it was just another gimmick. The sound quality was okay, not great. The Fremont Street Experience was lacking something and not such a fulfilling experience. It was near where I was staying, so it wasn't so much effort to come see this. I wouldn't say this is a must-see attraction.There's a strategy to revitalize the area by attracting more shoppers and tourists into the once-thriving old downtown, now past its prime and showing its age. It's five blocks long, and the street is closed off to automobile traffic. Businesses line the street with tables for dining and drinking at their establishments.Phone: (800) 249-3559 or (702) 678-5777
From journal LAS
January 8, 2011
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
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
Alrewas, South Africa
October 25, 2004
From journal Las Vegas in a flash