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.