A trip to Vegas has long been a favorite vacation of mine. After staying on the the Las Vegas Strip for years, I have now switched my preference to the Downtown Las Vegas area. I prefer it because it is smaller, the dealers are friendlier and the winning seems to be more abundant. There are a lot of things to do in Downtown Las Vegas that may not be as well known as on the Strip. If you can, try to add it to your Las Vegas things to do list so you can experience the side of Vegas that is more like what it used to be before the mega casinos became such a huge part of the Vegas skyline.

Downtown Las Vegas, also known as Old Vegas, is a not to be missed stop if you are taking a trip to Sin City.  The downtown area is north of the strip and the main area is located on Fremont Street and some of the streets that intersect.  It is a short drive away and is easy to get to by taxi, bus or car. It’s a condensed area with wall to wall action. The area features lot of free entertainment and exciting Vegas fun.  Most of Fremont Street is a pedestrian walking area so you don’t have to worry about traffic as you go in and out of the casinos. In Downtown Vegas all the attractions are easy to get to.

What To Do In Downtown Vegas?

It may be a smaller area but the Vegas fun is just as big. If you include a stop to the downtown area or even choose to stay there like I do here is a list of things you might want to add to your Vegas activity checklist.  

  1. Fremont Experience Las Vegas – This is a fantastic light show that happens nightly over Fremont Street. Each light show is choreographed to music and extends over the top of Fremont Street. Schedules vary but the show is on the hour after dark. TheThings To Do In Downtown Las Vegas Fremont experience in Las Vegas is not to be missed.  Some of the themes of the shows include Queen, the Beatles,  Motorcycles, Jets and so much more.

  2. Golden Nugget Pool – The Tank as they call it at the Nugget is an awesome swimming experience. There is a huge aquarium filled with all kinds of fish including sharks and a sliding tube runs right through the middle of it. Riders shoot right through the tank. It is very cool! The pool area surrounds the tank and has hot tubs, fire pits, outdoor blackjack tables, a bar and tons of comfortable lounge areas.

  3. Main Street Station Buffet – This particular Las Vegas buffet is one of the best I’ve been to. The food is awesome and the prices are reasonable. On Fridays they feature their Seafood buffet which holds all kind of seafood including all you can eat crab legs and clams.

  4. Neon Museum – This open air park is located at the East end of Fremont Street. Fremont Experience Las VegasIt holds a collection of vintage neon signs that were removed from old Las Vegas casinos called the Boneyard.  You can take a walking tour of the old neon signs that are a part of old Vegas history.

  5. Million Dollar Photo – Binion’s gives you the opportunity to take your picture with a million dollars. It is a great way to capture a Vegas memory.

  6. Casino Hopping – The casinos in Downtown Vegas are smaller in size then the ones that are on the strip. You can easily walk to any of the nine casinos that are in the downtown Las Vegas area. The downtown Las Vegas hotels include the Golden Nugget, Four Queens, Fitzgerald’s, Binion’s, Fremont,  Las Vegas Club, Californian, Golden Gate, Main Street Station and the Plaza.  In regards to gambling downtown, the minimum bets are much lower and the slots payoff is much better. You will have fun trying your luck at each of the downtown casinos.

  7. Gold and Silver Pawn Shop – This pawn shop on Las Vegas Blvd just outside of the downtown area has become famous on the History channel as it is the home of Pawn Stars. It is one of the newest attraction s in Vegas. People line up daily to sell their stuff or buy things and hopefully get on television. It has become quite a favorite destination for the Vegas visitor.

  8. Flightlinez over Fremont Street – Take a ride on a zip line over Fremont Street and get a bird’s eye view of Downtown. Hours are Monday - Thursday, 2 p.m. - midnight; Friday - Sunday, 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. Ticket office is open daily from noon to midnight. You can fly through the Las Vegas sky for as low as $15.00.

  9. People Watching – The Downtown Las Vegas area isWhat to Do Downtown Las Vegas a prime spot for people watching. You can sit outside at one of the coffee shops, bars or restaurants and get your fill of a mix of unique people and Vegas characters that are so much a part of the Fremont Street ambiance. Most allow pictures to be taken if you want to capture another Vegas moment.

  10. Open Air Concerts – They have a lot of free entertainment out on Fremont Street. There is a stage set up by Fitzgerald’s with live bands.  There is sometimes more than one concert going on at any given night at other areas of Fremont Street.  There is plenty of music and entertainment at Fremont Street.


    Golden Nugget Downtown Las Vegas

On an additional note, there are many restaurants in Downtown Vegas that deserve some attention. Binion’s Steak house is at the top of Binion’s and not only can you have a fine steak but a fine view also. Vic and Anthony’s inside the Golden Nugget is a highly acclaimed restaurant along with Hugo’s Cellar inside the Four Queens. If you are looking for fun, casual dining try the Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street where they serve huge burgers and if you weigh over 300 pounds your meal is free. 

I hope you have enjoyed my list of the best things to do in Downtown Vegas. Make it a part of your next trip to Las Vegas. You won’t regret it and you probably will keep visiting year after year.