During the past Holidays bolted to Las Vegas to spend a few days with friends gambling, drinking, eating, partying, and seeing shows. And I gotta tell you. I’ve been to Las Vegas many times before. In fact, this trip marked my 7th trip (lucky number, I guess) to Sin City. But it was also sort of my first time.
What do I mean? Well, up until this trip, my Vegas experience was limited to Bellagio buffets, Smith & Wollensky steak dinners, partying at Planet Hollywood, window shopping at Wynn, and touring all the different properties along the way. My friends and I always stay on the main part of Las Vegas Boulevard.
But this trip, we decided to go old school Vegas one night and spent the night on Freemont Street. Hands down, Freemont Street is my new favorite place to hang out in Vegas.
Never been? You need to see it to believe it, but let me walk you through it. In a nutshell, the Fremont Street Experience is a long pedestrian mall in downtown Las Vegas. It takes up about 5 blocks of Freemont Street. The street is covered with a large dome featuring millions of LED lights. That’s not an exaggeration. There are literally 12.5 million lights, creating Viva Vision, an over-the-head screen where images of craziness fly by while a 550,000-watt sound system blasts amazing music.
Freemont Street also includes free shows each night. And that wasn’t just a Christmas holiday thing. They do free shows every night of the year and they’re always really impressive.
What I really love about Freemont Street are the people. When you walk the Vegas strip at night, you run into a lot of pretentious people who are all dolled up to hit a club and pick up. But on Freemont Street, everyone is casually dressed and they’re there to have a good time right on the street. I made so many new friends just chatting with people. It was absolutely wild.
Fremont Street is big—but not too big. While it takes like 15 minutes to walk from the lobby of the Bellagio to the lobby of Caesars Palace, which is right next-door, the casinos and bars on Freemont Street are literally seconds away from each other. That means you don’t have to go search far for your favorite game or a new type of casino when you’re done playing at one spot.
Speaking of casinos, step into one of the major casinos on Las Vegas Boulevard looking for a $5 Blackjack table and management will laugh in your face. A few year’s ago, you’d be able to find one at O’Shea’s. But they closed that place down to make way for a new mega-property. So right now, you’re looking at $25 minimums at most casinos. But the Freemont Street Experience puts you in the heart of 10 different casinos where $5 Blackjack is the norm.
There’s a lot to love about the Fremont Street Experience, and I’d definitely recommend everything about it. Almost everything. The hotels, while decent, aren’t really my style. I prefer to be pampered by the Bellagio or experience the themed fun of Caesars Palace or Pallazo.
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