Exploring Fremont Street in Las Vegas


Fremont Street in Las Vegas is one of the most famous–and most colorful–streets in the world. Founded in 1905, it was named for American explorer, soldier, and Senator John Charles Fremont. Today the thoroughfare is closed to vehicles to encourage visitors to explore the many attractions there. Here is just a sampling of what you’ll find:


The Fremont Street Experience. The western-most five blocks of Fremont Street are covered by a 90-foot high, barrel-vaulted canopy, housing 12.5 LED display units. Every hour beginning at dusk and lasting under after midnight, the canopy erupts in light and sound. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas…and it’s free.

Glitter Gulch Girl
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Neon Museum. Where do the huge, dramatic, colorful signs of Las Vegas go when they retire? They go to the city’s Neon Museum, located just off of Fremont Street. Here you’ll find the horseman from the Hacienda Hotel, the original lamp sign from the original Aladdin’s Hotel and Casino, and the martini glass from outside of the Red Barn Restaurant.

Vegas - Binions
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The Casinos. Many of the Fremont casinos, such as the Golden Nugget and Binion’s, have been there for decades. These are the ones with the huge, neon signs and the gambler-friendly playing areas. Even if you’re not a gambler, it’s fun to see these Vegas icons.

Affordable Meals. Fremont Street is also home to a number of “Las Vegas” specials, those affordable steaks, seafood, and prime rib dinners for which the city has long been famous. The exact “deals” change frequently. Look for signs outside of the Fremont Street establishments.

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