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“The first time I didn't feel disgusted by Vegas”

Fremont Street Experience
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The Pop Culture Walking Tour of Fremont Street
Ranked #19 of 462 things to do in Las Vegas
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A five-block pedestrian covered mall with kiosks, carts and a nightly light-and-sound show.
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

My wife and I are young. I'm in my thirties, and she's still in her twenties. This was the first time we had vacationed at Vegas, and by and large, we feel that Vegas is a disgusting place filled to the brim with cons; one after the next.

Between the constant onslaught of pornographers, the peddlers pushing their junk on you, the constant barrage of the yolos, the meat heads and woo girls cluttering every square inch of space, the sidewalk system designed solely to sidetrack you into spending more, and beggars every 20', we were ready to leave tomorrow and never consider returning.

However, tonight some friends from out of town took us to Fremont, and it was exactly what we were looking for. Sure, there are still casinos and showgirls dressed in body paint, and old men in fairy wings and thongs doing the splits in the middle of the road, but the overall feel is not one of commercialism, greed or debauchery. It's much more subtle, more clean, no visible transients, and far, far less crowded.

One other reviewer likened it to a blend of Las Vegas, Mardi Gras and a county fair. To me, with the free concert, the covered walkway illuminating everything, the wide variety of people just expressing themselves in different ways, the bars and casinos lining the street with bartenders juggling bottles, it felt a lot more like the America I've been missing these last 10 years. We're talking a place where people in their 20s were rubbing elbows with those in their 50s, from all walks of life, without bothering to maintain the guise of being cool, beautiful or trendy.

There were top notch taco shops serving Mexican, pizza, asian, traditional American and lots in between. A wide variety of street performers just performing instead of trying to hustle a tip out of you for a photo op.

Different? Yes.

Off the beaten path? Yes.

Retro Vegas? Yes.

Busy? Yes.

Expensive? No.

Party central? Definitely not. Stay on the strip if you're out to get wasted, party and then crawl home. This is the wrong scene for you.

Returning? Absolutely. I wish we knew about this our first day here. There was something magical about the old Vegas casinos I can't put my finger on, but I was sold from the moment we got out of the car.

3  Thank Mike P
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

You got to go to Freemont to see it, there is something for everyone I love watching the people acting, dancing and singing up and down Freemont street.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

Fremont Street is the old Vegas but it is worth the trip there. The Fremont Street Experience is a super light show. It changes based on the time of the year. Fall is always fun when the ghosts and pumpkins come out. Downtown is much different them the strip but you can find some great food deals there.

1  Thank Donald S
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

A good downtown experience which is definitely a worth a visit. The roof canopy visual / audio show is impressive and prices are good for food and drink.

1  Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

Every time we visit, they always have a different light show and we always enjoy it. Last time it was a little weird - kind of a flower power theme and the music matched the theme, but it was still entertaining. The best part of it is...it is FREE!

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