Downtown Las Vegas is synonymous with gambling. As the song goes, you need to “Know when to walk away…”. After all, there are plenty of things to do besides gamble. Here are our top ten things to do in Downtown Las Vegas without gambling.
10. Picture a million
Have you ever wondered what a million dollars would look like or to be in the presence of a million dollars in cash? Binion’s Gambling Hall $1 Million Display holds exactly one million dollars in a pyramid design filled with cash denominations ranging from one to one hundred dollar bills. Take your complimentary souvenir photo and receive a 6 x 8 glossy photo inside a souvenir frame.
The $1 Million Display located next to Club Binion’s and is open from 9:00 am – 11:30 pm daily. Must be 21 years or older to take a photo.
128 E. Fremont Street Las Vegas, NV 89101
9. Look like a million
Looking for that million dollar look without spending a million dollars? For shoppers looking for premium labels without the premium price tags, look no further than the Las Vegas Premium Outlets. Retailers include Dolce & Gabbana, Kate Spade New York, Tory Burch, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry and Ted Baker. Other popular brands you’ll find at the Premium Outlets include Adidas, American Apparel, Banana Republic, Guess, J. Crew, Juicy Couture, and Nike.
875 S. Grand Central Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89106
Phone: (702) 474-7500
8. Show me how you burlesque
Want proof that size doesn’t matter? The Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum may be small in size but packed with authentic burlesque memorabilia. The museum documents the history of American burlesque from its 19th-century origins through its golden age in the mid-20th century. Get an up-close look at costume pieces and artifacts commemorating historic burlesque performers. Like every good burlesque show, The Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum will leave you wanting more.
Located inside Emergency Arts, at the corner of Fremont & 6th Streets only a block from the Fremont Experience in Downtown Las Vegas.
520 Fremont Street, #120 Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tues – Sat: 11am to 7pm
Sun: Noon to 5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and from Dec 24 – Jan 1.
There is no cost to visit the Burlesque Hall of Fame though a $5 donation (or gift shop purchase; $3 for students, seniors, and active or retired military) is suggested.
7. Sing us a song…
One part piano bar, one part karaoke, one part open mic and you have the recipe for Don’t Tell Mama. This vintage style piano bar on Fremont Street is a true New York transplant. Unlike most piano bars that you may have visited, where two pianists duel it out, Don’t Tell Mama features one piano. Rather than having the pianist do all the singing and have all the fun, the audience is highly encouraged to join in the fun and sing alongside the talented staff. The music style ranges from Broadway show tunes, Country, Rock and Roll, Jazz, Classic Standards and whatever the audience or staff feels like playing or singing. Arrive early for a table as the venue is on the smaller side. There is no cover; however, a one-drink minimum purchase is required.
517 Fremont Street #110 Las Vegas, NV 89101
Open Tuesday – Sunday 8 pm – Closing
6. Relive your childhood.
Think back to your childhood. Remember your favorite toy that you lost or destroyed? Perhaps you never received that toy you asked for at Christmas time. It doesn’t matter what that toy was, or how long ago you were a kid; chances are Toy Shack has it. An even bigger chance that the second you see that toy again all of those fond memories will come rushing back making you smile. The most common phrase you will hear and will probably say out loud when you are in the store is “Oh my God, I remember that…”.
450 Fremont St. #117 Las Vegas NV, 89101 Phone: (702)538-8600
Mon. – Sat. – 11am to 10pm
5. Call to the Mantis
Located in front the Downtown Container Park, the Mantis is a 150:1 scale replica of a female praying mantis complete with a built in 4,000-watt surround sound system and flame throwing antennas. Every night at sundown (weather permitting) The Mantis is awakened by a drum circle celebration, the “Call to the Mantis.” where everyone is welcome to participate.
Inside the Downtown Container Park, an outdoor family-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment complex. The park is made completely of recycled cargo shipping containers stacked upon each other. This unique venue offers a variety of boutique shops and food outlets.
Kids will love the interactive playground featuring The Treehouse, and adults can relax while enjoying free concerts, movies, and more on the main stage.
707 Fremont St Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
4. Experience the lights
Lights have always taken center stage in Las Vegas. The free Viva Vision Light shows at the Freemont Street Experience takes you on a musical 6-minute journey with a 550,000-watt sound system and 12.5 million energy efficient LED lamps over four blocks.
Beginning at dusk, the Viva Vision light show runs at the top of every hour with music from Heart, The Who, The Doors, Bon Jovi and others.
3. Rock On
There is more music at the Fremont Experience than the free Viva Vision Light Shows at night. The Fremont Street Experience has three stages of rotating music performers located throughout four blocks. From Elvis to the Dancing DJ, Saxophone solo artist Carl “Safe-sax” Ferris, and two fantastic 1980’s bands, 80’s Station and Spandex Nation there is something for everyone.
Most concerts are free to the public except for some high profile concerts. Grab your favorite adult beverage from the various bars located close to each stage and dance the night away.
2. Do me a favor…
The Mob Museum should be on your hit list when you visit Downtown Las Vegas. The museum is located in the former Post Office and Federal Courthouse where the Las Vegas mob hearings took place. Experience the history of the mob in Las Vegas and throughout the country from its beginnings in the 1800s to present day.
The museum has plenty of hands-on exhibits. Have your photo behind a two-way mirror as part of a police lineup, try a police situation gun simulator, or sit in an electric chair. The interactive museum has a variety of video interviews with historians, mob experts, and former law enforcement officers. An array of photos and a collection of items ranging from guns and equipment used by criminals and law enforcement to clothing worn by movie mobsters gives you an up close look at the world of the mob.
Please note that due to some graphic nature of the subject matter, some guests may find the museum to be a more appropriate fit for children ages 12 and over.
300 Stewart Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 229-2734
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m
1. Come Fly with me
Get launched from the 12-story slot machine-themed platform named Slotzilla on the east side of the Fremont Street Experience. Riders have two options to chose from: The Slotzilla zip line is 77 feet high and 850 feet long or the Zoom line that’s 114 feet high and launches riders in a horizontal position, as if they are Superman, flying 1,700 feet — the entire length of the Fremont Street canopy – at speeds faster than 35 miles per hour.
425 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101
$20 for the lower zip line rides.
Rides on the upper zoom line are $40.
Video and photo packages available.
Sunday-Thursday: 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Friday -Saturday : 1:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Age/Height/Weight restrictions: Flyers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a flyer at least 13-years-old or older. Flyers must weigh a minimum of 60 pounds, but not more than 300 pounds. Guests more than 6 feet 8 inches tall cannot ride on the lower zip line.