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Vegas Thrills: the Fremont St. Experience

Updated on July 22, 2012

The Fremont St. Experience is a live and energetic attraction in down town Las Vegas, NV. The attraction itself is a crescent shaped canopy about 90 feet high that stretches down the four blocks of tourist shopping, cassinos, food vendors and music stages. This canopy houses millions of led lights that are used to preform nightly light shows dubbed "Viva Vision".

From a local's point of view, some of the most inexpensive fun can be had on Fremont St. From free live entertainment to alcohol, gambling and the rest of the Vegas traditions, The Fremont St. Experience is sure to show everyone an unforgeable time (supposing that your not overly intoxicated).

A photo i took at the entrance of Fremont st.
A photo i took at the entrance of Fremont st.

Eating and Shopping

Down Fremont you can find anything to eat from t bone steaks and prime rib at your favorite casino, to a Big Mac from Macdonald's. Not to mention the endless supply of alcohol. Its Vegas, if you want it, they've got it.

Most of the shopping to be done on Fremont St. is in Las Vegas novelty shops that sell all sorts of Vegas gifts and treasures. I tend to stay away from these stores personally because im a local and have little use for anything their selling, however if you come from out of state, these shops have plenty of keep sakes and memorabilia that you can bring home to your family and friends.

Light Shows

Every evening the gigantic canopy houses brilliant light shows (usually featuring music) that last about ten minutes each. When the show starts, all of the casino lights turn off directing attention to the canopy where "Viva Vision" begins. These light shows have featured musicians such as Kiss, Queen, Don Mclean and my personal favorite, The Doors. "Viva Vision" starts at the top of the hour every hour from 7pm to 12am.

I took this photo during Fremont St's Rock of Vegas.
I took this photo during Fremont St's Rock of Vegas.

Music Stages

The several music stages along the Fremont St are one of my favorite parts of the experience. These shows are usually free and for the most part feature cover bands that pay tribute to range of genres including anything from country to heavy metal. Their are no admission fees, no tickets to by, you just walk up and sing along to all of your favorite classic songs. Then when you want to resume your night, you can simply walk away off to the next stage if thats what you desire. Occasionally famous celebrities will play on these stages. This is a rare occurrence, but if you come on the right night you might get lucky.

This is another photo of the guitarist in one of the cover bands during Rock of Vegas.
This is another photo of the guitarist in one of the cover bands during Rock of Vegas.

The People

The night life on Fremont St. is like that of the rest of Las Vegas, alive and restless. People from all over the world visit Fremont and I'd say a rough half of them are intoxicated, so theres always something humorous waiting right around the corner. I've been to the Fremont st. Experience hundreds of times and i'm always amazed at the comedy involved in people watching. In addition to all of the wild people, you will find dozens of impersonators ranging from such characters as Elvis to Capitan Jack Sparrow. If you wish to take a snapshot with one of these characters, don't forget to give them a quick buck as thats their way of making a living.

This is a photo i took of one of the many neon signs on Fremont St.
This is a photo i took of one of the many neon signs on Fremont St.

Vegas at its finest

The Fremont St Experience is the original centerpiece of Las Vegas nightlife. Although most attention revolves around the Las Vegas strip, i strongly suggest that on your next visit to Vegas you stop by Fremont Street to check out all of the commotion. The original can't be beat in this energetic, lively night venue.

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    • SkySlave profile imageAUTHOR

      Skyler DeCristoforo 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope one day you that one day you will come on down. Its quite an interesting place, nothing like anywhere else i've ever been. I'm glad you enjoyed my article. Thanks for reading!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Super tour of Fremont St. If I ever make it to Vegas I will remember the obvious rule - shopping, excitement and food first moderate amount of Martinis second. Otherwise I'll miss all the fun. lol Great pics. Passing this on.

    • SkySlave profile imageAUTHOR

      Skyler DeCristoforo 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The zip line is something i haven't tried yet. As soon as i do ill post a hub about it. Vegas is a awesome place to be if you like to be out late and want to experience the hype of the Vegas atmosphere. There really is allot to do compared to other cities at night.

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      KatrineDM 

      6 years ago

      This seems like a great place to visit. I always like to learn something new about other countries and cities. Thank you for sharing.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Excellent review. You can also take an exciting zip line ride through the canopy.

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