Your Ultimate Guide to Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas is a place like no other. Even though it’s only a quick drive from the Las Vegas Strip, it has a unique vibe and atmosphere all its own. If you’re new to Vegas or are visiting the city soon, there are a few things you’ll definitely want to add to your Downtown Las Vegas to-do list. Along with some of the major Sin City attractions, be sure to check out the best things to do in Vegas below.
Live Entertainment in Downtown Las Vegas
Wondering what to do in Downtown Las Vegas? One thing you can always count on, no matter what day of the week or time of year, is that downtown has some of the best live entertainment in the city. There are several downtown music venues and stages where you can catch a live band or DJ and dance the night away with your friends. Some of those places are:
1. Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) is back in full swing and hosting concerts, sports watching events, and more. The venue is located in the middle of all the downtown action, walking distance from Downtown Grand, Fremont Street Experience, and Fremont Street East District. Check out the DLVEC full calendar for upcoming shows and purchase your tickets ahead of time.
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2. Fremont Street Pedestrian Mall
Fremont Street hosts live bands almost every night across multiple stages in the pedestrian mall under their massive video screen. These live band performances are completely free to the public, so it’s the perfect option to see live music when you’re on a budget. Only in Downtown Vegas will you get to see internationally renowned artists and music groups without having to spend any money!
3. Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand
Downtown Grand is home to Freedom Beat, a Downtown Las Vegas favorite for its large portions of comfort food, epic brunch selection, and of course, live music. The Freedom Beat artist lineup features local Las Vegas musicians and bands ready to elevate your dining experience in an intimate venue. Just be sure to call ahead and make a reservation to ensure you don’t have to wait for a table.
4. Downtown Las Vegas Music Festivals
Over the last decade, Downtown Las Vegas has been revitalized and re-energized into the city’s cultural center. A lot of that has to do with the annual Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival and other festivals choosing this part of the city to host their events. Be sure to visit downtown during a festival to see Vegas at its best.
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Downtown Las Vegas Gaming
Some of the best places to go in Vegas are the casinos. If you want to hit some Downtown Las Vegas casinos for a night on the town, the excitement of the downtown slots, table games, and sports betting are unmatched! Downtown Grand even has some of the best gaming promotions you’ll find in Sin City, including tournaments and free play for Grand Rewards Players Club members.
Downtown casinos have a more relaxed vibe than you’ll find in casinos on the Strip. Along with downtown casinos being closer together and more intimate, downtown dealers have a reputation for providing the most fun and thrilling gaming sessions in the city! Even if you don’t know much about poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, or any other table games, the dealers are always ready to help.
Check out our Downtown Grand gaming guides to learn more!
You can dress casually when visiting a Downtown Las Vegas casino. In fact, you’ll notice most people are comfortably dressed because they have a long night of bar-hopping, dancing, and gambling ahead! If you’re looking for a more laid-back and unpretentious gaming experience while in Vegas, downtown is the place to be.
Downtown Las Vegas Nightlife
Las Vegas is known for crazy nightlife options that include anything from nightclubs to swimming pools, dining to gambling, and everything in between. And if you happen to find yourself in Downtown Las Vegas for the night, there’s plenty of fun to be had! Here are some ideas:
Comedy Shows at Downtown Grand
The Delirious Comedy Club at Downtown Grand is a great venue to see live comedy from both local comics and big-name stand-ups. With shows on Thursday through Sunday, you can pick an earlier performance to get those laughs in before heading out for a Vegas adventure or a later show to wind it down after an excellent downtown dinner.
Cocktails at Triple George Grill
If you’re longing for those vintage Vegas days that take you back to that iconic Rat Pack era, Triple George Grill has all the vibes you can handle. Along with a classic round bar featuring dark wooden fixtures and stools, you have a great selection of wine, cocktails, and entrees to choose from. And you can’t go wrong with some of these Triple George cocktails.
Bar Hopping in Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown is ideal for a bar hop or pub crawl because everything is within a few blocks of each other and doesn’t require expensive cab rides or long waits for an Uber or Lyft. All you have to do is walk over to your next destination and enjoy an ice-cold beer or chilled cocktail! Be sure to add Hogs & Heifers and Furnace to your list to enjoy a stiff drink or signature cocktail while doing some people watching.
Exploring Downtown Las Vegas on Your Own or With Family
You may not think of Vegas as a family-friendly town or a place for independent explorers, but Downtown Las Vegas offers several options for families or solo visitors. Some examples are:
Movies at Container Park
Downtown Container Park is a shopping and dining area just a few minutes from Downtown Grand. On the weekends and holidays, they often host a free movie night where you can enjoy a film on their lawn. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs!
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The Las Vegas Arts District
We can’t talk about downtown without mentioning the Las Vegas Arts District. This area in Downtown Las Vegas features new art galleries, performing arts venues, shops, restaurants, and craft breweries. It’s an ecclectic and vibrant part of town that offers a new way for visitors and locals to experience Las Vegas.
Downtown Las Vegas Museums
Seeing downtown’s unique museums is a must while you’re in Las Vegas. Whether you’re with your family or are looking to explore on your own, there are several Downtown Las Vegas museums in the area that can give you a deep and insightful dive into the city’s rich history. Be sure to check out:
- The Neon Museum
- The Mob Museum
- Las Vegas Natural History Museum
- Discovery Children’s Museum
- The Nevada State Museum
See some of the most famous neon lights at the Neon Museum, learn more about Sin City’s organized crime background at the Mob Museum, and so much more!
The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is an excellent option for people looking for things to do in Las Vegas outside the norm. The 180-acre preserve is only three miles west of downtown and features trails, nature walks, botanical gardens, a train ride, a playground, and restaurant for people of all ages. You’ll also find the Nevada State Museum on the Springs Preserve grounds, along with areas for special events and displays.
Las Vegas “Must-See” Attractions
Of course, there are also the Las Vegas staples you must see at least once while you’re in Sin City. Although not all of them are located in Downtown Las Vegas, many of them are only minutes away by car, taxi, or bus.
Light Shows at Fremont Street
It’s impossible to miss the massive video screen hovering over Fremont Street. In fact, it’s one of the main things people head to downtown to see! Every night, you can enjoy free light shows featuring stunning visuals and music by chart-topping artists. Just make sure you’re under the canopy at the top of the hour starting at 6:00 PM and you’ll have a front-row seat to the show.
Fremont Street Zipline
You’ll also notice zipline riders soaring over Fremont Street and under the video canopy while you’re in downtown. The Fremont Street zipline is definitely one of those things you should consider doing with your friends or family. Check for hours of operation, as these change based on the season.
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The Stratosphere Tower
The Stratosphere, now known as The Strat, is one of the most recognizable structures in the Las Vegas skyline. It’s impressive height make the observation deck a top attraction for many Las Vegas visitors who want to enjoy the best view in the city. There is a restaurant at the top of the Strat tower, as well as adrenaline-pumping rides for Vegas thrill-seekers.
Attractions on The Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is located south of Downtown Las Vegas and runs along Las Vegas Blvd. Tourists and Las Vegas newbies alike may not realize that downtown is separate from The Strip, but there are major differences you’ll notice right away. Read about casinos and hotels in Downtown Las Vegas vs. The Strip to learn more.
However, there are some attractions on The Strip that are worth making the trip from downtown to see. Some of these include:
- The High Roller. This immense observation wheel is a great option for groups, solo travelers, and families. The 30-minute ride gives you a unique perspective of the city from different angles and heights.
- The Eiffel Tower. Again, this attraction has to do with stellar views of the entire Las Vegas valley. You’ll find the Eiffel Tower at Paris on Las Vegas Blvd.
- The T-Mobile Arena. For sports fan, catch a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game for an experience you won’t soon forget! T-Mobile Arena also hosts several concerts and events throughout the year.
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Downtown Las Vegas is the destination for the best Sin City experience. With everything you need within walking distance, you’re in for a fun-filled time that won’t break the bank. Check out Downtown Grand’s hotel packages and deals, including rooms in our newly built Gallery Tower, and make the most of your Vegas vacation!