12 Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas, commonly known as DTLV, is the heart of historic Las Vegas.

Not sure what to do in downtown Las Vegas?

Then you’ve come to the right place! Here’s a list of the top things to do in Downtown Las Vegas.

Drum roll, please, for our top attractions!

Best Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas

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The world’s largest video screen, as seen at the Viva Vision Light Show

Fremont Street Experience

It’s hard to believe that a pedestrian mall would be a top attraction, but The Fremont Street Experience has entertainment and gaming attractions you won’t want to miss (I don’t think you could even if you tried).

It encompasses a five-block radius with many neon signs that earned the nickname “Glitter Gulch.” For a long time, it was where producers shot images of Las Vegas’ glittering lights. It is also a great place to visit on your solo Las Vegas trip!

There are street performers and three stages where you can groove along to a free concert. However, The main feature is an overhead canopy extending from Fourth to Main Street. The Viva Vision canopy is the biggest video screen in the world.

The Viva Vision light shows only last about six minutes and run every hour from dusk to dawn. You will gawk at it with 22 million other visitors who show up annually.

A great way to view the show is by Slotzilla.

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Slotzilla Zipline is seven stories high!


Leave it to Las Vegas to have you ziplining over the city, taking in aerial views of the Fremont Street Experience.

The zipline experience runs over a third of a mile with two options: the Zipline or Zoomline. Both options are reasonably priced, with Zipline costing $49 and Zoomline costing $69.

The more thrilling Zoomline takes you ten stories high, and you can find yourself traveling up to 40 miles per hour. If that’s not extreme enough, try it superhero style, and imagine yourself saving the city from some overstuffed monster.

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Golden nugget pool in downtown Las Vegas

The pool at the Golden Nugget

It’s hard to say no to an outdoor pool in Vegas, but one that has a 200,000-gallon shark tank in which you can swim and is among the top pools in Vegas.

And even more icing on that cake is the three-story Shark Chute you slide down next to the sharks.

Afterward, you can contemplate what you just did in the rejuvenation falls or lounge poolside with a drink in hand.

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The Laundry Room

Inside the Commonwealth is The Laundry Room.

It’s not where you hang your ex-boyfriend out to dry. It is, however, where you can find a bar with an intimate feel, speakeasy vibe, and unique cocktail drinks.

Many historical figures have graced this must-see attraction in DTLV.

To enter, text 702-701-1466 and pray there’s space available, or see if the red light above the door is on. In this case, red means go.

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Four Queens Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Hugo’s Cellar

Winner of the 2016 Open Table Diner’s Award, Hugo’s Cellar (located in the Queen’s Hotel and Casino) is a classic that continues to serve top-rate old-school meals.

This place serves meals reminiscent of Old Vegas–Angus steaks, Beef Wellington, rack of lamb–just a few items to get you drooling. Your dinner also includes a tableside salad cart that’s made to order.

Sigma Derby at the D Las Vegas Casino

Sigma Derby is a mechanical track game that includes five horses. For only a quarter, you bet on which horses will be first and second.

This game used to be a staple at casinos, but now only two of these games exist, at the MGM Grand and on the second floor of the D Las Vegas Casino. Get there before this one, or your horse runs out of luck.

Plaza hotel downtown Las Vegas

Shepard Fairey Mural

Shepard Fairey became well known all over the world after creating his 2008 Barak Obama “Hope” poster.

His art mural called, “Cultivate Harmony,” is one of the most massive art pieces in the world (it’s over 21 stories high), and can be seen on the side of the Plaza hotel. According to Fairey, he made the mural to “remind people that peace and harmony with each other and the planet itself are the only way(s) to maintain what sustains us.”

Gold Spike’s Backyard Playground

Gold Spike is a co-working space by day and a party venue by night. At night, the indoor space is transformed into the Living Room, with DJs mixing the latest beats for a lively house party.

The backyard is truly your playground (pun intended), with games like Twister or giant Legos, Four Square, Cornhole, Shuffleboard, and Beer Pong.

During the day, the whole family is invited to the Backyard Playground to engage in some wholesome fun. Local musicians play, and on Friday and Saturdays, live bands perform. Don’t miss out on the bar installation built entirely out of a shipping container.

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An exhibit at the Neon Museum, Vegas’ most prolific history of signage and attractions

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is an outdoor exhibition hall preserving iconic Las Vegas signs.

There are guided tours, immersive shows, and special exhibits. Its larger outdoor exhibition space, The Boneyard Main Collection, has over 200 unrestored neon signs.

At sunset, they light up all the signs creating a truly illuminating “boneyard.” The Neon Museum is also one of downtown Vegas’ most popular photo opportunities.

They offer a photo walk where you are allowed to bring your camera and gear to take photos of the signs for personal use only. All photo walks should be booked in advance during one of the pre-scheduled tours offered.

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Container Park

I thought repurposing shipping containers were all the rage. In DTLV, that’s yesterday’s news.

The Container Park opened in 2013 and is an open-air shopping and entertainment venue almost entirely built out of shipping containers. It’s a hub of unique boutiques, restaurants, and galleries.

If that alone isn’t a draw, check out any of the free movies or music, or the dome. The dome is a 360-degree HD immersive entertainment experience.

The entire dome lights up above the reclining seats, and you can watch movies to relive the dinosaur age, see the universe or hear the classic rock tunes of U2, Pink Floyd, or Led Zepplin.

You can’t miss finding the Container Park since there’s a 55-foot praying mantis sculpture that shoots flames out of its antenna. After 9 pm, this place becomes a 21+-year-old party place.

Heart Attack Grill

If you want to have an outrageous Los Vegas adventure, visit the Heart Attack Grill, a hospital-themed restaurant where the waitresses dress like nurses.

One of the most famous downtown Las Vegas restaurants, Heart Attack Grill claims to have been fighting Anorexia since 2005! 

Here, you can sip your drink through an IV line, which helps wash down the contents of the Bypass Burger of your choice. You can enjoy your weekly calorie intake for the week by ordering a quadruple bypass burger, which has 9983 calories!

The Guinness Book of World Records gave this burger the highest calories in the world award! However, whatever you do, don’t order more than you can eat, because if you do not clean your plate a nurse will give you a spanking!

Dino’s Lounge

Never trust a list that doesn’t include a dive bar. Dino’s Lounge is an old favorite dive bar with a bonus, karaoke on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

They’ve got great cheap drink specials and a large crowd of locals, making your bar even more divey.

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