Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Downtown Las Vegas museums, bars, arts and entertainment

Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Las Vegas Sign, Smith Center, Mob Tour

First Friday - The Arts District
Once a month the pedestrian-friendly streets of downtown transform into a huge block party. First Friday is a celebration of art, food and music. It's a community event where all are welcome and encouraged to see what the local artists have to offer. Downtown Las Vegas arts and entertainment
4th Street, Las Vegas, NV

Fremont East Entertainment District
The Fremont East Entertainment District sits adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience and offers an eclectic mixture of bars, clubs, venues and restaurants such as Azul Tequila Nightclub & Concert Venue, The Beat Coffeehouse, Beauty Bar, Downtown Cocktail Room, The Griffin, Insert Coin(s), Le’ Thai, the Vanguard Lounge and more.

Slotzilla Zipline
It's a 12-story slot machine in the middle of the street. Starting at the east side of the Fremont Street Experience, the Slotzilla zip line is 100 feet high and 850 feet long. 

Mob Museum - National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement
The Mob Museum is a history museum. The Mob Museum is dedicated to featuring the artifacts, stories, and history of organized crime in the United States, as well as the actions and initiatives by law enforcement to prevent such crimes. The museum is located on Stewart Avenue, two blocks north of Fremont Street.

Neon Museum
The Neon Museum makes the list for its showcase of some of the most striking objects from Las Vegas history: the neon signs. The Museum features signs from old casinos and other businesses displayed outdoors on over 6 acres. Tours available only by phone  702 387-6366

The Deuce
See the sights of the Strip and Downtown for less than $10. The Deuce is one of the city’s double-decker buses that troll the Strip and all the way to Downtown. $6 for a two-hour ride or $8 to hop on and off all day. Purchase a multi-day, all-access pass either online through the RTC, at an authorized vendor, from a Deuce bus driver, or from kiosks located at various Deuce stops along the Strip. Multi-day Deuce passes may be purchased on the Internet, but it takes seven to 10 days for the pass to arrive in the mail.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
This small, enthusiastically run museum doesn't offer much in the way of bells and whistles. The Marine Life Room features small sharks in a large tank, the Wild Nevada Room has exhibits on the flora and fauna of Nevada and the Young Scientist Center has some interactive displays. However, the big draw is five roaring, robotic dinosaurs, among them a vast T-rex. Combine a visit with a trip to the nearby Lied Discovery Children's Museum. 900 Las Vegas Boulevard North - Downtown Las Vegas  Admission $7; $3-$6 reductions; free under-2s.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
There are four Welcome to Las Vegas signs. One is at 5200 Las Vegas Boulevard south, on the Strip, across street from the Mandalay Bay, another one is at Boulder Strip, just South of the stoic Sam's Town and Nevada Palace casinos and north of Tropicana Avenue. The third is the "Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas" sign which is at the intersection of Fourth Ave. and Las Vegas Blvd and the fourth is just in front of the Slotzilla Zipline (picture on the left).

Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is located in Downtown Las Vegas's 61-acre Symphony Park and is a five-acre, world-class performing arts center consisting of three theaters in two buildings. 
361 Symphony Park Ave, 
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Las Vegas Double-Decker Bus of the Stars
90-minute tour of the Las Vegas Strip aboard the double-decker Bus of the Stars.  Performances by celebrity impersonators which may include Elvis Presley, Cher, Dolly Parton, Elton John. 10-minute "intermission" at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. Ticket pricing: Lower level: $39.95 and VIP (upper level): $49  (702) 738-3542
Website:  showbusofthestars.com   You can also buy the tickets at Planet Hollywood - 3667 Las Vegas Blvd South  - Miracle Mile Shops. www.fremonteast.com/‎  Parking: http://www.fremonteast.com/fremont-east/parking-map/

Mob Tour
Combine crime with Vegas by boarding the Vegas Mob Tour bus. This 2 1/2-hour-tour begins with the stories of the Mob's influence in Vegas. Tourists visit sites of Mob activity and learn about gangsters such as Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. The tour guides dress in pinstriped suits and fedoras. Guests must be at least 16 years old and anyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult. The bus leaves at 6 p.m. daily.

Vegas Mob Tour - The Royal Resort @ 99 Convention Center Dr.   702-339-8744 website: hauntedtoursusa.com

Discovery Children's Museum
Interactive lessons/games.

Eco City: Run errands just like a grown up in a mini city with a bank, grocery store and airport.
Traveling Exhibit: Traveling exhibits from some of the U.S. top museums.
Water World:  Children make a splash as they learn about the movement and power of water at play stations with turbines and water wheels includes colorful lessons. more

Downtown Project
Since 2009, led by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, 40 yo, people has been organizing a major re-development and revitalization project, literally transforming Downtown Las Vegas. Dozens of startups are flocking to Downtown where they are using repurposed shipping containers as businesses spaces. By January 2014, the Downtown Project had created more than 500 jobs. 

Downtown Container Park
Shopping center built from shipping containers. The park is home to 7 restaurants and bars with indoor and outdoor seating, from barbecue and hot dogs to fine dining and craft cocktails. Kids playground. Free concerts during weekends.

Las Vegas Soccer Stadium
Las Vegas in talks with MLS to bring expansion club to the city, build soccer-stadium. The new MLS stadium would be home to a Las Vegas-based MLS franchise and would be located in Las Vegas’ expanding the downtown district known as Symphony Park, north of The Smith Center for Performing Arts in 2015.

Heart Attack Grill
They carry "Coronary Dog", chili, cheese, onions and bacon; Single bypass burger, triple bypass burger, and so on, depend on the amount of bacon slices is added to the burger. They also have on their menu "Penisillin" and "Jello shots" which is made up with half vodka and Jello. Plus 8.1% tax for our "wasteful Government to squander."  http://www.heartattackgrill.com

Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience attraction is a barrel vault canopy, 90 ft high at the peak and four blocks, or approximately 1,500 ft in length. Each show begins by turning off the lights on all of the buildings, including the casinos, under the canopy. Concerts, usually free, are also held on two sound stages. The venue has become a major tourist attraction for downtown Las Vegas and the city's annual New Year's Eve party.

Downtown Las Vegas Guide

by Bea Taylor
Location: Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV, USA