Sure there’s free stuff in Las Vegas, and not just free drinks while you gamble. Wander outside the casinos and the mega-resorts, on Freemont Street or between Flamingo Road and Twain you find lots of free entertainment.
On Freemont Street you find “The Freemont Street Experience.” Thousands of lights flashing a new show every 15 minutes. Between Trop and Twain you find the Bellagio Fountains, street performers at The Venetian, and celebrity impersonators from Iron Man to Elmo coming at you on every block.
Casino take your last buck and you wanted to see the neon museum. There’s more free old fashioned lights for you all over Freemont Street.
Take a look at these Neon beauties, free for the looking!
The Neon Museum
One day somebody in Las Vegas screwed in a light bulb, plugged in a sign, and Nevada's city of lights was born. In the 1950s Neon took over for the light bulb and The Neon City was born. There were myths that the glow of Las Vegas could be seen from outer space. Maybe that's why Area 51 was placed just outside the city.
In the 1980s and 90s a gradual transition to digital lighting slowly pushed out the Neon, and the big beautiful signs seems gone forever, well not quite. Someone took care and saved many of them and formed the Neon Museum but that was not enough. Now much of the old Neon is free to see under the Freemont Street Canopy.
Wander outside the casinos and the mega-resorts, on Freemont Street or between Flamingo Road and Twain you find lots of free entertainment. Under the Fremont Street Canopy thousands of lights flash a new show every 15 minutes.
Between Trop and Twain you find the Bellagio Fountains, street performers at The Venetian, and celebrity impersonators from Iron Man to Elmo coming at you on every block.
Plan to take an up close and personal look at these Neon beauties, free for the looking!
Vegas Vick, Freemont's Street's Historic Host
Vegas Vick has been the historic host of Freemont for neigh-on 60 years. Once they took away his cigarette and even tried to put old Vick out in the museum, but thank God the city wouldn't have it and the city gave him back his smoke and his place in Glitter Gulch. .
Aladdin's Lamp was originally installed in 1966 at the Aladdin Hotel, located at 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South. It was restored through a donation from Richard Schuetz and presented as a gift to former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Laverty Jones and her children: Maura, Kaitlyn and Patrick.
It was installed as part of the Neon Museum on July 8, 1997. The sign can now be found on the northwest corner of Fremont Street Experience and Las Vegas Boulevard. It was designed by Raymond Larson and built by Young Electric Sign Co. (YESCO)
The Hacienda Cabarillo
Called the "Hacienda Cabarillo" or "The Horse and Rider," it once stood proudly in from The Hacienda Resort Hotel and Casino from 1956 to 1996. The Cabarillo was one of four lighted signs, the other standing in front of Haciendas in Fresno, Bakersfield, and Indio California. The Las Vegas Hacienda was imploded in March 1999, and The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino now stands in its place.
Chief Hotel Court
The oldest sign in the Freemont Street collection, was originally erected in 1940 and was located on the hotel at 1201 E. Fremont Street.
Sassy Sally is the girl kicking her legs atop the "Glitter Gulch Gentelman's Club" under the Fremont Street Canopy. "Glitter Gulch" is also the nick name of the casino area of Fremont Street, now "The Fremont Street Experience."