The Freemont Street Experience in historic downtown Las Vegas, NV is a 5-block entertainment district. Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen is the centerpiece of the district. At 90 feet wide, and over one quarter of a mile long, the screen is made up of more than 12 million LED lights, and incorporates a 550,000-watt sound system. Free musical light shows are displayed nightly on the Viva Vision screen, which arches over the pedestrian promenade, 90 feet above the ground.
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A Zipline, SlotZilla, travels below the cover of the screen offering thrilling views of the light show. The 12-story Zipline resembles a slot machine and sends participants 77-feet above ground on a 1,750 foot long line across the Freemont Street pedestrian mall. A Zoomline, located at 114-feet offers a higher, more thrilling ride. Participants may reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour as they slide from the giant slot machine, flanked by 35-foot tall statues of showgirls.
A new attraction based on AMC’s popular show Fear the Walking Dead is an interactive 3-D motion ride. The ride combines elements of a haunted house, escape room game, maze, and interactive video game. Participants are transported to a simulation of a medical facility during a zombie outbreak. Different zones throughout the ride incorporate immersive sound effects, video effects and sets and challenge participants to face their fears to escape from zombies.
A number of hotels and casinos line the promenade, including the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, a Las Vegas original, which opened in 1906. The hotel displays several artifacts from its early days and is famous for introducing the shrimp cocktail. The historic Binion’s Gambling Hall opened in 1951 and is now home to a penthouse level steakhouse offering view of the Las Vegas skyline. The Golden Nugget Las Vegas is also one of the city’s oldest, built in 1946 it is currently the largest downtown, with over 2,000 rooms. The Fremont Hotel and Casino has been operating since 1956, and was once the tallest building in Nevada. Four Queens has been open since 1966, and is famous for its iconic neon signage. The Hugo Cellar restaurant at Four Queens was recently named the best fine dining in Las Vegas. The D is one of the historic district’s newer hotels. The D opened in 2012, a $22 million renovation of the original Fitzgerald’s Hotel and Casino.
History: Fremont Street, which dates back to the founding of Las Vegas in 1905. Between 1925 and 1931, it was Las Vegas’ first paved street, as well as the first street to be outfitted with a traffic light. In 1931, when gambling was made legal in Nevada, the now closed Northern Club, which opened in 1913 on East Fremont Street, received one of the first 6 gambling licenses. By 1992, 80 percent of Las Vegas’ casinos and hotels were located on the Strip, and downtown businesses were suffering from the lack of traffic. The Freemont Street Experience was constructed in 1994, under an ownership group primarily funded by downtown area casinos. Las Vegas architect Jon Jerde originally planned for a sky parade to take place high above downtown’s Glitter Gulch (named for the historic neon signs). When the parade concept was deemed unfeasible, the team embraced architect Mary Kozlowski’s vision for an LED lightshow that could be more easily viewed from the street level. The Viva Vision concept received a $17 million upgrade to LED lighting in 2004. Today, more than 17 million visitors attend the Fremont Street Experience and Viva Vision lightshow experience each year.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Viva Vision shows take place nightly above the main promenade. The district is home to three stages, which host outdoor entertainment. The Main Street Stage is located directly across from the Slotzilla zip line at one end of the pedestrian promenade. The First Street Stage is located between Mermaids and Binions, and the Third Street State is located between Four Queens and The D. Most live music shows are free. The nightly entertainment spans all genres. Performers have included Vince Neil, Rick Springfield, Good Charlotte and Collective Soul, as well as a variety of local bands and performers. 52 Fridays at the Golden Nugget is a live show each Friday night, hosting many of country music’s top entertainers.
What’s Nearby: Fremont East extends the Fremont Entertainment District towards 8th Street and offers additional restaurants and retail, as well as residential living.
Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101