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Step off the Strip and into the original and authentic heart of Las Vegas, where smoky bars, quirky museums and family-friendly attractions exist side by side. 

Downtown Las Vegas is one of this lively city’s hippest places to visit. Stroll the streets and soak up the buzz of outdoor concerts, eat in one of the inexpensive but stylish restaurants or enjoy some real Vegas entertainment in the Fremont East District. Discover unusual museums, lounge in intimate cocktail bars or go in search of the largest golden nugget in existence.

The Mob Museum is one of the biggest draws of Downtown Las Vegas. Delve into the murky world of organized crime in the U.S. at this fascinating museum. Housed in a historic federal courthouse where mobsters were tried and condemned in the 1950s, it is filled with multimedia exhibits and interactive displays.

To experience the true, gritty Downtown Las Vegas, head to Fremont East District in the heart of the neighborhood. Here find comedy clubs and jazz nightclubs, with music and entertainment venues to suit all tastes. The Fremont Street Experience is a must-do. Be amazed at the free nightly shows which see 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound come together to create the Viva Vision extravaganza.

Head to the family-friendly Downtown Container Park for boutique shopping, dining and a children’s play area, all housed within stacks of shipping containers. Alternatively, peruse the works at the Arts Factory, where artists, architects, photographers and graphic designers display their creations.

For a true slice of Las Vegas eccentricity, visit the Golden Nugget, a luxury hotel and casino. Dare to enter the vast shark aquarium, indulge in the spa or simply view the biggest golden nugget in existence. It was found with a metal detector and weighs a whopping 61 pounds (28 kilograms).

Take advantage of the good public transportation connections to Downtown Las Vegas. If you’re driving, use the on-street or valet parking options. Enjoy the raucous bars and entertainment by leaving the car behind and heading off on foot.

Top hotels in Downtown Las Vegas

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
4 out of 5
129 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
NZ$105
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Downtown Las Vegas, this spa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fremont Street Experience and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Las Vegas Convention Center ...

4.1/5Very Good! (32,336 reviews)

"Lots of choices for dining. The pool area is stunning. Convenient for enjoying Fremont Street"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Plaza Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas
Plaza Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas
3 out of 5
1 Main Street, Las Vegas, NV
NZ$50
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Downtown Las Vegas, this resort is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Nugget Casino, Fremont Street Experience and Mob Museum. Las Vegas North Premium ...

3.7/5Good! (20,099 reviews)

"Nothing special to write about. Great price for stay"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

Plaza Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas
Downtown Grand Las Vegas
Downtown Grand Las Vegas
3.5 out of 5
206 North 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV
NZ$53
per night
Mar 23 - Mar 24

Located in Downtown Las Vegas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mob Museum, Golden Nugget Casino and Fremont Street Experience. Neon Museum and Discovery ...

4.2/5Very Good! (12,294 reviews)

"Very modern and clean. Room did not have fridge or microwave though :/"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020

Downtown Grand Las Vegas
Four Queens Hotel and Casino (No Resort Fee)
Four Queens Hotel and Casino (No Resort Fee)
3.5 out of 5
202 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
NZ$87
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Downtown Las Vegas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden Nugget Casino and Fremont Street Experience. Mob Museum and Las Vegas North Premium ...

3.8/5Good! (15,876 reviews)

"Was cheap to eat there but the room was supposed to be a quiet one, it was not. We could hear the music from freemont st so was unable to sleep. Checking in we were told our room wasn’t ready and would have to wait at least an hour. When we went back was told it still wasn’t ready so was offered ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Four Queens Hotel and Casino (No Resort Fee)
El Cortez Hotel and Casino
El Cortez Hotel and Casino
3 out of 5
600 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
NZ$36
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Downtown Las Vegas, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fremont Street Experience, Golden Nugget Casino and Mob Museum. Neon Museum and Discovery ...

3.7/5Good! (12,335 reviews)

"If you like Old Vegas style, mixed with great slots, being near Fremont...oh..great food, friendly staff, and an experience like no other....go to El Cortez."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

El Cortez Hotel and Casino
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3 out of 5
301 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$51
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in Downtown Las Vegas, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mob Museum, Smith Center for the Performing Arts and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Las ...

3.8/5Good! (10,052 reviews)

"My first time in Vegas and I loved this place. If you don’t line noise I don’t recommend staying here because Fremont gets LOUD. However, if you came to party then this is the place to be"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

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Popular activities in Downtown Las Vegas

Fremont Street Experience
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Fremont Street Experience

4/5(147 reviews)

Head to the place where Vegas began, to experience the mix of traditional and cutting-edge entertainment.

Mob Museum
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Mob Museum

4/5(9 reviews)

Get as close to the mob as you can without being asked to wear a wire, with this gritty exploration of Las Vegas’ shady past.

Bellagio Casino
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Bellagio Casino

4.5/5(172 reviews)

Head to this world-famous resort and casino for a taste of glitzy, glamorous Las Vegas.

Top activities in Downtown Las Vegas

Multi-Stop Grand Canyon South Rim Tour
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Multi-Stop Grand Canyon South Rim Tour

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$153
Per adult
Multi-Stop Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour
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Multi-Stop Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$183
Per adult
Lower Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Bus Tour
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Lower Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$276
Per adult
The Mob Museum Las Vegas Tickets
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The Mob Museum Las Vegas Tickets

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$42
Per adult
Go Las Vegas Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 5 or 7 Attractions
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Go Las Vegas Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 5 or 7 Attractions

NZ$129
Per adult
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Meal Card or Certificate
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Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Meal Card or Certificate

NZ$39
Per adult

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