Total Las Vegas Tour: From Art to Fremont Street
Get ready to discover a totally new side of Las Vegas alongside a local with insider knowledge of what makes the city so intriguing. On this tour, you’ll have the chance to get your vintage Vegas fix, discover the city’s thriving local art scene, and experience happy hour – Las Vegas style!
- Meet and chat with local artists in their studios, and local shopkeepers in their stores
- Discover some of the coolest vintage pop culture shops, furniture stores, antiques, and clothing in a hidden, yet dynamic pocket of Las Vegas
- Taste some of the best beverages and snacks in one of the best happy hour environments
- Take in the iconic and classic displays of historic neon in the heart of Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas
- Enjoy a spectacular light show on one of the largest video screens on the planet
- Duration: 5.5 hours
- Meeting point:
Arts District Sign in Boulder Plaza, Next to 1029 South Main St. Las Vegas, NV 89101
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- Starting time: 3.00 PM
- Ending point:
A location of the guide’s choice in Downtown Las Vegas
It’s time to experience the truly local side of Vegas. Nearby the mega-hotels, packed casinos, and world-class shows, there’s a pocket of Las Vegas that taps into the artistic and home-grown side of the city. On this tour, we’ll show you the original (and now vintage) elements of Las Vegas along with the incredible arts district, completely overlooked by most tourists visiting the city. Here you’ll find beautiful public murals and graffiti, iconic historic hotels, some of the best vintage and consignment shopping around, incredible neon signs, an opportunity to make real connections with local artists at a fabulous artist collective, and delicious happy hour drinks. On this tour, you’ll get your vintage Vegas fix, discover a local art scene, and have a happy hour to remember.
Your tour starts in the heart of The 18b, also known as the Las Vegas Arts District, at Boulder Plaza. Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, 18b (named after the 18 blocks it occupies) is the area of town to find all things vintage, creative, kitchy, odd, and artistic. Most visitors don’t often get to explore the local art around downtown Las Vegas, but trust us, it’s just as vibrant and exciting as anything you’ll find on The Strip. Vegas boasts some truly unique public art, from a gigantic sculpture of a paintbrush to the dynamic color blasts of graffitied walls to a huge bust of a very cheeky cat. We’re betting you’ve never seen anything like 18b’s public art. Enjoy the introduction into Vegas’ incredible local art scene, and take advantage of the the photo ops as you explore this dynamic corner of Vegas with your guide.
You’ll also get a chance to go behind-the-scenes of some more conventional art spaces, like the Arts Factory. This converted warehouse is now home to numerous artists and galleries, both contemporary and modern, who work in a variety of media, from jewelry to photography to fine art and more. Your guide will not only take you through the space, but give you the opportunity to meet some of the local artists or shopkeepers – a real treat!
From the Vegas art scene, the tour shifts gears towards a spotlight on vintage Vegas – with some only-in-Vegas shopping! First, you’ll head to the growing antique row along Main Street. If you’re in love with retro style, you’re going to be in heaven! Maybe you’ll find the perfect Vegas souvenir from the 1950s, or your dream pair of kooky sunglasses, or a velvet housecoat, or that look-a-like couch from the Brady Bunch. Look around and you’ll see more cozy bars and shops — everything from a retro beauty parlour to a yoga studio to an oddities shop that has some real off-the-wall finds. Absorb the significance of the roots of Las Vegas from your expert guide, and we’ll connect you with old-school Vegas as we bounce from shop to shop. Your guide will also find the perfect place to stop and grab a snack, before you’re back at it, hunting for more incredible finds!
Throughout your tour, you’ll realize that you’re probably the only Las Vegas visitors around, as this area is where the locals hang out! That’s why we love it so much. You’ll then head to the starting location of your happy hour tour with your guide. You’ll jump in a taxi, Uber, or rideshare and head from The Strip to Downtown Las Vegas. There’s an hour between the food part of your tour and happy hour, so you’ll have some time for a rest or to explore the area where you’ll start the final portion of your day with us – the awesome Container Park.
Your neon happy hour tour begins outside the incredible Downtown Container Park. This modern take on a shopping center is built entirely out of repurposed shipping containers, Container Park plays host to boutique shopping, delicious eateries, art galleries, a soaring playground, and concerts and programming throughout the year. After your guide gives you a brief intro to the tour and the fascinating Fremont Street area, you’ll head out – ready for some happy hour fun!
You’ll discover early on how the vivid lights of the neon got their start as you reach the El Cortez. This classic hotel and casino is one of the oldest in town (originally built in 1941), one of the few casinos offering a full array of coin-operated slots- just like the good ol’ days. It has a deep connection to the mafia presence in old Las Vegas – once owned by a group including Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky in 1945. If your guide decides to take you inside for your first drink, you’re in for a treat.
Next, you’ll then turn down East Fremont Street, boasting classic and modern neon signs and displays all along this street. Everywhere you look you’ll see the glow of the lights, as your guide points out special signs and his/her favorite designs along the way. There’s so much to see both on and just off of East Fremont: bars, breweries, pop-up art installations, classic Vegas icons, and some of the best people-watching in the world! Your guide will be sure to find a place for a drink that’s right up your alley. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get your drinks to-go – one of the unique experiences that Las Vegas allows.
As your guide leads you under the massive of lights of Fremont St., you’ll get a chance to pass by attractions such as the newly-opened Cannabis Museum, a neon wall, and a neon-themed wedding chapel. As you walk down the street, watch zip-liners soar over your head and marvel at a giant martini glass-shaped bar (formerly a pool!). Your guide will share the history behind some of the classic neon signs you’ll see along the way, including, of course, the world-famous Vegas Vic of the Pioneer. You’ll also pass by the iconic marquees of the Golden Nugget and Binions. Both these hotels have been featured in many movies set in Sin City, you’re sure to recognize them!
As part of your happy hour experience, you’ll enjoy a couple of happy hour drinks and a delicious snack with your guide. After drinks (or possibly with drink in hand). take it all in as you’ll pause for a few minutes to for a spectacular light show on the canopy strung above the street, the Fremont Street Experience. This dazzling production choreographs the over-1,500 feet of lights with music from both decades past and today – a must see for Las Vegas visitors.
At the end of your tour, there are so many options to continue your epic night in Downtown Vegas. Perhaps you’ll head inside a nearby hotel for a final drink, or maybe follow your guide’s recommendation for dinner. Whatever you do after your tour with us, you’ll definitely feel like a Las Vegas local!
Inclusions: English-speaking guide, 2 beverages, 2 small snacks, Uber / Lyft ride. Please note: Cocktail portions vary throughout the tour.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
Dress standard: Please dress comfortably and casually for warm or hot desert weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: This tour runs year-round and will proceed rain or shine unless such weather constitutes a dangerous situation. This tour is 21+ only. You must bring government-issued photo ID as proof of age. Passports and/or driver’s licenses are acceptable.
Closure of sites: In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations.
Child Policy: Travellers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do so in the ‘Additional information’ box at checkout, or by emailing us at [email protected]
Office phone number: +1 702-829-3442
Email address: [email protected]