Registration is underway for the IFBC Vegas Bash on Aug. 24-26 at the Golden Nugget. Here are some unique things to do around Sin City's downtown area, where the neon definitely glows the brightest.
The 1,500-foot long, 90-foot wide Viva Vision light shows at the Fremont Street Experience are legendary and a must-see. Made of 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lamps, the 6-minute show is free and runs nightly at the top of the hour from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Tank Swimming Pool at the Golden Nugget
This $30-million, award-winning “The Tank Pool” is more like an event than a pool, with guests of the Golden Nugget able to enjoy a three-story complex with a 200,000 shark tank, world-class waterslide, 17 private cabanas and the Hideout bar.
Address: 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Golden Nugget Link: https://www.goldennugget.com/
The Tank Link: https://www.goldennugget.com/las-vegas/amenities/h2o-pool/
The Neon Museum
You can pay a visit yourself or book a tour ($19 adults) of the neon sign boneyard where the visitors' center is located in the rehabbed La Concha Motel lobby adjacent to the curated collection of nearly 200 classic Las Vegas neon signs.
Address: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89101
The Mob Museum
You dirty rat. ... Located just steps from Fremont Street, the Mob Museum is a unique, interactive journey through stories of the the birth of the Mafia up to its present-day American history. A single general admission ticket costs $26.95, and group tickets are available (10 or more, $17.95 per person).
Address: 300 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
The Springs Preserve
If bringing the family and looking for something a little more nature-driven and away from downtown but not too far from the Golden Nugget — 3.8 miles, 8 minutes west — a trip to the Springs Preserve may be a good idea. It is a 180-acre attraction featuring botanical gardens, museums, family events, traveling exhibits, trails and more. A single general admission ticket for an out-of-state adult visitor costs $18.95; a children’s (age 5-17) ticket costs $10.95; and a seniors (65+) ticket is $17.05.
Address: 333 S. Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park
Recognized as the place where Sin City was born, the Old Las Vegas Mormon State Park still has the first structure built by European settlers in what would become Las Vegas 50 years later. Located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) and Fremont Street, the Old Las Vegas Mormon State Park is the only state park in the U.S. that is located in a city that houses the first building ever built in that city. It is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed Sunday & Monday), and admission is $3.
Address: 500 E. Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Poker Hall of Fame at Binion’s Horseshoe
Created in 1979 by Benny Binion, the Poker Hall of Fame is a basically a wall of photographs of famous poker and craps players in the historic Horseshoe Casino, site of the first World Series of Poker in 1949. Membership in the Poker Hall of Fame — which had 57 inductees as of 2017 — is now handled directly by the WSOP with the Poker Hall of Fame now considered a virtual destination in cyberspace. If checking out this free and quick little attraction, maybe grab a greasy cheeseburger from Binion's Cafe or go upscale at the 24th-floor Top of Binion's Steakhouse.
Address: 128 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Rick Harrison’s Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
Pay a visit to Rick Harrison, Corey and Chumlee and Pawn Stars reality TV stars just 5 minutes (1.2 miles) north of downtown just to see what they have there, or bring your own rare collectibles to try to sell and barter with the boys. Pawn Stars tours are also available. If you go, due to Nevada state laws, refrain from taking pictures toward the pawn store counter and no videos are allowed.
Address: 713 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Free Fremont Street Experience Concert
Modern hard rockers Halestorm, fronted by the Lita Ford-inspired Lzzy Hale, will perform a free concert at Downtown 3rd Street Stage on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9 pm.
What: Free Concert
When: Saturday, Aug. 25 (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m.)
Where: Downtown 3rd Street Stage
Fremont Street Stage Map: https://vegasexperience.com/downtown-insider/fremont-street-experience-stage-map/