Fremont Street Experience

Stripping is a term used a few years back when groups of people would go from casino to casino, visiting the lounges to view the night club acts, like Kenny Rogers, or Tina Turner. This section is devoted to things to do on the Strip, or in Las Vegas central that has nothing to do with gaming including thrill rides, eating and shopping.  Much of the information is not inclusive in this section, so if you want to tell us some of your favorites, contact us. We will try to post them in the future.

To say there is a lot to do in Las Vegas is an understatement.  This truly is a 24/7 town. There is something for everyone here. Shows, gambling, roller coasters, heck even the hotels and casinos are interesting.  To find out more about the resort corridor visit Las Vegas Insider Viewpoint, the number one information guide of  Las Vegas. If you don't want to gamble and want to see other interesting stuff, read on.

ALADDIN RESORT  This casino is based on the tales of 1,001 Arabian Nights. The casino features The London Club which is a new level of luxury that Las Vegas has never seen. If you need to eat at a buffet, this one is one of the best in town. There is a great nightclub called Curve open on Friday and Saturday or you can chill in the plush Living room on the Mezzanine of the hotel inside the London Club. Desert Passage is a mall that features one mile of shopping and includes a rain storm in the middle of the mall. There are two shows; Steve Wyrick Mind Blowing Magic on the Mezzanine and Ovation in Dessert Passage.
BALLY'S  Has the show Jubilee.
BELLAGIO Well, it was the most expensive hotel ever built at the time, and it has all the bells and whistles. There is a beautiful art collection and a wonderful fountain display out front. You might not want to watch the fountains on a windy day. You may get very wet. They have a show called "O". It is like Cirque de Sol but to a water theme. Very nice, but make your reservations early.
BARBARY COAST Good food in the coffee shop. It also has an after hours club in Drai's
CAESAR'S PALACE Has a venue named The Colosseum featuring top named entertainment, including Celine Dion. The Shopping mall, named the Forum Shops feature talking statues and an attraction called Race for Atlantis.
CIRCUS CIRCUS They have circus acts performing all day, and a good steak house. They also have Grand Slam Canyon a climate controlled, indoor theme park featuring a roller coaster called the Canyon Blaster.  There is also a Bungy tower right next door, but is not affiliated with the hotel.
EXCALIBURThis hotel from the outside looks kind of like a giant LEGO castle. Inside it is a casino, go figure. If you can make it to the entertainment level, visit the Magic Motion Machine. It is kind of fun. There are roving entertainers. The dinner show Tournament of Kings has medieval jousting and battles while you dine. For those of you who enjoy viewing gyrating male flesh you might want to check out Thunder from Down Under, a all male review.
THE FASHION SHOW  Ultimate shopping on the Strip. No theme, but tons of places to spend any winnings you have made while visiting your favorite casino.
THE FLAMINGO  Guess what wanders in there gardens? Flamingos (go figure) and penguins. We don't know why they have penguins though. Shows include "Bottoms Up"; a topless review, the wonderful voice and show by Gladys Knight and "The Second City"; a improvisational comedy show.
FRONTIER  Their only claim to fame is that employees at this establishment have been on strike against the management longer than any other strike in US history. it is now under new management and will be going through a major face lift. Now there is a Gilley's Dance Hall, so you no longer have to go to Texas to two step.
HARD ROCK HOTEL It is like a giant rock museum that happens to serve drinks, food and happens to have gaming.  The Joint venue holds 1,500 people. You can catch some great acts here.  From The Eagles to Social Distortion. Come in and just hang out. There is a nightclub called Baby's and a spa. There are seven restaurants in the hotel.
HARD ROCK CAFE  This is the restaurant that started it all.  The real McCoy.  Good food, good music.  If you see a line, don't freak out. The people waiting are usually waiting to just buy stuff.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON CAFE Another unoriginal theme type of cafe. It has a giant HOG on the front.
HARRAH'S  Has a carnival theme. You can watch the entertainer Clint Holmes or watch the other shows of "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show", comedy at "The Improv at Harrah's" or the late night topless review "Skintight".
HOLIDAY INN BOARDWALK Well? It is on the strip and has a 24 hour buffet.
HOTEL SAN REMO Has a magic show with a twist. "Showgirls of Magic" is a magic show that features female magicians.
ICE LAS VEGAS Las Vegas’ largest freestanding nightclub offering six different micro-environments guaranteed to indulge your senses. 4,000 square feet of dance-floor and the country’s largest Funktion One sound installation (100,000 watts) with Las Vegas’ only Kryogenifex cooling-fog system: ICE Las Vegas offers a one-of-a-kind night life experience that is not soon forgotten.
IMPERIAL PALACE There is Legends in Concert and a nice collection of antique cars.
LAS VEGAS HILTON  Has the attraction Star Trek: The Experience.
LUXOR  The place is pyramid shaped, and the theme inside is Egyptian.  You can visit a museum that is a replica of King Tut's tomb.  The entertainment level gives you a spectacular view of the 30 plus story atrium. There is an arcade with attractions called "In search of the Obelisk".  Also the Imax theater.  The elevators, or inclinators move up and sideways at the same time. A very weird feeling. They currently have a show called "Blue Man Group: Live at Luxor", a very different show is all I can say. And adult oriented show called "Midnight Fantasy". Luxor features a nightclub called RA.
MANDALAY BAY This hotel is very tropical looking on the outside and inside is very lush. The hotel features a 20,000 seat events arena, a wave pool for your surfing pleasure, the show Mama Mia; for those of you who like ABBA, Shark Reef, where you can get face to face with several species of shark and a few nightclubs; including the House of Blues. This music venue has a nice Gospel Brunch every Sunday. You can get some church up in here and enjoy a meal at the same time. Storm is a high energy show with a lot of dancing and water.
MGM GRANDIt's big, it's green. It's kind of Hollywood, its "The City of Entertainment", it's....well, it's a casino. It is also hosts live lions, a late night show called "La Femme", a nightclub named Studio 54 and a theme restaurant called The Rain Forest Cafe.
MIRAGE  This is the place with the volcano out front. Yawn. Inside they have Danny Gans who impersonates other entertainers, tigers, some dolphins, a rain forest, a secret garden that contains exotic animals, and a neat aquarium behind the front desk.
MONTE CARLO  The name speaks for itself. The place is beautiful when you walk in, but it is still a casino.  The have a nice micro brewery, and "Lance Burton: Master Magician", plays in the showroom.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK  It's New York City without the smell and muggers.  Actually, they have the ESPN Zone, a sports theme restaurant. Then there is the Manhattan Express, a fairly cool roller coaster. They also have a show called "Zumanity, another side of Cirque du Soleil"; and even more twisted version of Cirque and Rita Rudner.
The Palms This is a new breed of casino. No theme, just excitement. No regular shows, but wonderful restaurants, several night clubs and a movie theater multi-complex.
PARIS This is a hotel with a Parisian theme, including a half scale replica of the Eiffel Tower which you can visit the observation deck at the top. The shopping area looks like a French village including fine french bakeries. Sorry to those or you that are on the Atkins diet.
RIO A Brazilian theme casino that is so chopped up that you will get lost and probably get frustrated trying to get from one place to another. But don't give up. This place has many amenities. Featuring six shows: "Chippendales, the Show; all male review, ventriloquist "Ron Lucas", the all in the family entertainment of "The Scintas", interactive entertainment of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding", "Showgirls"; a late night review and the wild and weird magic and comedy of "Penn & Teller". There are also several restaurants and nightclubs.
THE RIVIERA  They have shows called An Evening at La Cage-Drag show, Splash-Wet show, Crazy Girls-Sexy show and a comedy club.
SAHARA A long time Las Vegas landmark, but it has a very new look. "World's Greatest Magic Show" features well, I guess the name sort of says it all. The casino has a race car attraction that includes the NASCAR Cafe, an attractions area called, Sahara Speedworld and a roller coaster called Speed, The Ride.
SHOWCASE This is a mall that houses the M&M Museum, The World of Coca-Cola, a theatre complex and GameWorks. This is the ultimate in video arcades. Lots of big names and big money went into this entertainment area for kids as well as grownups.
STARDUST They have Mr. Vegas himself, Wayne Newton in the showroom most of the time.
STRATOSPHERE  It has the largest tower west of the Mississippi.  They also have a few thrill rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot is like a reverse bungy tower, X-Scream and Let it Ride roller coaster.
TROPICANA  If you like birds or fish, come here during the day. There are several birds that are on display in the hotel and outside in the gardens.  There is also a Las Vegas Gambling Museum there. The place is set in a tropical island theme. Shows include The classic "Folies Bergere"; a true Las Vegas review, "The Comedy Stop", a free bird show and "The Magic of Rick Thomas".
TI  Formerly Treasure Island. The outside is real cool. There is a show that is done outside. It is free to the public and runs at regular intervals. Inside they have Mystre, Cirque de Soleil gone Vegas.
THE VENETIAN It is a casino set to a classic Italian theme. There are canals, gondolas, shops and Madame Tussaud's Celebrity Encounter. It is a wax museum where you mingle with the stars. They have also just opened a branch of the Guggenheim Museum. They have "Lord of the Dance" in the showroom.
WYNN LAS VEGAS  Opening soon. This will undoubtedly be the new standard for casinos. IT will be brought to you by Steve Wynn. The same person that brought you The Mirage, Treasure Island and Bellagio.
THE FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE It is the cool thing to see.  It is like a Sony JumboTron that is several blocks long. Shows are every hour on the hour, after dark.
When you come to Vegas, why would you want to got shopping anyway, unless it is for that Dice Clock for that special someone. Actually, there are many specialty shops as well as all the major department stores here. The one place we think is very special we have listed below.

DESERT INDIAN SHOP 108 N. Third Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 384-4977
If you like the southwest and you want authentic Native American crafts, you must stop here. Tom and Millie know their merchandise, and you get quite a bargain as well.  This long established shop is located on 3rd Street just north of the Fremont Street Experience. When you visit them make sure to say "Hi" to there manager, Sammy.

The best places to eat are in Las Vegas. There are so many interesting places you can eat in this city. Here is a list of our favorites, and yes it is in order.  If you are looking for an expensive she she place to eat here you are in the wrong place, likewise if you are looking for a 99 cent buffet, SORRY.  These are just good clean places to get good food at a reasonable price.

King & I II  2904 Lake East Drive, The Lakes, NV 89117 (702) 256-1568
This is Thai food at its finest. We were Carl and Linda's first customers.  When you come to Las Vegas and are looking for good Thai food, don't shop around. We ate at nearly every Thai Restaurant in town.  They even won the prestigious Best of Las Vegas Award from the Review-Journal.  Reservations? Not really, and leave the limo at home too. Their prices are very reasonable and the food fantastic!
Spice Market Buffet Aladdin Casino, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. (702) 785-5555
Good food, good prices, nice atmosphere. Enough said?

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