13 Things To Do When You Visit Downtown Las Vegas

Yes, there ARE things to see and do off the Strip! Downtown Las Vegas is currently going through a revitalization and it has a ton to offer to tourists and locals alike.posted on July 21, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

1. Experience The Mob Museum

Experience The Mob Museum

Not your typical museum. We have a Tommy Gun model you can fire, a police simulation area where you can take down the bad guy, the actual wall from the February 14, 1929, St. Valentine’s Day Massacre sits on the third floor and you can watch a short film in the courtroom where the Las Vegas Kefauver hearing took place.

2. Eat internationally award-winning pizza at Pizza Rock

Eat internationally award-winning pizza at Pizza Rock

There’s a reason Tony Gemignani has won so many awards. His pizza is worth a trip to Downtown Las Vegas.

3. Visit the Neon Museum

Visit the Neon Museum

See the neon signs from Old Las Vegas in the neon boneyard!

Visit both the Neon Museum and The Mob Museum for just $30

4. Get a drink at the speakeasy inside Commonwealth

Get a drink at the speakeasy inside Commonwealth

A true speakeasy—you have to know the secret phone number to get a reservation.

5. Slide through a shark tank at the Golden Nugget

Slide through a shark tank at the Golden Nugget

If you stay at the Golden Nugget, you can go on a water slide through an actual shark tank—not for the faint of heart.

6. Visit the El Cortez for the vintage Vegas vibe

Visit the El Cortez for the vintage Vegas vibe

The El Cortez Hotel and Casino is the longest continuously running hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Opened in 1941, its success attracted Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway—so much so that the group purchased the El Cortez in 1945.

7. Dine at Oscar’s Steakhouse

Dine at Oscar's Steakhouse

Get fancy and do dinner with a view of famous Fremont Street. With the tagline “Beef – Booze – Broads” how can you go wrong?

8. First Friday in Downtown, organized by Zappos

First Friday in Downtown, organized by Zappos

An arts, culture, music, food event! As the name suggests, this event happens on the first Friday of the month.

9. Check out Container Park

Check out Container Park

A dining, shopping, arts park made of shipping containers. Family friendly until 9 p.m., when it becomes adults only.

10. Chill out at PICNIC

Chill out at PICNIC

PICNIC at the Downtown Grand is a ’50s style pool and urban rooftop hangout space. Live concerts are often held here at night, making it a great day-to-night locale.

11. See a show at The Smith Center or a baseball game at Cashman Field

See a show at The Smith Center or a baseball game at Cashman Field

If you’ve seen all of the Cirque shows and want to see Broadway instead, visit The Smith Center. Ghost The Musical, Kinky Boots and Wicked are coming to The Smith Center this fall.

If you’d rather spend the day at a game, visit Cashman Field for a Minor League Baseball game!

12. Shop at the Premium Outlets

Shop at the Premium Outlets

Armani, Lucky Brand, Dolce & Gabanna to J. Crew, Burberry and Michael Kors. Do your shopping off the Strip at a discounted price!

13. Get married!

Get married!

Some say cliché, others say “Viva Las Vegas!” Las Vegas is still a hot spot for people looking to get married. Whether you want a traditional wedding or something unique, Downtown Las Vegas has “We got married in Vegas!” written all over it.

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