How to Explore Downtown Las Vegas

Eat, sightsee, play and gamble, there's plenty to do in Downtown Las Vegas.

A trip to Downtown Las Vegas doesn't have to be daunting—especially when you follow our block-by-block guide. Hit the high notes with these time-tested stops.

Eat

Oscar's Steakhouse

Dine like a former Mob attorney, or mayor, at Oscar's Steakhouse. Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman's namesake steakhouse sits inside the iconic dome at the Plaza overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. Order one of Goodman's signature martinis and an aged steak while looking through memorabilia displays. Just down the street, at Golden Nugget, awaits the old school backdrop of Vic & Anthony's, the classic steakhouse at the Golden Nugget. Snake River wagyu, dry-aged prime rib-eye steaks and a 40-ounce bone-in Cape Grim tomahawk steak make the menu. 

See

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody

The gang's all here. Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe return—this time on stage instead of on the small screen—for more wacky misadventures in “FRIENDS! The Musical Parody." Aside from fan-favorite moments from the sitcom, the actors wind their ways through work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. Also, every Friday night, the Golden Nugget brings in a different act to take the stage at its showroom. 

Play

Mob Museum

No other museum offers such a deep look into the back story of organized crime and law enforcement than The Mob Museum. Visitors can look at one-of-a-kind artifacts such as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre wall and tommy guns, as well as exhibits such as a crime lab and The Underground, an ode to Prohibition replete with moonshine. Neon signs highlight the Neon Boneyard, a collection of more the 200 neon signs dating from the 1930s to present. One newcomer? The Hard Rock Cafe guitar. Visitors can find 15 that have been fully restored. 

Gamble 

Main Street Station

The casino opened in 1941 and by 1945, mobster Bugsy Siegel owned a stake in the Spanish Ranch-designed El Cortez. Keno, slots, a sports book and table games ranging from blackjack and roulette to craps and Texas Hold’em are found in the 45,000-square-foot casino floor. Decked out with a Victorian-era vibe with dozens of rare antiques scattered about, Main Street Station features a 28,826-square-foot casino floor filled with 900 slot machines and 25 table games spanning blackjack and craps to roulette and keno. Look for a slab of the Berlin Wall inside one of the casino floor’s men’s bathrooms. 

Susan Stapleton
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