Part 2 What to do in Vegas if you don’t gamble or drink. Fremont Experience

Today I’m going to share my Fremont experience with you. Last week I shared the things I did in Vegas that didn’t involve gambling or drinking: I hung out in an over-the-top hotel room, watched a storm come in from the mountains, and watched people below. I explored the Palazzo and Venetian hotels, which included a small Italian village, With a friend I walked the South end of the Vegas Strip…Bellagio and Paris. Saw the gardens, the fountains and some Picasso.

My selfie in Vegas - I need to practice - Jolene Navarro
My selfie in Vegas – I need to practice – Jolene Navarro

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That alone would have made a good trip, but my roommate and fellow teacher agreed to go with me to the other end of Vegas. The “old” Vegas also know as the Fremont Experience. All the pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Edge 6.

After looking at the options of traveling the distance to the opposite side of town we decided on the using the Deuce double-decked bus. We would only be using it once – to get there and back – so we paid cash 3.00 each way. If you want to get on and off you can get a one day for 8.00 or a three day for 20.00. All the locals say don’t use the cabs – they charge time and you pay for sitting in traffic.

Deuce double decked bus in Vegas
Deuce double decked bus in Vegas

We enjoyed the ride. Sitting front seat on the upper lever I got some nice pictures on our way to Fremont street. We passed Circus, Circus, the art district several wedding chapels and the Stratosphere.

Stratosphere on the Vegas Strip - Jolene Navarro
Stratosphere on the Vegas Strip – Jolene Navarro

We arrived on Fremont about 5:30 pm and went to Fremont East first to find dinner.

East Fremont Street
East Fremont Street
3-D Art on Fremont Street in Vegas. The Praying Mantis outside Container Park on Fremont St. photo by Jolene Navarro
3-D Art on Fremont Street in Vegas. The Praying Mantis outside Container Park on Fremont St. photo by Jolene Navarro

We found a gaint Praying Mantis. At night he puts on a laser show – While we were walking by a bride and groom were there with a photographer taking wedding photos.

The murals alone were worth the bus fee.

Art on Fremont Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas - photo Jolene Navarro
Art on Fremont Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas – photo Jolene Navarro
Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas - photo Jolene Navarro
Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas – photo Jolene Navarro

When we first got there another wedding couple were taking pictures with this one as the backdrop. I was going to take a picture of them taking pictures but my son says that’s creepy – they left before I could get a good one anyway. We saw a total of four couples in full wedding gear walking around Fremont.

Art on Fremont Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas - photo Jolene Navarro
Art on Fremont Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas – photo Jolene Navarro

One place that  looked like a great place to eat was The Market

Art on Fremont Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas - photo Jolene Navarro
Art on Fremont Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas – photo Jolene Navarro
Art on Fremont Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas - photo Jolene Navarro
Art on Fremont Another huge mural on Fremont Street in Las Vegas – photo Jolene Navarro

The Market mural was so big it took two photos. I love the colors.

Fresh food at The Market. Nice option in Vegas.
Fresh food at The Market. Nice option in Vegas.

Back at the Palazzo a small bowl of wanton soup was $15.00 so a $5 lunch special with fresh fixings looked good. Locals had told us to try Radio City Pizzeria. So we headed across the street

Radio City Pizzeria on Fremont East with my roommate- photo by Jolene Navarroo
Radio City Pizzeria on Fremont East with my roommate- photo by Jolene Navarro

My roommate Monica was a great traveling partner. She never once complained when I would stop to take pictures. She even let me take hers with the way too big pizza we ordered. Oh, but it was good. One slice each filled us up and we took two to-go-boxes back to the hotel room. Good thing I took my large Vera Bradley. That sucker holds everything.

Radio City Pizzeria on Fremont East - photo by Jolene Navarro
Radio City Pizzeria on Fremont East – photo by Jolene Navarro

I had to take a picture of the toppings list. I might be a bit shelters but these are some strange toppings. Really, check out the list. You have to tell me if you would try or maybe even have tried some of these topping…Duck? Blood Sausage?

And what the heck is Beef Heart – is it what I think it is? ugh. Now I thought the eggplant sounded good.

Unusual topping choices at the Radio City Pizzeria on Fremont East
Unusual topping choices at the Radio City Pizzeria on Fremont East

After a great dinner we stepped out into the dusk. The Neon Lights were fired up. The Las Vegas Boulevard Signs Project partnered with Neon Museum to restore old signs that had been removed to make way for bigger and brighter. Now they are back, lighting up the night sky in downtown Las Vegas. Click here to visit their website

In 1996, the Horse and Rider from the Hacienda Hotel was the first sign restored and installed as public art in Downtown Las Vegas.

Historical Signage on Fremont in Las Vegas - photo by Jolene Navarro
Historical Signage on Fremont in Las Vegas – photo by Jolene Navarro

Map to the Restored Neon Signs

Historical Signage on Fremont in Las Vegas - photo by Jolene Navarro
Historical Signage on Fremont in Las Vegas – photo by Jolene Navarro
Historical Signage on Fremont in Las Vegas - photo by Jolene Navarro
Historical Signage on Fremont in Las Vegas – photo by Jolene Navarro
Fremont has become a living Museum to the history of Vegas -Historical Signs are on display -photo Jolene Navarro
Fremont has become a living Museum to the history of Vegas -Historical Signs are on display -photo Jolene Navarro
The Vegas of old on Fremont - photo by Jolene Navarro
The Vegas of old on Fremont – photo by Jolene Navarro

The hotel and casinos have gone through a bit of change since the days Howard Hughes set up shop.

Little monkey skeleton on Fremont Street Las Vegas - photo Jolene Navarro
Little monkey skeleton on Fremont Street Las Vegas – photo Jolene Navarro

I think the little monkey hanging on to the side of the building was one of my favorite neon art works.

As the sun goes down and the crowds start to pick up we headed to the other end of Fremont. The one with the largest digital screen in the world. Yes, you are walking under the screen. They also have free music here on certain nights so be sure to look that up.

Fremont - in Vegas the largest digital screen in the world. photo Jolene Navarro
Fremont – in Vegas the largest digital screen in the world. photo Jolene Navarro
Fremont -Zip lining in Vegas under the largest digital screen in the world. photo Jolene Navarro
Fremont -Zip lining in Vegas under the largest digital screen in the world. photo Jolene Navarro

The one thing I would not be doing was getting up close to the giant screen. See the black dots dangling from a rope? They are people that jumped off a platform and zipped to the other end of the screen.

Fremont Experience photo by Jolene Navarro
Fremont Experience photo by Jolene Navarro

It had started to get really crowed and almost naked people started showing up – some pretending to do magic, others trying to hoover in the air and some just hanging out with a loincloth. So we hopped back on the bus and headed to our room. Vegas is a visual feast and over all I have to say I enjoyed it. Wait? Did I ever play the slots? I confess, I did put a $20 in and ended up leaving with $43 …but I have to tell you, I couldn’t do it for long. It was really boring. Other than when it lit up and went crazy – at one point I did have $82.00 and to watch it slip down and down. I didn’t like it.

Have you been to Vegas? Do you want to go to Vegas? If you have been what was your favorite thing to do?

So now I’m off to New York for the Annual Romance Writers of America conference. Watch out New York here we come!

6 comments

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  1. JennaMNeal

    THIS IS AMAZING! I thought you were kidding when you said you were going to blog this… You’re awesome! I LOVE IT!

    • jolenenavarro

      Jenna, My kids say I do things just so I can blog about it. haha – It’s a nice hobby. Live is fun! You are in part 1 – Thanks again for spending the evening with me – It was fun. I know you were stressed with work.

      • JennaMNeal

        I saw they are in serious need of teachers… Maybe I can join your team… although I’m not a drawer 🙂

      • JennaMNeal

        That’s not a bad idea! If you ever want to come back please let me know I will plan to meet you more just a little notice. I had a great time. I hope you are enjoying NY.

  2. Monica

    I really enjoyed experiencing this with you, Jolene! And, I also enjoyed re-living it here on your blog! I hope you’re having a wonderful time in NYC, and am looking forward to seeing your pics and thoughts about that trip, also!!

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