Saturday, June 20, 2020
The Downtown Container Park is a popular venue in downtown Las Vegas which features restaurants and retail areas, children's play areas and an area where local bands play, a fire breathing dragon, as well as a lot of cool art. It's a great place to check out when you are in the Fremont area!
Another attraction not to be missed when you go to the downtown Fremont area of Las Vegas is the world's largest working fire hydrant located, where else, but at a dog park on Fremont Street! The hydrant is 15 feet tall and it is yet another unique (free) tourist attraction to check out.
In downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street, you will find the El Cortez Hotel and Casino, the oldest continually operating hotel and casino in Las Vegas (as opposed to the oldest hotel or oldest building in Las Vegas). It's a small place, and looks ancient from the outside but the employees are friendly and the games are, of course, modern.
A unique little historical tour around the downtown Fremont area can be found in the 18 bronze sidewalk medallions which commemorate various aspects of Las Vegas' history. While someone definitely needs to clean the sidewalks downtown(!), I was still able to photograph several of these medallions as I walked around the Fremont area.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
For as many times as we have been to the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, we never wandered right across the street to check out the Nevada State Veterans Memorial. This is a very cool little park in front of the Grant Sawyer Building which features larger-than-life statue of servicemen from each war the US has been in, against black granite(?) background walls with quotes from famous leaders on them. It's a quiet, contemplative place that is definitely worth a trip to visit!
Thursday, June 11, 2020
The 18b Arts District in downtown Las Vegas is a colorful--and photogenic--place to check out. While a few of the houses which always sport a new coat of artistic graffiti look like they were tagged by the recent protesters, there are still quite a few murals to see and photograph here. This is also the area that hosts the monthly First Friday Arts Festival.
The Las Vegas Community Healing Garden was built in record time right after the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. This is a pretty outdoor memorial garden that is always calm, relaxing, and a great place to take a short stroll to check out all of the individual memorials.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
I've always wondered why the Benny Binion statue at the South Point Casino was located there instead of at the Binion Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Apparently there is a whole story behind moving the statue to the equestrian center at the South Point in order to have it be part of a rodeo display there. Anyway, it's a great photo op!
Sunset Park, located right across from the airport in Las Vegas, is a great urban park! There's something for everyone there from fishing to disc golf to outdoor volley ball to hiking trails to a kid's playground and splash pad...it's a great place to spend the day!