If you’ve read any of our other posts about New Year’s Eve you know there are a lot of options for how to ring in the New Year. There is partying on the Strip, heading to egregiously overpriced megaclubs, or just gambling the night away at one of many casinos. This article focuses on another option: heading downtown to Fremont Street to celebrate the coming of the New Year there. If you’ve never been to Fremont it’s basically like the regular Strip, just not as opulent. This article will give a brief description of Fremont Street (Downtown Las Vegas) and then give all the details of the big New Year’s Eve parties going on down there.
Downtown Las Vegas is about 6 miles north of the famous Las Vegas Strip. You can pretty much just continue down Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) past the Stratosphere and eventually you will come upon downtown Las Vegas. From McCarran International Airport it will be about $30-$40 for a cab from the airport to downtown. The fare from the Strip greatly varies depending on where you are staying. From the north end of the Strip (near Wynn/Venetian) it will be about $15. If you are on the other end near Mandalay Bay the cab fare to downtown will be roughly $25-$30.
A lot of people have stayed on the Strip before in Vegas, but never venture downtown. You will find that downtown Las Vegas is pretty similar to the Strip – there’s lots of gambling, casinos, drinking and debauchery. The main difference is it’s just not as opulent or fancy. The Strip is known for massive and luxurious hotels like Bellagio or Wynn. Downtown just doesn’t have these type of resorts. There are still plenty of hotels, they just aren’t as nice. They are going to be more smokey and not have all of the amenities of the Strip hotels.
You won’t be bored downtown though, there is plenty to do and if you want to go up to the Strip you can easily go. Another plus is everything is much cheaper downtown. The cost of a Vegas trip is never the hotel, it’s everything else. The $23 cocktails on the Strip really add up over a long weekend like New Years Eve. Food and booze will be far cheaper downtown than if you stay on the Strip for New Years Eve.
If you’ve never been to Vegas you may be confused why some people call it downtown and some people call it Fremont. The main street of downtown Las Vegas is Fremont, and the main attraction of downtown is the Fremont Experience. Thus it is colloquially as Fremont, but people are referring to the same area whether they say downtown or Fremont.
The Las Vegas Strip gets all the glory but there is a big party going on in downtown Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve. The parties even share the same name! The party on the Strip is known as “America’s Party” and the one downtown for New Year’s Eve is known as “America’s Party Downtown”.
It’s actually a fairly similar party downtown, but instead of standing in the Strip the party takes place under the Fremont Street Experience. If you’ve never been downtown or unaware of what this is check out this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTD4xKo8TuQ. It’s basically a cool glass screen on the roof that plays videos synchronized to music. I assure you once you are drunk it is pretty mesmerizing. The party takes place under the screen and at midnight they even have a simulated firework show. There will be drinking, food, more drinking and plenty of great people watching. It’s your standard New Year’s Eve party where people congregate in one area. Underneath the Experience is also lined with bars and casinos so you are sure to find ways to entertain yourself throughout the night.
If you are interested in celebrating New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas you are going to need tickets. The party isn’t free like the party on the Las Vegas Strip. If you want to purchase tickets you should do so through the official Downtown Countdown 2017 website. The tickets vary in price based on the package you buy.
The base tickets are $35 plus fees if you purchase before December 25th, 2016. If you purchase the tickets after December 25th they will increase to $40 per person plus fees for the New Year’s Eve party.
Downtown Las Vegas also has a zipline that flies you underneath the experience. I have done it and have to say it’s pretty cool. I am also afraid of heights and it honestly isn’t that scary – for a zipline it’s pretty mild. Anyways, I bring this up because you can package your New Year’s Eve ticket with this zip lining experience for $100 plus fees. If you do this option you purchase the time for your zip line. For example, you can purchase the ticket for $100 plus fees and a 6:00 p.m. ‘Fly In’ time. There are time slots offered every twenty minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 10:40 p.m. Time slots are likely to fill up so if you are interested in this package for New Year’s Eve I suggest you purchase soon.
If you just purchase tickets to enter the event the ticket fees will be $3.15, which makes the total tickets $38.15 ($35 tickets plus $3.15). The fees for the zip line package are $3.60, which makes the total ticket cost $103.60 ($100 tickets plus $3.60).
Here are some of the tips and things you should know about ringing in the New Year in downtown Las Vegas.
Whether you celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Strip or in Downtown Las Vegas you will have a blast. Each is great, they just offer different things. The Strip is more hip and opulent. Downtown is more laid back and less pretentious. Decide for yourself and have a safe and fun time at New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.