While Las Vegas is more commonly known for its mega-sized resort hotels and casinos, there’s more to this desert metropolis than these dining, entertainment, and gambling monoliths. We’re referring to the hidden gem known as “Old” or downtown Las Vegas. So, if you’re searching for a taste of the old-school environment, here are 5 attractions in old Las Vegas you don’t want to miss.
Golden Gate Hotel and Casino
You’re not going to find anything more old school and vintage than the city’s first and oldest casino. Originally known as the Hotel Nevada, the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino opened on January 13th, 1906 and has been operating ever since. As a part of the Fremont Street Experience, you’re sure to enjoy the craft cocktails served at the Bar Prohibition and the casinos sexy dealers.
Originally having opened in 1932, one can only imagine the amount of history that’s been tucked away within the walls of the Hotel Apache. Rumor has it that this is one of the city’s most haunted spots as employees and guests claim to have seen spirits of those who regularly frequented the hotel.
The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is unlike any other museum you’ve ever seen. If you’ve ever wanted to explore the history of organized crime in Las Vegas, this is the place to visit. Once you’ve completed the tour of the museum, you’ll have to check out the Prohibition Era distillery and speakeasy-style bar that’s on the property.
The Neon Museum
Visitors to the downtown area don’t want to miss the iconic neon signs that once graced the most recognized structures of the old Las Vegas. The key features of the Neon Museum include the original Hard Rock Cafe, Riviera, Sahara, and Stardust neon signs as well as the historic Binion’s Horseshoe and Golden Gate signage.
Sitting next to the Golden Nugget, Vegas Vic remains vigilant and keeps a watchful eye over Fremont Street. The world-renowned neon cowboy was designed in 1947 after the Chamber of Commerce character’s likeness. First erected in 1951 outside the Pioneer Club which operated from April, 1942 until it closed in 1995, Vegas Vic would wave his arm and welcome visitors with a hearty “Howdy partner!”
To learn more about the history of the downtown area or to book a room at one of the top two boutique hotels off The Strip in Las Vegas, contact the Oasis at Gold Spike today at (702) 768-9823. With all modern amenities and services available, enjoy the charm of vintage Las Vegas when you stay with us.