American Heroes: Military, First Responders, and Teacher Discounts

Military First Responder Teacher DiscountHeroes come in many forms. They’re often the person sitting next to on a plane or someone you pass by on the street. They do a lot to help the people of this country and assist in making the world a better place. teacher discount plaza hotel & casinoThe Plaza honors all kinds of heroes: the military, our first responders, and teachers. We know that their jobs aren’t always easy, but they make the greatest impact.We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our American Heroes. We appreciate our military for defending our borders and fighting for our country. We thank our first responders like our police and firefighters for being the first ones at the scene of an emergency and working hard to fight crime and save lives. We honor our teachers and thank them for inspiring the lives of many and raising our youth to be knowledgeable and well informed.15% off hotel military discountThe Plaza would like to show our thanks by offering a 15% discount on all stays at the Plaza Hotel & Casino to our heroes. We strongly believe that our heroes deserve a vacation and a chance to relax and have fun. When you stay at The Plaza, you’ll be within walking distance of all of the attractions that downtown Las Vegas has to offer, and just a short ride away from the Las Vegas strip. There are many restaurants and shows around Las Vegas that also offer a discount to our heroes.To take advantage of this offer, simply present a valid identification card at check-in to receive discount. Discount is not applicable with any other discount or promotion and the offer is limited to active, non-retired personnel from any U.S. state with proper identification. Business cards are not an accepted method of identification. Discount is not valid on holidays and/or designated special event weekends. If you wish to confirm availability in advance please contact reservations. We hope you’ll come and stay with us!Book Your Stay Now

Free Things To Do in Downtown Las Vegas

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Free Downtown Las Vegas Attractions

One of the reasons people love coming to Las Vegas is that there’s entertainment and something to do everywhere you look. The fun never stops in Sin City and the possibilities of what you can do and see are endless. Downtown Las Vegas is known for its artistic nature and old-school charm. The best part about downtown is that there’s plenty to do for free! There’s so many things going on each night that you should have no trouble finding something to do, but in case you need a starting point, we’ve put together a list of some of the best free adventures in downtown Las Vegas.

The Fremont Street Experience

fremont street experienceAs one of the most well-known things to do in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience doesn’t disappoint. You will walk down a long stretch of hotels and casinos with lights overhead and music from all around. There are fun shops to explore along the Fremont Street Experience, and you can grab a drink from many different bars and take it on the walk with you!

Free Summer Concert Series

crowd at a free concertDowntown Las Vegas hosts a free summer concert series right under the lights of the Fremont Street Experience for locals and tourists to enjoy. The concerts are all free and open to the public. Most concerns start at 9 PM, and in a city that never sleeps, the fun will continue into the night. This year, there are big names coming to downtown Las Vegas like The Cult and Billy Ray Cyrus, who will be visiting downtown Las Vegas on the 4th of July. If you’re attending one of the more popular concerts, it’s suggested that you get there early to reserve a good spot, since everything is standing room only and no spots are reserved.

Check Out Historic Casinos

best of las vegas winner plazaSome of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas have been around for a long time. The El Cortez Hotel and Casino was purchased by famous mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway in 1945, four years after opening. The Plaza Hotel and Casino opened in 1971 and was the largest hotel and casino with over 500 rooms when it first opened. It’s also been the location for films and music videos such as “The Man” by well-known Las Vegas band “The Killers”. The oldest operational casino downtown, The Golden Gate, is over 100 years old. It opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada, but was renamed in 1955 to the current name.

Watch Some Street Performers

street performers fremont streetThere’s no shortage of street performers in Las Vegas, and downtown has some of the best ones. You’ll find all sorts of street acts such as musicians, rappers, magicians, illusionists, characters, and even some showgirls. Be sure to get your picture with your favorite characters as you’ll see everyone from Mickey Mouse to Spiderman walking around downtown. In classic Las Vegas style, you’ll also see some beautiful ladies and attractive gentlemen to take pictures with as well. Watching the street performers and characters is always free, but tipping is definitely encouraged.

Free Pool Access

The Plaza Pool is now open Many pools and pool clubs in Las Vegas charge entry even to locals, but if you’re over 21 you’re welcome to enjoy a night swim at the Plaza Hotel & Casino for free. Our renovated pool deck is one of the biggest in downtown Las Vegas with over 70,000 square feet. You can relax in comfort on one of our many lounge chairs, day beds, and cabanas. If you like it hot, our 12-person hot tub is perfect for you.

Enjoy Live Music

pool-at-the-plaza-performanceThe live music in downtown Las Vegas is always playing, and many bars and restaurants have bands and musicians that come to entertain their guests. You can catch some free music at the Omaha Lounge at The Plaza Hotel & Casino, but you’re also sure to see some shows out on the Fremont Street Experience where there are bands playing almost every night. Many bars in the area also put on shows that are free to attend. Just check around and see who’s playing that night!

Watch A Sports Game

plaza events interiorThe sports scene is huge in downtown Las Vegas, and a lot of the bars in the area have viewing parties for the games. Most of the viewing parties are free and you can go cheer on your favorites and chat with other fans. Las Vegas is a very eclectic city so you’ll find just about every sport playing.

Free Slot Pulls

One of the best things about coming to Las Vegas is the gambling, and it doesn’t get much better when you don’t have anything to lose! Some of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas offer free slot pulls. You’ll find them at Four Queens and Binion’s Gambling Hall with no strings attached. Other places offer free slot pulls, but sometimes you’ll have to listen to their pitch.

Check Out Some Antiques

When you think Las Vegas, you don’t typically think about going antiquing, but we have that too! You can take a self-guided tour of all the antiques in the Main Street Station Casino. You just pick up a map and brochure at their front desk, and explore on your own. They have chandeliers from the Coca-Cola building, a piece of the Berlin wall, stained glass from the Pullman mansion, and much more!

Take A Picture With A Million Bucks

If you want to trick your friends and family back home into thinking you won big in Las Vegas, you can take a picture with a million dollars! Inside Binion’s Gambling Hall there is a pyramid filled with a million dollars made up of bills ranging from $1 to $100, all adding up to a million. It’s free to take a picture, but you do have to be at least 21 to take a photo. You’ll even receive your photo in a nice souvenir frame. For many of us, this might be the only opportunity to ever see a million dollars, so don’t miss your chance!

Walk Through Container Park

Container-ParkThere’s art and architecture all over downtown Las Vegas, but the Container Park is definitely unique. It’s a park that’s made up of shipping containers, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel like cargo, look no further! There are shops, bars, and restaurants in the containers for you to walk through and explore. Everything is completely free to walk through and check out, and there’s even a playground in the middle for kids of all ages. You’ll also find free samples from some of the food places like Jojo’s Jerky. If you’re looking for some more entertainment, here’s a stage in the back that often has live music going on, so you can relax and enjoy the tunes in one of downtown Las Vegas’ most interesting atmospheres.

The Dome at Container Park

The Dome is part of Container Park, but it can be considered an attraction entirely on its own. It is an immersive 4K experience that speaks to the art culture present in downtown Las Vegas. When you enter the dome you will be surrounded by millions of pixels and an HD 360-visual display that will dazzle the senses. There are seats that recline and movie displays that play at the dome for you to immerse yourself in the experience. Some of the displays that play feature famous bands like U2 and Led Zeppelin. Other displays include Dinosaurs at Dusk and Perfect Little Planet. The tickets to the movie displays are not free. However, it is free to check out the dome and enjoy the architecture and engineering that went into building the structure.img-the-dome

Meet A Giant Praying Mantis

There is a 40-foot tall praying mantis that breathes fire in downtown Las Vegas. No, we’re not kidding. Aerospace artist and engineer, Kirk Jellum, created the mantis after a real-life female one that he found out in a field. The mantis is mechanically operated and breathes fire into the sky. Sometimes the mantis even dances along to music.

Look At Art

Downtown Las Vegas is known for its art scene. There’s art everywhere you look from giant murals on the side of The Plaza Hotel & Casino to painted walls along the streets. Even many of the businesses and bars downtown can be considered works of art in their own way. There’s plenty of art to enjoy while having an adventure downtown. 

Parking In Downtown Las Vegas

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PARKING DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas parking has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. There used to be plenty of free parking in Las Vegas, but not so much anymore. When you park on the strip, many hotels and casinos will charge you even if you’re a guest staying there, but parking downtown is often much cheaper. Most downtown hotels will allow guests staying there to park for free. So, considering the cost of parking might be something you want to take into account when choosing whether to stay on the strip or to stay in downtown Las Vegas.Parking downtown can be tricky, and we believe that your Las Vegas adventure should be hassle free from start to finish. So we’ve compiled a parking guide to help you when it comes to finding a spot to leave your car downtown.

PARKING AT THE PLAZA

Parking at the Plaza Hotel & Casino is convenient and affordable. To access the self-parking garage and the valet service, head to Main Street and Carson Avenue. Located on Main Street at Bridger Avenue is a self-parking surface lot.Self parking in these areas is always free for Plaza hotel guests, but everyone else can still enjoy free parking for the first 90 minutes! Non-hotel guests can have their parking refunded if validated at Oscar’s Steakhouse or the Plaza casino based upon play.Parking at The Plaza is often one of the cheapest options for parking downtown if you plan to stay for just a short time, or if you plan to play in the casino.Some of the advantages to parking at The Plaza are that your car will be safe, it will be covered and out of the heat, and it will be easy to remember where you parked your car.9260013_web1_lib-art-sep22-17-bh-004

PARKING AT THE FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE

If you’re headed to the Fremont Street Experience, there are several options when it comes to parking. There are self-parking garages near the Fremont Street experience, and valet parking at several casinos in the area, including the Golden Nugget, Fremont, and Four Queens. You can also find street parking that charges by the hour, or may be free at some times of the day. Be sure to check the signs around street parking because parking is prohibited during certain hours and it can differ even based on which side of the street you’re parked on.The five-block area that comprises the West End of the Fremont Street Experience is a popular attraction for visitors, and the Plaza offers excellent parking for this downtown area.Some members of the Royal Rewards Club may be awarded free parking in paid areas, depending upon membership tier and points earned. If you’re not already a member, it’s fast, easy, and free to sign up online!

CONTAINER PARK PARKING

For convenient access to Container Park, consider parking at the El Cortez self-parking area. The price to park at the El Cortez changes based on the day and time that you are parking, so be sure to check what the rates are. You can also find street parking in the area that charges by the hour, or pay-to-park lots. Many businesses and restaurants will validate a couple of hours of parking if you purchase something at their location.

MAIN STREET PARKING

If you’re headed to Main Street, there’s convenient valet parking between Stewart and Ogden. Or, try the self-parking garage located slightly north of Stewart Ave.There’s another public lot at First Street. Both self-parking garages charge $3 for parking Sunday through Thursday and $5 on Fridays and Saturdays.

GENERAL DOWNTOWN PARKING TIPS

When it comes to parking in Downtown Vegas, parking at the Plaza is one of the most convenient options — especially if you’re a Royal Rewards Club member or a hotel guest! There’s no denying that using the Plaza’s free 90 minutes of parking is the best option in Downtown Vegas, either. Your car will be safe from people and safe from the weather.There is parking available on downtown side streets for a small fee, although you’re likely to find garage parking far more convenient. If you do opt for side-street parking, make sure to have a major credit card handy to pay the parking fee, as cash is not accepted.Know what times you are parking and research the street parking rules of where you plan to park. The street parking rules and regulations vary downtown, and street parking is typically around one dollar per hour for most spots. If you need to add time to your street parking, some stations will let you add it from your phone through the convenience of an app, or you can add time to your current spot with a code on the ticket that you will receive from the machine.For first-time visitors to Vegas, the idea of parking may be intimidating. However, it’s easier than you might think to find accessible parking downtown. When mapping out your Las Vegas itinerary, decide where you’ll be parking ahead of time. With a little planning, you can find the best parking and make your Vegas experience fun and hassle-free!shepard-fairey-plaza-mural-1000x1333-min

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PARK

There’s always the option of choosing not to park as well. In recent years, Lyft and Uber have become popular in Las Vegas because they offer cheap and convenient ways to get around the city without having to worry about parking or finding a sober driver. You can also take a taxi around the town. Please remember to never drink and drive.