SPEND JUST A FEW minutes in Las Vegas and you can’t miss the excess and indulgence the city was built on. Whether you stay on the Strip or explore the Fremont Street Experience, it seems everywhere you turn you are face to face with larger-than-life thrills. Downtown Container Park, on the eastern end of Fremont Street, proves a unique way to leave the glitter behind and explore the real Las Vegas.
This outdoor shopping and entertainment complex comprises repurposed shipping containers and houses a wide assortment of specialty shops, eateries and entertainment. Completely free of slot machines, it offers a welcoming oasis in a sea of glitzy casinos and kitschy tourist attractions.
With three stories to explore, locals and visitors find a relaxing place to shop for unique treasures, get a tattoo or sit back and enjoy a live band at the park’s openair stage. The recycled metal containers have been creatively retrofitted to house boutiques, bars and restaurants and even a little wedding chapel — because it wouldn’t really be Vegas without a quirky wedding chapel.
Eateries like Cheffini’s Hot Dogs, Bin 702 and Pinches Tacos are great for grabbing a quick bite to eat, while Oak & Ivy offers an amazing selection of whiskey and cocktails. You’ll find one-of-a-kind shopping experiences like JoJo’s Jerky, selling its own line of all-natural jerky, rubs and marinades; and LAYOP (Live At Your Own Pace), whose creative line of clothing and accessories encourages finding your own path in life.
The park also makes a great place for entertainment for the whole family. The interactive play area occupying the center of the park (which also incorporates repurposed shipping containers) and The Dome, which shows ultra-HD visual presentations projected on the ceiling accompanied by rock favorites like Pink Floyd and U2, offer something for everyone. The stage hosts free concerts featuring local bands and fun events such as karaoke.
Even the elevator is made from an old shipping container, proving in a city of excess, sustainability is not only possible but purposeful.
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