Things To Do In Vegas: Visit Container Park

Container Park is part of the Downtown Project, an effort to give downtown Las Vegas a much-needed face-lift. The open-air shopping and restaurant plaza offers food, dining and entertainment options appropriate for the entire family throughout the entire year. Container Park is easily accessible on foot if you’re staying in the downtown area but if you’re coming from the Strip (or any other part of the city), but if you’re driving to Container Park, take the 95-South to Las Vegas Boulevard. You’ll find the Park at the corner of Fremont and 7th Street.

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Container Park offers a variety of dining options. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can stop in Jinju Chocolates, Sasasweets Chillspot, or Las Vegas Kettle Corn. Pinches Tacos or Cheffini’s are great places if you want something quick after making your rounds at the neighboring bars. If you’re with family, you can dine at Big Ern’s BBQ while your children stay busy at the playground in the Park.

Besides its dining and drink options, Container Park has a number of retail stores on site. Art Box provides local artisans a place to display their works, from jewelry to home furnishings. Kappa Toys and Uptown Children’s Boutique sells children’s clothes and toys, and Trikke Las Vegas offers tours of the city on their “trikkes”, an updated, stand-up version of the classic tricycle.

You can even get married at Container Park.

Parking is an issue when it comes to Container Park. There are a number of parking lots available in the area, with various rates per hour. The availability of these parking lots will depend on what is going on downtown, or the time of day. You can find free spaces to park at surrounding motels, but I would advise against that depending on the time of day due to safety concerns.

Container Park isn’t one of the top ten things to see in Las Vegas, but it’s a fun experience. In Container Park, you get a glimpse of where old school and new Las Vegas intersect. You’ll also support local artists, designers and vendors, which (I think) is great to do any city.



Places to Stay in Vegas: The South Point Hotel & Casino

The South Point, located at the very most southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, is for the most part, a local’s hotel. You can see this reflected in the prices of practically everything in the hotel, from the slot machines to the restaurants to the room prices. It’s a great alternative if you’re coming to Vegas and don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars for a hotel room, especially since it’s just a few miles down the street from Mandalay Bay and the rest of the Strip.

The Showroom at the South Point offers surprisingly diverse entertainment throughout the week, and for very decent prices. The average price for entertainment on the Strip ranges in the hundreds of dollars, from Cirque du Soleil shows to comedy headliners. While you’ll find no resident Cirque du Soleil shows at the Southpoint, I’ve seen comedians Christopher Titus and Rob Schneider play there and the ticket prices range from 30.00 to 50.00 dollars. Resident performers of The Showroom include the Spazmatics, a popular 80s cover band, every Saturday night. I’ve never been a fan of cover bands but they are oddly entertaining and the drink prices are far better than at any nightclub or bar on the Strip.  If you find yourself near or in the South Point at night, you can always catch ‘The Dirty’. The Dirty at 12:30 is a free show that takes place every night at…12:30, of course. The caliber of entertainers differs from night to night, but you can’t beat the price for a few laughs.

South Point view from pool

From The South Point’s website.

If you find yourself needing a budget-friendly hotel that’s close to the Strip, The South Point is going to be your best bet. The food is decent, the room prices are hard to beat and they offer a wide selection of entertainment. If you’ve ever been to the South Point, let me know what your experience was like in the comments.

Upcoming performers this month include Jerry Lewis, Crystal Gale and Zowie Bowie.