Downtown Container Park

Downtown Container Park is like nothing else in Las Vegas. This creative and fun place is many things at once. It's a park and an entertainment district; it's an economic engine and a place to take the family. It's a place to enjoy the sunny Las Vegas weather by day and the nightlife after dark, and it's an event venue and a marvel of creativity, too. The downtown gathering spot quickly became a favorite when it opened in October 2013, becoming a hotspot where entrepreneurs mingle with tourists. The entire project is the brainchild of Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, known for his creativity and top-notch customer service. The buildings housing the shops and restaurants were crafted out of reused shipping containers and metal cubes, surrounding a courtyard. Here, you'll find a giant playground with a treehouse, designed to get the youngest visitors as inspired as the start-up workers dreaming up their next venture. There's also something else special about this urban revitalization project—the giant praying mantis, crafted out of metal, that breathes fire from time to time.

Shopping in Container Park

Shopping in Container Park
Shopping in Container Park  Image: Bolt Barbers Facebook

Sure, the shipping containers may be boxy in shape, but they're nothing like the big-box stores at this downtown district. The vibe at Downtown Container Park is much more indie, with locally-owned boutiques lining the courtyard. You'll find everything from kettle corn to fine art and funky apparel. Shopkeepers also watch over stores selling candy, home décor, jewelry, gifts, and even jerky. The shopkeepers are eager to talk with visitors about the latest wares and some of the best things to do in Las Vegas off the beaten path.

Dining in Container Park

Dining in Container Park
Dining in Container Park  Image: Big Erms BBQ Facebook

Just like the shops, the restaurants at Downtown Container Park also showcase their proprietors' creativity. You won't find warmed over fast food here, but rather quality meals ranging from casual eateries to sophisticated wine bars and coffee shops. Because this is Las Vegas, the dining scene is as diverse as it is tasty. Expert chefs create menus for their downtown restaurants, which serve up barbecue, tacos, vegan food, and other fresh flavors. The transformed shipping containers also house restaurants that serve up vibrations, craft beers, and spirits with that signature Las Vegas vibe.

Entertainment at Container Park

Entertainment at Container Park
Entertainment at Container Park  Image: Container Park Facebook

Along with the distinctive shopping and dining, Downtown Container Park is a go-to destination for entertainment. While it's certainly on a smaller scale than the venues at the Bellagio or any of the other casinos, Container Park is still a great place to catch live music. The stage at one end of the park attractions all kinds of music acts, including vocalists, bluegrass bands, and classical music. The schedule of events also includes kids' programs, exercise classes, fashion shows, and festivals. Container Park is also home to the Catalyst Dome, which hosts everything from DJ parties to movie screenings, and corporate events.

Downtown Container Park Location and Map

Downtown Container Park Location and Map
Downtown Container Park Location and Map

The park is located in downtown Las Vegas, six miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Downtown Container Park's front entrance is at the corner of Seventh Street South and Fremont Street, just south of the Las Vegas Freeway. If you're looking for directions, the address is 707 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101. However, it's important to know that parking is not available directly in front of the park. You'll need to use one of the downtown parking venues and walk or take public transportation before shopping, grabbing dinner, or catching a concert.

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