This multi-purpose area built out of containers is a great place for anyone to get away from the lights and sounds of the Strip for a few hours.
Downtown Las Vegas has tried many ways to revitalize its surroundings over the last couple of decades, all in an effort to bring more traffic from the Strip to the downtown core. While a lot of the changes involved tapping into the history of the city like the Neon Museum, one newly established area is the Container Park. Since opening in 2013, the Park has continued to grow in size and popularity and is now a favorite among many visitors to the city.
About the Downtown Container Park
The Downtown Container Park was built in 2013, and its design is what first draws people to the complex. The Park is made up of 43 repurposed shipping containers as well as some newer, more modern cubes. The result is a family-friendly area for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
The first thing you will notice when you arrive at the Downtown Container Park is the 55-foot Praying mantis that greets you at the entrance. This sculpture is something to behold, and the metal structure also shoots out flames (doesn’t everything in Vegas these days?) to make the mantis come to life. Just inside the entrance, you will find the Catalyst Dome, a gorgeous structure that lights up from the inside.
Three reasons you should visit the Downtown Container Park
There is so much food to choose from!
Going to Downtown Container Park? You should go hungry. There are so many great food options at the Park, it is almost like a food truck festival. Everything from small snacks to full meals is served at the Park, and with over 25 dining choices, you could find yourself wandering from station to station trying out everything while you are visiting.
There is lots of entertainment
The Downtown Container Park is never quiet, and it is even louder when there is a show on the outdoor stage at one end of the facility. There are lots of free shows happening on this stage every day, and some larger acts are also known to have performed at the Park. Check the schedule of events before you make your way down, so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to see some great live music for free!
It’s an interactive experience for the whole family
The Downtown Container Park is one of the few places in Las Vegas that was built for entire families in mind. Of course, there is all the shopping and dining for the adults, but for the kids, there is an interactive playground right in the middle of the complex. This playground features a massive treehouse structure for kids to climb in.
There is also the NEOS Playworld, which is a series of light-based interactive games that are fun not only for kids but for the adults as well. The fact that management of this facility had the foresight to put in structures and activities for kids has gone a long way to making this complex very popular with families staying downtown and on the Strip.
One thing to remember about the Downtown Container Park
If there is one thing that we need to remind anyone who is thinking of traveling to the Downtown Container Park, it is that the majority of the complex is open-air. This means, of course, that it can get very hot and very sunny at the Park. If you are going to visit during the day, especially with kids, remember to pack lots of water, sunscreen and protective clothing. The last thing you want to do is ruin a perfectly good visit to Las Vegas with a terrible burn or sunstroke.
Downtown Container Park FAQ
How do I get to the Park?
The Downtown Container Park is located at Fremont Street and 7th. This is easily accessible in many ways. If you are driving, there is a parking lot right next to the complex. You can grab a taxi or rideshare without an issue. You can even take the bus from the Strip right to Fremont Street for just a couple of dollars (and get a look at some of Las Vegas you may never otherwise see).
Is there an admission fee for the Park?
No, entry to the Park is free. However, you will want to bring lots of money for all the different shops and dining options. There is also a chance the concert that is happening the day you visit could have an additional fee depending on the artists that are performing.
What are the park hours?
The Downtown Container Park is open every day, with the following hours:
Monday: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 1:00AM
Saturday: 10:00AM to 1:00AM
Sunday: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
It is important to note that while the Park is open daily, no one under the age of 21 is allowed in the complex after 9 pm, leaving that time for the “young at heart.”