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Fremont Street Experience
Although Fremont St looks new with the neon lights and Zipline, it is actually the older part of Vegas. The casinos are smaller and look older, it is because they are older! Fremont St is pretty overstimulating but cool none the less. There are free concert's of famous artists that happen here with people ziplining over. It is pretty wild!
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