Talk about recycling. Imagine a community center, social hot spot and retail mecca where the whole place is second hand. I don’t mean the clothing for sale — or the food — but the actual building. Downtown Container Park on East Fremont Street (Downtown Las Vegas, obviously) is one of a growing trend, re-purposing actual shipping containers as structures, in this case three levels of compact storefronts surrounding terraces, a fantastic tree-house play gym for kids, and a stage and grassy knoll for performances and meet-ups.
Although it may sound edgy and industrial, Downtown Container Park is actually very comfortable, spacious (but not sprawling) and easy to navigate, even for those with strollers or wheelchairs.
What Can You Do at Downtown Container Park?
Well, the first thing that’s likely to appeal, after letting the kids loose in the play area, is grabbing a bite to eat. There’s a nice variety of options here, from the classic street tacos at Pinches Tacos, to Cheffini’s anything-goes hot dogs (topped with pineapple, potato chips and who-knows-what?), to all-Vegan Simply Pure, the elegant bar bites at Bin 702 (addictive deviled eggs) and the new view spot The Perch (share plates, salads and salmon).
You’ll find some nice options for drinking here too, including Bin 702’s carefully curated wines and beers, Oak & Ivy’s creative cocktails, and more of all three at the Perch. Choose from several spots upstairs and down to relax and take it all in.
Or wander through the compact art galleries and retail spots here, some permanent, others short term, including American Vagabond, Blue Marble, Kappa Toys, local leather designer Jessica Galindo and a scaled-down Bettie Page boutique (just to name a few faves). You’ll even find a classic barbershop and dry bar here, as well as electric Trikke rentals. Discovery is definitely a big part of the experience.
If you (or the kids) want something sweet, you’ll have to choose between the classic candy at Sweet Spot, incredible variety of frozen treats at SasaSweets, the artisan gift-worthy chocolates at JinJu, as well as CupKates and Las Vegas Kettle Corn.
Check the free entertainment and event calendar at Downtown Container Park's website, including classic movies, live music and cultural performances. Also check the website to see admission hours.
And don’t be intimidated by the 55-ft tall fire shooting preying mantis guarding the entrance: To date, no one has seen it reach down and steal your food. Not yet, anyway.
Downtown Container Park is in Downtown Las Vegas at 707 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101.
No one under 21 permitted after 9 p.m. Juveniles and high school students under 18 can enjoy Downtown Container Park until 9:00 p.m. daily with a valid government issued ID or a valid high school ID at entry and when requested.
Thanks to E.C Gladstone for contributing to this piece. For the better part of the last decade, E.C. Gladstone has covered Las Vegas extensively, both on the Strip and off, for print and online media including BonAppetit.com, AOL, Orbitz.com, VEGAS magazine, Las Vegas Magazine, Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Sun, Nevada Magazine, Away.com, Jackcolton.com, and many more. He is an official Las Vegas Expert on AllExperts.com.