The Neon Boneyard – a must see in Las Vegas

July 14, 2016


If there is one thing I would label a ‘must do’ in Vegas it’s the neon Boneyard. Opened in 2012 to showcase some of the iconic neon lights that make the Vegas skyline so memorable.

The Neon Boneyard

Not only do you get a tour of these amazing structures, you also get a history lesson! Hearing how the Mob cashed in on Vegas, how the neon signs were made, put up and maintained and some interesting stories about gangsters, what casino’s they opened and how the free drinks when you gamble became a thing! Now I don’t want to ruin the tour for you, because it’s funny and eye opening. If only all history lessons came with a tour of huge neon lights!

Not only is the Museum a must see, the visitors centre is actually the restored La Concha Motel lobby. Constructed in 1961 on Las Vegas Boulevard by the acclaimed architect Paul Revere Williams. The building was inspired by atomic designs & space-age shapes…how cool is that?! So when you walk into the centre you are actually walking through a piece of Las Vegas history.

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Top Tips for the Neon Boneyard Tour

Book in advance! We nearly missed the opportunity to go as tickets sell out fast, book a month in advance on the neon boneyard website.

Pick morning or evening for the tour. I don’t have to tell you how hot it gets in Vegas and standing around for an hour outside is hard work…there is no shade to hide in!

If you want to see some of the signs lit up go for the last tour, only seven of the signs are in working order but you can actually see some fully restored signs in Down Town.

Take water, it’s hot, the tour lasts an hour. It’s really hot.

Cover your head! No one wants sun stroke, if you forget a hat or a headscarf there are sun parasols in the lobby you can take round the tour with you.

Take loads of photos! There are plenty of photo ops here and they make sure you have plenty of opportunities to snap away, so take advantage & get amazing holiday snaps.

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