Neon Boneyard Tour in Las Vegas

Las Vegas holds a special place in my heart. It has so much more to offer than many would fathom. I have visited many times and always find something new to see and do. Vegas has gone though so many changes through the years. Many hotels, businesses, and restaurants that were once there have been long gone. They have been demolished and replaced by bigger and newer businesses, the Neon Museum has made sure to preserve some of Las Vegas’ history by having the Neon Boneyard.

Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas ©2015 HollyDayz

The Neon Museum is a non profit organization that exhibits many iconic Las Vegas signs! The Museum’s campus is 2 acres. The visitor’s center is located in the lobby of the historic La Concha Motel. The interesting fact I learned from the tour about La Concha is that its current home is not where it was built. It was originally located on the South end of Las Vegas Blvd next to the Riviera Hotel in the 60s. It survived the fate of many other hotels on the strip and was moved rather than being demolished.

In order for the public to view the Neon Boneyard you must schedule a one hour tour. They have several throughout the day and night. The night tours were sold out so we opted for an early afternoon tour due to our schedule. Clearly we didn’t realize the mistake we made.

La Concha..Visitor Center ©2015 HollyDayz
La Concha..Visitor Center ©2015 HollyDayz

Upon arrival we were welcomed by the people at the front desk. They were checking everyone in for the tours and giving out tickets. They also wanted to make sure everyone knew that while cameras are allowed, no extra equipment was. The visitor’s center was also a gift shop and a seating area. They also had a screen to take selfies and email to yourself as well as another to learn about different Vegas facts.

Visitor's Center HollyDayz ©2015
Visitor’s Center HollyDayz ©2015

We were also told we could purchase water for $1 at the front desk, which almost everyone including me happily did. They also offered umbrellas to use in exchange for holding your license, we stupidly opted out. Once the tour began we stepped outside into the shade as our tour guide gave us some history. We then walked towards the Boneyard where he informed us not to sit on the rocks, stay with the group, and other information.

I got an umbrella! ©2015 HollyDayz
I got an umbrella! ©2015 HollyDayz

As the tour began that high noon time sun was rocking our world! I was standing next to a gentleman who had an umbrella trying to catch his shade. It was too late, I had already gotten an unwanted suntan. Another gentleman on the tour spoke up asking the tour guide about getting an umbrella because the sun was no joke. Next thing you know a bunch of us are asking to get one as well. He radioed to the front desk and they quickly came out with several umbrellas for us all.

Man in a long sleeved Hawaiian shirt for a billiards hall ©2015 HollyDayz
Man in a long sleeved Hawaiian shirt for a billiards hall ©2015 HollyDayz
Las Vegas is known for their wedding chapels ©2015 HollyDayz
Las Vegas is known for their wedding chapels ©2015 HollyDayz
Terrible's mascot ©2015 HollyDayz
Terrible’s mascot ©2015 HollyDayz
Jackpot Hotel ©2015 HollyDayz
Jackpot Hotel ©2015 HollyDayz
You would be surprised that the place that had this sign wasn't a restaurant or bar ©2015 HollyDayz
You would be surprised that the place that had this sign wasn’t a restaurant or bar ©2015 HollyDayz

We continued to walk around, even with the umbrella the heat was too much! I have been to Las Vegas several times and I had never sweat so much as I did in that hour tour. I drank my water and splashed some on me and was sad when it was gone. The tour guide continued to walk us around telling us about the signs. He was very engaging even asking questions.

From the old Sahara Hotel ©2015 HollyDayz
From the old Sahara Hotel ©2015 HollyDayz
ShowBoat ©2015 HollyDayz
ShowBoat ©2015 HollyDayz
Aladdin's lamp from the old hotel ©2015 HollyDayz
Aladdin’s lamp from the old hotel ©2015 HollyDayz

I loved seeing all the signs. I am a sucker for history and like I said I love Vegas, so the two just go hand in hand. We learned where the signs came from, how the lights were changed, who made them, and so much more. I loved seeing the sign from the old Stardust Hotel, the Lamp from the Aladdin, Binon’s, Frontier, and even the Sahara. I really enjoyed the tour sans the heat. I completely understand why the night tours are sold out. That and the fact that they have the signs light up, which I am sure is amazing!

The infamous Binon's Sign ©2015 HollyDayz
The infamous Binon’s Sign ©2015 HollyDayz
Very cool Frontier Sign ©2015 HollyDayz
Very cool Frontier Sign ©2015 HollyDayz

I would highly recommend visiting the Neon Museum when in Las Vegas and taking the Boneyard Tour. Besides tours, those who are looking for a unique place to get married in Vegas, this could be for you! It is a lot of fun and even more if you don’t melt like I did.

Have you ever been to the Neon Boneyard?

Disclaimer: Thank you to the Neon Museum for having me. While receiving complimentary admission all opinions and views are my own.

28 thoughts on “Neon Boneyard Tour in Las Vegas

  • October 7, 2015 at 6:52 am
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    I had never heard of Neon Boneyard before this Holly and it seems very interesting and I would definitely be interested in checking this during my next trip to Vegas! Thanks for this info 😀

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:31 pm
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      It is very interesting and you should check it out. It is pretty cool.

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  • October 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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    I visit Las vegas every year for CES (big tech show) and I’ve always wanted to go there. I love this review and will make sure to link to you when I start posting about places to go!

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm
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      I hope next time you visit you find sometime to make your way to the Neon Boneyard. I think you will enjoy it.

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  • October 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm
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    You’re right, Vegas is full of things to do and explore. I always enjoy my trips there minus the hot sun!!
    The Neon boneyard seems interesting, I will definitely look into the tour on our next Vegas getaway. Thanks for the info!

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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      There is so much to do there, I am always finding something new.

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  • October 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm
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    This looks like a really cool experience. You know it’s funny, with all the globetrotting I’ve done, never been to Vegas. **Bows head in shame lol**

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm
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      You have to go pay Vegas a visit soon. I love that place! You can still globetrot in your own way while there.

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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      You have to visit soon. You will enjoy it.

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  • October 8, 2015 at 10:27 am
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    Very interesting museum! That’s cool that they were able to preserve all of those signs! I have been to Vegas, but never heard of this!

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm
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      You have to go visit soon. It is cool that they have all these signs.

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:37 pm
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      Yes! There is so much to see and do!

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm
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      Next time you go to Vegas I highly recommend you take the tour.

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm
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      I am glad you have something to add to your list!

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  • October 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm
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    Vegas heat is in a lane of its own so Im glad you got an umbrella to block some of the sun. But nonetheless, what a neat activity!

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:40 pm
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      Yes, Vegas has special heat lol. I was so glad I got the umbrella as well.

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:40 pm
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      The umbrella was extremely necessary walking around.

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  • October 9, 2015 at 7:52 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to go there! Seems like a great photo shoot location! Bet it was hot as ever!

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    • October 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm
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      It is a great photo location. Many people have their engagement pictures or get married there as well.

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  • October 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm
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    I’ve never been to Vegas, but this museum seems very interesting. I’d love to visit it.

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    • October 13, 2015 at 11:23 am
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      Vegas is great, there is so much to do there so I hope you get an opportunity to go soon. The museum was really cool.

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  • October 12, 2015 at 9:52 am
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    I’ve never been to Vegas and don’t know much more about it than casinos and nightlife. This seems like fun.

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    • October 13, 2015 at 11:24 am
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      There is so much more to do besides gambling, drinking, and clubbing.

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