I think at times my face was as lit up as these signs had once been. This is so incredibly cool.
The Neon Boneyard has just undergone renovations. I was so interested in experiencing this old Vegas archeology that my first trip to Vegas, and my Vegas wedding, were planned for the dates after the grand re-opening.
It did not disappoint.
Now having read so much in advance and having seen so much in advance, I already knew some of the stories attached to particular artifacts, but was thrilled to be there for it in person. Our tour guide was clearly passionate about bringing the history to life, as well as listening to stories shared by people who remembered.
We were lucky enough to be accommodated, even though we arrived without advance tickets. Additionally, it wasn't until I was already in the tour that I remembered they discourage sandals being worn on the site. I think this pertained more to the way the grounds had been before the revamp though, as I wasn't encountering any broken light bulbs on the designated paths.
Our guide also was willing to take our picture for us.
In advance of our trip I had been in touch with the Neon Museum regarding permission for us having our quick wedding on site. They don't permit such a thing, but when we were there something gave me the impression that in the future, they just might. The place can be rented by the hour for photo shoots though (I think it's $700 or $800), so some people have had their wedding pictures done there. There is an annex area that has the overflow of signs that is locked. You can see some of the items peaking over the wall from where they're being held hostage.
A great plus to the renovation with an actual visitor center is that there are now restrooms on site. This is probably the place where the most of our souvenir dollars were spent as there were some good looking items.
I imagine this tour isn't really for everyone. But I can't think of anyone I know who wouldn't delight in being able to see these faded glories.
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