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Welcome to the LOCAL ADVENTURER link-up! The purpose of this link-up is:

  • to foster gratitude for the place you live
  • to show others great local experiences that they might never find as a tourist
  • to inspire others to explore and be present wherever they are


I picked up photography when my dad bought me my first film SLR 14 ish years ago (Can’t believe it was that long ago!!). It was a time when my friends and I would wander around town and take photos of anything and everything. We made lots of mistakes along the way and spent beaucoup money on developing our photos. There were some gems in there… but I must admit for the most part they were sh*t photos.

Now DSLRs have changed the game so that you can see the photo immediately after you take it, but when I was first practicing photography, DSLRs weren’t in wide distribution, and only Polaroids gave you that option. I’ve always been a fan of Polaroids. It was nice to have something that you can hold and feel in your hands… and SHAKE! :)

When we heard about the Polaroid Fotobar and Polaroid Museum opening up at the Linq Promenade in Las Vegas, I was beyond excited to check it out. Peter, the manager, was nice enough to give us a grand tour of the place so that I could tak photos while no one was around. At the end of our tour, we ordered 6 instagram prints and a shadowbox!

Shadowbox from the Polaroid Fotobar Las Vegas at the Linq.Pin
Polaroid Fotobar Las Vegas at the Linq.Pin

The first floor of the storefront is a colorful and fun place for you to upload, browse, edit, and print your own photos. They give you many options to make your memories into something tangible. You can connect your social media accounts, upload photos directly by usb or even with your phone using email/text.

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In the back, right corner you will find rainbow colored stairs that will lead you to the Polaroid Museum!

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Framed on the left are famous photographers holding up their favorite portrait. Andy Warhol held up a self-portrait. ;)

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I loved how they featured different instagrammers on their wall. It’s nice how they are an inclusive community encouraging everyone to pick up their cameras and be a photographer. From my past experience in the photography industry, the competitive nature makes most people more exclusive than inclusive. It is tough.

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Polaroid Fotobar and Polariod Museum at the Linq Las Vegas.Pin

I have this!! :) I actually had no idea it was from 1977. This was what inspired the design of instagram’s logo!

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Andy Warhol at the Polaroid Fotobar and Polaroid Museum // Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas. Pin

There are a handful of exhibits that will continue to change. While we were there we saw “Capturing Celebrity” which features some of Andy Warhol’s most famous Polaroid photographs. Most people immediately think of pop art in reference to Andy Warhol, but he was also a photographer and always had a camera around his neck! I suppose as an artist you have to collect inspiration from everywhere.

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They also have a rare 20×24 polaroid camera that weighs nearly 250 pounds. The film for this camera can run you upwards of $10,000. There are only 5 working cameras in existence. The polaroid museum had a 20×24 print of Lady Gaga’s self portrait on the wall, and we learned that she is now Polaroid’s Creative Director.

Andy Warhol at the Polaroid Fotobar and Polaroid Museum // Best Things to Do in Las Vegas.Pin
Polaroid Fotobar Las Vegas // Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas. Pin

Don’t do anything that someone else can do. Don’t undertake a  project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible – Edwin Land (Scientist, Inventor, Co-founder of Polaroid. He has 444 patents.)

Tips for your visit to the Polaroid Museum and Polaroid Fotobar Las Vegas:

  • $5 per person for the museum
  • We parked at the flamingo parking lot for easy access.
  • Order your photos before heading up to the museum so that your order will be ready when you’re done.
  • The back left corner of the store will show you other custom print options.
  • Don’t shake your new polaroids! For the newer polaroids, rapid movement during development can cause premature separation in the film. It also dries behind a plastic window, it so never touches the air. Ain’t like the old days.

After this visit, it makes me really want to buy this. Anyone have one? Is it worth it? Also, I should really dig up my old polaroids for a future post.

What’s the last polaroid photo you took?


1. Share your most recent post about a local adventure (i.e., a new area of town or a new food spot you checked out) either in your own hometown or within driving distance. Doesn’t have to be a Thursday post, but mine just happens to be. Unrelated entries or ones linked to your homepage will be deleted.

2. Link back to this site so that others can join in on the fun! Feel free to use the button below if you like!

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3. MOST IMPORTANTLY you MUST visit the person’s blog linked up directly before you and leave them a comment.

4. If you tweet out your local adventure post with #localadventurer I will retweet your link!

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Quinn

    what a wonderful city to explore. Kinda gives me a new perspective on Vegas (you know, less of the showgirl – casino vibe). Very neat!

    1. esther julee

      :) When we first were moving to Vegas.. everyone was saying ‘people actually live there?’ This local adventure happens to be on the strip, but it’s interesting to see the pockets of communities in different parts of the city. We actually live in the burbs and don’t make it out to the strip unless people visit. Are you thinking of visiting anytime soon?

  2. Hsiao-Ting

    This looks awesome! I want to visit when I got to Vegas and get some instagram pics printed too!!

  3. Love this, I want to go…it sounds so cool! I’m pinning this in case we ever make it to Vegas.

  4. Erika

    Oooh so colorful! This is so cool and a place that I need to visit the next time I’m in Vegas! Lots of good info in this post. And as for the last polaroid I took: wow, maybe back with my iZone camera (remember those?) I loved them for journaling! I could just pop a photo in to explain what I was up to! And yay for the second edition of this linkup! :)

    1. esther julee

      You will definitely have to stop in here! :) Also it’s right next to sprinkle’s cupcakes 24 hour cupcake vending machine! I used to keep polaroids in a pocket in the back of my journal. I guess it’s such an easy way to scrapbook if I think about it. Thanks for being part of it. It took me so long to figure out what I even wanted to do for a link up!

  5. Shannon Kennedy

    This is awesome. I wish I had a local trip so I could join in on the link up, but I’ll have to participate next time!

    1. esther julee

      You can always link-up your most recent adventure. :) But yes – Go do a local trip so you can participate next time too! :D

    1. esther julee

      Sweeeet! Hmm.. I was actually wondering if it’s weird to link up a link-up post. haha I’ll have to try to think of another one that might fit. :) I am trying to pack in a lot of adventures this summer!

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