Bellagio Conservatory and Fountains

Mommy Vegas Idea #28

“Whah, no Fwakie?..”- amazing free show yields priceless memories!

DSCN7757If ever the spirit moves us to play tourist, it more often than not draws us to the parking structure adjoining the Bellagio. Since well before Little Bear was even imagined we made a cheap date of walking the garden in the Conservatory and catching a fountain show or two, with or without a side trip to Caesar’s, the Aladdin (now Planet Hollywood), or the Paris. DSCN7754Once Little Bear made his grand entrance we continued to periodically venture to center Strip to take in the sights and scents of the garden and dance to the music while water leaped and swayed in the background. As our Bear grew into a toddler it became our favorite outing. At the time, the show started earlier in the morning and we would often enjoy dancing while many of the visitors had yet to venture out. I would sing and point out the song names and singers, Little Bear would grant me a heart warming perma grin and rare laugh, while I twirled him through the air. DSCN9733

After a while we both grew quite fond of “Luck be a Lady,” and we would occasionally walk a bit and come back if we weren’t immediately gifted with a Frank Sinatra performance. One morning, shortly after Bear had begun talking, we ran down the ramp to catch the first showing. We made it to our favorite alcove, front and center, for our weekly dance just as the music cued and the water leaped into action! I let out a deep sigh and smiled at my little man as I began to twirl him about, but he frowned and exclaimed “Whah, no Fwankie???” I laughed, so taken by what I considered pure genius, but he was seriously distraught. That morning he didn’t want to dance. So we watched, went for a walk and had a snack, before returning to our spot. The next song began… he didn’t even need to say it, he looked at me again and pouted. I agreed, we had been really lucky in the past getting more than our fair share of Ol’ Blue Eyes. We listened to “Fly Me to the Moon,” and a few other faves on the way home, but Little Bear was disillusioned. The next few times it appeared as if Frankie had been phased out for a bit and eventually my Bear didn’t want to return to watch the fountains. When we finally visited again, some of the magic had gone for him. I won’t lie, I was a bit bummed. We’ve gone back every few months or so, usually when family is visiting, but still, not so much excitement as there had been.DSCN9737Just recently though, I don’t know what it was about the day, or the performance, or what, but the magic had returned… for me too! It felt so refreshing to be back on the Strip, like we were on vacation for an hour or so.  So we vowed to play tourist more often, and we shall! DSCN9709If it’s been a while since you last partook in your favorite touristy outing, no matter where you reside, you should consider setting a date, or better yet, just run out spur of the moment. As for my fellow Las Vegans, there’s nothing stopping you from walking the Conservatory in bunny slippers the next time someone wakes from bad dreams or took a too-long late afternoon nap.

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Right now you can catch live music between 5pm – 6pm!

Getting There

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-693-7111

See it on the Mommy Vegas Map!

The easiest way to get there is to exit the I-15 at Flamingo and go East to Las Vegas Boulevard. Turn right, or South, on the Boulevard and take your first right at the first light. Follow the signage to merge towards the left for free public parking in the parking structure. Park. Take the stairs or elevator down to the Casino level. Follow the hall to the left and then right into the Casino. The Conservatory will be to the right. You can access the fountains by walking past through the lobby (be sure to checkout the display behind the desk… ALWAYS AMAZING), out the huge revolving doors (PS, don’t TOUCH them, they stop moving :-). Walk down the ramp to the left. The show is excellent from the front or back, so stop to watch along the way, or continue down to the Boulevard and pick an alcove to stop and watch!

MORE INFO (all subject to change, check the Bellagio website to verify)

Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Conservatory is free and open to the public, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, except when transitioning between themes (which takes approximately 1 week). Always check their website before going, we’ve visited on a few occasions to watch tractors and forklifts setting the scene.

2014 Exhibit Calendar – as printed on the Bellagio website

  • Spring Celebration    now – May 11
  • Summer Garden Party   May 17 – Sep 7
  • Autumn Harvest   Sep 13 – Nov 30
  • Winter Holiday   Dec 6 – Jan 4, 2015

Fountain Show

Weekdays

  • 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    every 1/2 hour
  • 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
    every 1/4 hour

Saturdays and Holidays

  • 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    every 1/2 hour
  • 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
    every 1/4 hour

Sundays

  • 11 am – 2:30 pm
    every 1/4 hour during Fountains Brunch at Jasmine 15 minutes for the Fountains Brunch at Jasmine
  • 3 pm – 7 pm
    every 1/2 hour
  • 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
    every 1/4 hour

*Schedule always subject to change and shows may be cancelled for any reason, particularly high winds.*

Happy Touristing!

-Candice

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