Bellagio is among the crown jewels on the Las Vegas Strip. First opening its doors in 1998, Bellagio cost $1.6 billion to construct, has 3,933 guestrooms, and over 100,000 square feet of gaming.
Known for luxury when compared to other Las Vegas resorts, Bellagio enjoys high levels of guest satisfaction. Even if not staying at the resort, Bellagio should find its way onto the “must-see” list for anyone visiting Vegas.
Given the resort’s center Strip location, there is an abundance of things to do at Bellagio, and nearby.
Below, I’ll dive into notable things to do besides gambling when visiting Bellagio!
See also: Itinerary ideas! Our Ideal 3-day Las Vegas Itinerary.
Activities & Attractions at Bellagio
Walk Through the Bellagio Conservatory: Open 24 hours per day and completely free, the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens easily qualify as a “must-see” attraction. With rotating seasonal displays, you will have something new to look at every visit to Las Vegas.
A staff of 120 is involved in the maintenance of Bellagio’s 13,000-square-foot Conservatory, and their attention to detail shines through in the end product.
Interestingly, you can even see the conservatory from home as they offer a live webcam feed.
Gaze up at Dale Chihuly’s Fiori di Como: A glass floral sculpture that can be found in Bellagio’s hotel lobby on the ceiling, Fiori di Como is located just outside of the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
The artistic display covers over 2,000 square feet and is comprised of 2,000 backlit glass flowers.
Fountains of Bellagio: Another free attraction, the Fountains of Bellagio are iconic. Choreographed to music and lighting, over 1,200 individual fountains dazzle guests daily in the 8+ acre man-made lake that sits between Bellagio and the Las Vegas Strip.
Check here for a Bellagio Fountain show schedule and a list of songs they dance to.
Eat Overlooking the Fountains: Restaurants at Bellagio with a fountain view include Lago, The Mayfair Supper Club, Spago, Picasso, PRIME Steakhouse, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, and Le Cirque.
While fantastic, those restaurants can come with a hefty price tag. If a fountain view with a less intrusive bill is what you want, I suggest grabbing a bite across the street at Mon Ami Gabi or Beer Park at Paris.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art: Bellagio’s Gallery of Fine Art has served as a temporary home for works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and Andy Warhol among other prominent names.
Items on display are frequently rotated out making it worthwhile to stop by more than once.
Tickets to the Gallery of Fine art can be purchased in advance here, or in person at the box office.
See Cirque du Soleil’s “O”: Widely regarded as a top-tier Las Vegas show, “O” takes the cinematic and acrobatic excellence you have come to expect from Cirque du Soleil and combines it with a 1.5 million gallon, 17-foot deep pool.
The 60-foot dives, synchronized swimming, and stage movements that make it all happen will leave you in awe. What I didn’t realize was that 122 technicians, including 14 people in scuba gear underwater for the duration of the show are needed to make the production possible.
If you’re going to see one show while in Vegas, this is a good candidate.
As a popular show, I’d recommend snagging tickets in advance – Price out your options with:
Eat at a High-End Buffet: The Buffet at Bellagio is among the best in Las Vegas, serving up an assortment of high-quality cuisine that spans the culinary spectrum.
I recently ate there and reviewed the brunch buffet at Bellagio – Check it out to gauge if it could be a good fit.
Take Advantage of the Pool: Bellagio’s pool deck boasts 5 separate pools and easily ranks among the best pool scenes in Las Vegas.
The complex is divided into separate “courtyards” separated by theming elements which gives the pool complex a more intimate, boutique feel than you’d expect from a mega-resort.
Staying true to the resort’s Italian theme, the pool deck is lush with green foliage and truly feels like something you would expect to see in the Mediterranean.
For those adventurous enough to swim year-round, Bellagio keeps a portion of the pool deck open in the winter.
Window Shop: Bellagio is home to numerous high-end shops including OMEGA, Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Hermes, and Valentino. I say window shop only because the high-end shopping experience at Bellagio is out of my price range, however, your financial situation may allow for some purchases.
My favorite option is Ocean One, which boasts an expansive $5.99 lunch menu.
On the cheap drink front, it’s tough to beat Blondies which offers a $20 all-you-can-drink deal on weekdays from 3 pm – 6 pm.
With a mid-Strip location, there is no shortage of itinerary-worthy attractions at Bellagio or nearby. For more inspiration, check out my resort by resort breakdown of things to do on the Strip.
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I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.