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, we’ll dive into notable things to do besides gamble when visiting Bellagio!
Walk Through the Bellagio Conservatory: Open 24 hours per day and completely free, the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are among our favorite things to do at Bellagio. With rotating seasonal displays, you will have something new to look at every visit to Las Vegas. A staff of 120 are involved in the maintenance of Bellagio’s 13,000 square foot Conservatory, and their attention to detail shines through in the end product.
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 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 show schedule and list of songs the Fountains of Bellagio dance to. We recommend grabbing a beer and sitting on the rail at Beer Park on the rooftop of Paris across the street for a great view.
Eat Overlooking the Fountains: Lago, The Mayfair Supper Club, Spago, Picasso, PRIME Steakhouse, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, Picasso, and Le Cirque all overlook the fountains of Bellagio but come with a hefty price tag. If a fountain view with a less intrusive bill is what you want, we suggest grabbing a bite across the street at Hexx or Beer Park at Paris.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art: Open Thursday – Monday from 11 am – 6 pm, the gallery has previously been 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. General admission to the Gallery of Fine Arts at Bellagio runs $16 and tickets can be purchased in advance here, or at the box office.
See Cirque du Soleil’s “O”: Firmly situated as a top tier show in Las Vegas, “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 we 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 are going to see one show while in Vegas, this one is a good candidate. Tickets can be purchased at the Bellagio box office, or in advance at Vegas.com where they can be a few bucks cheaper.
Take Advantage of the Pool: As one of Las Vegas’ most luxurious pool decks, Bellagio boasts 5 separate pools. The deck is divided into separate “courtyards” separated by theming elements which gives the pool complex a more intimate, boutique feel than you would expect. Staying true to the resort’s Italian theme, the pool deck is lush with green foliage and truly feels like something you could expect in the Mediterranian. 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 to include OMEGA, Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Hermes, and Valentino. I say window shop only because the high-end shopping experience at Bellagio is out of our price range, however, your financial situation may allow for some purchases.
Things to do Near Bellagio: Bellagio is in a perfect location to take advantage of things to do at nearby resorts. We recommend exploring the breathtaking Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, taking a spin (with unlimited booze) on the High Roller Observation Wheel, and grabbing a drink at the hidden Ghost Donkey speakeasy at Cosmopolitan. We also love the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for where you can find some of the cheapest food and drink offerings on the Las Vegas Strip.
As you can see, finding things to do at Bellagio shouldn’t be an issue. With an abundance of free and paid attractions, Bellagio should be a part of every Las Vegas itinerary.