The Bellagio Fountain Show at Night in Las Vegas is legendary and for a good reason. You may have seen other dancing fountain shows, but the scope of this one is incredible.
With more than a quarter of a million showings over the years, it has become an iconic staple and one of the most popular attractions of the Las Vegas Strip. If you want to see it, however, there are a few things you need to know.
Where Is the Bellagio?
The Bellagio Fountains are located at the front of the Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip at 3600 S Las Vegas Boulevard.
Between the 8.5-acre lake and the 36-story hotel, it is hard to miss and any taxi or rideshare driver can get you there easily. After all, the Bellagio is one of the largest hotels in the world!
There are a few options on where to park if you are driving in. For guests staying at the Bellagio, there is on-site self and valet parking.
If you are a Nevada resident, you can self-park for free at the Bellagio by showing your ID. MGM Rewards members also get free self parking.
For everyone else, parking is based on the day of the week and number of hours you stay, ranging from $15-18 for self-parking, $21-30 on Monday-Thursday, and $25-35 on Friday-Sunday for valet. The first hour for self-park only is free, however.
Important to note, if you are visiting the Bellagio, every time you exit and enter the garage, you’ll have to pay again.
If you don’t mind walking for a mile or two, you can park for free at select Vegas hotels like the Sahara, Tropicana, Treasure Island, Wynn Las Vegas, and Encore, and some shopping places like The Shops and Crystals and the Fashion Show Mall.
We walked back to our hotel, New York, New York, and though it wasn't a very long walk, remember there are many spots where you'll have to climb steps to get over busy streets.
Why We Love The Fountain
When the Bellagio was built in 1998 by WET Design with a price tag of over $40 million, it was one of the most expensive fountains in the world. The technology to keep it running was also state of the art.
Decades later, the Bellagio fountain still is a jaw-dropping feat of engineering. There are more than 1200 nozzles that spray water up to 460 feet in the air.
The water nozzles include “oarsmen”, which blast water for the dancing sways at 140 gallons per minute. The water jets (classified as mini shooters, super shooters, and extreme shooters) launch the water into the air.
The 798 mini shooters project water 100 feet, the 198 super shooters blast the water 240 feet, and the 16 extreme shooters are the ones that send the water to that height of 460 feet.
The lake that is host to the fountain is manmade and holds 22 million gallons of water.
Maintained by a crew of specialists, many of whom are SCUBA certified, they handle everything from the computer and electronics needs to scrubbing barnacles off of the underwater equipment.
More than 30 different songs can be played for just one performance. Songs from Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Bruno Mars, plus special holiday options are just some of what you might hear.
Knowing all of the secrets behind the show just add to the amazement that you’ll have when you see the show. There’s a reason why this is the most photographed casino on Instagram!
Even better, this water show is the best free show in all of Las Vegas. No matter what your plans are, watching the fountains dance is a must-see attraction at any time of day.
Bellagio Fountain Schedule
The Bellagio fountain show is performed every day of the week on the following schedule:
Monday-Friday, every 30 minutes from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM and every 15 minutes from 7:00 PM to midnight
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, every 30 minutes from noon to 6:30 PM and every 15 minutes from 7:00 PM to midnight
The water fountain show can be canceled for inclement weather, such as high winds, but the fountains can also be adjusted if it is a slightly breezy day to have lower pressure and (hopefully) keep people on the sidewalk dry.
There may also be variations to the schedule if there are special events going on. You can check with the concierge at the Bellagio with any questions about the day’s schedule.
Though the fountain is beautiful during the day, the best time to see it is at night because of streams of water through the lights.
Rooms in the Bellagio where you can see the Fountain at Night
Imagine watching the Bellagio fountains from the comfort of your room looking over S Las Vegas Blvd. Several hotels have rooms with a fountain view.
Naturally, the Bellagio itself can offer you a hotel room with the best viewing spots of the fountains.
The Cosmopolitan has not only fountain view rooms, but many with outdoor balconies so you can hear the music as well. Paris, which is right across the street, has a wonderful view (plus a view of the Eiffel Tower nighttime light show). A section of Caesars Palace has fountain view rooms, as does Planet Hollywood.
Make sure that your fountain view room guarantees a fountain view when you make your reservation, and it is always best to check at the desk at check-in to make sure you won’t be disappointed.
Dining with a View of the Fountains
Another unique experience is to dine with a view of the fountains. A variety of restaurants have seating that offers amazing views of the fountain shows.
Of course, they also have incredible food with upscale dining options, so it's a win-win! Here are some options for best views at the Bellagio Hotel:
LAGO: Offers elegant Italian food in an elegant setting. It is considered the best place to dine with a fountain view.
Picasso: New French food in an elegant setting with authentic Picasso works.
Prime Steakhouse: Classic Las Vegas steakhouse vibes and food.
Le Cirque: Colorful and whimsical setting for modern French dishes.
Jasmine: Regional Chinese food highlighting the flavors of Cantonese, Hunan, and Szechuan cuisine.
Yellowtail: Quality modern Japanese dining with a veranda view of the fountains.
Mayfair Supper Club: A classic supper club experience with seafood and steaks.
You will want to book early to dine at any restaurant with a view of the fountains of Bellagio Las Vegas as these spots are typically very popular.
Tips for Seeing the Fountain
The fountains cover a lot of space, and so there are plenty of places to just walk up and watch from the edge of the water. During the daytime especially, grabbing a place to watch the show is relatively easy.
In the evening the shows are arguably more impressive with the lighting effects. This, along with people out and about in the evening means that prime viewing can get crowded.
You may have to wait for a set or two to be able to get close to the water’s edge.
If you want a unique way to view them, book a private helicopter tour. Soaring over the fountains at night is an amazing sight to see.
We walked back to our hotel, New York New York, and though it wasn't a very long walk, remember there are many spots where you'll have to climb steps to get over busy streets.
It's a great way to walk off all the delicious food you'll be eating!
Other Family-Friendly Things to Do in Las Vegas
There’s no question that seeing Bellagio fountains is an amazing activity for the whole family.
The FlyOver Las Vegas Experience lets you take a virtual trip high above Iceland, the American West, or the Canadian Rockies.
The show features a variety of immersive special effects to help you feel like you are flying above these amazing sites to an inspirational soundtrack.
At the Neon Museum, you can see a collection unlike any other. Walk through a huge collection of vintage Las Vegas signs, now retired to an outdoor boneyard.
During the day it is impressive enough, but at night the area comes alive thanks to some modern technology in the nighttime spectacular “Brilliant!”.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each show lasts about two to five minutes, depending on the song that is used.
In a perfect world, all the water in the lake would be filtered on a daily basis. But even though the filtration pump is amazing – it moves 5 million gallons of water a day – that’s still only a quarter of the water in the lake. To supplement that, a large cleaning barge with 52 pool filters makes its rounds daily. Among other things, the filters collect coins at the bottom of the lake, which are then donated to local charities.
Although exact dollar figures are kept under wraps, the rumor is that it costs between $10,000 and $15,000 each day to operate the fountains! (But really, who can put a price tag on something as amazing as these fountains.)
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