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If you intend to visit Las Vegas, one thing you really have to see are the Fountains of Bellagio. We had been told about the fountains prior to visiting, however I don't think you can really appreciate how spectacular they truly are until you see them for yourself - even photographs and videos don't do them justice in my opinion.
The fountains are located outside the front of the Bellagio hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. They are free and you can watch from the pavement surrounding the lake, so you don't need to be staying at the hotel to go along. I found that late at night it would get quite busy but as the lake is huge you will usually be able to squeeze in somewhere to get a good view.
The fountains are described by the Bellagio hotel as being 'the most ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived' which certainly makes them sound pretty spectacular!
Our hotel was next to the Bellagio, so over our two weeks in Vegas we saw the fountains many, many times, nearly always stopping to watch as we passed by. The fountains are synchronised with music and the selection of music was very diverse. I don't remember all of the tunes, but they ranged from classical songs, to songs from musicals and pop songs, such as Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. I also remember Singing in the Rain to be one of them. I think I preferred the more popular, upbeat songs, but there really is something for everyone where the music is concerned.
As the fountains begin, the song will start playing from one of the speakers which are located in the bollards/railings (or whatever you call them, I'm sure there's a better word but I can't think of it!) which surround the lake in front of the hotel. The fountains then 'dance' in time to the music. I have been told that if you stay in the Bellagio, you can listen to the music via the TV and watch the fountains from your window, which must be pretty cool!
Having seen the fountains both during the day and during the night, I think they look so much better at night, so would recommend going after dark if possible. The water sways and the jets will cross each other and the lighting adds a dramatic effect at night. Every now and then throughout each performance the jets of water will spring up higher than you could imagine. The water is so powerful the fountains actually go several feet higher than the hotel itself and the neighbouring hotel, Caesar's Palace. It's really loud when it goes off as too, it almost sounds like someone has just fired a canon! Having just done a Google search, apparently the highest they go is 250 feet, which is just crazy, but then that's Las Vegas for you.
On weekdays the fountains show every half hour between 3pm and 7pm, then every 15 minutes between 7pm and midnight. At weekends they are every half hour between 12pm and 7pm, then every 15 minutes between 7pm and midnight.
I would definitely recommend going to see the Bellagio fountains. They're free to visit and like I said at the beginning of the review you can't really appreciate them until you've seen them for yourself.
If you happen to find yourself in Sin city, then the Fountains of Bellagio are a must see. Obviously they are located at the Bellagio hotel and casino - you cant miss them!
When I was there, we took a Hummer ride around the city which resulted in us being dropped off at the Bellagio afterwards in time to watch one of the evening performances. I believe the fountains are set to go off at regular intervals - you shouldn't have to wait more than 30 minutes to see a show. Pick your spot - it seemed to get pretty crowed whatever time of day and enjoy. Word of warning - the Bellagio wont find it anywhere near as amusing as you do if you try and get in one of the smaller fountains and recreate the Friends titles...
Whenever I tell people about the dancing fountains at the Bellagio - they think I've lost the plot. How can fountains be so entertaining? Well I've got no answer for that, other than they just are! Like staring into a log fire, they are mesmerising! Maybe it's the choice of music and how the fountains are perfectly choreographed in time - I don't know. You cant help but walk past the Bellagio and stop the second a fountain show starts. Just be prepared to find yourself stood in the blazing desert sun transfixed by the dancing water. The songs are rotated and everyone has a favourite it would seem. For me, and I think I saw most of the shows during my time in Vegas, nothing could quite beat Con Te Partiro (although Viva Las Vegas did come quite close) blasting out of the speakers and the hairs on the back of your neck standing up.
I was in Las Vegas again a few weeks ago and I stayed at the MGM Grand for the second time.
LV, as a city, is very money hungry but there are some free attractions, some you need to know where they are and then there are some that are out in the open.
The Bellagio fountains are located outside near Caesars Palace and is a mini water fountain show that shoot water in different directions and patterns according to the background song that it plays to.
Sound cheesy? It is but then I think the whole city of Las Vegas is cheesy so this fits right in!
The choice of songs that the fountains play to, in my experience, have been mostly opera and other classical music but some trendy pop/rock songs have been chosen, rarely, from time to time.
This is one of Vegas's main free attractions and it always attracts passers by who want to stop by on the sidewalk and watch the show, which lasts as long as the length of a full song, so around 4 or 5 minutes.
It has been speculated that there are pit pockets in this area so I have always kept a close eye on my belongings when watching the show, although I have yet to experience anything like that, and I have been to Vegas, watching the Bellagio fountains, 6 times now!
If you are expecting something epic and long then you may be a little disappointed but the show is quite original and worth watching purely as a side attraction on the way to your main destination.
Watching the Bellagio fountains from the Paris Hotel Eiffel Tower is a sight to behold but it costs $10 during the day and $15 in the evening to go right to the top of the tower so whether you think it's worth it is up to you but you do get to see the view of the Vegas strip, too.
Definetely recommended but don't have big expectations.
We had been told beforehand to give these a look, but in truth kind of had no intention of putting aside time to do so. In the end we kind of stumbled across these fountains mid-performance, and were glad we did as we stayed hooked until the end. We wanted to catch a full show so we waited around for the one next one to start over again. It's funny how big a crowd dancing water can draw, and there are genuine, "Oooo"s and "Ahhhhh"s from the spectators.
There are shows throughout the day, every 15 minutes if a remember correctly, but you're best off going at night because the lights just give the show more of a magical, romantic sort of feel.
Of course, there's no fee to pay to watch the spectacle, so just roll up, get yourself a good standing position a the barrier central to the fountains and don't worry too much about getting wet.
I'm not saying it's a must-see if you're going to Vegas, but if you've got nothing else to do. Try and catch it at night for a more grandiose, magically lit spectacle.
When we were in Las Vegas we had been told to go and see the dancing fountains by my hairdresser and she also told me that she couldn't remember where you saw them but if I asked when I was there, I will be told. So we got to Vegas and I went to the reception in our hotel and asked can you let me know where to see dancing fountains? They said yes of course they are the Bellagio fountains. We found them and they were amazing and here is why.
The Bellagio hotel is a huge hotel on the Vegas strip and is easily fond as it is right there in the centre and easily recognisable. It is a lovely cream and gold colour of a hotel and looks very posh indeed. At the front of the hotel there is a massive expanse of water which has a few rocks at the sides and a few ducks meandering around. If you look you can see a strip of black under the water which is of course where the fountain pumps are.
You will know when you have hit the Bellagio as there are quite a few people who gather by the fountains to watch them go. So we waited patiently for them to start and we saw them at night the first night and then in the day next and I really do recommend going to see them at night as they are lit up and look amazing.
So they begin and what they are are fountains that dance in time to pieces of music. The first one we saw was Faith Hills song This Kiss. They swing from side to side, go high, go low and then shoot up into the sky with such power that you can hear them from way down the strip and also from over the road. The music lasted for a good couple of minutes and after it has finished we just stood there in awe as they were fantastic.
The fountains themselves at night are lit up so you can truly see against the dark backdrop how high they go. The pumps are in a long strip and then in a circle at the back so there are lots of ways that the water can be manipulated. Whoever choreographed these fountains is a genius as they are just spectacular and you will be filming them to watch again and again.
There are plenty of music choices that the fountains dance to such as classical pieces such as suite Gayeneh, show music from Chicago with All That Jazz and then songs from films such as Titanic with Celine Dions my heart will go on. We managed to catch Viva Las Vegas by Elvis which was funny to watch but very suiting. I believe they even have a couple of Christmas songs to play in the mix around this time of year so that would be good to see in the boiling hot sunshine.
The best thing about seeing the fountains at night is that they are lit up with bright white lights and they look amazing. They make great photos and you will want to see them again the next night. In the day the fountains are still very impressive purely because they still do the same thing to the same music but at night they are really something special so if you get chance wait until it is dark to go and see them.
So the fountains are based at the Bellagio hotel on the centre of the strip and re a big main attraction on the Vegas strip as everybody knows about them. They are a free attraction to watch so you can stay there for ages being entertained and you don't have to pay a penny. From 3 - 8pm they run every half hour and then from 8 till midnight they run every 15 minutes so you are not waiting long to see the next show.
In conclusion I think the fountains at the Bellagio hotel are great and I wanted to see them every day we were there as I found them amazing. Dave has taken lots of photos and video so we can remember them and they truly were spectacular. If you find yourself on the strip in Vegas then this is one attraction that is definitely worth your time to go and see. I love them!!!
Thanks for reading.
My family and I just got back from a short trip to Vegas. Having children that we take with us when we go I have to plan for all the free things that are ok to take a young child to. As any one who has ever been to Vegas knows its no easy task.
Several years ago we took my daughter to the Belliagio fountains for the first time she was just a baby really. If I was to know the outcome of that one little visit to the fountains I may not have choose to take her there so willingly.
We chose the fountain show at Bellagio as it was free and there was no age restrictions to it. It was something that would be good for the whole family. My daughter instantly fell in love with it. We ended up standing there for 3 hours watching every show and every song that they used. Her favorite being This Kiss by Faith Hill.
Now at 7 years later and my daughter still wanting to go and watch the fountains at Bellagio its a constant when we visit. We may not know what we are gonna do but you can almost be sure that one of our days will be spent sitting out side of Bellagio watching there fountains.
They are the most wonderful thing really its such a basic show but its put together so well that you cant help but to enjoy it. What we really like the most is when the water is shot out of the jets so fast it makes a loud boom like a bomb going off. The water rises into the air at such a hight that it has actually been known to block the sun.
With our last visit being only a few days ago I was so sure we were gonna get off with not having to do the fountains needless to say I was very wrong. As our trip came to an end my daughter threw a fit and made it quite apparent that her trip to Vegas was not over till the Fountain shows were over. So we rushed right out to see the show to at least make one in our group very happy. They must have known she was coming as they played her favorite song making it all the more better for us as we did not have to sit through them all and wait for the one she loved the most.
This show runs beginning at 3pm till 12am providing the weather is cooperating. I have been in vegas when the wind is too strong and the fountains are going off needless to say that every one in a mile radius feels the water from the fountains when the wind is blowing making it a not enjoyable experience.
The cost of this experience is free it does not cost you one red cent. That is what makes it such a pleasure for us to take my daughter to see again and again even though we have seen it so many times we could probably do the dance our selves, but when the price is right you cant complain.
If you want a good spot to view the show I would recommend arriving a little early to get a good spot. The fact that this is a free show means that every one that is out for a good deal in Vegas is gonna be there to watch it with you. So get there early to get a good viewing place. I have watched it from every vantage point and there are really none that are better than any other. Each area has its own good view and you will not be dissapointed no matter where you view it at.
This is a great freebie while in Vegas and as a regular to the strip and the fun that is to be found there I would recommend this to every one that is thinking of making a trip to Vegas. Even if you have seen it once you can watch it again and it seems that its a new experience each time.
This was a great time for me and my family. Its something that my daughter loves to tell her friends about. She would rather sit and watch the fountains than a magic show any day.
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When my boyfriend and I booked our trip to Las Vegas, there was one thing that everyone we spoke to said that we had to see: the Fountains of Bellagio. So this was added to our ever-growing list of things to do whilst on holiday.
What are the Fountains of Bellagio? The Fountains of Bellagio are a visual water symphony choreographed to music. The water jets (1,214 water-emitting devices) that are responsible for this amazing sight span more than 1,000 feet and can shoot up to 240 feet in the air while seeming to dance to choreographed lights and romantic classical music. I was speechless when I saw exactly how high the water reaches when it shoots up into the air. There were times when you saw that it was the same height, if not slightly higher than the hotel itself. Wow were the only words that I could use to describe this when I watched it with my boyfriend.
So where are the Fountains of Bellagio? They can be located outside the main entrance of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino which is pretty much in the middle of the strip. These are easily accessible by foot as you watch them from the walkways on the strip. When watching it for the forth or fifth time I was just imagining how amazing it would be to view from one of the hotel windows.
When can I watch the fountains? The 'show' times of the Fountains of Bellagio are as follows:
Monday - Friday from 3pm until midnight
Saturday and Sunday from noon until midnight
They are showing every day so whenever your are visting Las Vegas, you are able to see this amazing scene.
How often do they run? The fountain displays run every half an hour until 7pm and every 15 minutes after that until midnight. This is relatively frequent which means that if you are trying to fit it into your busy schedule, there are no excuses for missing it, especially after 7pm. There are very few circumstances when the fountains are closed due to high winds. The fountains are controlled by a computerised program which has the ability to cancel or scale down the show depending on weather conditions. This was the case during a three-day period in 2004 and it was also the case for one show whilst we were in Vegas one evening and the Sirens of TI was also cancelled.
And do you know the best thing about the Fountains of Bellagio? That it is completely free. That's right. It doesn't cost a single penny. How fantastic is that? When you think of all the things that you can do whilst in Vegas, most of which cost quite a lot of money. This is one of a few things that you can do without paying a single penny. Because it is free, it gets busy. And not just a little busy, I mean super busy. For front row viewing, you will need to be hanging around for some time before the fountain show starts.
I viewed the Fountains from a number of different angles, one of which happened to be on a moving walk and I actually found this to be the best. You'll probably see them going off whilst you are just walking around that part of the strip.
For those of you who are interested, the fountains of Bellagio dance to the following tracks:
Viva Las Vegas - Elvis Presley
Ecstasy of Gold - Ennio Morricone
Overture/And All That Jazz - Catharine Zeta-Jones
Gayaneh - Suite: Dawn, Ayeshe's Dance - London Symphony Orchestra
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Mikhail Rudy
This Kiss - Faith Hill
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
Star Spangled Banner - Whitney Houston
God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood
Your Song - Elton John
Santa Baby - Madonna
Sleigh Ride - Johnny Mathis
We Need A Little Christmas - Johnny Mathis
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Johnny Mathis
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mathis
O Holy Night - Placido Domingo
Carol of the Bells - Los Angeles Master Chorale
Hallelujah Chorus - Morman Tabernacle Choir
Con Te Partiro (Time To Say Goodbye) - Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman
Hey, Big Spender - Gwen Verdon & Original Broadway Cast
Winter Games - David Foster
Luck Be A Lady - Frank Sinatra
Rondine al Nido - Luciano Pavarotti
Singin' In The Rain - Gene Kelly
Simple Gifts - London Symphony Orchestra
Hoe-Down - London Symphony Orchestra
One, Singular Sensation - Original Broadway Cast
I didn't have the time, unfortunately, to witness each and every song but I did see a few and they included Your Song (probably my favourite as it was so romantic), Santa Baby, God Bless The USA as well as a musical piece that I couldn't even take a guess at which one it was. Each performance was unique and amazing. The music that you watch depends on your reaction to the fountains. To some music, I found myself laughing (Santa Baby as it was the middle of summer) yet others I'd have tears in my eyes where it was so beautiful.
If you get the opportunity to go to Las Vegas, I definitely believe that seeing the Fountains of Bellagio is a must! I enjoyed it thoroughly and it doesn't take a lot of time out of your day at all. You can view it whilst walking to a restaurant for your dinner or when simply just walking down the strip. Just don't miss out or I promise you will regret it.
There is no question that the Fountains of Bellagio are an impressive and stunning display and I certainly recommend taking a few minutes out of your holiday to watch them. And my advice is to ensure that you have you camera with you. My boyfriend loves his photography and we have come home with some fantastic shots of the fountains. He also took a numerous in a row which allow you to re-live the fountains, especially when you watch it as a slide show on the computer.
And for those who haven't had the opportunity to go to Vegas, check it out on youtube. You'll get an idea of how amazing it is. And if you are looking for somewhere to propose, this could be the place! I can imagine that there are plenty of marriage proposals made whilst watching the stunning scenes that are the Fountains of Bellagio.
The Bellagio Hotel is located in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip and the fountain is directly in front of the main entrance to the hotel. You can't miss it..
This is one of the best free shows in Las Vegas. It takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and then every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight.
Cynics will say it's just water coming out of pipes with music playing in the background, however it's still a magical experience, specially at night, and one of those things you simply must see in Vegas.
There are several different songs played (including Frank Sinatra songs, Pink Panther theme tune, etc.) and the fountains are choreographed to the music, swaying from side to side and shooting up 200 feet in the air. Some of it can feel very touching and romantic, and each show is unique. Have your camera ready!
My favourite was Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold", from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Breathtaking stuff.
If you've been strolling around all day, it's not a bad idea to stop off here, have a break, and enjoy some free entertainment. It's fun for all ages.
But it can be busy. If you want a front row spot, you may have to hang around until one show is finished and the crowd disperses a little bit. Being at the front, you may get a little wet, but on a hot day, it might just be what you need.
You may also like to try and watch the show from different angles around the lake, or from one of the hotel rooms by the fountains, if you're lucky enough to be staying there.
A lot of water and energy is used / wasted for this, but then that's Vegas for you, and if you're already there, well just have a drink and enjoy it.