Posted by Dabney B. on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Vegas is one of the most instantly recognizable cities on earth. Just about every metropolis has a region that holds all of the cities skyscrapers, but Vegas is a bit different. Instead of commercial buildings, all of the most prominent Vegas buildings are hotels that line the strip, each with their own set of bright colors and flashing lights designed to catch the eye.
The Bellagio doesn’t have a giant, brightly-lit Eiffel Tower replica, a golden sphinx, or a miniature version of the Empire State Building. What it does have, however, is an enormous pool just off the main road through the Strip, which holds one of the world’s most famous fountain shows.
Of all of the things to see in Vegas, the Bellagio fountains are one of the sights that stick with people the most. Why is that? It’s hard to say, really. It might have something to do with the fact that that the fountain is considerably classier than the neon billboards of so many other hotels. It might simply be a product of masterfully choreographed lights, music, and fountains. Whatever the case, the Bellagio fountains are a must-see stop for any Vegas tourist.
I’ve been to Vegas. I walked the Strip, I gambled, I went to a show, ate a 5-star restaurant, and I went up the Eiffel Tower (I didn’t ride New York’s roller coaster, though). I tried to do as much touristy stuff as possible to take in all of Vegas during my short stay there. With the notable exception of turning a $1 bill into $100 at the black jack tables, I would have to say that the Bellagio fountains were the most memorable part of my trip. Exaggeration aside, they really are worth seeing.
With an impressive music list and shows every half hour from 3-7 PM, and every 15 minutes from 7-12 PM, it is unlikely that you will ever see the same show twice in a single day. Invariably, as the sun sets, people begin gathering at the edge of the Bellagio pool. I’ve often heard that the best way to view the fountains is to see a couple shows, and then watch another show with your back to the fountains so that you can watch the expressions of viewers. I would have liked to try that out when I was there, but I had a hard time tearing my gaze away from the spectacle.
So, why have I spent such little time describing the actual fountains, themselves? This time, I’m going to let videos do the talking.