Bell-Strat 006Of all the free shows available on the Strip, I’d be willing to bet that The Fountains of Bellagio is the most well known. As many times as I’ve been to Las Vegas, the Bellagio fountain show never fails to move, impress and entertain me. Always gorgeous, never boring, I’ve seen people clear across Las Vegas Boulevard drop whatever they’re doing to sprint across 8 lanes of traffic, just to catch the show.

Set in the 8.5 acre lake in front of the Bellagio Casino Hotel, the fountains are made up from over 1,200 nozzles and more than 4,500 lights. They were created by a design firm called WET, and the system used for programming the fountain’s movements is known as “Virtual Wet”. There are four different types of nozzles used to create a variety of effects - some have a spherical range of motion, while others are used to shoot the water upwards; often as high as 460 feet in the air. The finales of many of the shows are usually accompanied by a loud bang, caused by the compressed air which allows the Super Shooters and the Extreme Shooters to launch the water to it’s amazing heights.

The fountain shows are choreographed to a variety of music, including Celine Dion’s signature song “My Heart Will Go On”, Sinatra’s rendition of “Luck Be A Lady”, “God Bless The U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood, Aaron Copeland’s “Hoe-Down”, and of course Elvis Presley singing “Viva Las Vegas”.

One of my favorite experiences with the fountain involved a late dinner with my partner at a restaurant right on the edge of the lake. After dinner, we went out on the terrace, all alone, hoping there might be one more show, but after a long, fruitless wait, I was convinced they were done for the night. My partner left to pay the check, and just before he returned, the fountain came alive and played Elton John’s “Your Song”. Elton is my hero and my favorite rock musician, and it seemed too much of a coincidence, but my partner told me, flat out, “I SWEAR I had nothing to do with that!” Still, it was as if we had the fountains all to ourselves and it was terribly romantic!

If you visit Las Vegas, this is one free show NOT to be missed. It’ll leave you amazed and exhilarated. It may also move you to tears - that’s the beauty of The Fountains of Bellagio!

 

Schedule: Monday-Friday

3pm to 7pm (Shows every 30 mins.)

7pm to Midnight (Shows every 15 mins.)

Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays

12pm to 7pm (Shows every 30 mins.)

7pm to Midnight (Shows every 15 mins.)