Often considered an iconic attraction in Sin City, The Fountains of Bellagio (or simply the Bellagio Fountains) date back to 1998.
They consist of a complex water feature, with lights and music, and visitors can enjoy the show for free. As a result, the Bellagio draws thousands of tourists every day who come to watch one of the shows offered by the Fountains. Much like other fountains around the world, the Bellagio Fountains are also a popular spot to throw coins (or casino chips) and make a wish.
Keep reading to discover everything you need to know before visiting the Bellagio Fountains in Vegas.
Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is the most famous street in the city. It is made up of a section of Las Vegas Boulevard and is known for playing host to a staggering variety of hotels, resorts, and casinos. It is also considered one of the most visited and most photographed streets in the world.
The Bellagio Fountains are located on a very popular section of the strip. This area is also home to Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, and Flamingo. Across the street from the Bellagio is the Vegas Arc de Triomphe, the Real Bodies Science Museum, and the large Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.
The Bellagio Fountains
Location: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States
The Bellagio Hotel is a themed resort in Las Vegas that was built by Steve Wynn and is run by MGM Resorts. The resort is meant to loosely resemble Northern Italy and Lake Como. The Bellagio Fountains alone cost forty million USD, making them some of the most expensive water features in the world.
The Fountains are located in the man-made Lake Bellagio, which stretches across eight and a half acres. They consist of over a thousand water nozzles, and the lake includes nearly five thousand lights and nearly two hundred speakers through which music is played during shows.
Fountains of Bellagio Shows
The Bellagio fountain shows are truly a sight to behold. The resort has featured nearly 300,000 shows since it opened, and each show consists of music from a wide range of genres accompanied by flashing lights and dancing fountains.
These shows are world-renowned and are some of the country’s most photographed attractions.
Every Bellagio Fountain show is completely free, even to visitors not staying at the Bellagio. Be sure to stop by the Bellagio to watch its fountains dance on your next trip to Vegas.
Bellagio Fountain Schedule
Visitors can enjoy the Bellagio Fountain shows at regular intervals during the day. They range between happening every half-hour or every fifteen minutes, depending on the length of the show and at which time of the day you visit.
The Bellagio fountain show times are as follows:
- Mondays to Fridays – 3 PM to 8 PM, every half-hour
- Mondays to Fridays – 8 PM to Midnight, every fifteen minutes
- Saturdays and Sundays – 12 PM to 8 PM, every half-hour
- Saturdays and Sundays – 8 PM to Midnight, every fifteen minutes
Keep in mind that in some cases, shows may be canceled due to bad weather. However, it is extremely rare for shows to be canceled due to technical difficulties.
Bellagio Fountain Songs
The Bellagio fountain performances vary greatly and feature songs from all music genres. Visitors can expect to hear anything from electronic music to classical when attending a show at Bellagio Lake.
While the performances tend to change every year, each day starts and ends with the “Star Spangled Banner”. There are also some favorites that tend to feature every year, such as “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley (from the Viva Las Vegas Soundtrack), the Pink Panther theme song, and “Time To Say Goodbye” by Sarah Brightman Andrea Bocelli.
Other musicians often featured in the fountain shows include Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, the London Symphony Orchestra, and Lady Gaga.
If you’re visiting during the holidays, you can also expect to hear a variety of Christmas music and popular carols like Carol of the Bells by the Los Angeles Master Chorale
It is possible to choose a song for the Bellagio Fountains to perform.
Being able to pick a song forms part of the High Roller package which costs around two hundred and fifty thousand USD. A Bellagio concierge or butler brings a golden box, which contains a red button and a menu of songs, and one song can be chosen.
The red button is used to turn on the expensive Fountains of Bellagio.
If you’re looking for a place to stay with a view of the fountain shows, you can opt for a Fountain-view or Lakeview room at the Bellagio itself. These rooms come in different sizes, ranging from one-bedroom suites to Tower King Deluxe rooms.
Typically, rooms with a view of the fountains cost more than rooms without.
There are also a variety of other hotels on the strip which have views of the fountains, albeit from further away. The hotels overlooking Lake Bellagio include Paris, Cosmopolitan, Vdara, Cromwell, Planet Hollywood, and Flamingo.
Keep in mind that, as with the hotel itself, some rooms in these hotels won’t have views of the lake. Be sure to check whether or not you would be able to see the Fountain shows from your hotel room before making your final booking.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a nice meal while overlooking the Fountains, you will be delighted by the many restaurants in the Bellagio that have lake views. These include:
- Lago by Julian Serrano
- The Mayfair Supper Club
- Le Cirque
- PRIME Steakhouse
- Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
Keep in mind, however, that not every table at each of the abovementioned restaurants will have a clear lake view. Be sure to book a table in advance if you’d like to secure a good view of the fountain shows.
If you’re not planning on visiting the hotel itself, but you would still like to dine overlooking the fountains, there are other restaurants to choose from. These include:
- The Eiffel Tower Restaurant
- Mon Ami Gabi
- Beer Park
Bellagio Fountains FAQs
Which musicians can I expect to hear at the Bellagio Fountains?
Some of the musicians that have been featured in the fountain shows at the Bellagio include:
- Lady Gaga
- Michael Jackson
- Johnny Mathis
- Bruno Mars
- Catherine Zeta Jones
- Ralph Carmichael
- Henry Mancini
- Glenn Miller
- The original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line
- Paul McCartney
- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Cast
- Lee Greenwood
- Bart Howard
Keep in mind that the fountain shows typically have a different lineup every year.
How big are the fountains?
The highest point that the fountains reach is four hundred and sixty feet in the air, making them around the same height as the Turnberry Towers, and taller than Caesars Palace.
Where is the best place to park when going to a fountain show?
The easiest place to park is at the hotel itself, or one of the surrounding hotels. Be sure to plan an extra ten minutes so that you have ample time to find a parking space.
Where do the fountains get their water from?
The fountains make use of fresh water that comes from wells that were originally designed for watering the Dunes Golf Course.
Can I swim in lake Bellagio?
It is not allowed for visitors to swim in the lake. Anyone caught swimming by the fountains will be removed from the property right away, and banned from any properties belonging to or run by MGM.