Pros:Free, breeze from water, pretty neat
Cons:crowd, nothing really amazing
The Bottom Line: Don't go out of your way to watch the water show, but if you are around it is worth seeing.
Depending on who you talk to, everything is either cheap in Vegas or everything is expensive. If you gamble and use a card, the comps can add up quickly. But you have to gamble...and the losings can add up very quickly, as well.
There are tons of shows in Vegas from the costly "must-sees" such as Mystere or Blue Man Group to the average priced, average shows such as EFX Alive.
There are magicians, topless dancers, musicals, concerts and so much more. All of this, though, will probably cost you money in the form of gambling, having to buy drinks or usually in the form of tickets.
However, there is at least one "show" on The Strip that won't cost you a penny (for the show itself). The Fountains of Bellagio fairly frequently (every 15 minutes at night until 11 when I visited).
What Do these Fountains Do?
Basically, music is blared over some very crisp speakers. Then the water in front of the Bellagio begins to shoot up out of spouts along with the music. The water flows, moves, turns, shoots higher or lower, etc. with the music. It is as if the water itself is "dancing."
Putting this into words is hard to do, but it is a sight to see. When I watched, Celine Dion was playing. As she would hit high notes, the water would shoot so high into the sky. It is incredible, especially with the Bellagio in the background.
The pond itself is worth seeing even if they fountains are "at rest." But the show is great for its cost.
The "show" lasts the length of a song, and people will come and go throughout (mainly come). If the Strip seems crowded, it is best to go and get a good seating position a bit early. I watched it from right along the rail, and there were people in front of me and behind me. Luckily, it is fairly easy to see the water because it goes high enough.
We also watched sitting down from across the street in front of another hotel (I don't remember which one). The only disadvantage to doing this is that you cannot hear the music. I think it is still worth it, though, because the water movement is neat.
There is not much to really say about the show. You get what you pay for, basically. It is an excellent free show, but it is not like seeing Old Faithful or anything. I mean, it is water cannons. If you are in Las Vegas, then go to see it. It will be some time that you spend not gambling.
The breeze helped some, too, in the 115 degree weather. And there was a constant mist blowing from poles. Unfortunately, with all the people around this will not be the coolest show to see. If you are walking the strip, take some time and take a break watching the show.
I could only imagine what it is like to have a water-view room in the Bellagio. I'd probably have to sell my kidney to afford it, but I can imagine that it is pretty incredible. When the show isn't going on, different color lights are shining down.
Again, this is basically just a show with water pressure moving along with the music. You are not going to see it most places, but I have seen similar things at Disney World that were probably more impressive. When something is free, though, it is totally worth seeing. For some reason, this is one of the biggest things people think of when they hear of Las Vegas (besides gambling), so go see it just to say you did.
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