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The Fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas
The best free site in Las Vegas?
Since their arrival in Las Vegas in 1998, the fountains at The Bellagio have been one of the main attractions of the city. The $75 million water installation features various types of fountain nozzles spraying an orchestrated show choreographed to various popular songs. Some people come to Las Vegas with the goal of watching the fountains do every song available at a given time.
My favorite thing about the fountains is that they're free! There are other free shows along the Las Vegas Strip, such as the pirate show in front of Treasure Island, but it's dated and tacky. The fountains are beautiful and inspiring, and there are plenty of great places to see them.
Where to watch the fountains
One of the most popular spots to watch the fountains is on the sidewalk right in front of them. It can get a little crowded, but you'll be just a hundred feet or so from the nozzles and with the right wind you'll even get to feel some of the mist. Don't bring a poncho, because you won't be getting that wet. It's still quite refreshing on a 100 degree summer day. This spot on the sidewalk in front of the Bellagio is where the main characters watch the fountains at the end of the newer version of Ocean's Eleven.
Another great place to watch is from the restaurant at the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel across the street from the Bellagio. You're high enough up from there so the foot and vehicle traffic on the Strip doesn't block out your view. Dinner at the restaurant will usually run $80-$100 for two people, but the view makes it well worth it, and the food is actually pretty good.
If you can't get a good view from the sidewalk and can't get a seat at the restaurant, there is a walkway that crosses the Strip right by the Bellagio that will give you good view of the fountains. My only problem with this spot is they use plexiglass to prevent people from spitting on cars passing under the walkway, so you'll have to watch the show through that, and sometimes it is dirty. Also, because of the plexiglass you can't hear the music as well.
If you want a great view of the fountains all the time but don't care about the music and don't want to have to leave your room, just book a Strip-facing room at either Bellagio or Paris across the street. Both will give you a great view from above the fountains. You can also get a good side view from several other hotels, including the new Cosmopolitan Hotel.