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The Gondola Ride at the Venetian in Las Vegas

Updated on March 24, 2011

Expensive, but a great place to pop the question

One of the more popular new attractions to Las Vegas is the gondola ride at the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian. This isn't just some tacky representation of Venice, it's actually remarkably well done. Even the sky (which is a wonderfully painted ceiling with light shining through it) is perfect. The gondola ride winds through the Grand Canal Shoppes and lasts about 14 minutes. There is also an outdoor version of the gondola ride that lasts 12 minutes but offers even better views of the nicest part of the Las Vegas Strip.

Although Las Vegas weather is usually just very hot, you should be aware that rain or strong winds will cause the outdoor gondola ride to close down.

Cost, hours, payment methods

The gondola ride is not cheap. It's $16 per person and a private ride for two people will set you back $64. If you're going to use the ride for that romantic moment -- perhaps even to pop the big question (will you sleep with me?), you'll probably want to splurge for the private ride. They open up at 9 in the morning and close at 11. The last boat will leave 15 minutes before close. I recommend that you buy your tickets beforehand. They accept cash or credit. The outdoor gondola ride does not open until noon.

If you are not staying at the Venetian or the Palazzo, you can get their easily by taking a Las Vegas taxi from your hotel anywhere in Las Vegas or better yet just getting a pass on the Deuce bus.


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    Jaynie2000 7 years ago

    Will you sleep with me? Hilarious! I did the private Gondola ride for 2 back in 2006. No life-altering questions involved, but it was pretty cool none-the-less. Loved the singing gondolier. Thanks for the memories.