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The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is one of Las Vegas' claims to fame. The garden is a sanctuary to more than 7,500 flowers, which are well-kept by 140 horticulturists. With its beautifully placed gazebos, ponds, bridges and water fountains, it's a refreshing oasis amidst the city. It's a delight to stroll through this riot of colors during the day with the light pouring in from the glass ceiling. The night tours are equally exotic with the stars overhead giving the garden a tranquil, fairy-tale feel.
The Marjorie Barrick Museum offers opportunities for visitors to learn about the visual arts. Besides showcasing works from various artists, the museum also has a collection of cultural items from the Southwest and Latin America. You can view Guatemalan and Bolivian textiles, Hopi and Paiute basketry, and Mexican dance masks. Not just for students of the University of Las Vegas, the museum seeks to educate the greater public on these works of art.
Hidden in an unassuming warehouse is what might just be the world's largest collection of pinball machines from the 1950s up through the 1990s. This Pinball Hall of Fame is listed as a museum, but is also an arcade. All the machines are operational and patrons can play to their heart's content. There is no fee to enter the Pinball Hall of Fame, but players will need to pump quarters into the machines to play. Located not far from the strip, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a great spot for anyone looking for something a bit unique and off the beaten path. Anyone can go to Vegas and say they played slots. How many can say they visited what is possibly the world's largest collection of pinball machines?