A beautiful visual water symphony choreographed to music provides an unforgettable welcome to the Bellagio Las Vegas. The water jets span more than 1,000 feet (304 meters) and can shoot up to 250 feet (76 meters) in the air while seeming to dance to choreographed lights and romantic classical music. It is a spectacular sight and one worth taking the time to view while strolling along the boulevard. As evening sets in, the lit-up fountain is a sight to behold. Be sure to bring a camera as this is one of Vegas' best attractions, and it's for free! The magic happens every 30 minutes until 8 PM, after which shows are every 15 minutes. Please note that shows may stray from this schedule due to the weather.
Just wait until you walk into the Double Down Saloon. The walls are covered in weird drawings and vulgar murals. It is located close to the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and has a loyal following. It is a very interesting place if you want to meet a lot of different kinds of people. The drinks here comically named and include a bacon martini. Live bands play here and there are plenty of fun events going on, such as punk rock bingo. It's open 24-hours, so you can come escape from the giltz and glamour of The Strip any time.
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?
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 iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign was created in 1959. The sign has changed its located on Las Vegas Boulevard many times as the city limits have increased. The back of the sign reads "Drive Carefully and Come Back Soon." Today, the sign is located in the center island of this famous boulevard, just south of Russel Road. Many regard it the last sight they will take in of Las Vegas on their way out of the city.
By far the most famous attraction at the Mirage Hotel is its Volcano. It's the closest it could be to a real volcano. Amidst three acres (1.2 hectares) of water, the volcano comes to life several times every night. It shoots up 54 feet (16.4 meters), spraying smoke and fire. The water below is transformed into streams of "molten lava" as tribal music rounds out the whole experience. Admission is free of charge.
Located on a lush 15-acre (six-hectare) landscape at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, this wildlife habitat is home to exotic birds, fish and turtles, rare to find in the Nevada desert. Surrounded by waterfalls and breathtaking flora, explore ponds filled with koi fish and turtles, and islands dotted with pelicans, ducks and swans. The flamingo island, home to a flamboyant flock of pink flamingos is especially popular. This attraction promises an enjoyable time for the whole family. Admission is free.
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, founded in 1966, is a popular tourist destination in Las Vegas, Nevada. The luxurious resort attracts visitors from all over with over the top casino, a wide variety of restaurants and a huge convention area. The hotel has around 4,000 rooms, innumerable slot machines and even boasts of a 24 hour poker room. It is also very famous for hosting several events which includes boxing matches, music concerts and other sporting events. It is considered to be a must visit when in the city.
The Flamingo Las Vegas comprises a bright and busy gaming area, which hosts table games like Blackjack and Caribbean Stud. Both high-stakes players and the casual gamer will feel at home. The deluxe guest rooms and luxury suites are tastefully decorated in bright, vibrant colors. The accommodations are dispersed among six towers with views of The Strip or courtyards below. Dining choices at the hotel range from simple to sophisticated. Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville offers up a taste of the Caribbean as well as their signature "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and Paradise Garden Buffet features fabulous food with an equally fabulous view. Guests will also enjoy the lush (and free!) Wildlife Habitat.
Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel was a celebrity gangster who is believed to be one of the founding fathers of Sin City, Las Vegas. The gangster had invested tremendous amount of time, money into designing and building the Flamingo Hotel, the first of its kind in Las Vegas. After much fanfare, the hotel and casino opened in December of 1946 and shut down soon after a month, only to reopen in March of 1947, this time able to make a profit. But Bugsy could not live long to see the success of his venture and was soon shot and killed in Beverly Hills by an unknown assailant. Recognizing his contributions, the hotel has forever memorialized him in a simple stone pillar, bearing a plaque with his details that stands behind the resort’s flamingo habitat and waterfalls.