A beautiful visual water symphony choreographed to music provides an unforgettable welcome to the Bellagio Hotel Casino. 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.
The Mob Museum is located in what used to be a courthouse. Built in 1933, it was one of the 14 courthouses in the nation to hold the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. This makes it a perfect backdrop for The Mob Museum, an authentic view of the mob's impact on Las Vegas history. The Mob Museum presents the story from the perspective of both the organized crime syndicate and law enforcement. Visitors get to be part of the action through theater presentations and interactive environments. Visitors can shoot a simulated Tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and take part in FBI weapons training. The museum can also be booked for private events.
The Neon Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas and though it is open all day, it is best viewed at night. See the Caesar's Palace sign in its fully-colored splendor, and catch a glimpse of the horse and rider from the old Hacienda Hotel. The museum often adds new items to this marvelous collection. Entrance is available as part of a guided tour only. Purchase tickets early for the later tours as they fill up quickly.
Nestled within close proximity to Downtown Las Vegas, Springs Preserve is a natural park and cultural center devoted to commemorating the history of Las Vegas and promoting sustainability. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the preserve is a rich repository of desert botanical gardens, museums, and galleries. It is home to several life-sized displays, exhibits, and entities centered around building a green environment. this insightful preserve also hosts classes, lectures, and workshops built around the disciplines of cooking, archaeology, sustainability, arts, crafts, cultural studies and more. Serpentine trails cleave many wetlands and lush desert terrains at this sprawling preserve which is also home to an indoor theater and a historic photo gallery. A seamless synergy of nature, education, and conservation, Springs Reserve is a noble step towards replenishing the global environment.
The Fremont Street area of Las Vegas is located downtown, north of the famed Vegas Strip. Here you will find Las Vegas' original strip with classic casinos, hotels, restaurants, and shopping. To attract more tourists away from The Strip, the Fremont Street Experience was created. The massive entertainment venue is home to Viva Vision, the spectacular light and music show. Using over 12.5 million lights projecting onto a 500-yard-long (457-meter-long) canopy 90 feet (27 meters) above the ground and a 550,000 watt sound system, it truly makes Fremont Street a prime attraction. Shows are free and play every night, making your time on Fremont Street all the more exciting. Keep your head and do not miss the famed Vegas Vic, the neon sign that looks like a cowboy. Made in 1951, the sign has ruled over Fremont Street since it was put up.
This museum features over 100 hands-on interactive exhibits dealing with the arts, sciences, nature, music, and humanities. Among its many worthwhile exhibits are Eco City, Toddler Town, and Water World. All of this in 22,000 square feet (929 square meters) of exhibit space! The Discovery Childrens' Museum is located close to Cashman Field, which is in the Cultural Corridor
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.
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.
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 Modernist Cuisine Gallery is an integral part of the Forum Shops at the Caesars Palace. Founded by Nathan Myrhvold, this is the world’s first gallery which is dedicated to food photography by a single artist. If you are a lover of food you must visit this gallery, as Nathan takes you through a journey of food through pictures. Admission is free for all and visitors can purchase the limited edition prints up for sale.
Step into the Mirage Hotel and you are welcomed by beautiful the birds of the paradise trees at the Tropical Rainforest. Full of palm trees towering over 60 feet, this lush green indoor-forest is full of serene waterfalls, orchids and beautiful lagoons. There are over 100 types of tropical plants and over 300 orchids and 1,000 bromeliads add to the beauty.