A Vegas Must See Freebie:  The Bellagio’s Conservatory and Gardens

When it comes to free attractions in Las Vegas, the best award hands down belongs to the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.  Who can forget Ocean’s crew silent goodbye with the Bellagio fountains as a backdrop.  Yet that is not the only freebie the Bellagio offers.  After taking in the fountain, venture inside the hotel and just beyond the lobby you will find one of the most breathtaking floral displays in the country.

Playing nightly.

Playing nightly.

Like the Bellagio fountains, their Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Even so, you can visit it over and over as the design and arrangements are constantly being changed.  This is not just an attraction for flower lovers, there are architectural elements and art designs that make this a must see at least once for everyone.  

Please do not feed the animals.

Please do not feed the animals.

During the year, the conservatory changes themes to match the seasons.  You might drop by in July and witness a summer fantasy garden only to come back in December to a winter wonderland.  The glass domed, three story high conservatory is home to over 10,000 plants, trees and shrubs at any given time with only three trees in permanent residence, including a 100 year old, 110 foot Banyan tree from Palm Beach.

Gazebos, ponds, bridges and water fountains add to the mystique as birds flutter inside the dome over your head.  Each intricately decorated to reflect the current theme.  In years past the Bellagio’s conservatory has been decked out in celebration of the Chinese New Year, Spring, Summer and the Autumn Harvest.

Bellagio offers a change of pace from the Vegas strip.

Bellagio offers a change of pace from the Vegas strip.

While each seasonal display is spectacular in its own right, the yearly holiday exhibit is an incredible winter wonderland, looked forward to by both residents and tourists.  Each Christmas season the Bellagio’s conservatory and botanical garden puts on a dazzling display that in the past has featured polar bears brought to life with carnations, cottages constructed from chocolate and a life sized snow globe to walk through.

They are just so cute!

They are just so cute!

Of course the main attraction would be the tree which is always fabulously bedecked in thousands of shimmering lights and ornaments.  The Bellagio holds nothing back when decking the conservatory halls for Christmas as hundreds of employees work tirelessly each year to outdo the last.

I bet they get really big presents too!

I bet they get really big presents too!

That’s the real beauty of the conservatory.  You can visit year after year and still be mesmerized by a new production inside of the garden.  Plus it’s free.  And open 24/7.  Where else but Vegas?

Of course the Bellagio doesn’t stop spreading its free Christmas cheer inside of the conservatory.  The beloved fountain changes its tunes during the holiday season to feature favorites like Santa Baby and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  How’s that for spreading the Christmas spirit?

Whoever said Christmas in Vegas is only for Scrooges has it wrong.  What the Bellagio has to offer is just a small sample of the dozens of wintertime activities taking place around town, including ice skating and Santa at the mall.  If you simply can’t do Christmas without snow, at least stop by the conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel on your next visit to Vegas.  You may not find a chocolate covered reindeer, but you could run into a life sized swan.

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