The Fountain shows at the Bellagio are probably one of Las Vegas’s most iconic sights and attractions. The incredible shows backed by music are one of the absolute must see’s in the City. But where do you get the best view of the Bellagio Fountains? What time are the Shows? and What hotel rooms overlook the Fountains? Well, our guide aims to answer any questions you might have about the fountains and much more. Here goes as we try and explain everything there is to know about the Bellagio Fountains.
Bellagio Fountain Show Times
The Show runs very frequently with shows every 15-30 mins for around half of most days. We have included the showtimes below but for the most part, it’s very hard to miss one. especially in the 15 Min period where the Average show length is approx 3-5 Minutes, you will only have around 10 minutes to wait for the next show. The schedule changed depending on time and day and you can see the current times below:
Saturdays and Holidays
Every 30 minutes from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Every 15 minutes from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Every 30 minutes from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Every 15 minutes from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Monday – Friday
Every 30 minutes from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Every 15 minutes from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Forgive us for stating the obvious but one of the best places to catch the show is simply from the lakeside pathway on the Strip. The Fountains were designed to be seen and there are pullouts all along the Sidewalk where you can simply stand and gaze in wonder at the display. You will not be alone though. Thousands of people stop watching the shows at all hours and getting up to a rail for an unimpeded view can be challenging.
The best bet is to simply wait until the current show has finished and wait for the crowds to move off and get in place for the next show, which should be along in 10 minutes. A big problem with this is Photography. You are unlikely to get the room for a tripod and getting a good handheld shot off the Fountains can be challenging. It is a low light high contrast moving scene.
Of course one of the best things about the Sidewalk viewing is you can hear the music easily. Some of the other options lose this feature and without the Music, the Shows lose a little magic.
On the North end of the Lake is an elevated walkway that overlooks the Lake and this can give fantastic views of the show. The only downside to this is the Safety glass that stops people from falling off the bridge somewhat impedes the enjoyment. It can make taking videos or photos a nightmare. Setting up a tripod on a busy walkway is also asking for it to be repeatedly kicked.
At the South end of the lake is an Escalator that accesses a raised covered walkway in the Bellagio. From here you can get fantastic views of the lake and the fountain shows. The elevation just gets you that little bit higher above the crowds. With the Bellagio and Ceasars palace in the background, this can make for a fantastic iconic view.
These are both close enough you get to you really good elevated views of the shows but still close enough to hear the music. The major downsides are it’s a side-on view. Which has its own unique artistic merits but not quite what you might expect.
Bellagio Fountain View Room
Many of Bellagios rooms were designed to have perfect views of the fountains from the very start. The whole complex is designed to give the higher paying guests the best views in town. As such the Rooms that give the best Views are usually more expensive. Any room with a Fountain View will be designated as such and usually incur a higher price. The good news is it’s not usually a much higher price sometimes only $5-10 a night!
The Bellagio is not a cheap hotel and it’s well worth the extra expense to secure a room overlooking the incredible fountains. You could always try the $20 Dollar room upgrade trick. Ask for a Room upgrade while making it clear there will be a nice tip for them if they hook you up.
Despite being completely unrelated to the Bellagio in any way you can still back a fantastic Fountain view room from Ceasars Palace. Any room in the Augustus Tower that faces south will have a fantastic Fountain view. You won’t be able to select at booking if you get a pool or strip view from the Augustus tower but you can ask at check-in. a Generous tip is highly likely to secure this.
Why choose this over just staying in the Bellagio? Well, there is little advantage really as prices will be fairly similar. Caesars Palace rends to be a little cheaper but as you are booking the higher end Augustus tower this price is likely to be around the same. The Augustus tower rooms are very nice though and of course some people just like Stayin at Ceasars Palace. You will always run the risk, however, of not getting Southside and the view not to include the fountains. Really the ONLY way to 100% secure a Fountain view room is to book the Bellagio. But we would say you have an 85% chance if you follow the above advice.
Several other hotels in the area also have some room that overlooks the Fountains. Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Cosmopolitan, and Some of the rooms at Bally’s are available with fantastic fountain views. Unfortunately, like the Rooms at Caesars Palace, they don’t always advertise this feature as They are not “their” fountains.
We advise going for a room as high as possible and using the $20 Trick at check in to secure a room that will give a great view. The Check-in Staff will know exactly which rooms give a fountain view.
While a Hotel room overlooking the fountains gives you a phenomenal view of fountains the view can be quite distant and you, of course, forfeit the Music. But being able to sit in private and just watch the fountains dance away with a drink is a brilliant way to prepare for an evening…or to end it!
Bellagio has a number of restaurants around the backside of the lake. These Restaurants offer either a great view of the Lake or the chance to eat outside on a terrace overlooking the lake. This is by far one of the best options to enjoy both a fantastic meal and get the best views of the fountain show. The outdoor terraces allow you to hear the accompanying music and allow for a full uninterrupted view of the show. You will see quite a few during dinner as the shows will be every 15 mins giving an unforgettable accompaniment to your meal.
This is the perfect Romantic night out and an unforgettable way to spend the evening.
Of course, The kicker is the cost. The restaurants on offer range from Expensive to VERY expensive. But if you are looking for the ultimate date night or special anniversary meal, Dining behind the Bellagio fountains is hard to beat.
- Lago by Julian Serrano – Italian – $$$
- Le Cirque – French – $$$$
- Jasmine – Chinese – $$$
- Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge – Japanese – $$$
- Picasso – Fine Dining – $$$$$
- PRIME Steakhouse – Steakhouse – $$$$
However, actually the BEST view from any restaurant is not actually in the Bellagio at all! The Eiffel Tower restaurant is just across the street and offers impeded views of the Fountains fro partway up the tower. Again it’s not a cheap meal, but the French fine-dining experience is one of the best in Vegas, and combined with the stunning views it makes for a very memorable and romantic meal out!
Hyde Night Club – Bellagios Own Nightclub with Fountain View
The Hyde Nightclub is a truly stunning experience. The Cover is pretty reasonable for a Vegas club ($20 Women $30 Men) and this gets you into the ultra-high-end nightclub complete with open Terrace overlooking the fountains.
The Vibe is quite chilled early on but gets going as the night rolls on especially at weekends. Expect to spend a lot of cash with Cocktails at around $18 and bottles at $9 you are certainly paying for being in such a fantastic environment. One of our favorite Nightspots and the perfect place to while the night away. Of course, once the Club music is playing you are unlikely to hear the fountains soundtrack…but unlikely to care either.
If you are on the High Roller during show times you will get a pretty unique view of the fountains. It is not the best view as it’s a fair distance and it is possible you will miss them completely as the wheel slowly moves around. However, it is really great to see them from up there. We would say it’s more a great addition to the High Roller than a great way to see the fountains though.
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
The Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck offers one of the best vantage points in all of Vegas to watch the fountains. The Deck is one of the tallest structures in mid-Las Vegas and offers completely unobstructed views directly down onto the fountains. While you can just about hear the music, the timing is off due to the speed of sound, and the “gunshots” of the main fountains pop-off a few seconds after the fountains blow.
But the perspective is really wonderful, the angle is almost perfect, taking in the entire lagoon and the convex hotel facade. Taking in a show from up here is a real trip highlight for most people.
Like the High Roller if timed correctly you will get a view of the fountains from any of Las Vegas helicopter tour. But again like the Highroller, this is more of an added bonus to the tour, it’s not really the best way to appreciate the fountains.
Have Your Say
Let us know where you watch the fountains from? Have you had a Fountain View Room? Which hotel/tower? Have you tried any of the restaurants? or maybe danced the night away in Hyde? Let us know if you have anything to say about the Fountains or if you have any questions? Just drop us a comment!
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