The Bellagio Fountain Las Vegas is one of the most popular free things to do in Las Vegas. It is a distinguishing attraction of the Bellagio Hotel, which was inspired by the Bellagio Resort in Lake Como Italy, and images of Las Vegas often include these beautiful fountains; they've even been featured in films such as Ocean's Eleven. The Bellagio Fountain is situated on an eight acre lake which is located in front of the hotel.
Steve Wynn engaged the services of Wet Design® to build the Fountains of Bellagio. When he conferred with the designers in 1995, he told them that he wished to create a fountain that "would be vibrantly kinetic and elating for visitors, while expressing the romantic spirit of Bellagio." As a result of this collaboration, the Fountains of Bellagio are considered to be one of the most complex and impressive water features that have ever been designed. Along with the Gallery of Fine Art, Conservatory, and Bellagio retail shops, the fountains are among the hotel's biggest draws.
The Bellagio Fountain is located within the lake. They span upwards of 1,000 feet in length. More than 1,000 water nozzles coordinate with 4,000 lights, which work in conjunction with specific musical patterns. There are three types of water nozzles that were used to create the Bellagio Fountain. Oarsmen swing back and forth, thus creating the illusion of dancing water. Shooters are capable of shooting water upwards. The super shooters can send a water blast as high as 250 feet.
The movements of the water respond to the Bellagio Fountain music. Some of the water choreography is continuous, in response to the smooth, legato musical passages. Other water jets pulse rapidly in response to music that is lively and staccato. The Bellagio Fountain music was chosen by Steve Wynn for its fountain shows. A wide variety of musical styles are represented. Bellagio Fountain music ranges from classical and operatic pieces to popular music and notable songs from Broadway shows. Additionally, musicians and performance artists assisted in choreographing the fountain movements to suit the various musical selections. Some examples of Bellagio music include:
- "One Singular Sensation" from A Chorus Line
- "Luck Be A Lady" from Guys and Dolls
- "Hey, Big Spender" from Sweet Charity
- Hallelujah chorus by George Frideric Handel
- "Your Song" by Elton John
- "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood
These popular free Las Vegas attractions are performed on Monday through Friday between 3:00 and 8:00 PM. There is a show every half hour. From 8:00 PM till midnight, there is a Bellagio Fountain show every 15 minutes. On weekends, the shows begin at 12:00 PM. If you are looking for fantastic free Las Vegas attractions, the Bellagio Fountain Las Vegas is second to none.