Beauty in the lights : Las Vegas
Water that dances like ballerinas. Cannons that shoot water hundreds of feet in the air. Yes, the fountains that span the artificial lake in front of Bellagio Las Vegas have become one of the most iconic Vegas sights. It’s no wonder this is where the characters from the 2001 version of “Ocean’s 11” met to celebrate their big heist. The spectacle, designed by a company poetically named Wet, opened with the property in 1998 and today comprises more than 1,000 fountains in all, some shooting spray more than 450 feet into the air. The fountains go off weekdays every 30 minutes between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes between 8 p.m. and midnight. They are even more frequent on weekends.
Unless you’ve got a bird’s eye view from a balcony suite at The Cosmopolitan, arrive early to secure a prime standing-room only spot along the Strip.
Other things to see : The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas is located on the Strip, across from Treasure Island. It is one of the city’s finest resorts and has many interesting tourist attractions. Inside is a themed shopping arcade built to resemble the city of Venice, complete with blue skies, canals, and gondoliers. The hotel also features recreations of the main attractions found in Venice, such as the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs, along with many others.
The Venetian Gondola Rides are a fun way to see the complex. Situated out in front of the Venetian Hotel, near the sidewalk, boats await passengers who are then taken on a ride by their personable gondolier through the shopping arcade inside the hotel.
Address: 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
Free things to do in Vegas :
See Incredible Art
Incredible public artworks on the 67-acre CityCenter campus include 15 works by artists such as Nancy Rubin, Claes Oldernburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
Within Crystals, CityCenter’s high-end mall, light artist James Turrell has installed Shards of Color-four recessed geometric shapes lit in neon.
But the best secret in Crystals is Turrell’s Akhob-an enormous permanent installation inside the Louis Vuitton Maison flagship. It’s a womblike installation flooded with ever-changing light. It’s free with an appointment made through Louis Vuitton.
And of course the casinos … You can teach yourself how this games works, before travelling to Las Vegas here at Mega Moolah Summertime.
Las Vegas probably isn’t most people’s idea of a budget destination. Even if you’re not blowing your cash gambling on the casino floor, you could easily spend up a fortune in the city’s five-star hotels, A-list nightclubs, Michelin-starred restaurants and designer boutiques. But you don’t need to rob a casino – Ocean’s Eleven style – to enjoy a trip to Las Vegas. Sin City is still doable if you’re watching the budget. So here are my top tips for making the most of Las Vegas on a budget by saving money on entertainment, transport, food, nightlife and more.