Website: Bellagio Conservatory
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Conservatory in the Bellagio hotel is the coolest ever! This is our kids’ favorite thing to see in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s an oasis in the middle of a bustling city. The perfumed smells of carnations, chrysanthemums, daisies, pansies, and so much more penetrate your senses as you walk into the room.
The Bellagio Conservatory is brilliantly garnished depending on time of the year. It begins the calendar year celebrating the Chinese New Year and changes with the season or holiday. This nearly 14,000 square foot haven is embellished with 10,000+ fresh flowers and plants, props such as the ferris wheel or the gazebo, and (around Christmas) even a giant gingerbread house made completely of chocolates. Whatever the occasion, it’s sure not to disappoint. Staff members are constantly working on the displays with about 120 working on it seven days before the next display debuts. Ninety percent of the flowers are recycled every two weeks which becomes the mulch for some other flowers, plants, and trees around the hotel.
The Conservatory is free and is open 24 hours a day. I recommend visiting during the daylight hours but the scenery of this incredible oasis is still incredible at night. Live musical performances are enjoyed every evening from 5 to 6 p.m. Regardless of the time of day, people of all ages are entertained by the marvel. If you’re like our kids, you’ll be entertained for an hour or more. Funny story… this past December, we had the chance to go see the Christmas display. Parker was NOT happy about going- he wanted to get to our next destination. Regardless, we went and we had to nearly drag him out an hour and a half later. There was a few trains with a Go Pro camera on the end of it that circled two magnificent Christmas trees. On one end of the trees, there were computer monitors that showed what the camera was seeing. Parker chased them around for at least 45 minutes. 🙂 While he was entertained by these trains, Katie was having a great time taking pictures of every minute detail. Rebecca and Justin were fascinated by the gingerbread house and polar bears (made of thousands of carnations). The staff was excited to share fun facts about the display and and the kids couldn’t ask their questions quick enough.
Shopping, exquisite pastries, and the world’s largest chocolate fountain are housed just steps from the Conservatory. The pastries can be a bit pricy but are perfect for an appetizer! Restrooms are also steps from these magnificent gardens. Definitely, a must-see in Vegas and always something fun to see! Don’t forget your camera. 🙂 For more information about the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, visit their website at http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on-the-strip/bellagio-conservatory/.