The heart of the Mojave desert is an unlikely place to find a luxuriant oasis, but like a mirage that dazzles in the searing desert heat, a small pocket of luscious landscaping entices visitors who can enjoy four seasons in all their glory. Welcome to the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.
Located right alongside the famous Las Vegas Strip and within the Bellagio hotel and resort grounds is the stunning 14,000-square-foot Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is the Bellagio Conservatory?
- 2 How Often Does Bellagio Conservatory change?
- 3 Bellagio Conservatory Dark Dates
- 4 Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden By Season
- 5 Is Bellagio Conservatory Free?
- 6 How To Get to The Bellagio Conservatory and Gardens
- 7 Tips For Visiting The Bellagio Conservatory (Best Times)
- 8 Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – Summary
What is the Bellagio Conservatory?
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is a seasonal wonder full of trees, flowers, and animatronics that transform five times each year (once for each season plus a display for the Lunar New Year). Within the Bellagio Conservatory, visitors can enjoy a gorgeous showcase of sights, sounds, and smells that are constantly changing with each season.
The stunning botanical gardens consist of four garden beds, north, south, east, and west. It is also home to a range of animatronic tigers, bears, dragons, and butterflies. There are also cascading fountains and huge lanterns that hang from the 50-foot-high ceiling made of glass.
How Often Does Bellagio Conservatory change?
The Bellagio Conservatory changes designs five times each year. The garden’s designs include displays for Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year), Spring, Summer, Harvest (Fall), and Holiday (Christmas).
Bellagio Gardens Schedule 2023
In general, the displays change when the seasons do, but the official schedule is noted below. If you’re planning a visit to Las Vegas or you’re already here, you can use it to know what the current theme is at the Bellagio Gardens.
Seasonal Display Dates
|Lunar New Year||January 9 – March 4|
|Spring||March 13 – May 20|
|Summer||May 28 – September 17|
|Fall||September 25 – November 11|
|Holiday||November 19 – January 6|
The change of each season is celebrated with a new botanical theme and theatrical presentation, plus the extra bonus display for Lunar New Year. There are 120 talented horticulturalists, engineers, and designers who create stunning displays using more than 10,000 flowers, plants, and trees.
Every few weeks, the Conservatory team changes out many of the plants, allowing for an ever-changing display of the seasons, just like mother nature.
Please be aware, however, of some “dark dates” when the garden is closed to change out the displays.
Bellagio Conservatory Dark Dates
While the Bellagio Gardens are generally open every day of the week, there are a few short periods when the conservatory is closed for renovation. It’s during these “dark dates” that the garden is completely redesigned for the next season.
The dark dates for 2023 are:
- January 2nd – January 8th
- March 5th – March 11th
- May 21th – May 27th
- September 10th – September 16th
- November 12th – November 18th
Avoid these dates as there is nothing to see during these times.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden By Season
You can wander through the seasonally curated displays and find a range of captivating sights, sounds, and smells. Every year, every season, a new display is constructed, and no theme or display is ever repeated!
Lunar New Year
During Lunar New Year, you’ll find things like a large Koi pond, jade medallions that tower 20 feet into the sky, an ornate pagoda that is guarded by animatronic lion dancers, or five giant gold rats who playfully push a golden cart while dancing up a staircase between golden money trees.
Spring at the Bellagio Conservatory, as you may expect, is full of color. The springtime display is always full of amazing sights to behold, with a pallet of pastel creations that signify new life. The video above will do more justice to it than my words can.
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The Bellagio Garden offers a summer oasis and respite from the Las Vegas heat. Cool gardens, flowing water, and an abundance of flowers and plants. You may even spot Mother Nature herself or a phoenix rising from a volcano.
The last harvest exhibition saw ferns cling to the rocky outcrop by the entrance and brilliant red flowers cling to the ferns. Inside, a cluster of large mushrooms sat under huge trees with red leaves. On the ground, brightly colored snails trailed their way over large boulders, and above them, large dragonflies hang from the glass ceiling.
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A previous holiday exhibition featured 28,000 beautiful poinsettias and an enormous 42ft. (12.8m) Christmas tree. There was also a huge ice mountain that towers over an ornamental Swiss-style village, complete with a Bellagio cuckoo clock. A Saint Bernard climbed from his slumber beside a crackling fireplace and made his way toward a Santa sleigh full of wrapped gifts.
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Is Bellagio Conservatory Free?
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is completely free to visit and is open to the general public. You do not have to be a hotel guest at the Bellagio in order to visit. The Bellagio Gardens are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are one of the most popular free attractions in Las Vegas.
How To Get to The Bellagio Conservatory and Gardens
Hotel guests and visitors can access the Bellagio Conservatory by entering the Bellagio Hotel & Casino from the main entrance. Across the lobby from the front desk (property map), an opening exposes a glass ceiling that rises up 50 feet high. The ceiling framework and beams are from the sculpted green metal of oxidized copper (called verdigris) that are set in floral patterns.
The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ pathways make their way through the seasonally curated exhibit of flowers and trees, ultimately leading to the internationally acclaimed gourmet seafood restaurant MICHAEL MINA Bellagio.
Beside the Bellagio conservatory, there is the Giardini Garden Store, a shop displaying garden-oriented gift ideas, fountains, plus a range of home items. The Spa & Salon Bellagio is located to the left of the Bellagio Conservatory and can be accessed from Via Fiore (“flower way”).
If you are entering the Bellagio from the north valet and Via Bellagio, simply follow the pathway through the mall into the casino and follow the signs towards the Bellagio hotel reception desk. Once you reach the reception desk, the Bellagio Conservatory is to your right.
Tips For Visiting The Bellagio Conservatory (Best Times)
Being an amazing visual display and one of Las Vegas’s most popular free attractions, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens can get very busy. Here are a few tips for avoiding crowds and having plenty of elbow room for pictures and selfies.
Bellagio Conservatory Best Times to Visit
- During the week – Las Vegas, in general, tends to get very busy on the weekends, making weekdays one of the best times to visit the Bellagio Garden.
- Late at night – Since the Bellagio Conservatory is open for viewing 24/7, you’ll find that the crowds of visitors will begin to fade later in the evening.
- Early morning – Las Vegas is not the land of early risers. This makes the early morning a great time to visit the Bellagio Conservatory. Anytime before 10 AM is your best bet.
Best Time For Photos at The Bellagio Garden
If your goal is to get some amazing pictures during your visit to the conservatory, then you’ll want to visit during the day. Because the roof of the Bellagio Conservatory is all glass, visiting during daylight hours will allow all that natural sunlight to pour in, making for the best light for pictures.
Early morning or late afternoon is the time to visit for the best light. You’ll want to avoid midday as the sun is directly overhead, and the steel beams on the roof of the conservatory will cast shadows. So, it’s best to go when it’s light out, but the light is diffused, and the sun isn’t shining directly through the glass ceiling.
However, if you can’t make it during the day for some reason, don’t worry. The Bellagio Conservatory is very well-lit, and there is plenty of light for taking pictures any time of the day or night.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – Summary
Whether you’re a guest of the hotel or simply passing by on your way to one of the best buffets in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is not to be missed. Visitors are always surprised by the ever-changing displays that are sure to captivate the senses, and it doesn’t cost a dime to get in.
No matter when you visit the Bellagio, make sure to take some time to view the stunning seasonal display of the famous Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.