Bellagio Gardens: Go Under the Sea

The Las Vegas hotel goes on "an underwater voyage" for summer.

SIN CITY SPLASH: There's little quibble in saying that many a Las Vegas visitor is thinking about water. They're pondering a visit to the famous fountains of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, or they're thinking about lounging next to the pool at their resort, or they're in search of a bottle of water after a strenuous midday stroll along The Strip. But there's a new destination that's all about aqua, and it happens to be a short walk off Las Vegas Boulevard. And "new" it isn't, exactly, though a part of it definitely is, and how. But, like an ocean wave, it won't stay still for long before receding back into the horizon. It's the... 

TREASURES OF THE DEEP... display at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden, and it is bubbling through Saturday, Sept. 10. As with all of the Bellagio garden spectaculars, Treasures of the Deep is elaborate, detailed, and brimming with several distinct, design-thorough parts. (If you're thinking back to past garden themes, like the autumn one, with its giant flowery rocking horse and personality-filled tree, you're on the right track.) The ocean-nifty features include a 35-foot "sunken" ship, a mermaid (made of carnations and sand), a coral reef, and a pair of arching aquariums that serve as the dramatic entryway to the garden space. A whale created from succulents — about 1,000 of 'em — stretches some 14 feet, while colorful jellies dot the display.

WATER IN THE DESERT: So, where's the water at? Yes, the Fountains at Bellagio contain H2O, and so does the pool at your hotel, but a certain garden inside the Bellagio will keep the cool waves flowing through the Saturday after Labor Day. One bonus, beyond its free-to-get-in price? The garden is open 24 hours a day, for those looking to cool it down at 3 in the morning.

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