Las Vegas often marks its seasons by the presence–or absence–of heat. As an all-season destination, Sin City has few traditions to mark the arrival of autumn, but one is cherished by locals and visitors alike. The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden offers five extravagant exhibits each year to celebrate the arrival of a new season, including the Chinese New Year. Its Fall 2020 exhibit, “Into the Woods,” opened September 15 and offers a journey through a place that most would never associate with the Strip—a magical forest.
This seasonal tradition dates back to 1998 with the opening of the Bellagio Hotel. This year, attendees can explore a virtual forest featuring colorful mushrooms, a grizzled old tree sculpted into a friendly grimace, buzzing fireflies and more—all painstakingly sculpted from an array of flowers, plants, and trees. Visitors looking for the inside conservatory are often surprised to find this world within a world just a short distance from the front lobby.
This year, a family of foxes aboard a magical sailboat greets the visitor. Travel further, and a large hand-hewn tree comes into view. Called the “Talking Tree,” on closer inspection, travelers will find that it also is home to an elaborate, flower-festooned tree house. Spanning 14,000 square feet, “Into the Woods” also features four winged faeries (and their faerie home), bears playing in a harvest of pumpkins (and, naturally, a honey pot) and much more.
While justly famous for its legendary fountains, these “Woods” are sure to delight both children and adults. This Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden exhibit is one of the most popular offered by any strip property and remains free to the public, 24 hours a day. Get there early, as there are bound to be numerous visitors.