The Venetian Casino and Grand Canal
- Type: Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Why spend the money to cross the Atlantic when you can get a decent taste of Italy right in Vegas? Nestled along the Strip, The Venetian replicates the highlights of Venice, complete with gondola rides along the Grand Canal. Visitors can get a taste of what life is like in the Queen of the Adriatic thanks to The Venetian's Streetmosphere program: singers, stilt walkers and "living statues" recreate the typical scene you'd likely encounter in the real Venice for those who opt to spend the day perusing the wares in the Grand Canal Shoppes. "The thing that makes it fun [...] is the way it is presented," one TripAdvisor user said. "Indoors that looks like outdoors with a canal and people taking gondola rides with singing boatmen." For $16 per person, you can take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal any time between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; on Friday and Saturday, gondola rides are offered until midnight. However, many travelers are quick to note that the Grand Canal often feels crowded and that the shops themselves are nothing special.
If you'd rather spend your money on chance, recent visitors say that The Venetian's casino is one of the best on the Strip thanks to its size, decor and its variety of games (including poker, slots and blackjack). You'll also find a small branch of the Guggenheim Museum at The Venetian, as well as a Madame Tussauds wax museum, a Canyon Ranch Spa and several shows ranging from comedy to theater. As far as dining goes, you shouldn't be surprised to know that you'll have access to gourmet Italian eats here, not to mention a long list of restaurants serving every thing from burgers to noodles.
The Venetian sits across the street from The Mirage in the central part of the Strip. You won't have to pay to go in and walk around, but the on-site attractions will cost you (especially the gondola rides, visitors say). To learn more about The Venetian and the Grand Canal, visit the Las Vegas tourism board's website. If you're thinking of staying in The Venetian's hotel, you can learn about that experience here.