One of Las Vegas' premier art collections, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art features ever-changing exhibitions to give both tourists and Las Vegas residents the opportunity to see incredible works and artists. Displays rotate throughout the year and in the past have featured Impressionists, Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein, Faberge Eggs and Pablo Picasso. Year-long exhibits rotate in each year; check the website for information about the current artists on display. From November 2019 to April 2020, Japanese art from the JÅmon period, about 1000 BCE, to present day. Many pieces originate from the Kansai region of Japan and some items are being shown in the United States for the first time.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts offers a place on the Strip to have a romantic cultured outing.
Terrisa's expert tip: The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is a small space, and buying tickets ahead of time is strongly recommended. The daily 2 p.m. docent tour is included with admission.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a small oasis in the dry Mojave Desert. It's just a short drive down the road from Red Rock Canyon and is about 40 minutes from the Strip. The grounds are dotted with historic buildings, some dating to the 1860s. Grassy meadows, trees from a former orchard, and hiking trails surround the main ranch house. Picnic areas offer visitors a place to enjoy lunch, and in summer there are outdoor plays in the evenings in one of the meadows. The dramatic Wilson Cliffs offer a backdrop of vertical sandstone that will have you snapping away with your camera. A red one-story ranch house is the centerpiece of the park, and it has a fascinating history that includes Howard Hughes. The interior has been preserved and acts as a visitor center. Guided tours are available, and docents are on hand to answer questions.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: With plenty of nature to explore and a picnic area for lunch, Spring Mountain Ranch is an excellent choice for a scenic afternoon get-away.
Terrisa's expert tip: Spring Mountain Ranch is one of the few areas in the Red Rock Canyon area that has picnic areas, complete with tables and grills. If you'd like to have a picnic, this is the place to do it.
Take that special someone to one of the Strip's most titillating productions, "Zumanity" to add some sparks to an evening. Cirque du Soleil's steamy adults-only show features breathtaking acrobatics performed in an intimate cabaret setting. Sensual and provocative, this show is unlike any other Cirque show. The amazing talents of Cirque are combined with an exploration of sexuality that includes everything from chains to men in high heels. "Zumanity" encourages ticket holders to leave their inhibitions at the door so they can explore all aspects of love and lust. By the time the show's finale comes around, audience members are sure to have racing pulses and a whole new view of Cirque.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Cirque du Soleil shows its sensual side with "Zumanity," an adults-only erotic burlesque and cabaret show.
Terrisa's expert tip: Three types of seating are offered: a romantic duo sofa for two, a solitary cabaret stool or a traditional theater seat. When choosing, keep in mind that the sofas are very close to the performance and not all directly face the stage.
Vegas Balloon Rides will show you Las Vegas from several hundred feet in the air, giving you a spectacular bird's eye view of the Las Vegas Strip, the incredible Red Rock Canyon and beyond. Drift silently over the city and desert where you can see wildlife and even talk with onlookers down below. The flight lasts about an hour, and after landing, a champagne toast is held to celebrate completing a wonderful adventure. Plan on three to four hours for the whole experience. The roomy baskets hold from eight to 12 people. Flights start early, when passengers meet the pilot 30 minutes before sunrise and are then taken to the launch location. Afternoon flights are offered for a few months in winter. Dress in layers and be prepared for temperatures to be the same as they are on the ground.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: A balloon ride provides all the ingredients for a romantic adventure, including a champagne toast at the end.
Terrisa's expert tip: While it's no colder in the balloon than on the ground, be sure to dress appropriately to be outside for several hours. Dress in layers, bring weather-appropriate clothing, and wear proper footwear - no sandals or high heels.
Taking a ride on the world's tallest observation wheel, the 550-foot-tall High Roller, is a fun activity for all ages. Jaw-dropping views of the Strip and city open up as you slowly move toward the highest point of the ride and then slowly descend back down. The round design of the attraction's sleek pods provides a full 360 degrees of visibility. Beverages are available for sale before you board, and the pods are air conditioned so everyone will stay comfortable for the 30-minute ride, even during summer. A recorded narration offers some tidbits of information about Southern Nevada to give you context to the panoramic view in front of you. Before or after your ride, take some time to explore the area around the High Roller, the Linq's Promenade, which is an open-air pedestrian district filled with shops, restaurants and activities.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The High Roller's spectacular views offers couples a romantic way to see Las Vegas from a new perspective.
Terrisa's expert tip: The High Roller offers proposal and marriage packages with things like a private VIP cabin, champagne and other romantic extras. Check their website for details on all the packages and wedding planning services.
One of Las Vegas' most iconic attractions is also one of the most romantic. The Fountains of Bellagio features more than 1,200 fountains spanning 1,000 feet across Lake Bellagio, choreographed to send water soaring as high as 460 feet into the air. Couples can watch the magnificent fountains "dance" to 32 different songs. The arrangements each take several months develop, design and perfect. Romantic tracks include Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," Faith Hill's "This Kiss" and Elton John's "Your Song." The short, free shows take place every 30 minutes Monday -Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday and holidays every 30 minutes from noon-8 p.m., then every 15 minutes until midnight; Sunday every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The Bellagio's enchanting fountains delight audiences with their synchronized "dancing" to music.
Terrisa's expert tip: Watching the fountains is one thing, but having a meal with them in the background is incredibly romantic. Spago, Lago, Le Cirque, Jasmine, Yellowtail, Picasso, and Prime at the Bellagio all have lake-side views of the fountains.
The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas recreates of one of Europe's most famous landmarks, and it's as romantic as the original. It's been the site of countless proposals over the years. The observation deck, located 46 stories above the city, offers guests a sweeping 360-degree view of Las Vegas, which is spectacular at any time of day, but even more so at night. Visitors take an elevator up to the deck where an experienced ambassador greets them, points out Las Vegas landmarks and talks about interesting historical facts. After that, you're free to walk around and take photos - or get serious and pop the big question. Couples can attach a lock and throw away the key at a fence leading up to the observation deck, memorializing their love.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The panoramic view from the viewing deck at Paris Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower offers a romantic setting for couples, especially at sunset.
Terrisa's expert tip: The Las Vegas Eiffel Tower now has a light show every 30 minutes from sunset to midnight. Hundreds of lights shimmer and "dance" with synchronized choreography.
"Le Reve - The Dream" features an ambitious blend of aerial acrobatics, captivating choreography and beautiful imagery. If you think the show feels a little like a Cirque show, that may be because it was created by a former Cirque director. The performers take the audience through a world filled with water and even fire, amazing the crowd with aerial displays of strength and astonishing agility that capture the imagination. High dives and underwater tangos take the audience on a journey that is both beautiful and filled with jaw-dropping physical feats. For a show that will set a romantic mood for the evening, entering The Dream with your significant other will transport you both to another world filled with beautiful fantasy.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The dazzling feats and amazing acrobatics of "Le Rêve - The Dream" transport guests to a watery fantasy land.
Terrisa's expert tip: For easy evening planning, guests can purchase packages from Wynn that include tickets to the show plus dinner at Allegro, Cipriani, Costa di Mare or Jardin with costs starting at $189 per person.
Costa del Sur Spa & Salon inside the South Point is one of the only spas in Las Vegas to offer an exclusive getaway for couples thanks to its couples-only retreat area, which boasts a private sauna, steam room and a Jacuzzi that couples can enjoy with views of the resort's sparkling swimming pool. The spa also offers several sumptuous services for two, like its Chardonnay Infused Retreat, beginning with a bath for two infused with the scent of pomegranate and other botanicals, followed by a side-by-side exfoliation with sugar, shea butter and oils. Next, a body butter with chardonnay is massaged into the skin. Tandem massage is also available in 50 or 80 minute sessions. Costa del Sur offers the perfect escape for couples wanting some indulgent and relaxing time together.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: With its couples-only area and services, Costa del Sur gives couples the opportunity to enjoy a spa day together.
Terrisa's expert tip: Arrive at least 30 minutes early so you can have the best experience, with plenty of time to check in, change your clothes and enjoy the relaxation room, Jacuzzi and eucalyptus steam room.
If you can't make it to Italy for a romantic gondola ride in Venice, the gondola rides at The Venetian are the next best thing. Couples float through the vibrant Venetian streetscape of the Grand Canal Shoppes in an authentic Venetian gondola as a talented singing gondolier sets the mood for romance, crooning romantic Italian songs like "That's Amore!" Private two-person gondolas are available, or couples can make it a double date and book a four-person gondola. A professional photographer will also be on hand to snap a few quick photos before your voyage, although couples are encouraged to bring their own cameras along as well. If the weather's nice, outdoor gondola rides are available, offering guests incredible views of the resort's striking architecture and the Las Vegas Strip.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Couples can snuggle as they glide along in an authentic Venetian gondola while the gondolier serenades them.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you're thinking of popping the question while you're enjoying a romantic gondola ride, you may want to check into The Venetian's proposal packages for an over-the-top experience that includes "Will you marry me?" projected in the sky.