Gondola rides at the Venetian

Price guide: Expensive

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109

Price guide: Expensive

Gondola path outside
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Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Great views / scenery, Relaxation

Best for Families - Expert review of Gondola rides at the Venetian

A gondola ride in a fake canal is far more exciting than it should be!

Yes, of course it's cheesy but this is Vegas, and if you can't drop your cynicism here, you probably never will. And I speak as a gondola convert - I always used to turn my nose up at the rides, until a friend came to stay and we decided to take the plunge. And what do you know? It's hysterical.

The rides are short (about 5-10 minutes) and technically, gondolas seat four so if there's just two of you, you may be seated with another couple, but don't let that put you off (and anyway, when I went, they let us have one to ourselves). You can choose either inside or outside (we did out) - inside will whip you around the internal waterways of the Grand Canal, underneath shops, while outside is in a small "lagoon" area in the fake St Mark's Square. Either way, your gondolier will croon at you. And yes, they all have to have real Italian heritage, so it's a little more authentic than you might at first think.

Price advice: 

It's expensive - US$16 per person (under 2s are free). If you want to guarantee a private ride for two, it'll cost $64 for the pair of you. Queues mount up so it's best to book ahead (the same day is fine) at the Emporio di Gondola in the internal part of the canal.

Expert tips: 
If you don't want to share, try and make sure you arrive at the gondolas with lots of groups. If you're ahead of them, and the people behind you are all in groups, they'll probably let you go ahead on your own.

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Boat trip, Theme park, Watersports
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Indoors: Sun-Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Outdoors: noon-11pm daily.

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Community comments (1)

Loved the experience of the Gondola ride, again its nice to say you have done it, we purchased our tickets a few hours before and then just queued for a few minutes when it was our time slot, we also bought the souviner photograph which was fairly good value.