NileGuide Expert Says:
Fun, family-friendly place to wander. Upscale retailers and gondola rides!
3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Las Vegas Blvd: The Strip
tel: +1 702 414 4500
The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel Casino are an example of what Las Vegas does so well: take a fantasy-inspiring place and time, and bring it to life. Overhead, the roof/sky changes to imitate the day and night, gondolas float by, and St. Mark's square is filled with posh restaurants and wandering performers.
This is one of the Las Vegas Strip's larger malls, and it's connected to the Palazzo's shopping area. Look for retailers like Dooney & Bourke, Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor.
Rides on the gondola are $16, and you can choose from a ride that stays inside or floats outside (as long as the weather is cooperative). As you wander through the Grand Canal Shoppes, look for the "living" statues and costumed singers. In addition to the upscale restaurants in St. Mark's square, you can also stop at the food court for a quick bite.
The Grand Canal Shoppes are a great place to wander, just to see the faux architecture. Kids will like the "Streetmosphere," the Venetian's term for the wandering, costumed street performers. In addition to the upscale retailers, you'll also find intriguing galleries, including one for photographer Peter Lik.