When you need a brief break from Casino noise or the heat of the Strip, there’s no better escape than the Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo. Opened in 1995 this attraction is still free to all ages and considered a “must see” among many Vegas enthusiasts.
My last visit was in May and I did, indeed, indulge in one of my favorite “cool downs”.
Well placed sprinklers and misting equipment keep the “park” comfortable when the heat hits 100 plus. You could hurry through this attraction and see it all in 10 minutes but I actually wanted to waste a little time so I spent most of two hours photo hunting and relaxing in the sun. A quick visit to the chapel and I spoke with a great lady I assumed, was the receptionist. She said it gets very busy during summer months but stays consistently busy as far as weddings and vow renewals all year. You can book one of the seven different chapel areas for weddings etc or areas of the garden can be purchased in part or in their entirety for other catered events.
Near the entrance to the chapel is a great piece of Vegas history, the bronze plaque of Bugsy Siegel which is a great spot for photos. Other great photo ops include the fountain of flamingos and the pelican feedings, which they do twice daily at 8:30am and 2pm.
In all the garden sits on 15 acres and has a mixture of residents. You can find turtles, pelicans ducks, swans, tons of koi, parakeets, peacocks and of course the famous Chilean Flamingos.
They did house penguins but have since removed them all and i was told relocated them to a habitat in Dallas. If you look closely you'll find some interesting mermaid sculptures hiding in the shadows of the thick tree lines and along the edges of the streams.
The habitat comes complete with streams and waterfalls emptying into ponds surrounding small islands which act as boundaries to tourists.
The Wildlife Habitat attracts hundreds of thousands of sightseers a year and since opening has shown off to millions of Vegas vacationers.
You can even purchase a commemorative brick to be laid in the garden with a personalized message engraved on it for only $150, seems cheap for real Vegas nuts.
The Habitat itself opens at 8am and closes at dusk.