Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

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More than 2,000 animals call Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay home, including a variety of predatory fish. Located at the Mandalay Bay Resort, the aquarium contains a wide range of residents within its 14 exhibits and enclosures, each featuring a different species or group of animals in their natural habitats. In addition to 15 species of sharks, the complex houses a number of land creatures, including pythons, golden crocodiles, and Komodo dragons. Don't miss the shark tunnel exhibit, where you can view sharks up close; the Plexiglas tunnel allows visitors to walk through the sea surrounded by 4.9 million l (1.3 million gal) of water. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay by using our Las Vegas trip planning site .
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  • My husband and I went to Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay. Waited in a short line to get tickets. You have an option to purchase 3 attractions to save money but we only purchased shark reef. We got insi...  more »
  • The sharks in the shark tank were impressive but many of the animals in too small pools were
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  • To be fair and upfront, this attraction was free for me due to my Mlife tier status. Still, it was a good little time waster. Its a change of pace and good distraction from what typically goes on in V...  more »
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  • Our family had an amazing time here. It is a smaller aquarium, so you really need to take your time to get your money's worth, it is a bit expensive. We really enjoyed the variety of animals, and the detailed decor and themes. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, you cannot buy tickets to the aquarium only, and have to get a polar experience/shark reef combo. There were a few decent educational games in the polar area, but the line for a 5 minute movie/ride was ridiculous. There was an iceburg chunk you can touch, which was worth going and looking at. Overall, the aquarium was amazing and very fun, skip the polar experience.
  • Went here as part of a package deal, three exhibitions for $59 so the price wasn't bad at all. Staff seemed very knowledgeable about the exhibits and most were extremely personable. There were no lines when we went midweek/mid-day so we had plenty to time to slowly wander through and sit and relax while watching all the gorgeous fish, sharks, rays, turtles etc. Would recommend to anyone staying in the area especially if you have young children.
  • If you have been to Disneyland type places then this will feel non existent. Good if you have kids but otherwise - it's just too small. Over priced for an individual considering it takes just 10-15 minutes to finish the aquarium. I only wish the tunnel part of the aquarium was as amazing as they show in their pictures - it isn't! Go their ONLY if you have nothing else to do.
  • Nice aquarium definitely worth checking out! They had a polar exhibit while I was there with some interesting facts and interactive games (no animals though). The aquarium itself has quite a few species there but not really enough to justify the price for entry. It doesn't take long to go through the entire aquarium including reading all the signs. There's also a neat petting pool which was a fun experience.
  • If you've never been to an aquarium, this is totally worth your time. They have a really great shark variety. The larger rays and ray-like sharks are really really cool. They also have a massive rescue turtle that they've worked to help swim better. Also, the giant octopus was extremely active during our visit. I've never seen one moving around so much in captivity. This place is TINY, though! Take your time at each tank or you'll be done disappointingly fast. Like most things in Las Vegas, Shark Reef Aquarium is tremendously overpriced. The tanks they do have are very nice. There just aren't very many of them.

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