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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Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Reviews
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  • My 4 yr old is shark obsessed and this is one of the only Aquarium’s in the world dedicated to predators! The whole thing is brilliant, but the main bug Aquarium at the end (with Reef sharks, Saw Shar...  more »
  • Exhibit was fun and worth the time if you have been to few aquariums. The JellyFish tank was very cool, as was the shark exhibits. Seemed a little short lived, and the Polar experience is a complete w...  more »
  • Honestly, I believe there are better Aquariums around, and certainly it's not the first priority to see whilst in Las Vegas. If you are staying at the Mandalay Bay with kids, it might be different, bu...  more »
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  • We were looking for something to do in the morning and the aquarium worked out perfectly. It took about an hour to go through which is a little short but all the exhibits were excellent. It was close to a food court so we were able to easily get lunch and head out in time for naps. It's a little pricey but I thought it was worth it.
  • It was not very big to me. So I felt the price was reasonable. The display of the animals were pretty cool. They also had to water tunnels to walk through. There was another side you could see the Polar...but we didn't get the chance to explore that. I believe that was also include in the 25.00 for adults there is a senior in child discount. I am neither so I don't have the prices
  • I was really looking forward to visiting this on our trip to Las Vegas. I was slightly disappointed at the size of the aquarium. The giant starfish were cool and it was the first time I saw an octopus of that size. That was the highlight for me. Walking under the tunnel of sharks was neat but I expected more. I thought there would be more sharks. It was a nice break from being out in the heat. Like most places in Vegas you pose for pictures with different backdrops. If you like that sorta of thing they make for fun souviners.
  • My family and I had a great time here. It was beautiful and I loved the shark reef and water tunnels. Petting the sting rays was also fun! I may come back here.
  • I give it five stars for the aquarium itself. The fish were plentiful and fun to watch. For a hotel shark reef they had a lot to offer and it was hands on. The staff however was not worth more than 3 stars. The ticket people were really kind but the actual staff in the display areas were useless. One girl that was watching over the piranha display was out right rude when guest asked if she was there to keep people's fingers from getting bitten. She just said rudely, "that and other reasons". The man at the stingray petting area just rolled his eyes when people asked questions and barked orders. No one was interested in helping encourage or answer questions about the animals.

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