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Shark Reef

3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89119-1005
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  • Shark Reef
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    It's the closest thing to a zoo your going to get in Vegas. Love the hands on area and the jelly fish. Little spendy.

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  • Shark ReefPro 2014
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    It's a l-o-n-g schlep down to this end of the Las Vegas Strip. I'm a big walker, but once I reached the Excalibur, the free Tram was a welcome respite. However, one I arrived at Mandalay Bay, it was still a considerable hike past the Casino and through the Convention Center.

    One popular slogan in these parts is: What Goes On in Vegas Stays in Vegas! A better one for me is "Manage Expectations". In this case of the Shark Reef Aquarium, it's no Monterey Bay Aquarium and has never pretended to be. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, despite the relatively high $18 admission and a venue that's easy to get in and out in 30 minutes. For what it is, this Aquarium is just what I needed to "dive" away from the gambling and tourist hordes. The exhibits were well done, the marine selection was fun and diverse, and I especially enjoyed the "hands on" pool, watching the divers working inside the tank, and feeding off the family energy within these confines.

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    Situated just off the Strip, this aquarium is home to more than 2,000 animals, including 100 sharks, piranhas, rare golden crocodiles, and a 300-pound endangered sea turtle. As one of the largest aquariums in North America, Shark Reef contains almost 1.6 million gallons of water in its 14 exhibits, which include a jungle-themed area; a touch pool with sharks, rays, and horseshoe crabs; and a 1.3-million-gallon shipwreck zone. The aquarium also features two shark tunnels that afford a diver’s underwater view. Animal feedings take place periodically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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  • Shark ReefAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Tickets are expensive at face value (try to get a discount or special), and the lines are always long. But the sharks are fascinating, and it's an intriguing experience to walk beneath and "through" their territory.

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  • Shark ReefPro 2014
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    This is a fun things to do with kids in Vegas (or if you just like aquariums). Located near the convention center side of the Mandalay, the Shark reef features a bunch of tanks of cool stuff. The highlights were the tube of jellyfish, the touch pool where kids can touch horseshoe crabs and rays, and the giant shark aquarium, where you can stand in a tunnel and watch as all sorts of sharks glide overhead. It is an amazing feeling!

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    Ok so its a small aquarium and its not half as fun as say the Monterey Bay Aquarium or Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, or Sea World. Then again I am bumping it up a bit for being in Las Vegas in a land locked desert location. So yeah this place kicks ass up to a 4 from a 3 star...

    Its a nice way to get away from the usual lost wages stuff like gluttony, greed, sloth, and some of the other deadly sins. It really is fun and refreshing here. Located deep in the bowels of the Mandalay Bay, it allows a nice cool humid environment. What better place to be during a hot desert summer/indian summer day?

    PRO TIP: Take your camera and snap pictures... you will be much happier when your phone doesnt run out of juice from having taken so many shots.

    This is one of like 3-4 things that I think are great for children here in lost wages. It is definitely not a family town, but this was from their push to become one. Its not Sin City for nothing you know...

    None the less a slow stroll through the aquarium is always a very enjoyable experience. I would suggest if you bring your kids to vegas to take them here... I would more highly suggest going yourself before a show at Mandalay Bay in order to kill an hour or two.

    This is one of the more enjoyable random things that you can find here in Lost Wages. So check it out sometime.

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  • Shark ReefPro 2014
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    Forget about the lion habitat at the MGM Grand (which is now closed) and the pathetic Dolphin Habitat & Secret Garden at the Mirage, which will make any animal lover sick at heart. If you really want to get in touch with your wild side in Las Vegas, come to this giant walk-through, glassed-in aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Behind the scenes, the staff do good work with endangered species and their mission is education and conservation. PS If you're a certified scuba diver, ask about opportunities to dive with actual sharks and other submarine beasties here.

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  • Shark Reef

    This was an unbelievable place! All the sharks all around you is a frightening and exciting experience. Crowded at times, but very much worth the time and price. Kids may be scared because it feels like the sharks can come right at you, but that is what makes it so cool!

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    the only thing I didn't like was the experience was too short. its best to go early to avoid the large crowds. and with a sting ray petting area it makes this a must see spot for families.

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    Shark Reef is an awesome aquarium. It is a must see if you are staying in Las Vegas. Especially if you have kids with you. I loved this place when I was younger.

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    It was great! The kids loved it as did the adults.

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    A great place for all ages. Kids LOVE it and adults won't believe the site of this place. Super cool.

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    Very cool...kids love this place! I took my friends kids and we spent a really long time in there. Good time killer. :)

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    This popular Mandalay Bay attraction features a number of eco-friendly practices, in addition to the beautiful marine life. Some of these include energy-conservation initiatives and both paper and water recycling programs.

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    There were SO many people the day that my sister and I went to the Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay. I felt like the place let too many people in when the place is so incredibly small. At $18.00 for an adult ticket, this place is a rip-off. Compared to Long Beach Aquarium, there isn't much to see.

    You are asked to take some pictures while there's a long line waiting and watching you pose like a shark is attacking you! Then you follow the trail and see a crocodile, fish, jelly-fish, turtles and more animals. And because this place is called "Shark Reef Aquarium" with signs of sharks all over the hotel, you would expect to see huge sharks swimming around. But the sharks are pretty tiny. The aquarium that I went to in Sydney had bigger sharks than this aquarium.

    It took us about a half an hour to walk through the whole aquarium, only because there were so many people and we took a lot of pictures. The best thing about this aquarium is the open area where you can touch the sting rays. But still, I was faced with parents shoving their child in front of my face so that he could have a chance to touch the ray. "Do you mind if I let him touch the sting ray?" a parent asked me, before proceeding to shove me back and scoot his precious child to the edge to touch the sting ray without even waiting for my response. That was low.

    Would not recommend for anybody who is looking for a cool place to visit that isn't too expensive. I think this shark reef is overpriced and not worth the money you pay. Go to the SIlverton Aquarium instead. An impressive tank with lots of fish and live feedings for free!

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    Swim with the Shark Program: I've been to the Shark Reef a handful of times, but had no idea that they had a swim with the shark program. This activity is definitely not for the faint of heart but what a thrill and and adventure right on the Las Vegas strip. First you get a tour of the facility which is great, and then after you will be in your pre-dive orientation where guests are given instructions in safety procedures for yourself as well as the animals. This unique exhibit located at the Mandalay bay houses over 30 sharks; including Sandbar, Sandtiger, and White Tip Reef Sharks. The program is open to all Mandalay Bay Hotel guests above the age of 18 and are SCUBA certified.

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    nice attraction, bigger than I thought. great place to go in the summer to hide from the heat. it takes about 2 hours to fo thru the exhibit

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    I really enjoyed coming to the Shark Reef. It was a great time seeing marine life in the dessert, especially during the summer time. Highly recommend getting the self guided audio tour.

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    We found it very interesting. We chose not to do the audio tour. I dislike those things. But, it was tranquil watching the sharks. A little pricey, though.

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Shark Reef is a state-of-the-art aquarium featuring, yes, sharks, along with stingrays, sea turtles and eels. Situated in the Mandalay Bay Resort, it's a great stop for the entire family.

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