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- 98%Family Travelers
- 65%Adventure Travelers
- 62%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 60%Green Travelers
- 51%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (59)
- Shark ReefMember ofGreen TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Nov 06, 2013
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.Recommended for:Green Travelers
- Shark ReefOct 19, 2013
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.
- Shark ReefMember ofGreen TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6First to ReviewMar 30, 2013
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.
- Shark ReefMember ofGreen TravelersLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 17, 2013
This was one of the last things I did before moving out of Las Vegas years ago. A shark reef in the desert, you say? Yes, sir. It's not on the scale of say the one in Sydney, Australia but it's pretty cool. You can't help but feel sorry for the aquatic creatures though. Those tanks don't seem to be big enough.
- Shark ReefMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Mar 10, 2014
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.
- Shark ReefAmbassadorMember ofStudentsBackpackersOct 26, 2013
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.
- Shark ReefMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Sep 25, 2013
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.