Shark Reef Aquarium

By Elle
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In A Nutshell

See more than 2,000 animals at the Shark Reef Aquarium. Gaze at the friendly creatures from inside the shipwreck or thrill your senses diving alongside the sharks.

Shark Reef Aquarium Las Vegas

Location

Shark Reef Aquarium, Mandalay Bay

Time Needed

1 to 2 hours

Discount Tickets & Promo Codes

Tickets starting at $29 USD + fees

What You Need To Know

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay invites you to immerse yourself in the fascinating realm of more than 2,000 mesmerizing animals.

As you enter, the ambiance of Shark Reef, resembling an ancient temple sinking into the ocean, transports you to an underwater world. Marvel at the intricate details of the sunken shipwreck-inspired tunnel, home to five species of awe-inspiring sharks (including the graceful nurse sharks, formidable Sandtiger sharks, and majestic sandbar sharks).

But Shark Reef is not just about sharks – it’s a diverse ecosystem showcasing exotic fresh and saltwater fish, massive sea turtles, crocodiles, piranhas, and much more. Engage with marine life at the touch pool, where you can have a “hands-on” experience with stingrays, sharks, and horseshoe crabs.

Journey through the exhibits and encounter an eight-foot-long Komodo dragon living in an environment mirroring its natural habitat. Shark Reef’s naturalists are at your service, ready to answer any questions and provide insights into the incredible marine life that surrounds you.

For an added dimension to your visit, Shark Reef introduces an exhilarating Virtual Reality (VR) Experience!

Dive into the ocean depths with a humpback whale and her baby in Tonga or explore the Bahamas alongside a 15-foot tiger shark in a cutting-edge 36-seat motion platform VR theater. Discover the secrets of whale songs, learn about the anatomy of a humpback whale, and track sharks worldwide in real-time. The VR theater is an immersive adventure suitable for ages five and older.

Before concluding your journey, explore the Shark Reef gift shop, offering a selection of figurines, picture frames, trinkets, and souvenir photos to commemorate your underwater adventure.

  • Tickets starting at $29 USD + fees
  • No age restriction
  • Children 4 and under are free, and do not require a ticket. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Shark Reef Aquarium is the first and only facility in Nevada accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The AZA is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science and recreation. The AZA accreditation ensures that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals.

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About The Author - Elle
About the author

My name is Elle and I'm a travel blogger based in California. I love helping people plan trips and create unique itineraries based on their interests and their budgets. I'm a huge fan of outdoor adventures and doing off-the-beaten-path things in Las Vegas (and around the world too)!