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Overview

Come face-to-face with some of the world's most fascinating creatures at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, North America's only predator-based aquarium and exhibit. This Las Vegas aquarium is home to 2,000 animals, including saw fish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish, rare golden crocodiles and — sharks. Get close to more than 100 sharks, including 30 in the 1.3-million-gallon main tank, one of the largest in the US. Explore two underwater tunnels and experience Sea Monsters Revealed, the world's largest exhibit of uniquely preserved sea creatures.
  • Admission to Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip
  • Admire more than 2,000 aquatic animals and reptiles
  • Witness more than 100 sharks of 15 different species
  • See rare and endangered animals including golden crocodiles, green sea turtles and black piranhas
  • Experience a diver's view by walking through two underwater tunnels
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Mandalay Bay , 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
Visit the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip anytime during its normal operating hours to see 14 different exhibits devoted to dangerous aquatic predators. 

There are more than 100 sharks at Mandalay Bay — and 30 of them appear in the aquarium’s largest exhibit, the 1.3-million-gallon Shipwreck. Visitors can experience several species of sharks (Galapagos sharks, grey reef sharks and zebra sharks), plus endangered sea turtles, stingrays, sawfish and many other fish through a mesmerizing acrylic tunnel. 

Other exhibits include the popular Touchpool, featuring stingrays and horseshoe crabs in a 2,500-gallon, interactive saltwater exhibit. Also, look for the rare golden crocodile, Komodo dragon, cichlids (one of the largest families of fishes), Burmese pythons (one of the five largest species of snakes in the world), Amazon predators (home to the giant arapaima, arrowana, pacu and freshwater stingrays), plus a Caribbean reef teeming with parrotfish, pufferfish and other beautiful tropical fish.

There are also venomous fishes, moon jellies, piranhas, a giant Pacific octopus and much more.
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Shark Reef Aquarium
Enter the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip anytime during its open hours to witness an incredible array of aquatic and reptilian life. Shark Reef contains more than 2,000 animals in 14 exhibits, which offer Vegas visitors the chance to escape the desert heat and immerse themselves in a marine oasis. Observe more than 100 sharks from 15 different species, including Galapagos sharks, grey reef sharks and zebra sharks. See more than 30 sharks swimming in the 1.3 million-gallon (4.9 million-liter) main tank, one of the biggest in the US. Plus, observe a multitude of other sea life including angelfish, parrotfish, pufferfish, green sawfish, piranhas, arowanas, Moray eels and jellyfish. Check out the touch pool to feel horseshoe crabs and a variety of rays, and walk through two underwater tunnels for a more intimate view of the sharks and other marine life. Shark Reef is also home to reptiles such as green sea turtles, golden crocodiles, Burmese pythons and a Komodo dragon. Learn about all the fascinating species through educational displays as you explore Shark Reef at your own pace.
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Casino at Mandalay Bay
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants aged 0-4 are free of charge and do not require a ticket
  • You may enter the attraction up to 59 minutes after the selected time on your ticket
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If booked same day, tickets cannot be picked up less than 2 hours after placing order
  • OPERATED BY MGM Resorts International
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What will I see at the Shark Reef?
    A:You will see more than 2,000 animals, including sharks, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, and a Komodo dragon. This exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you'd ever find in the wild.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Where in the Mandalay Bay is Shark Reef located?
    A:From the casino, take the walkway towards Mandalay Bay Convention area. Walk past Border Grill and the wedding chapel, Shark Reef Aquarium is located on your left.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    What are the opening hours of the Shark Reef?
    A:The Shark Reef Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM with the last admission at 5:00 PM.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Do I have to exchange my ticket upon arrival at Shark Reef?
    A:Yes, you will need to exchange your ticket for a direct entry ticket at the box office. Please allow two hours from placing your order for same-day tickets.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Can I bring my young child to see Shark Reef?
    A:Absolutely! Children 4 years old and under enter free with paid adult admission. Children 4 and under are free and do not require a ticket.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Is Shark Reef a guided experience?
    A:The tour of Shark Reef is not guided so that you may explore at your own pace.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Can I bring food/drink inside Shark Reef?
    A:Food and drink are not permitted inside the Aquarium.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    How big is Shark Reef?
    A:The main tank is 1,300,000 US gallons (4,900,000 l), one of the largest in North America. The facility is 95,000 sq ft (8,800 m2), and displays numerous species of sharks, rays, fish, reptiles, and marine invertebrates.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    How long should I expect to spend at Shark Reef?
    A:The experience typically takes 3-4 hours, depending on how much time you spend at each exhibit.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Is Shark Reef accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums?
    A:Yes. Shark Reef Aquarium is the first and only facility in Nevada accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The AZA accreditation ensures that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    What should I wear to the Shark Reef?
    A:Dress comfortably. The tour includes work areas where floors may be wet; wear shoes with nonskid soles—no flip-flops, dress shoes, or heels. For the safety of the animals, you will be asked to remove sunglasses, bracelets, and other jewelry.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    See all safety measures taken by Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "Beautiful place to see se and know better about the sea world, the tour is just 1 hour but it worth it, kids are to mostly exiting!" See review
    • "Unpleasant, it was a very far walk for people with health issues,when asked for a wheelchair back to the entrance it was never received." See review
    • "Don't get me wrong the aquarium was over all awesome." See review

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    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    star-2
    Could not get the...
    Geary_C
    , Oct 2021
    Could not get the children tickets at the box office. Did not have an email from Viator showing purchase. Had to repurchase tickets. Paid twice for children tickets.
    star-1
    Wasn't what I expected...
    Chantell_B
    , Oct 2021
    Wasn't what I expected coming in from another city into a bigger city. I thought it would be more of a longer tunnel to go through. Be pretty cool if it was.
    star-4
    Red Belly’s
    Cornelius_M
    , Oct 2021
    I was excited to the piranhas because a few years ago I had some so it was fun to see them . We really enjoyed the whole experience
    star-4
    Family friendly in Vegas
    rotondi1984
    , Oct 2021
    Was a nice experience. They had a part where you were in a sunken ship looking at sharks. I thought that was pretty cool.
    star-5
    Fun time
    Josue_F
    , Oct 2021
    A little short but still a fun time. Its a self guilded tour that takes about 30 mins, maybe longer depending on how many people are inside. Fun time worth the price of admission.
    star-2
    Hmph
    Hillary_B
    , Oct 2021
    Didn’t meet my expectations. Very short lived and not much to offer. The photos online made it seem like this was a huge highlight. Not so much in my opinion. Not worth what I paid!!
    star-5
    Beautiful
    Calvin_J
    , Oct 2021
    Very beautiful sea creatures. Attraction was very nice. Great atmosphere. I would definitely do it again. I even got to touch a stingray.
    star-5
    This is a great Aquarium....
    Lily_Y
    , Oct 2021
    This is a great Aquarium. One of the best I've been to for the price and I've been to Auckland NZ and Singapore
    star-2
    Don’t waste your money.
    Demetrice_D
    , Oct 2021
    The aquarium is only a 10min walk through. Definitely not what I expected. Not worth $30 maybe $10 but definitely not 30.
    star-5
    Fun time
    James_V
    , Oct 2021
    Great fun experience for my toddler granddaughter and she loved all the sharks,fishes,jelly fish and tunnels.

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