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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. Also included is a new VR Experience, suitable for all ages!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Includes the Undersea Explorer VR Experience
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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.

You have the opportunity to virtually swim with sharks and whales in the Undersea Explorer VR Theater. This motion-platofrm theater with 360º 3-D virtual reality technology transports you to the oceans of the world to discover what's hidden beneath the surface. The immersive pre-theater area is a great way to learn more about these wonderful aquatic creatures. Suitable for all ages.
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Stop At:  
Casino at Mandalay Bay
Make your way to Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to visit Shark Reef, an underwater odyssey in the heart of the desert.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Shark Reef Aquarium
Enter the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to witness an incredible array of aquatic and reptilian life. Shark Reef contains more than 2,000 animals in 14 exhibits, which offer visitors the chance to escape the desert heat and immerse themselves in a marine oasis. 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 pufferfish, green sawfish, piranhas, 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. Also included is the Undersea Explorer VR Experience, After an immersive pre-show area, take your seat in the 36-seat motion-platform theater, don your headset and be transported to the ocean depths. You'll soon be swimming with a humpback whale, diving next to a 15-foot tiger shark and more!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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
  • VR films for ages 5 and older, younger children can enter the exhibit but must be accompanied by an adult. During VR experience children under 5 will need to rotate with a guardian or parent.
  • If booked same day, tickets cannot be picked up less than 2 hours after placing order
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 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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    • "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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    star-2
    To small of a tour
    Adriana_S
    , Aug 2022
    How quickly it was over it was about a 10 min walk and then it was over. Was to short of a tour, then the prices at the gift shop are ridiculously expensive and that’s not talking about the photos.
    star-5
    AquaMan's Kingdom 🔱
    Arthur_G
    , Aug 2022
    The kids really liked the Sharks, Piranhas and lizard's. Overall it was a nice family outing adventure.
    star-2
    not worth it
    gianna_s
    , Aug 2022
    very slow to get in, PACKED, people pushing against you, not worth the money. I personally would like to take my time to experience things but with this people were everywhere and they were disrespectful and running into me, its gross and frustrating
    star-4
    Great experience… highly...
    Anna_R
    , Aug 2022
    Great experience… highly recommend this place… the staff was so friendly and helpful… awesome place..
    star-4
    The Who thing was amazing...
    Krystal_S
    , Aug 2022
    The Who thing was amazing have not been to one of those events before . That’s all I have to sayi don’t have much to say
    star-4
    Great for shark fans
    alexis_w
    , Aug 2022
    I highly recommend buying your tickets ahead of time so you can avoid the lines. Staff were very helpful for attendees requiring assistance. Vr experience was excellent
    star-5
    Very excited to see all...
    Junior_P
    , Aug 2022
    Very excited to see all the different kind of fish and sharks. Also the virtual tour under the sea was very interesting.
    star-3
    Friendly Staff and great energy!
    Michael_K
    , Aug 2022
    The staff was very friendly and helpful. The service was efficient and organized. I will recommend to friends and family.
    star-3
    Girls trip
    Latasha_r
    , Aug 2022
    I enjoy myself love seeing the animals. It was definitely to short. I would go again. I would recommend for a family to go
    star-5
    We had a great time and...
    Simone_H
    , Aug 2022
    We had a great time and learned about some new animals. Easy to access from the strip. Great activity for young children
    star-1
    It was not a guided tour,...
    Elizabeth_J
    , Aug 2022
    It was not a guided tour, just left to figure it out on your own. I'm sure I missed some exhibits. Which upset me. No wheel chair assistance available
    star-1
    Way to expensive for that...
    Patricia_T
    , Aug 2022
    Way to expensive for that 6 minute 3D show and the very tiny aquarium. Horrible!! I'll never come back. $30 down the drain for nothing. Colorado aquarium is some much better and CHEAPER, because it's longer than 15 for the tour and way bigger and better sharks, etc... I'd like my money BACK!!!
    star-3
    Its got one neat part....
    reginalyn_D
    , Jul 2022
    Its got one neat part. But we didn't see any turtles nor did we get the virtual package that was paid for.
    star-1
    Never went because they...
    Kelly_G
    , Jul 2022
    Never went because they wouldn't change my date and time for me..... So that's why I did not show up I tried to change the time and the date but nobody will let me so I lost my money and I lost a great experience
    star-4
    Good but could be bigger
    Paul_C
    , Jul 2022
    The exhibits were very good. My only issue is the length of the total exhibits for the money it was a little short. We were able to do the entire exhibit in 30 minutes
    star-5
    It was a fun experience...
    Marisela_B
    , Jul 2022
    It was a fun experience to walk through the tanks and see all of the fish, jellyfish, & sharks! We truly recommend families to come and see! :)
    star-5
    Great experience
    Tiffany_F
    , Jul 2022
    Great experience and loved the sea creatures. Very nice to see and family had a blast. Will definitely be back soon.
    star-5
    Great experience
    Netria_S
    , Jul 2022
    Leo,the tour guy was awesome and the driver too best part of my trip thanks!!!!And Leo was very knowledgeable about the Vegas tour good job!!!
    star-5
    Great Predator Aquarium
    Jason_T
    , Jul 2022
    The aquarium was in excellent condition, all of the staff from beginning to end were very helpful and professional, which made for a very relaxing and fun walk the aquarium.
    star-5
    Family Trip
    Averis_D
    , Jul 2022
    Great experience. Had a good time. First time visiting Vegas for some of us but we will definitely come again. Great place to take the kids.

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