Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV

Confession: I’ve never actually seen Shark Week. This time I was ready to join in on the festivities, but we don’t have cable this year. I’m catching up on highlights on their website (watch out.. they are terrifying!) Who’s been watching? You can watch the first episode for free on Amazon, but is it worth paying for the entire thing on amazon instant play?

After getting up close and personal with these sharks during our shark feeding, we headed down to the actual exhibits at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. The shark feeding was part of the Animal Encounters program, where you get a behind-the-scenes tour and get to feed your animal of choice!

Smaller exhibits include the golden crocodile, lionfish, jellyfish, a komodo dragon, piranhas, etc.

Golden crocodile exhibit Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV.
Green Tree Monitor (varanus prasinus) at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV.
Moon Jellyfish at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV.
Lionfish Exhibit at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV.
After navigating through them, you reach the centerpiece of the aquarium – a 1.3 million gallon shipwreck tank. It was nice getting the view from the aquarium side after already seeing the tank from above. With multiple windows and a tunnel, you get to peer into the waters where all the sharks, giant rays, sawfish, and sea turtles hang out (also a few people! :D).
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV.
Zebra Shark at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV.Green Sawfish at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV
Shark Reef Mandalay Bay.
Celebrating Shark Week at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV.
If you’ve been to full scale aquariums like us (Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest in the world), you’re not going to see much that’s new. I would highly recommend adding the Animal Encounters. By having the opportunity to feed sharks, sea turtles, or stingrays, it creates a much more unique experience. See our Shark Feed experience here. It was amazing!!

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV:

  • Address: 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas NV 89119
  • Phone: 702.632.4555
  • Pricing: Adults: $18.00, Children (5-12): $12.00, Children (4 & under): free
  • Hours of Operation: Sun – Thurs 10AM – 8PM, Fri – Sat 10AM-10PM
  • Summer Hours (May 24 – Sept 1): 10AM-10PM everyday.
  • Learn more about diving with sharks here (must be a certified diver).
Local Adventurer

Which is your favorite aquarium you’ve visited? Have you started watching Shark Week?

xoxo estherJacob

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