Shark Reef Mandalay Bay

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Shark Reef Mandalay Bay Details

Location: Mandalay Bay Hotel
Minimum Age: All ages
Height/Age Restrictions: None

Description

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay offers 14 exhibits containing 1,200 species of exotic and endangered fish, reptiles and — of course — sharks. It's home in the dusty desert that is Las Vegas serves as a contrast but also shows the commitment the Strip has to entertainment and conservation.

At Shark Reef you'll enjoy up-close views of more than 100 sharks, including 30 in the 1.3 million-gallon (4.9 million-liter) main tank, one of the largest in the US. By walking through two underwater tunnels, get an even better sense of what it's like to be under the sea.

Shark Reef is reminiscent of an ancient temple slowly sinking into the ocean. The tunnel, which houses five species of sharks and the aquarium's largest animals, is designed to look like a sunken shipwreck. Here, visitors can witness a scuba diver's view of these mesmerizing creatures, including nurse sharks and tiger-striped sharks measuring up to nine feet long, and two tiger sharks that measure more than six feet in length.

When divers swim in to clean these tanks, they wear a stainless steel mesh, similar to what knights wore long ago. The metal helps keep the animals away so the humans don't look like food.

In addition to the shark tunnel, guests can experience exhibits featuring crocodiles, freshwater fish, piranhas and much more.

For those who want an in-depth, personal enrichment about the animals, audio wands are available in Spanish, English and Japanese. In addition, Shark Reef's naturalists are available to answer any questions visitors may have.

What to do at Shark Reef

14 exhibits are devoted to more than 2,000 animals, including crocodiles, piranha and 15 species of sharks. A 1.3 million gallon shipwreck allows visitors experience an almost 360-degree view, teeming with sharks and fish, through an acrylic tunnel.

Polar Journey

Polar Journey is Shark Reef's new interactive adventure that gives guests a glimpse into the Earth’s polar regions and the animals that call them home. Be immersed through eight interactive scenes, that include films, touch walls, teaching robot penguins, simulated ice flow and a 270 degree CGI film with motion simulator. Polar Journey is included with regular admission to Shark Reef.

Shark Feed

During the Shark Feed tour you'll stand alongside Aquarists as they teach you about how shark food is prepared, what kinds of food are used, and how they're fed! Then grab a feeding tong and try your hand at serving lunch to our resident zebra sharks. The Shark Feed tour is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:15 p.m. Cost is $80 per person. Minimum age is 13 years old.

Sea Turtle Feed

The new sea turtle interactive feeding program offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants.You'll feed 300 pound sea turtles and walk above above the 1.3 million gallon shipwreck to experience meal time at Shark Reef. You will also get to meet some of the other toothy residents of this exhibit. Price is $80 per person. Guests must be 13 years and older.

Underwater Proposal

How deep is your love? For $100 Shark Reef will present you and your significant other with a custom marriage proposal you'll never forget!

Dive with Sharks

The Dive with Sharks exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you'd ever find in the wild. There are over 30 sharks including Sandtiger, Sandbar and White Tip Reef Sharks. This program is available to Mandalay Bay guests who are certified divers only. Available daily at 3 p.m. Cost is $650 per diver.

Access to Mandalay Bay Beach Complex!

Your Shark Reef tickets give you free admission at the Mandalay Bay Beach pool complex, considered the top pool in Vegas! Access to the beach complex is limited to Monday through Thursday and within 48 hours of your Shark Reef visit.

Touch Pool

The Touch Pool is where guests can touch a collection of animals including sharks, rays, jelly fish, and horseshoe crabs. The Touch Pool is included in the ticket price.

Shark Reef Ticket Prices

Shark Reef tickets start at $14 for general admission child, ages 4-12. General admission adult tickets, any age above 12 years old, are $20. Shark Reef tickets for a family of four will start at $68.

Shark Reef Discounts

Shark Reef ticket discounts aren't easy to come by these days but here at LasVegasKids we're relentless when it comes to finding good deals to pass on. So here they are, ways to get discount Shark Reef tickets--because no one should have to pay full price! Note: children 3 and under get in free.

Hours

Shark Reef is open from 10 AM to 8 PM from Sunday through Thursday and 10 AM to 10 PM Friday and Saturday. It's located at Mandalay Bay hotel.

Latest Reviews
February 24, 2018

We enjoyed the shark reef. My 3 kids, ages 5-10, LOVED the touch pool. They could have stayed there all day. This, for me, made it worth the price. The sharks are small but still cool to see. I don't know that older kids would be too impressed with it though.

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Are there any discount tickets to Shark Reef for locals?
Yes, Nevada locals can get Shark Reef discount tickets.
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