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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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3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

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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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    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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    star-5
    I video chatted my two...
    Jessica_G
    , Jan 2022
    I video chatted my two year who loves fish she was so excited so it made us definitely wanna come back just so we can bring her
    star-4
    Beautiful Sea Creatures
    Dennal_L
    , Jan 2022
    Friendly staff and the water was very beautiful with all the different species of fish etc. Would definitely recommend to anyone who would like to visit Las Vegas.
    star-5
    Great place to visit with...
    Erik_R
    , Jan 2022
    Great place to visit with kids. The design of the place allows for up close viewing of all the different animals, it's amazing.
    star-5
    Super fast access love...
    Patricia_E
    , Jan 2022
    Super fast access love it!!! Great reservations my baby girl had so much fun. And we enjoyed it as a family
    star-5
    It’s okay go there take a look
    Xian_B
    , Jan 2022
    There are many people in the morning when I went to there, recommended from me for this tour. Lots of big sharks and jelly fish so beautiful and I saw many people took pics
    star-5
    It was exciting to touch...
    Raschel_M
    , Jan 2022
    It was exciting to touch the Stingrays and see all the Big 🦈 Sharks. It’s a great place to visit while in Vegas
    star-5
    Awesome time!!
    Juan_P
    , Jan 2022
    It was a great family experience. Recommend 💯, our whole family loved. The aquarium was a decent size, lots to see. Will definetly visit agan.
    star-5
    The shark tank and now...
    Jose_R
    , Jan 2022
    The shark tank and now kid friendly the place is! My little toddler loved it and we have great pictures and memories.
    star-1
    Disappointing
    Cody_J
    , Jan 2022
    Disappointing, small and not much interaction nor substance. This attraction has a ton of hype for no reason.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-3
    Much too crowded
    Himanshu_A
    , Dec 2021
    We were so glad when we discovered that there was timed entry. However, it was absolutely crammed in there.I understand that they have an expensive business to run, however Ideally, we would have loved to see a lot fewer people in the closed space during the times of Covid. Having said that, exhibit self is very cleverly done and you can tell that the crew take very good care of the wildlife
    1 traveler found this review helpful

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