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“Enjoyable way to spend some time out of the Vegas sun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shark Reef

Shark Reef
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (The Strip)
702-632-7777
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$18*
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Ranked #140 of 685 things to do in Las Vegas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, this aquarium is home to several varieties of tropical fish and sharks.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Noblesville, IN
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“Enjoyable way to spend some time out of the Vegas sun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

The temperatures reached nearly 100 on our recent trip to Vegas earlier this month, and walking through the Shark Reef was an enjoyable way to spend some time indoors. The displays are attractive and well thought-out, nice variety of aquatic species. The tunnels where you're surrounded on both sides and above you by the aquarium is very cool, as well as the touching pool in the middle which allows you to feel stingrays and horseshoe crabs. We were there while they were doing a check-up and drawing some blood from one of the female stingrays, so that was very interesting to watch. At $18.00 per person for an adult ticket, it's a little pricey, but that pretty much goes with the territory in Vegas! Just want to point out that the aquarium is located in a completely different area of Mandalay Bay as both the tram terminal and the bus stop which drops you off near the main entrance, so be prepared to do a bit of walking through the resort.

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“An aquarium oasis in the desert?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

It's no Sea World, no National Aquarium (in Baltimore, MD), and not the Seattle WA Aquarium, but what can you expect in the desert of Las Vegas? Surprisingly, quite a lot!
For the price, it's very comfortable, and easy going. The layout is very impressive as well as the collection of sea life!
From jelly fish, to sharks, to a large octopus, there's plenty to see!
It maybe a quick tour, but it's also a good tour, and well worth the money!

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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“Break from gambling”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

Nicely done - great Octopus - nice touching pool all the fish looked really well in nice tanks. Like someone else said nice way to lose an hour out of the sun.

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“Enjoyable visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

To be honest, I only visited this attraction because I’ve been to Vegas more times than I care to admit and have literally done everything here. The exhibit is kind of neat to see but it’s very similar to something you’d find at SeaWorld or even your local zoo or aquarium and for $18, it is a bit pricey. However, it was a good way to spend a couple hours with friends when we were bored one afternoon.

This exhibit is located in Mandalay Bay, which is one of the hotels at the end of the Strip, plus it is all the way at the END of the extremely large Mandalay Bay hotel. Even once you get inside the hotel, you have to walk allllllll the way to the other end of the hotel to get to it. It is a bit of a trek, so be prepared to do some walking to get there.

A couple things I learned from the visit:
• To avoid the lineups to purchase your ticket at the attraction, pre-purchase your tickets online.
• Everyone has their photo taken when they enter. You know, the usual photo where they Photoshop your faces to be in front of the aquarium scenery. This really slowed down the line to enter the exhibit. To save some time, politely tell the photographer you don’t want your photo taken and then just keep walking. This way, you can also bypass the line at the end to look at your photo.

In addition to sharks and sea creatures, there is a short exhibit featuring komodo dragons, snakes, and other animals. There were two underwater tunnels you walk through to get a better look at the sharks and fish. They also had a sting ray touch pool, which was really neat. A wash station was located nearby so you could wash your hands afterwards. I was surprised to see absolutely no staff supervision at that exhibit, what with little children literally grabbing the sting rays. I felt kind of bad for the sting rays and I hope they change that water regularly. (Who knows how clean people’s hands are when reaching in there?)

You walk around at your own pace and there is seating under the two underwater tunnels. You could literally sit there all day and stare at the 1.3 million gallons of water above you.

All in all, it was an enjoyable time. If you have a couple hours to kill and are looking for a break from the heat and the usual drinking and gambling scene in Vegas, I’d go check it out.

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“A great way to kill an hour! ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

Small but interesting. Nice sharks and stingrays. No great whites so dont get your hopes up, lovely leopard shark though!

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