My daughter and I both love aquariums, so I was very excited to take her to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. This isn’t some little fish tank in the middle of a casino. This is a massive exhibit that features a variety of sharks, sting rays, fish, and even a huge komodo dragon.
After the typical tourist-trap photo that they’ll try to sell to you for a fortune at the end of your visit, you’ll begin your journey with the gigantic komodo dragon. I love that the exhibit is designed so that you can get a really great view of the animals. It’s disappointing when you’re struggling to see an animal way in the back, hiding behind a tree.
My daughter was nervous at first because the glass was so clear it looked non-existant. But after I showed her that there was nothing to be worried about, she had a fantastic time observing the lizard before moving on to the sea creatures.
The highlight of the Shark Reef Aquarium is the 1.3 million gallon shark tank, which houses a variety of animals such as green sawfish, blacktip reef sharks, zebra sharks, and the fierce-looking sandtiger sharks.
I liked the aquarium’s emphasis on green living and conservation. A portion of the shark exhibit discussed the fact that millions of sharks are killed by humans each year, yet there are only a handful of human injuries caused by sharks. In other words, rather than fearing sharks, we should be working to preserve them and their habitats.
Although the aquarium isn’t cheap (adult tickets are $18), the Shark Reef offers free admission to children age 4 and under as well as discounts for Nevada residents. The aquarium also offers annual passes, which might be a good option if you plan on visiting Las Vegas more than once a year or if you live nearby.
For tips on making your visit to the Shark Reef even more enjoyable, check out Debi’s post Exploring Marine Life in Las Vegas: The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay at Go Explore Nature.
Have you ever visited the Shark Reef? What did you think?