Believe it or not, Las Vegas is a wonderful place for nature-lovers. With its close proximity to state and national parks, there are enough outdoor adventures to keep any traveller happy. However, what you might not expect is that there are chances to learn about and experience nature right there on one of the busiest streets in America.
Check out these two animal adventures on the famous Las Vegas strip.
1. Shark Reef Aquarium: Mandalay Bay’s predator-based aquarium features all kinds of interesting creatures like sharks, piranhas, jellyfish, and stingrays. It’s perfectly-portioned: not too daunting for those travelling with young kids, but in-depth enough that you feel like you’ve gotten your money’s worth. For more on the Shark Reef, read about our first visit with our daughter.
2. Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat: Head over to the Mirage for an up-close look at lions, tigers, and dolphins. Watch as trainers feed and work with dolphins in one of the large pools or head down the ramp to see an underwater view of these swimming mammals. Next, walk into the secret garden to see white lions and tigers in a tree-lined, shaded habitat. Don’t forget to the find the “wishing tree” before you leave!
Travel tip: Those visiting the Secret Garden should be aware that this is an outdoor attraction. Although the lion and tiger habitat provides some shade, the dolphin area is in the blazing sun. Dress accordingly and bring sunscreen.