The only Nevada Wildlife Organization to be accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, Shark Reef Aquarium is a total sensory experience designed to transport visitors to an undersea world of fantastic sights, sounds and encounters. Featuring more than 2,000 dangerous and unusual aquatic animals, Shark Reef Aquarium takes visitors on a journey through an ancient temple reclaimed by the sea. Fourteen exhibits allow visitors to view up-close 100 aquatic species, including 15 types of sharks and a Giant Pacific Octopus. The 90,560-square-foot aquarium also is home to a Golden Crocodile, stingrays, jellyfish, sea turtles, piranhas and a rare Komodo Dragon with approximately 60 dagger-like teeth and deadly saliva. The newest members of the Shark Reef family are a male and female Bowmouth Guitarfish, or more commonly known as Shark Rays. The Shark Ray, not actually a shark but rather a member of the ray family, is referred to as a Shark Ray because its front half is wide and flat like a stingray while the back half is long and slender with tall fins like a shark. There are less than 12 Shark Rays on display in U.S. aquariums. Shark Reef Aquarium also offers the experience of a lifetime for those who love marine life and diving. The Dive with Sharks program provides thrill-seekers a rush of adrenaline diving side-by-side with guides and more than 30 sharks in a 1.3-million-gallon exhibit.
Shark Reef Aquarium
Las Vegas, NV
What is there to do?
How much does it cost?
Discount: Nevada resident discount available.
Free Under: 4 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013
Need a little extra help?
The facility is fully accessible and there are no restrictions to those with limited mobility.We have disabled stalls in all of our public restrooms here in the Aquarium. There are three changing tables: one in both the men’s and women’s restrooms outside the touch pool, and one in the unisex restroom by the classroom.
When can we go?
Open daily from 10am until 10pm daily.Last admission one hour prior to close.
This attraction is open year round.
Any top tips?
Guests of Mandalay Bay and THEhotel who are certified divers and at least 18 years of age have a rare opportunity to connect with these powerful creatures during the up-close educational program. To make the experience more intimate, the program is limited to two participants and one dive per day on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Locals and Las Vegas visitors now have the option to purchase an Annual Pass, which provides unlimited entry, discounts and exclusive offers.
No food or drinks are permitted inside the Shark Reef.