Mandalay Bay Aquarium Shark Reef Aquarium

Last Updated on May 10, 2022

Shark Reef Aquarium is an expansive venue home to more than 2,000 aquatic wildlife species. Shark Reef, located inside Mandalay Bay, is one of the most popular stops on the Las Vegas Strip for families, couples, and singles alike. The daytime hours allow guests special early entry to entertainment, which can’t be said for most locations on the strip. 

This predator-based aquarium is an institution dedicated to educating and preserving sea life. Not only will you have a great time, but you’re also supporting a great cause!

Shark Reef Exhibits

Shark Reef is home to over 2,000 unique species. Each exhibit has something different than the last. Check out these exhibits that are fan favorites at Shark Reef. 

Shipwreck

The shipwreck exhibit is by far the most popular exhibit at Shark Reef. This is the aquarium’s largest exhibit, so it makes sense that it has the largest tank.

The exhibit features a 1.3 million gallon tank! A 360 degree Shark Reef tunnel takes guests through a shipwreck experience with more than 15 different species of exotic sharks swimming around them. Inside the Shark Reef tunnel, you’ll get to see white tip reef sharks, tiger sharks, sand tiger sharks, other toothy residents, and some tropical fish!

Underwater Tunnel

Underwater Tunnel

Two underwater tunnels connect to create North America’s largest undersea adventure! The underwater tunnel displays numerous species, including giant rays, sharks, horseshoe crabs, tropical fish, and other sea life.

Shark Feed

Shark Feed

Get up close and personal with resident zebra sharks during the shark feed experience. You’ll get a lesson on how to safely feed the sharks first. Then, it’s your turn to grab the feeding tong and give the gentle giants a bite!

Sea Turtle Feed

Sea Turtle Feed

Feeding endangered green sea turtles is something most people will never get to do, but you can! These 300-pound endangered green sea turtles are always looking to eat. You’ll get to go above the main tank to have an interactive feeding experience with a sea turtle while getting a new perspective of the exotic sharks down below.

Touch Pool

Touch Pool

The touch pool is great for families looking to remember their Shark Reef visit for years to come. The touch pool has sea creatures that are safe to touch like horseshoe crabs, starfish, and sea anemones. 

Other Exhibits

There are 14 exhibits in total. Other notable exhibits and experiences at Shark Reef include:

  • Shark diving 
  • Freshwater fish
  • Tropical fish
  • Polar Journey 
  • Underwater Explore Virtual Reality Experience Theater 
  • Komodo dragon
  • Jellyfish
  • Stingray feed
  • Underwater proposal 

Aquarium Map

Finding Shark Reef inside Mandalay Bay is easy, thanks to plenty of easy-to-read signs. From the front desk and the parking garage, walk past Border Grill and the wedding chapel. The entrance to Shark Reef will be on your left. 

From the front desk, you’ll have to walk past the casino floor before you see the entrance. In the parking garage, follow signs for the Mandalay Bay Convention area until you see the entrance. Parking for the convention center and the aquarium is in the same garage.

Once you’re inside Shark Reef, follow the paths to see every exhibit and come out close to where you started. View the aquarium on a verified Mandalay Bay map above. 

Mandalay Bay Aquarium Hours

Shark Reef Aquarium is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM. The latest you can enter the aquarium is at 5 PM. This cutoff for the last entry allows those who paid for entry to have time to walk through the aquarium before close. 

Special activities like feeding sea turtles and diving with sharks may have different times. 

Aquarium Cost & Tickets

Cost is a big concern when people are planning their Las Vegas activities. Shark Reef at Mandalay bay works hard to keep prices reasonable for families, couples, and singles alike. Tickets can be purchased online or in-person at the box office. 

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay has multiple ticket options available, so there’s truly something for everyone. No matter what type of ticket you buy, you’re guaranteed to have so much fun along the way!

Timed Tickets


Timed Entry Tickets


Price


Time

Adult

$29.00

10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Senior (Ages 65+)

$27.00

10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Child (Ages 5 - 12)

$24.00


10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Children (Ages 4 & under)

Free

10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Timed entry to Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay began when the pandemic started picking up. The aquarium uses timed tickets to help manage capacity and lower the risk of Covid-19 spread.

With timed Shark Reef tickets, guests choose what time they’ll enter the aquarium at the time of their ticket purchase. Kids 4 and under are always free

Anytime Tickets


Anytime Tickets


Price


Time

Adult

$36.00

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Senior (Ages 65+)

$34.00

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Child (Ages 5 - 12)

$31.00


10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Children (Ages 4 & under)

Free

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Anytime tickets are still available for guests who aren’t sure when they’ll be able to visit Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. 

Anytime Shark Reef tickets allow guests to enter anytime during the normal hours of operation.

Discounted Tickets

Discount ticket options are available! Nevada residents can receive $3 off per ticket with a valid Nevada state ID. Tickets must be purchased at the box office to receive a Nevada resident discount. 

Two Activities for the Price of One

All visitors to Shark Reef Aquarium get free entry to Mandalay Beach included with their ticket! Shark Reef and Mandalay Beach are both on the same property, so finding your next destination won’t be hard. Mandalay Beach spans more than 11 acres and is considered the premier pool in all of Las Vegas. 

FAQ

The Shark Reef Aquarium is open year-round, and there’s never a bad time to go! Shark Reef is the first and only facility in Nevada accredited aquarium by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

Start booking your Las Vegas trip today to lock in the lowest rates and access to the best activities at Mandalay Bay Resort.

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