Last Updated on October 10, 2022
Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is a fun way to spend the afternoon in Vegas among nature to see white tigers, lions, and dolphins. Located at the Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, this is your chance to see and engage with amazing animals, from bottlenose dolphins to really big cats. Come wander through the lush foliage in this adventure that’s perfect for families and anyone who loves animals.
Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat Description
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat opened at the Mirage Hotel in 1996. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat location was the brainchild of legendary magicians, Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn. The Dolphin Habitat actually opened at the resort in 1990 and was later absorbed by the Secret Garden project after it was built.
The exhibit features exotic animals, mostly large cats. While the gardens are definitely used for entertainment purposes, there’s also a huge focus on education, along with the hope to save endangered animals through education, their research facility, outreach, and other contributions.
The display at the Mirage cost them more than $15 million to build and covers an expansive ten acres and draws hundreds and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Once you’re inside Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, it feels as though you’ve entered a secret world. This attraction feels like so much more than your typical zoo experience that it’s not even fair to compare.
Just picture lush greenery, tropical trees, and built-in waterfalls that are all graced by the presence of white lions and tigers, leopards, panthers, and other large, exotic felines. The beautiful animals are nothing short of majestic as they strut around.
The Dolphin Habitat is another huge element of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden. Guests can enjoy a dolphin show while relaxing in shaded seating, go on a VIP Tour, or engage one on one with premium interactive experiences.
With their passion for nature and a desire to save endangered animals, the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat location has remained one of the most popular Vegas attractions for adults and children of all ages. Unfortunately, Siegfried and Roy have both passed away in recent years, but their vision to protect endangered animals and bring their love of nature to Vegas is alive and well.
If you’re planning your upcoming trip, here is a roundup of all the Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat details you need to know.
Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat Experiences
White Tiger Habitat
If you ever watched Siegfried and Roy, you know that their love of white tigers was no secret. Throughout the jungle part of the gardens, it’s primarily white tigers that you’ll see as they roam the grounds, completely at home in their wild, lush habitat. It’s truly amazing to see them up close in all their majestic beauty.
Aside from the snow-white striped tigers and lions, there are other types of big cats throughout the habitat.
As you explore the lion exhibit, you’ll learn fun facts. For example, one you may not know is that tigers are the largest living members of the cat family. Lions are the second largest. The jungle-themed music, lush foliage, and palm trees make you feel like you’ve entered an entirely different, but new and enchanting world.
Dolphin Habitat in Vegas
In our opinion, the Dolphin Habitat is more fun than any of the amusement parks we’ve ever been to, at least if you love all aquatic creatures, especially these mesmerizing creatures.
When you enter the Dolphin Habitat, you’ll see a large pool. Sometimes you’ll be able to catch a dolphin show, with stadium-style seating. Even when there’s not a show going on, you can walk up to the pool and watch the trainers feeding and playing with the dolphins. It’s such great fun.
Surrounding the pool are nice resting areas with shaded seating when you want to take a few minutes to just relax and enjoy the view. There’s also a snack shop to grab some quick bites and also a souvenir shop that you’ll definitely want to visit before you leave.
Meet & Greet Experience
Guests can choose to experience the opportunity to meet the bottlenose dolphins face-to-face in a personal meet & greet. This dolphin encounter allows you to enter the area of the dolphin pools, interact with beautiful creatures, feed them, and have a poolside photo taken with one of the friendly dolphins.
You don’t actually get into the pools with the dolphins in this experience, so it’s suitable for all ages. You do have a set amount of time that you’re allowed by the pools. The Meet & Greet Experience starts at $100 in addition to regular admission fees.
Painting With the Dolphins
Did you know that dolphins are capable of creating works of art? You might not find any of these dolphin paintings on the wall of your local art museum, but you can take one to hang on your own wall at home.
Painting with the Dolphins is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you probably won’t find in other animal habitats. You are given a canvas and can choose up to three colors for your dolphin masterpiece. The dolphin then holds a paintbrush in its mouth and makes strokes on the canvas as you hold it.
Each painting is unique and makes for a wonderful, memorable experience. Painting with the Dolphins is open to anyone who is ten years of age or older. Children ages 10-12 will need to be accompanied by an adult who is 18 years or older. The adult will be an observer only and is required to pay general admission prices. Painting with the Dolphins costs $200 per person/canvas.
Dolphin Trainer 101
If you love animals, an experience like the Dolphin Trainer 101 at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is definitely one for the bucket list!
These are dolphin training sessions, where you get to have a one-on-one experience participating, getting in the water, and learning what’s involved in training dolphins.
The experience lasts about three hours and includes a light snack, plus a poolside lunch overlooking the dolphins. You also get digital photos as a forever keepsake of your experience.
Dolphin Training 101 starts at $450 for participants. There is also a fee for anyone who wants to come in and watch the entire session as an observer. This is one of the more expensive experiences at the Dolphin Habitat. Still, it’s actually a really great price considering the length of the program, all you learn, and the live interaction with the dolphins.
Secret Garden VIP Tours
Would you like to spend the entire day at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat? The VIP tour offers all-day access plus you get a guided tour of what happens behind the scenes. You also get to learn all sorts of behind the scene details from the garden’s educational experts. This experience also includes a poolside dolphin encounter.
Although you do get an up close and personal look at what goes on behind the scenes, this experience does not include any significant interactions with the dolphins, such as swimming. This is a tour that’s suitable for all ages. Prices start at $85 per person.
When creating their Secret Garden & Wildlife Habitat, Siegfried and Roy didn’t overlook the fact that they needed a gift shop filled with all types of cute and fun memorabilia. The Secret Garden offers souvenirs along the lines of plush dolphin toys, cuddly white lions and tigers that you can take home (the stuffed kind of course!), dolphin-shaped water guns, and more to bring a little piece of the experience home with you.
Tickets and Prices
The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat by Siegfried and Roy is a budget-friendly experience for the family. It’s not free to enter, but by Vegas terms, it is affordable. Keep in mind that any special experiences are extra in addition to the admission rates. Adults that are accompanying children for events or experiences must also pay the standard admission fee.
There’s no time limit on your visit. You’re free to stay and enjoy the Secret Garden and Wildlife Habitat during the entire day of your admission.
Seniors (65+): $20
US Military: $20
Children 4 – 12: $19
Children 3 and Under: Free
Receive unlimited access for one calendar year.
Children 4-12: $45
Complimentary admission for a guest during the last weekend of every month; up to 4 additional guests will receive $5 off general admission.
Daily: 10 am – 5 pm, last entry at 4 pm (From November 5 – December 31)
Daily: 10 am – 6 pm last entry at 5 pm (Now until November 4)
Age Restriction, Location, and Directions
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden is located at the Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. You can find them at 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd. The attraction is located right outside the Mirage pool area. Seigfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat are hard to miss because it has a huge footprint on the Mirage property.
From the Mirage Self Parking
Walk into the Casino and turn right just past the Lobby Bar through the Atrium. Turn right past Heritage Steak towards OTORO. Turn left and walk through the Casino Floor to the M life desk. Turn left and continue through Retail Promenade to Blizz. Turn left and continue out the doors to the pool. Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat will be on your right.
From the Main valet (Main Entrance)
Enter the resort from Las Vegas Boulevard. Walk through two bronze mermaid statues towards the Atrium. Turn right past Heritage Steak towards OTORO. Turn left and walk through the Casino Floor to the M life desk. Turn left and continue through Retail Promenade to Blizz. Turn left and continue out the doors to the pool. The Secret Garden stands on your right.
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden Habitat is one of the best Las Vegas attractions that all ages can enjoy. People of all ages, young and old, can come and enjoy the majestic creatures and interactive exhibits. Children ages 12 or younger are required to have an adult accompany them to the exhibit. Some add-on experiences may have minimum age requirements.
Can you swim with the dolphins in Las Vegas?
Yes, you can swim with the dolphins at Siegfried & Roy’s Dolphin Habitat. You can also learn to be a trainer for the day teaching the dolphins commands to perform tricks, ride their backs, and launch objects into the air.
What animals are at the Siegfried and Roy Secret Garden?
Secret Garden at the Mirage has white tigers, lions, and a bunch of other animals in the habitat, plus the dolphins in the dolphin pools.
How much are Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden Tickets?
The standard entrance fee is $25 for adults and $19 for children. Special experiences, like painting with the dolphins, cost extra.
Is the Secret Garden free at the Mirage?
No, hotel guests and visitors all pay the same rate.
How long do most people spend there?
If you’re going to explore both the Dolphin Habitat and the Secret Garden, you’ll probably want to plan about two hours. You can also hang out at the pool and watch the trainers and dolphins perform tricks. You can also eat lunch there and peruse the gift shop.
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is a great time for adults and children of all ages, plus it’s an experience on the Vegas Strip that’s offered at a great price. Keep an eye out for deals and get the best price guarantee on your admission. While you’re there; don’t forget to check out the other fun attractions at the Mirage hotel, including the Volcano, which erupts in an explosion of light and sound several times every evening. Start planning your upcoming trip today!