The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is home to over 2,000 aquatic animals and is a fun experience for any Las Vegas visitor looking for a unique attraction. Visitors can walk through clear glass tunnels while sharks and other aquatic life swim over their heads. The exhibit allows you to experience a larger concentration of exotic sharks than you would experience on a dive in the ocean.

    A visit to the aquarium lasts approximately an hour for most visitors. Families will enjoy watching the endangered sea turtles, giant rays, and many other aquatic life forms swim by their noses.

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    Highlights of the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

    The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is home to the Undersea Explorer VR Experience. Before you begin, you can take a photo in a shark cage and track sharks in real time around the world. You’ll also learn about humpback whale anatomy and their whale songs.

    To begin your undersea adventure, you’ll don a headset while sitting in a motion seat. The 360º 3D virtual reality experience will transport you on a journey where you will swim with humpback whale mothers and their new calves. You can also head to the blue waters of Tiger Beach in the Bahamas and experience a dive amongst the hammerhead sharks.

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    Good to know about the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

    Families with young children interested in the VR experience should know that the films are for children ages 5 and older. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult and will need to rotate with an adult if they are interested in the VR experience.

    The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay also offers special interactive experiences to visitors. Experienced certified divers can book a guided dive in a tank with over 30 varieties of sharks. The aquarium also offers animal encounters for an additional fee and includes a guided tour with a resident expert before feeding the chosen animal you booked for the experience.

    Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

    Location: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 702-632-4555

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