Looking for somewhere cool to spend an afternoon? Read on to learn about Shark Reef Aquarium tickets and discounts. The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a journey through a slowly sinking temple, housing some of the most dangerous predators in the world. Those terrifying sharks! View a diverse selection of amazing aquatic wildlife, including 100 sharks, (15 species in all) along with exotic fish, reptiles and sea turtles. Featuring more that 2,000 animals, Shark Reef Aquarium is comprised of nearly 1.6 million gallons of water in 14 exhibits, including rare Golden Crocodiles, Piranha, a Touch Pool Experience and over 30 sharks in our 1.3 million gallon Shark Exhibit. Polar Journey is a new traveling exhibit. This interactive experience, gives guests a glimpse into the Earth’s polar regions and the animals that call them home.
My sister and I took our young sons there a few years back. Yes, it’s not a typical aquarium, and yes, tickets can be high if you aren’t used to our Vegas prices. Hopefully, I can help you out with that. But, that being said, it is one of 2 tiny aquariums we have in Vegas and I think it’s worth the trip. Especially for young kids who just love watching fish. If you are from a city that has a large aquarium, or Sea World, etc, you might not be that impressed. It is a long walk through the hotel, but it’s a large undertaking for a Vegas property and they couldn’t just put it in the middle of the resort.
Since opening in 2000, Shark Reef Aquarium has inspired nearly a million visitors a year, and tens of thousands of the Las Vegas Valley’s school children have had the opportunity to visit Shark Reef under the school group program. In March 2003, Shark Reef Aquarium became the first animal care facility in the State of Nevada to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They continue to hold this distinction as first and only to this day.
The Shark Reef prides themselves on conservation and houses some rare and difficult to find species in their tanks. They also have several species of offspring born here to ensure that populations in the wild are not depleted. Here is a list of the endangered and threatened species that you can see at Shark Reef:
- Komodo Dragon – Endangered
- Sawfish- Endangered
- Green Sea Turtles- Endangered
- Arowa- Endangered
- Burmese Pythons- Threatened
- Cownose Rays- Threatened
These species are rare to see in zoos and aquariums but are exhibited at Shark Reef Aquarium:
- Black Piranha
- Southern Fiddler Ray
- Galapagos Shark
- Grey Reef Shark
- Bowmouth Guitarfish/Shark Ray
Here are a few ways to grab discount tickets to Shark Reef Aquarium:
MGM Resorts 3 for $57– MGM will let you build a bundle & discount the ticket prices! When you’re ready to reserve tickets to your 3 favorite things, choose the Book Now button to purchase your bundle. Some options available are Shark Reef, Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York-New York, and Adventuredome at Circus Circus.
MyVegas Rewards members- This is a free-to-play mobile app and game where you can earn free hotel rooms, meals, show tickets, and more. Acquire points to redeem for discounts on tickets or if you have enough points, free tickets.
Book on Vegas.com and get your tickets for $5 off.
Ticket prices are currently as follows:
Shark Reef and Polar Journey package:
- Adults- $25
- Seniors (65+)- $22
- Children (age 4-12)- &19
- Kids 3 and under always FREE
NV residents (must show ID)- Adults – $22, & Children – $17.
If your kiddos really like the aquarium, it’s a great place to visit in the summer heat when it’s too hot to be outside. You may benefit from an annual pass which includes:
- Unlimited entry to Shark Reef and Polar Journey
- 10% off regular priced Shark Reef Gift Shop Merchandise, Birthday Party Rental for listed children, and Cashman Photo Enterprises
- Access to dive with the sharks
- Adults- $50, Children – $30
This is $80, and buying separate tickets as a NV resident costs an adult and one child $78 for just 2 visits. Not a bad deal to just get the annual pass. Or, if your kids are 3 and under, then you can go often just on an adult pass.
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