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Shark Reef Aquarium, A Mom’s Review

As a mom with as an adventurous family, we were eager to explore the wonders of the deep sea during our trip to Las Vegas. The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay seemed like the perfect place to embark on this underwater adventure, and we were not disappointed. Here’s my review of The Shark Reef Aquarium from a mom’s perspective.

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Shark Reef Aquarium, A Mom’s Review


The Shark Reef Aquarium is located in Mandalay Bay: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119


Shark Reef Aquarium is open daily 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Last Admission 7:00 PM)


Regular Admission Prices:

  • Adult (13+): $29.00
  • Seniors (65+): $27.00
  • Children (ages 5 – 12): $24.00
  • Children (4 & under): Free

Anytime Pricing:

  • Adult (13+): $36.00
  • Seniors (65+): $34.00
  • Children (ages 5 – 12): $31.00
  • Children (4 & under): Free

Nevada Resident Admission:
Nevada residents can enjoy a discount of $3.00 off adult or child admissions and combos. Discounted tickets can only be purchased at the Shark Reef Box Office with a government-issued Nevada ID (that tickets are subject to availability and may sell out in advance, I recommend buying at least a day in advance in person if going this route).

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Situated at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the Shark Reef Aquarium offers a unique and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

One of the highlights of the Shark Reef is its vast collection of sharks. Get ready to encounter various shark species, including majestic predators like the Sand Tiger Shark, Nurse Shark, and even the fearsome Tiger Shark.

In addition to the sharks, the aquarium boasts a diverse range of marine life from around the world. Discover vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful tropical fish, exotic sea turtles gracefully swimming by, and mesmerizing jellyfish gracefully floating through the water. Explore the interactive touch pool, where you can gently touch and learn about marine invertebrates like starfish and horseshoe crabs.

The Shark Reef Aquarium offers a walk-through tunnel, where you can observe the marine life from a unique perspective. Watch in awe as enormous rays gracefully soar above you and schools of fish dart around, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

Gift Shop

Before leaving, we made a quick stop at the gift shop, which offered a wide array of marine-themed merchandise. From adorable plush toys to educational books, there was something to suit every child’s interest and budget.


Our Visit

Overall, our visit to the Shark Reef Aquarium was a truly wonderful experience. We spend about 1 1/2 – 2 hours at the aquarium. It combined fun, education, and environmental awareness in a way that engaged both children and adults alike.

If you’re looking for a fun and enriching family outing in Las Vegas, I highly recommend a trip to this captivating underwater world.


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!