The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a public aquarium with one of the largest tanks in North America. Its main tank is 1,300,000 US gallons. This aquarium is home to over 2,000 animals, including a sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranhas, jellyfish, and a rare golden crocodile.

How cool is this Golden Crocodile at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas? A golden crocodile is a hybrid of the Saltwater and a Siamese Crocodile. They have less pigment than other crocodiles. Golden crocodiles can reach up to 20 feet in length and weigh close to one ton.

The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay was awesome. I couldn’t believe how much they have packed into such a small area. I assumed there wouldn’t be much to it, boy was I wrong! (I hope my friend Ashlee isn’t reading this while having her coffee. I would hate for her to drop her cup or something. She hates this place!).

There is one touch pool filled with Sting Rays. Kids always enjoy getting to pet stuff, especially funny looking things like stingrays. They also have horseshoe crabs that you can touch.

Jellyfish, always a hit with the kids. Jellyfish are not actually fish, but rather invertebrates (an animal without a backbone). These moon jellies are fed brine shrimp (also known as sea monkeys) twice each day.

At the end, we went into a classroom and saw a bunch of educational things like dissected fish, coral, starfish, blowfish, snakes, and more! We were there are part of a field trip, otherwise this would not have been included. If you can set up a group visit/field trip, then you can get this educational element added.


Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Keep in mind that they stop selling tickets one hour before they close.


Shark Reef Aquarium and Polar Journey Package:

Seniors (65+)
Children (Age 4-12)
Children (3 & under)