Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Buy an all day bus ticket and you can hop the bus anywhere on the strip. Visit the Mandalay Bay Hotel via tram and visit the aquarium. The children can touch the sting rays in the aquarium! Walk towards the Luxor Hotel and have your pictures taken on the pyramid. The Excalibur Hotel has free shows in the morning at the hotel lobby while Cesar's Palace has free shows every hour inside the dome. Belagio has the water show every hour also. At night, watch the free show of the Mirage Hotel- the volcanic eruption and the fight of the pirates. These are amazing free shows at night!
Make sure to have good walking shoes to hop around hotels. If you have children, bring a lot of water to drink!
Rip offs: The Shark reef – how disappointing. $15 entry fee and it took all of 18 mins to walk through. Mostly a circular glass tube where you can see the same fish over and over and yes over again and if you have every been to an aquarium or snorkeled, there is nothing new. A few small sharks, lots of groupers, parrot fish and other every day ocean fish. The only thing I found interesting was the komoto dragon and large pink jelly fish. Save yourself the money, pick up a flyer and you have seen all the fish they have.
Shark Reef is an aquarium/zoo. The animals are beautiful. The attraction is very informative. You may take a "guide" along with you (in the shape of a radio with prerecorded info to keep you posted on the tour). There is even a spot to pet crabs and sting rays!!! (I have always dreamed of swimming with the rays.... it's the closest that I've gotten.... one day!)
Anyway - while the location was busy. I found this to be more relaxing. Moved at my own pace, took a TON of photos and saw everything that I wanted to see, when I wanted to see it. Take your time and enjoy.
A new unusual wedding venue has just opened at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
Get married whilst the sharks and stingrays swim around you. If you can survive that, your marriage will survive anything...and not many people will be able to say they got married in a $40million venue!
The whole wedding package includes....Minister, pianist, wedding album, a bouquet and garter for the bride and a buttonhole for the groom...all for $1175.00 plus tax.
Moorea Beach Club is a separate and secluded pool at Mandalay Bay. Only 21 and older are allowed for entry as the club offers 'European' sunbathing. This pool is a lot smaller than the regular Mandalay Beach, but is a lot more trendly and chic. They have a live DJ which creates a club like atmosphere. In addition to nice, padded lounge chairs they offer large loung canopie beds for shade or privacy.
You don't have to stay at the hotel to enter, it's $10 for women $40 for men.
Mandalay Bay has stepped up its game as the chic and fun place to stay when in Vegas. While other hotels are touting party hardy reputations, Mandalay Bay and its newest install THE Hotel are bringing back a little class to twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings who want to have a great time in Vegas, but don't want to eat greasy tacos like at Pink Taco at Hard Rock. The pool is the perfect example of this. Hard Rock hotel hosts Rehab on Sundays, which is an all day, heavy-partying, very crowded pool party that attracts lots of people. Yopu have to wait in line form 9am to get in and pay $40. Mandalay Bay has a smaller, more tame but more fun adults-only area called Moorea Beach. DJs spin cool house music, and the crowd is older than the punk rock kids of Hard Rock hotel. The pool is topless for those who want to reveal a little more. What is coolest about this pool is that it is a pretty small area, so it's easier to meet people and keeps up with your friends. There is also a good amount of seating, which you will NOT find at Rehab. The music is great and the food is okay, better than most pool fare, but not the best. Guys are usually charged $40 admission. Girls are free. It's worth it for a great day at a chic pool.
Most hotels have something of interest to experience. For one some of the plays and concerts may be held at a different hotel than the one that you are staying in. Most hotels have free performances or have architectural and botanical beauty for you to admire.
Ceasars Palace -- Forum Shops, laser performance, moving statues, go-go girls
Bellagio -- dancing waters and botanical conservatory
Wynn-- botanical conservatory, laser light show performance
Treasure Island -- sirens and pirates performance
MGM -- lions exhibit
Mandalay Bay -- House of Blues courtyard Dope MC's on Wednesdays
Mirage -- volcano, lions tigers exhibit and zoo with dolphins acts ($13 for the zoo and $12 to train dolphins)
Planet Hollywood --acrobats
Bally's --Price Is Right game show (49.99)
Luxor -- motion rides and egyptian museum ($)
Excaliber -- motion rides and childrens games ($)
Circus Circus -- rides ($)
New York -- roller coaster ($)
Venetian -- gondola rides with singing $15 to get on the ride but it is free to look and listen
The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is a great destination for families and nature buffs. The Shark Reef exhibit has everything from North America's only predator-based tanks to land-based snakes and reptiles. The exhibit boasts more than 2,000 animals in the 1.6 million gallon aquarium.
The reef also has educational programs throughout the week for children who are interested in learning more. The program consists of a one-hour guided tour through the exhibit as well as one-hour of classroom instruction.
Admission to the Shark Reef is $15.95 for adults, $12.95 for children between 5-12, and children 4 and younger are free for an audio-stick tour. There also is a behind-the-scenes tour where you can learn about the feeding, cleaning, and maintenance of the exhibit and that costs $8 and is limited to those over the age of 13.
The Shark Reef is open from 10am until 11pm. The last tours leave at 10pm.
Well, all my exterior pictures turned out bad because theres a shiny gold background. Oh well, they're here anyway. The inside was nothing special, but the outside entrance area was really nice. There was a waterfall, big archway, something that looks like a temple. If you look closely its all starting to fall apart. Visit now before it all collapses into the pond. Thats right, theres a shark reef, but I'm too cheap to pay $16 to see it when there was so much to see for free.
There is much debate over whether or not Las Vegas is a family-friendly destination, and the popular concensus is that it's not. However, Las Vegas remains popular with families and some may find it difficult coming up with things for the entire family to do. My favorite is the Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay. Years ago when we were driving into Vegas from Southern California, I saw the billboard off the freeway and logged it away as something to do when I was sick of partying. Now that I live in Las Vegas, I recommend it to everyone who comes to visit, especially those with kids. It's relaxing, informative, and the kids will really dig it. Toward the end of the attraction, you walk through an observation area that looks like a shipwrek, and you can watch as sharp-toothed predators lurk in a tank that is above, below, and all around you! They also have an awesome gift shop with more than just the regular tourist-trap souveniers. The audio wand tour provides a lot of info, so the Shark Reef can kill a lot of time for the price (check the Mandalay Bay website for that info).
It was the best show we saw. If you even remotely like ABBA then you will like Mama Mia. The plot and the music were great. Well okay one of the stars could have had a slightly less high voice but I can't really throw stones as I'm horrid. So anyway, we saw Mama Mia and I wasn't expecting much. Mom is from the ABBA era and I was not. But it was a great musically. However, if you disliked ABBA, don't go, cause you'll hate it. It's all ABBA music. However this did not disappoint. The plot was great and the dialog entertaining.
A good hours fun if you like tropical fish and all things that swim! Mandalay Bays Shark Reef has quite a lot to see although its a bit pricey to enter. $16.99! Kids and pensioners cheaper.
The lay out is pretty stunning and gives a tropical jungle feel as if you are lost in South America somewhere. Huge glass tanks hold many species and there is also a stroking pool where you can gently stroke the baby manta rays.....weird feeling! The highlight of the visit is the shipwreck. You approach and stand in a creaking shipwreck of a boat with huge sharks, mantas and turtles swimming all around, above and below you. Theres even a glass tunnel to exit thru just like in Jaws where again everything is moving around you....good fun!
In my opinion, the Mandalay Bay casino is the nicest looking of the hotels judging by the outside. the shimmering golden look comes from the tint which has been infused with actual gold. the casino was very elegant and there wsa a tram car that connected this casino with the luxor and excalibur. Mandalay bay is the casino located furthest south on the strip.
The Shark Reef is North America's only predator based aquarium. Your taken through a jungle environment into a sunken shipwreck where you see more than 2,000 animals.
Naturalists are onhand to answer questions and provide interesting facts.
Zip up the elevator at Mandalay Bay to the tip top and you'll find Mix, a swanky chic and dimly lit bar with incredible views of the strip by night... there are low lying couches to sit on outside on their open air balcony... really cool. There is also a restaurant adjoining Mix. The name eludes me but it looked funky, chic and worth checking out. Also boasting great views of the Vegas strip.