Four places to find marine life in the Vegas desert

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Just because Vegas is a desert city doesn’t mean you won’t find many sharks (not just card sharks), stingrays, tropical fish, jellyfish, and other critters. Marine life abounds along the Strip and beyond, if you know where to go.

Here are places where kids or exhausted gamers can take a quick trip to the ocean.

A pair of dwarf lionfish swims in Pirate’s Cove at SeaQuest.

(SeaQuest interactive aquarium)

1. SeaQuest interactive aquarium

This aquarium breathes new life into a 50-year-old shopping center in the city. Over 30 themed exhibits allow visitors to experience ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest, a Caribbean cove, the Egyptian desert and a Mayan jungle.

As indicated by his name, SeaQuest encourages guests to interact with marine animals, which includes feeding sharks and stingrays.

SeaQuest is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets costs $ 14.95 for visitors 12 and over, $ 9.95 for children 2-11.

Info: SeaQuest interactive aquarium, Boulevard Mall, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway; (702) 906-1901

Located a few kilometers east of major seaside resorts, the boulevard hopes to generate new vitality with non-shopping attractions, such as SeaQuest and the Hispanic Museum of Nevada.

Seated in reclining chairs, visitors to Polar Journey in the Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay travel beneath the polar ice caps to experience the changing environments of frigid regions.

(MGM Resorts)

2. Polar trip / Shark Reef aquarium in Mandalay Bay

This interactive aquarium presents a new Polar trip experience. Visitors lie down and watch a dome-shaped screen above to travel to the Antarctic ice caps and the Arctic to view wildlife.

Admission costs $ 25 for adults and $ 19 for children ages 4 to 12. The show lasts until February 2018. It is open from 9:30 am to 8 pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 9:30 am to 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Info: Shark Reef Aquarium and Polar Travel, 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd .; (702) 632-4555

3. Silverton Aquarium in Las Vegas

The 117,000 gallon aquarium at Silverton the hotel-casino located a few miles south on Las Vegas Boulevard has been called the city’s best free attraction.

The reservoir, located just inside the main entrance, is home to thousands of tropical fish as well as sharks and stingrays. Visitors can attend different activities at different times of the day, such as mealtime and “mermaid” swims. (Swimming sirens occur on a program.)

Info: Silverton Las Vegas Aquarium, 3333 Blue Diamond Road; (702) 263-7777

While queuing at the Mirage’s check-in counter, customers can relax watching tropical fish swim behind the employees.

(MGM Resorts)

4. The mirage

Invited to the Mirage Check in against a 20,000 gallon saltwater tank filled with 85 different fish.

The aquarium has a coral reef which is cleaned two or three times a day by in-house staff who dive with snorkel gear. You will find the tank in the lobby, which is open to the public.

Info: The Mirage Aquarium, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd .; (702) 791-7111

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