Top 10 Places You Can Find the Ocean in Las Vegas

Don’t be fooled, it IS a desert out there. However, when you come to Vegas that’s the last thing you’ll notice. What you will notice is the expansive skyline of top notch hotels that literally have rivers running through them, water falls dripping from them and in some cases, they have brought the oceans to them! Although this desert was once the bottom of a prehistoric sea, it IS no more, but of course Vegas is that kind of place that IS what it isn’t. Vegas Hot Spots has come up with a list of the top places to see the open seas and all the beauty that the oceans have to offer. Here is a list of the top 10 places in Las Vegas that you can find the ocean in the desert! You will want to sea all the best beaches, aquariums, and seafood in Las Vegas!


yellowtail10. Yellowtail

If you love fresh fish this is the place to be. Dive into the Yellowtail menu and swim around and see what you find.

Enjoy some of the best sushi in town while overlooking the Bellagio fountain. Bringing a sense of adventure to Japanese fine-dining, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge delivers imaginative twists on traditional and modern Japanese cuisine.

Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge’s elegant wood and stone décor, as well as size, foster a vibrant atmosphere. The restaurant’s signature design element, a 25-by-13-foot, bronze wall-mounted installation of the dorsal side of the yellowtail fish greets you at the entrance.


moorea9. Moorea Beach Club

Also at Mandalay Bay you’ll find Moorea Beach club, Named for a Tahitian island. This tropical pool side club is appropriately decked out with tiki torches, cabanas and floating candles.

Guests can enjoy views of the “beach,” cushioned chaise lounges, high-energy music, pool side massage services and private cabanas. Pool attire is described as “Toptional” which is a lot more popular than you’d initially imagine.


mirage_tank8. Mirage Aquarium Reef

After a two-month transformation, The Mirage’s famed lobby aquarium – already one of the most elaborate and technically advanced in the world – now offers visitors a new sensory escape. Several of the top aquarium design experts collaborated to create the ultimate undersea environment.

Sharks, stingrays, and gobies can be seen swimming side by side with eels, sea bass and puffer fish behind four-inch thick acrylic window. The aquarium’s filtration and life support systems were also updated with technology that will improve visibility and support new artificial corals and nearly 1000 specimens.

This 20,000 gallon spectacular is home to new, brighter artificial corals that call to mind the exotic beauty of such tropical locales as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In order to protect the environment it celebrates, The Mirage donated the exhibit’s old reef system to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. The Mirage Lobby Aquarium is located directly behind the front desk.


joes7. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab

How bout a little taste of the ocean? Try Joe’s Stone Crab, the legendary seafood restaurant of Miami Beach. Joe’s features an extensive selection of seafood, flown in fresh daily, to complement the world’s finest Florida Stone Crab claws.

Matched with Joe’s famous side dishes, dinner only gets better when capped with a slice of key lime pie. Enjoy a generous cocktail in the bustling lounge or the tuxedo-clad service of the clubby dining room.


golden6. The Tank at Golden Nugget

The Tank is the newest development at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. The $20 million dollar swimming pool includes a 200,000 gallon shark tank, waterfalls, a three-story water slide, a pool side bar and seven private cabanas, each with plasma TVs and refrigerators.

While you don’t actually swim with the sharks, you swim right next to them — five species of sharks plus game fish. Swimming in the shark tank, you’ll see sand tiger sharks, brown sharks, Pacific black tip sharks, nurse sharks and zebra sharks, along with southern stingrays. The Tank is open 10:00 am to 6:00 PM.


vegas-pools-encore5. Encore Beach Club

Fashioned after one of the most famous beach club’s in the world, Encore Beach club combines the luxury Wynn properties are famous for with the wet and wild fun of the Las Vegas dayclub.


silverton4. The Silverton Hotel Aquarium

If you grew up loving Ariel and Sebastian from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” then you’re in for a treat. There may not be a singing crab belting out Caribbean-sounding tunes, but the “mermaids” swimming in 117,000-gallon reef aquarium at the Silverton are a unique sight to see.

The mermaids join the 4,000-plus fish and do everything from blowing bubbles to interacting with kids watching from the outside. In addition to the mermaids, you can also catch divers feeding stingrays at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily.


treasure_island3. Treasure Island

Get enchanted by the beautiful Sirens of Treasure Island as they lure a band of renegade pirates into their cove with powerful and captivating melodies. The clash between the mesmerizing temptresses and their rebel prey transforms this 17th century story into a 21st century revelry of song and dance, seduction and danger.

Experience the excitement four times each night (weather permitting) in Siren’s Cove at the front entrance of Treasure Island Hotel and Casino featuring canon fire, pyrotechnics (fireworks), and a live, sinking, full-scale pirate ship.


shark_tank_mandalay2. Shark Reef Aquarium

The World’s Ocean encompasses so much that we find it hard to truly appreciate all that it has to offer. Take a trip to Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and get a very un-Vegas adventure.

With 1.6 million gallons of seawater where you can see a variety of sharks and 2,000 other ocean dwellers, along with touch Tanks and underwater tunnels the Shark Reef is a must see!

If looking in from the outside isn’t quite enough for you, how about a scuba diving experience where you dive on a shipwreck and have a lifetime’s worth of encounters with rare sea creatures? That too is available at the Shark Reef Aquarium.


mirage_dolphins1. Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Surrounded by palm trees, lush foliage and 2.5 million gallons of water, the Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage is truly an oasis on the Las Vegas Strip. Whether the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins who call the habitat home are swimming, “tail walking” across the water, catching fish or bonding with each other, you’ll get an up-close and personal look at their fun, intriguing lifestyle.

This is not just a pool with a few dolphins in it. It is a pool with seven to nine dolphins in it, all being trained, and studied. If you want shows, and tricks every 30 minutes, go to Sea World! When I went in the day I was to be training the dolphins, first thing they told me was that this is not a ‘Sea World’ type place. Here we study how the dolphin adapts to different environments, how they eat, grow and communicate with each other.

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat’s primary focus is scientific research and education. The program started in 1991 and is committed to providing education experiences to students, teachers, and guests. This is a truly unique experience.

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