We may be stretching the concept of “aquarium” here for the sake of sharing this cool and FREE attraction. The fact of this is, it is a super long aquarium. Is it an aquarium in the sense you go for educational experiences and seeing numerous exotic species of aquatic life? Sorta. Did I mention it’s free?
The Mirage Aquarium Attraction is located behind the Check in/Check out desk of the Mirage. Although most of it has friendly staff to help check guests in, there are plenty of areas you can stand right up to the glass. None of the coral in the Mirage Aquarium is live. The aquarium houses over 1000 coral reef animals. My favorite is finding the rainbow gobys, these little guys look like a tie-dye explosion and spit sand.
Of course, pointing out the numerous “Dory’s and Nemo’s” in the tank is a must. The fish geek in me feels the uncontrollable urge to point out that Dory is a Blue Tang and Nemo is a Percula Clown Fish. Phew, I feel better.
The Mirage Aquarium Attraction is home to fish from all over the world; Australia, Tonga, Marshal Islands, the Red Sea, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and the Sea of Cortez. The tank is 20,000 gallons and behind 4-inch acrylic.
Once you’re done with the tank display, take some time to walk about in the tropical jungle themed arboretum. Perfect for family photos!
- If you arrive to a crowd, don’t leave. The people traffic here comes in waves, wait it out.
- Find the Dog Face Puffer, they have a cutest personalities!
- Disable the flash function on your camera – it just bounces right off the acrylic leaving you with a big white burst in your photos.
- If you want to capture photos of these gorgeous fish, turn off your flash and lightly press the camera against the acrylic.
- To take photos of your family infront of the fish, also turn off your flash and adjust your expose. *Or just take the phone, hope for the best, and edit it when you get home!
- There are mermaid statues and places to sit in the Mirage that make you feel like your in the rainforest.