About the Las Vegas Aquarium at Silverton
The best free Las Vegas aquarium is at the Silverton Casino. This large tank holds 117,000-gallon salt water, artificial reef aquarium that holds 4,000+ exotic fish. Included in the fish are tiger sharks and stingrays. This massive tank is designed in an octagonal shape to provide ideal viewing opportunities from all angles. The main window spans an impressive 25‘ x 12‘. There is also an inlet where you can walk a few feet into the tank so that you feel like your inside the tank. The aquarium is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The Silverton Casino is located 2 miles South of the Las Vegas strip. It’s on the corner of highway 15 and Blue Diamond and is connected to the Bass Pro Shop.
The kids love seeing the mermaids swim with the fish. If your kids are familiar with Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” then you’re in for a real treat. The mermaids swim among the fish and do everything from blowing bubbles, doing flips, and they also interact with kids watching through the glass.
Mermaid swims times are:
Thursdays from 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm, and 7:30 pm -8:15 pm
Fridays and Saturdays from 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Sundays from 11:30 am – 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm and 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Mermaid show times may differ please check Silverton Casino Website for current times or click this link: Silverton Aquarium
So how do the Mermaids breathe?
Every mermaid is scuba-certified and gets air from hookah ports located throughout the tank. About every 20-30 seconds they hook up and take a breath of air before continuing their show. This allows them to remain submerged throughout the entire show.
Along with the mermaids, you can also catch the marine biologist staff feeding the fish.
Interactive feeding shows are scheduled daily at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
The divers are equipped with a full-face communication mask and answers guests’ questions during the feeding show. The guests can ask the divers any question and they can learn more details about the fish and other interesting facts about the tank. The divers are marine biologists so they are able to provide the informative information and make every guests visit more educational.
- the staff spends 32 hours a week cleaning the tank.
- If you are scuba certified, you can get married in the tank.
- During the Christmas Season, Santa puts on scuba gear and swims with the fish.
- Behind the tank, art is available for sale and can even be shipped out of state.
Next to the Aquarium at Silverton is a great lounge called the Mermaid Lounge. Behind the bar are two really cool 500-gallon jellyfish aquariums lit with color changing LED lights. While there you can enjoy a meal or drinks as you watch the sea creatures swim around the tank. Since you are seeing this Las Vegas aquarium for free, you’ll have extra money to gamble a little.