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The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel in Las Vegas

Updated on March 24, 2011

One of the best free shows in Las Vegas

Hotels and casinos that are located off the Las Vegas Strip have to do something to attract people to their establishments. The Silverton does this by housing one of the world's largest indoor aquariums, complete with mermaid shows and live feeding every day. The whole experience is 100% free, but you will have to find transportation out there to the Silverton, which is about 5 miles from the strip. I suggest taking a Las Vegas taxi. The rates are regulated by the state, so you won't get ripped off.

If you're driving there yourself, the Silverton is located at the intersection of Industrial Road and Blue Diamond Road.

What will I see at the aquarium at Silverton?

In addition to 4,000 tropical fish swimming around in a 117,000 gallon tank, each day the aquarium at the Silverton Lodge and Casino features feeding at 1:30 and then again every 3 hours. Women dressed as mermaids will swim with the fish every half hour starting at 2:15 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. Their show lasts 15 minutes.

This aquarium has so much more than little sunfish. There are also sharks and stingrays. I assume they make sure this marine life is well-fed before the mermaids get in the water. I'm not sure if it's possible to de-barb a stingray, but that might also be a good idea after the whole Crocodile Hunter incident. We wouldn't want any of those mermaids to get Steve Irwined.

A lot of extra care goes into making sure the animals in this exhibit are well cared for. The Silverton is rigorous in maintaining a healthy environment for this exotic creatures.

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