To get there, head towards the back doors of the Mirage, and head outside. To your left is the Mirage pool, and to your left is a pathway leading towards the Gardens. At the gate, you pay an entrance fee of $10/person. Through the gates, everyone gathers on a bridge as a tour guide waits for enough people to begin the tour (about 5 minutes).
The tour guide leads you to a platform overlooking the pools that the dolphins swim in and gives you a brief history of each of the dolphins (when they were born, their sleeping habits, their names, etc.). Then, the group heads beneath the pools, for some up close action through the see through pool walls. The dolphins swim very close to the glass and it's as if they know you're there! You also get to see another pool where the younger dolphins live. While under the pool, the group gets to watch a video of one of the dolphins being born. Out of the "tunnel," the tour guide leads you above ground to another pool, where there are even more dolphins!
From there, you head into Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden. Just past the gift shop, under a greenery-covered archway, everyone gets their "personal tour guide" (a stick with a speaker on it, that allows each person to dial in a code at each animal they are looking at and hear all about that particular animal - some from Roy himself!). From there, you are allowed to roam inside the habitat.
The habitat consists of a large U-shaped sidewalk, surrounded by the different animal's homes (behind a metal fence). Some of the animals in the habitat are changed out on a regular basis. To the left is where the elderly elephant lives with his friend, the rooster. Towards the back is the gorgeous black panther, and in the center of the "U" are back to back "homes" of white tigers and lions. On the right side, there are more tigers and lions and a cougar.
While we were there (at dusk), all the animals were very lively: play-fighting, walking around, drinking water. We were entertained for almost 2 hours. You are pretty close (through the fence) to the animals and there are numerous picture opportunities.
When you are finished there, you can head into the gift shop and buy plush white tigers, postcards, books and calendars about Siegfried & Roy's animals, or a tiger-shaped slinky that makes tiger noises (our personal favorite), among other things.
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San Francisco, California
July 19, 2005
From journal Viva Las Vegas!
June 7, 2005
From journal Four Days In Vegas
OCEANSIDE, New York
May 7, 2005
From journal Las Vegas with Children 101
February 5, 2005
Towards the back of the Mirage is the Secret Garden. I had some doubts about the value of a visit but decided what the heck. Unfortunately, the part of the Garden that displays the cats (tiger, lion, and leopard) and elephant was closed. The reason given was that it was getting dark early, and under those situations, the cats can see you but you can't see them, and that’s, to quote the Mirage employee, "not good." I guess they are thinking Montecore Goes Nuts Part II.
The dolphin habitat was the only thing open. I was pleasantly surprised here. I was thinking I'd be kept at arm's length, like at SeaWorld. Instead, after a brief intro, you are free to hang about the three separate pools with their resident dolphins and just watch. There is no "show" per say, just an opportunity to watch the trainers interact with the dolphins in what the Mirage bills as "training and research." I just enjoyed seeing these mammals so close-up. An underwater viewing area is also available, and you can get nearly eye-to-eye with the dolphins. I spent about 45 minutes here, which I think is about the average.
At the time of my visit, there were only about a hundred people in total about, so I didn't feel crowded. A café by the pools serves food and drinks.
From journal The Venetian Hotel
December 6, 2003
From journal Grasse Las Vegas Vacation
Palm Desert , California
June 5, 2003
From journal MGM Hotel
LA MESA, California
January 26, 2003
From journal First Trip to Vegas
March 13, 2002
From journal 54 Hours in Vegas
March 13, 2001
From journal Las Vegas Under Glass
by Katie Morgan
San Antonio, Texas
July 8, 2000
From journal Las Vegas, Nevada