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Animal Habitats, Las Vegas, Nevada

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See Vegas's wild creatures—the nonclubbing kind—at one of the animal habitats designed to get you up close (but not Siegfried and Roy–mauling close). The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is a series of underwater caverns that culminate in a transparent tube where sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles glide past (702-632-4555; Prefer to actually get wet? The Mirage's Trainer for a Day Program puts guests in a wetsuit and pairs them with a dolphin trainer to learn how to make a bottlenose jump—one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Vegas outside of hitting a Megabucks (702-792-7889; MGM Grand's Lion Habitat is less exhilarating, but it's free and has a glass tunnel underneath the lions, who tend to lie around and doze all day—just what you'd expect from the rich heirs of MGM's original roaring Leo (702-891-7777;

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