Hard to believe but even in the middle of the desert we found ourselves nose to bottlenose with dolphins during our Dolphin Trainer for a Day experience. At the Mirage Las Vegas, inside Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, we transformed from tourist to trainer. Temp duties included commanding these charming charges to do double back flips and taking their blood samples to be charted for medical records. Although we were spared no chore, the six hours we shadowed the park’s permanent trainers seemed to fly by as we had learned almost all it takes to work with these amazing mammals. One word of advice: Don’t call dolphins fish — and don’t call them late to dinner, either.

3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South
702-791-7111
www.mirage.com