Escape from the ordinary and catch live mermaids in action in Las Vegas at the Silverton Casino Hotel's aquarium. This 117,000-gallon reef aquarium with over 4,000 tropical fish plus stingrays and sharks features interactive stingray feedings and live mermaids. Mermaid swims take place: Thursdays from 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. -8:15 p.m.Fridays and Saturdays from 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Sundays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Sundays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Learn about each of the mermaids by reading their bios, which are listed below along with their photographs.
Heather Carrasco -
Heather Carrasco grew up in Santa Clara, CA where she started as a synchronized swimmer at the age of 8 years old. She swam competitively for 18 years both nationally and internationally. During that time she won 5 National Championships and 7 World Cup Championships topping off her career with a gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games. She was awarded the Esther Williams Creative Achievement Award picked by Esther Williams herself for the most artistic soloist and was on the USSS All American Team from 1989-1996. After retiring as a competitive synchronized swimmer in 1996, Heather went on to have two beautiful children with her husband Victor Carassco. She continued to coach both Club and National Synchronized swim teams. In 2004, Heather moved to Las Vegas and was hired on at the Silverton Casino Hotel as the original cast that created the underwater show, AZURE. After the show was cancelled in 2006, she remained at the Silverton Casino Hotel as one of the only two full time mermaids. Heather continues coaching athletes on both the National and Olympic levels.
Megan Westwood -
Megan Westwood, originally from Pennsylvania, has been a performer since childhood. Classically trained in ballet, but also in jazz and modern dance, she has been dancing professionally since earning her B.A. degree in dance from Mercyhurst College. Megan has performed with dance companies such as Pennsylvania Ballet, National Ballet of Maryland, and Berks Ballet Theater. Since moving to Las Vegas in 1992, she spent two seasons performing with the Nevada Dance Theater (now Nevada Ballet Theater), and nearly ten years as a dancer and dance captain with Siegfried and Roy at the Mirage. Since the closing of that show in 2003, Megan was introduced to scuba diving and is currently a safety diver and mermaid performer at the Silverton Casino Hotel. She is thrilled to have the unique opportunity to perform underwater, combining both dance and scuba training.
Ashley Taylor -
Ashley Taylor has been a mermaid at the Silverton Casino Hotel for one year. She began her career as a synchronized swimmer with the Southern Nevada Desert Mermaids, competing and earning National titles. She currently attends the University of San Diego as a psychology major working towards receiving her PHD with the intention of becoming a child psychologist. Ashley is a very social mermaid who loves seeing all the smiling faces of everyone who comes to watch!
Arianna Liuzzi -
Born in Long Beach, California, Arianna has always been a water baby. She was constantly in the ocean, rain or shine, cold or warm and it was always a struggle to get her out. Her parents tortured her and dried her out by forcing her to live in the desert that is Las Vegas, Nevada. In spite of living in the desert Arianna did manage to find water. At the community pool she used to imagine herself still at the beach as a mermaid. She even convinced all the neighborhood kids that the second water touched her body, her legs instantly became inseparable and she was truly a mermaid! Arianna's parents decided that she should stop scaring all the neighbors and join a swim team, a synchronized swim team called the Southern Nevada Desert Mermaids. She joined the team when she was 8 years old and fell in love right away. The team won countless medals and travelled all over the nation competing against other teams from the U.S. and all over the world. After graduating from high school, she was offered the world's greatest job as a mermaid at the Silverton Casino Hotel Aside from being a mermaid, Arianna is also a college student, with the hopes of one day becoming a veterinarian. Although she was a mermaid all her life… she now enjoys coming to work and doing exactly what she loves.
Karli Farris -
Karli was born and raised right here Las Vegas, NV. She started her career in the water early, growing up as a synchronized swimmer. When she was seventeen she won first place at Nationals with her duet partner and fellow mermaid Ashley Taylor. After she turned 18 Karli moved to San Antonio, Texas where she swam at a Sea World San Antonio show called VIVA which had beluga whales and pacific white sided dolphins. Then two years ago, she moved back home and got another opportunity to do what she loves. Karli is very excited to work at the Silverton Casino Hotel and loves being a mermaid.