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OdySea Aquarium

America’s Newest Aquarium

Meet sharks, otters, penguins, sea turtles, rays, and 30,000 other animals at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, the newest aquarium in the country. Spanning 200,000 square feet, this multi-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water and is the largest aquarium in the Southwest. With over 65 exhibits and 500 different species, there are more than 30,000 animals that call OdySea Aquarium home.

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OdySea Aquarium offers an educational, interactive and entertaining experience for guests of all ages.

“The futuristic entertainment component of the OdySea Aquarium goes far beyond delivering a standard aquarium experience,” said Amram Knishinsky, PhD, principal founder. “It offers experiential engagement like no other in the country.”

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OdySea Aquarium Highlights include

– Living Sea Carousel: Considered to be an engineering marvel, this one-of-a-kind rotating theater takes you on a 20-minute ride of a lifetime. You’ll interact with a SeaTREK® diver and see breathtaking views of our giant Hawaiian rays, rescued green sea turtles, sea lions and seals, and a variety of sharks.

– Penguin Point: Watch as our charismatic African black-footed penguins waddle on land and then take the plunge and swim gracefully underwater.

– Otter Banks: Extremely social with a vocabulary of over a dozen calls, there is never a shortage of exceed chatter at Otter Banks. Our cuddly river otters wrestle, play, and demonstrate lively underwater acrobatics all day long.

– SeaTREK® Underwater Ocean Walking: The only indoor North American indoor SeaTREK, this underwater interactive adventure takes you into the water where you are surrounded by thousands of colorful and curious aquatic animals from the Indo-Pacific region of the world. Participants wear their own swimsuit, an OdySea Aquarium wetsuit, a special SeaTREK helmet, and then walk into the water. It is not necessary to be scuba certified.

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There is an additional fee for SeaTREK

– Deep Ocean Escalator: The first of its kind! Descend into the “depths of the ocean” in a submerged underwater escalator. Watch out for eagle rays flying overhead, whitetip sharks emerging from the shadows, and other mesmerizing ocean life.

– 3D Movie: Sit back, relax, and enjoy a 10-minute 3D film “Underwater Giants”, featuring humpback whales and whale sharks.

– Great Barrier Reef Tunnel: Voyage inside the Earth’s largest living structure, Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef. This tunnel is the most diverse Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world with species including angel fish, moorish idol, harlequin tuskfish, foxface, and a variety of red breasted Maori wrasse fish.

– Daily Activities & Programs: Join our Animal Care Specialists throughout the day to see animal feedings, enrichment sessions for the animals, and participate in Question & Answer sessions.

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Other interactive activities are plentiful throughout the Aquarium, from the walk-about “Animal Ambassadors” such as a “Squidney” the sloth, “Pickles” the armadillo, and “Piper” the parrot, to roaming educational carts where guests can feel shark teeth, touch coral, hold penguin eggs, and more. For an additional fee, guests may also participate in a scheduled SeaTREK underwater walking experience, Behind the Scenes tour, and the Penguin Interaction Program.

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