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National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey: Tours & Tickets

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Only in New York can you escape from the jaws of a 50-foot humpback whale, laugh through a twisting kelp forest maze, play with mischievous sea lions, and much more – all without getting wet! Dive into an ocean of fun at National Geographic...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
226 W 44th St, Between 7th and 8th Avenues, New York City, NY 10036-3906
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought we would see at least some aquatic animals but it’s all screens and projections. I can see they really tried to make it interactive but some things fell short. Felt better suited for a grade five trip, not for four adults. It’s sad because...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went early Sunday Morning with a 10, 14, 16, 17 and 20 year old. We all had a great time...especially our 10 year old.. A fun and educational morning...

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank hakesduke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was NOT what we thought it was. It was not worth the time or money. I would not go again and would not recommend this place.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hung N
Reviewed September 7, 2019

This show is located in the heart of broadway, I thought it would be an imax experience, but it wasn't. It was a combination of interactive acts with huge screens and sound, you walk from room to room, standing up all the time (we were...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank mtangulo
Reviewed September 7, 2019

Another attraction included on our NY passes and we only visited because it was nearby and we didn't have anything else in mind. Glad we did though. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. There's 2 sections, the first bit is an immersive movie experience culminating in...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Norfykev
Reviewed September 5, 2019 via mobile

It’s OK. We managed to get in a discount that averaged $20/head which is about what this is worth. I wouldn’t purchase tix in advance.. it’s not busy. These are a series of surround projections that are done pretty well. Our 7 year old was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Yetanotherroadtrip
Reviewed September 5, 2019

A couple things: this can be scary for little ones. It's not finding Dory cuteness. It is dark and loud and features one larger-than-life presentation where aggressive squid fight to the death. My 5yo is a little scared in dark places but it was sensory...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank nicoletravels
Reviewed September 5, 2019

I agree with other reviews that you need to set your expectations with this attraction. It's not a real aquarium. It's a virtual experience of what animal and plant life is like in our oceans. At times you do feel like you are in the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Mike K
Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

I was truly looking forward to this exhibit. The advertisements made it appear much better than it was. The screens portraying the digital ocean scenes were interactive and the kids at the exhibit loved it. The best part was a brief 3D show of an...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Cathy D
Reviewed September 3, 2019

Was expecting more from it. First the escalator didn’t work. Follow a host that was rushing through the place. Some things were cool but pricey for what it is. The name is not at par with the place. Just ok

Date of experience: August 2019
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February 20, 2019|
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Response from WhatStruckMe | Reviewed this property |
I am copying my post on this attraction here, but first: You can purchase tickets in advance if you really want to see the exhibit. I know if you cruise the internet a while you will find discount offers, or check... More
December 4, 2018|
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Response from Joan S | Reviewed this property |
Both times I attended I bought my tickets online. After attending, I do not think this is necessary at all. There seems to be plenty of room for attendance. Though I would probably buy online during holiday periods.
November 20, 2018|
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Response from MichaelD1962 | Reviewed this property |
In my review I mentioned it wouldn't suit many children over about 12 i would say. A child of 4 would probably really think this place is great... and because of that you might enjoy it through them. In our case, we took our... More