OdySea Aquarium is Now ‘O-FISH-ially’ Open

By Lynette Carrington

OdySea Aquarium is Now ‘O-FISH-ially’ Open

OdySea Aquarium is Now ‘O-FISH-ially’ Open

OdySea is now “o-FISH-ially” open for business in Scottsdale, just off the 101 and Via De Ventura. Although there is still some construction going on in surrounding buildings, there is a several hour watery adventure that awaits you! The highly anticipated grand opening of OdySea has been met with crowds of people and is perfect for every member of the family.

One of the most surprising things about OdySea is how much there is to do there. Situated right next to Butterfly Wonderland, the massive aquarium actually sets within a larger complex that will soon be home to multiple restaurants and retail and specialty stores. Additionally, the OdySea Mirror Maze is also on the property.

Some of the displays at OdySea include:

  • Paddlefish, Trout Stream, Fresh Water Turtles and Rivers of the World Interactive Map Displays
  • Crocodiles, River Rays, Otter Banks
  • Expansive Tide Touch Pools with Sea Stars, Abalone and Sea Cucumbers
  • Lighthouse Café
  • African Black-footed Penguins
  • Sea Rays and SeaTrek Helmet Diving
  • Ingredients from the Ocean that We use Every Day Display

The Deep Ocean Escalator then takes you underground to an additional level of underwater fun with:

  • Jellyfish, Seahorses and California King Crabs
  • Deep Ocean 3D Theatre showing “Underwater Giants”
  • The Living Sea Carousel with Open Ocean, Sea Turtle Reef, Sea Lion Sound and Shark Waters
  • Great Barrier Reef Tunnel
  • Extensive Reef Fish Displays
  • Giant Pacific Octopus

There are a few bonus features that are available to OdySea guests, too. Your photo will be taken when you first walk in and you’ll have the opportunity to buy that image at the end of your visit. There is a huge gift shop with souvenirs, clothing and some upscale items available, also. Grab a bite to eat at the Lighthouse Café and don’t miss the café’s massive display wall boasting various water-themed movie posters from films released in the last 50 years.

Available at an additional cost are a fun behind-the-scenes tour of OdySea. Or, don a special SeaTrek helmet and walk in one of the underwater environments! If you want meet the penguins up-close-and-personal, that experience is available, too. Those attractions do cost additional money, but where else in Arizona would you find these unique ocean experiences? In any instance, be prepared to spend a minimum of two hours enjoying the OdySea Aquarium as there is much to see and do.

OdySea Aquarium is open 365 days a year and is located at 9500 Via de Ventura, Suite A-100, Scottsdale. Visit www.odyseaaquarium.com or call (480) 291-8000 for additional information. Special events and catering are available through OdySea, too.