National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey: An Underwater World in the Middle of New York

3:35 pm  |  10.04.2022

In the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey you can truly escape from the hustle and bustle of Times Square – without getting wet! Embark with us on a fascinating underwater journey into the depths of the Pacific Ocean in the heart of New York.

The National Geographic Encounter


Sea creatures are everywhere

Located in the heart of Manhattan, the National Geographic Encounter takes you on a journey through the Pacific and introduces you to different sea creatures along the way.

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The adventure begins with a guided tour of different areas of the ocean and ends with free time to explore the underwater world at your own pace. Your guide will first lead your group of less than 30 people through the different areas and give you all the important insights. Questions are of course always welcome.

From each floor-to-ceiling underwater world to the next, you will dive deeper and deeper into the Pacific Ocean until you finally reach the US West Coast. You will not only experience aquarium worlds, but also interactive 3D animations, haunting audio recordings, a fun mirror labyrinth and much more.

When you get to the last room, the guided portion of the experience is over. Then you can freely explore the Ocean Odyssey and test your knowledge of the ocean. You can stay as long as you like!

Tickets for National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

Tickets for National Geographic Encounter – Ocean Odyssey

When you buy Ocean Odyssey tickets online, you can save up to $6 per ticket. We therefore recommend that you buy them in advance.

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Please note that the adventure tours take place every 15 minutes, so you may have to wait a little until the next start.

Discounted Tickets to National Geographic Encounter

Of course, if you want to save even more, there is still the possibility to visit National Geographic Encounter much cheaper with the right pass. Holders of the New York Pass, Go Explorer Pass and Sightseeing Pass can experience the Ocean Odyssey in New York virtually for free, as admission is already included in these passes!


3D experience in the National Geographic Encounter

With the passes you can save up to 50% on admissions in New York and they are worthwhile in some cases from just 2 attractions. So be sure to check which pass is right for you before you travel. You can easily use our New York Pass comparison and tick the attractions that you would like to visit.

Our National Geographic Encounter Field Report

The first thing that struck us about the National Geographic Encounter was the innovative technology used in its design. This makes the exhibitions not only interesting, but also incredibly interactive.

With the general trend towards more interactive experiences, Ocean Odyssey certainly sets an impressive benchmark in this respect. Each new room is completely different in structure and design, so you’ll always be excited for the next experience. You really feel like you are in an underwater world.

We particularly liked the fact that it is educational and entertaining at the same time. This makes it a wonderful activity for families in New York. Most of the visitors were also families with children, but this experience is really something for young and old and therefore for almost every traveller.

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You can also take impressive photos indoors, but be sure to turn off the flash! The entire facility is bathed in blue light to enhance the underwater effect.

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We definitely enjoyed this extraordinary experience in the middle of New York and can definitely recommend the Ocean Odyssey to you. If you have already been there, please share your personal experience in the comments below!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time should you plan for the National Geographic Encounter?

You can plan about 75 minutes for the entire tour. But you can stay as long as you want.

Is the National Geographic Encounter suitable for children?


Definitely! It’s a very kid-friendly activity in New York and highly recommended if you’re looking for a special experience for the kids.

How much do National Geographic Encounter Ocean Odyssey tickets cost?

Tickets start at $34.

However, if you have one of the New York passes, admission may be included and you don’t have to pay anything extra.

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