Looking for Something to do in the Valley? Try Odysea!

An Aquarium in the desert…

Now that mask mandates and other COVID-19 related restrictions are seemingly easing, the opportunity to venture out of the house, travel and enjoy local attractions has become a reality.

Here in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area there are many places around here that are opening up to limited or to full capacity. One of those places that is worth a visit or two is OdySea, a marine aquarium located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Located on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, OdySea opened in September 2016, and it is the largest aquarium in the Southwest United States. The huge multilevel facility holds more than 2,000,000 US gallons of water and spans over 200,000 square feet.

OdySea hosts over 6,000 animals and 370 different species in over 65 fun and interesting exhibits. The facility is state of the art.

The aquarium offers interactive activities that include SeaTREK® underwater walking, a charismatic “Penguin Interaction Program”, “Shark Behind the Scenes” tours, walk-about “Animal Ambassadors”, and Question & Answer sessions throughout the day with the Animal Care specialists.

Voyager is where guests take their seats in a stadium-seating style theatre with 46 ft. viewing windows for the “world’s only rotating aquarium experience.” 

OdySea is located at the Arizona Boardwalk and is adjacent to dining and many other attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Pangaea and more.

According to the website, the facility is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Admission for adults is $40. Odysea does offer discounts on combinations with other attractions on the Boardwalk. The facility also offers a $15 discount after 4:30 pm. Visit



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