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You’ve spent time checking out the skyscrapers, been to a few shows, but have you gone into the depths of the ocean in Times Square? Thanks to the work of National Geographic, visitors to Times Square can walk the bottom of the ocean with the National Geographic Encounter.

If you are like me, you have a healthy respect for the ocean. I don’t go in too far but I do enjoy the sound of the waves and the smell of the salty air. Plus, how cool is it to get up close to the ocean in the middle of Times Square?

What You’ll See at National Geographic Encounter

With a visit to National Geographic Encounters: Ocean Odyssey, you’ll get up close to the ocean floor all without getting wet! An undersea adventure, guests will experience all the things that happen down on the ocean floor, an area that humans rarely see.

The 60 thousand square foot experience is located right off the heart of Times Square. As you begin your experience, you start at the Solomon Islands, right off the coast of Australia. The entire journey ends when you arrive at the coast of California.

Throughout the journey, you’ll learn which animals thrive in both warm and cold water temperatures, you’ll see a battle between squids, and more. These creatures are usually located 300 feet below the surface, a place few humans get to experience.

The 3D Experience

A hot spot? A chance to see what a coral reef looks like at night. But there’s a twist. You see it through the eyes of animals. A 3D experience is also available, where guests are able to virtually train sea lions. Throw in the fun of seeing a life size 50 foot blue whale, all while being in the heart of New York City, you don’t want to miss this attraction.

Make sure you have your phones out and ready for pictures. The museum encourages guests to take photos and videos throughout the attraction. Who could resist a selfie on the bottom of the ocean floor? I know I can’t!

Anything with National Geographic is also educational. Guests will also learn about pollution and what goes on when pollution happens in the ocean. The museum provides the chance to really understand pollution and the ongoing conservation efforts taking place around the world when it comes to marine life.

When visiting the attraction, guests should account for about 60 to 90 minutes to get the full experience. The attraction is open Sunday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Ready to dive in and journey to the bottom of the ocean? Head over to 365 Tickets Canadato get your tickets.

Megan Roche

My name is Megan and traveling is my game! I love riding rollercoasters, exploring new theme parks, visiting some of the most historical sites in the US, and writing.

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