The Magic of “National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey”

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National Geographic Encounter

National Geographic Encounter — Photo courtesy National Geographic Encounter

Is life much better down where it’s wetter? The magic of National Geographic Encounter offers a way to find out.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is an immersive adventure across the ocean — from the island-dotted expanse of the South Pacific to our own U.S. shores off the coast of California. However, instead of taking animals out of their homes (as is the case in most zoo environments), Encounter’s groundbreaking technology transports visitors to the natural habitats of the marine life, using stunning photorealistic animation that offers access to rarely witnessed moments in nature.

This is possible due to a state-of-the-art venue which boasts 60,000 square feet of video maps, screens of stunning size, and authentic ocean sounds that will fully immerse you in a simulated ocean with each step. Possibly the coolest aspect of this experience is the live audience tracking that will give visitors the ability to virtually interact with creatures of the deep. These include sea lions, dolphins, humpback whales, great white sharks and more. Journey with friends and family on this walk-through experience, where you’ll visit a luminous coral reef at night, witness a battle between two ferocious Humboldt squid, and find yourself in the middle of a magnificent 3-D feeding frenzy (pictured) — leading up to an incredible finale, featuring over 120,000 fish. Then, the adventure continues in Exploration Hall, where you’ll be able to trace the course of your journey and hear breathtaking stories from National Geographic ocean photographers and explorers.

So, whether you are LGBTQ parents or proud gay uncles and aunts hoping to wow the kids, or you’re looking for some weekend fun beyond brunch, consider a dip into Ocean Odyssey; you don’t even have to get your hair wet! Find National Geographic Encounter’s Times Square location at 226 W. 44th St. (btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.). Call 646-308-1337, or visit natgeoencounter.com for more.

Last modified: October 17, 2018