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National Geographic Encounter

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At the heart of Times Square, embark on an aquatic journey that is bound to leave you speechless. Play with sea lions, have an intimate encounter with the majestic humpback whale and discover some of the most incredible tales of NatGeo's oceanic explorers.


  • Dive into an immersive underwater experience with Times Square’s ground-breaking new treasure, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, all without getting wet!
  • With advanced technology and photo-realistic animation, you will be transported to the wild, instead of seeing the wild in captivity.
  • Be blown away in the middle of a magnificent feeding frenzy and get a chance to get up-close with a life-sized 50-foot humpback whale.
  • Meet photographers and deep-sea explorers and hear their breathtaking stories from National Geographic at the Exploration Hall!
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What to Expect

Your exploration begins as a guided tour, where you will witness a battle between two mighty Humboldt squid. You will also get to visit a luminous coral reef at night, usually beyond the reach of most scuba divers. Do all this without stepping into the water! You will then continue at your own pace and 'swim' past a kelp forest to find yourself in the middle of a magnificent feeding frenzy. Another significant highlight is getting up-close with a life-sized 50-foot humpback whale. At the Exploration Hall, you will get to meet photographers and deep-sea explorers and hear their breathtaking stories from National Geographic. Learn about the greatest and mightiest creatures that dominate the ocean and take on some fun ocean gaming challenges. To top it all off, you will finally discover how you can be a champion for our oceans in everyday life.

Booking online with Headout is highly recommended as you benefit from avoiding the long ticketing lines altogether. Booking online enables you to enter at a desired time slot, as opposed to booking on site for a later slot.

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Know Before You Go


This attraction is open daily at 10:00 AM.

Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

The last ticket is sold one hour prior to closing.

Guide Languages

Language translations are integrated in the Explorer Hall. Subtitles are available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Japanese and Chinese.

Getting There

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is located in Times Square at 226 West 44th Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036.

By Subway:

Board the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R or S and get off the 42nd Street Station - Times Square station.


Board the B, D, G or M and get off at the 42nd Street, Bryant Park Station.


This attraction is wheelchair accessible. Additionally, NatGeo offers a limited number of complimentary wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Strollers are not permitted inside the Encounter. Strollers may be placed in the stroller parking area and retrieved at the end of your visit.

Storage Facility

For security reasons, large bags and luggage are not permitted.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

These tickets cannot be amended, canceled or rescheduled.

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Meine Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation with your National Geographic Encounter voucher shortly. Please carry a printed copy of your voucher and display it at the meeting point with valid photo ID along with the credit card used to purchase tickets.

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National Geographic Encounter, 226 W 44th St, New York

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