National Geographic Encounter:
New York, NY

by | Nov 18, 2018 | 0 comments

Update: Permanently Closed

I couldn’t wait to see all the amazing fish and plants in the Ocean Odyssey. Although the ecosystems, fish and a variety of animals seemed very real, there were no live animals at the National Geographic Encounter. Instead of taking the animals out of their natural habitats and homes, the NGE transports guests to all over the world through amazing realistic animation based off genuine pictures, videos and documentation.

Tickets to NGE are timed. All visitors join a group led by a knowledgeable guide who explains everything you see. Included in the many fascinating displays is a night visit to a luminous coral reef, a virtual dive deep into the ocean. The life sized humpback whale sure surprised us. The rain forest mirror maze was really enjoyable.  It is hard to believe that none of the animals are real. The state of the art technology used replicates the encounters so realistically that you need to remind yourself at times that you are not snorkeling but on dry land. At the end of the tour there are hands on activities and games in the Exploration Hall as well as real footage of some of the most amazing sites seen by deep sea explorers. The National Geographic Encounter right in Times Square is an amazing way to enjoy nature in the heart of New York City.

Posted: November 18, 2018

Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.


226 W 44th Street

New York, NY 10036

Phone Number:



Sunday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.



$39.50 (Adult)
$32.50 (Child 3-12)
$36.50 (Seniors & U.S. Veterans)


$99 for 4-ticket package
($24.75 per ticket)

Approximate Distance from:

Brooklyn Bridge: 30 minutes

Lakewood: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Monsey: 50 minutes

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