Spring is in the air in the Valley! Spring Training is in full swing, the weather is warming up and schools state wide have spring break quickly approaching. From conservation education to magical mermaid encounters OdySea Aquarium has something for the young and the young at heart here in the Valley of the Sun.

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Dive In For Conservation

One of our favorite exhibits includes the newest OdySea Voyager adventure. This highly educational experience is engaging for the kids and adults. Guests enter the “research station” and step aboard the Voyager to become part of the crew that explores and learns about how to conserve underwater life.

Dive in for conservation at the OdySea Aquarium in Phoenix. Photo Courtesy of Kamilla Graham

While seated in the comfortable stadium-style seating, the “submarine” submerges and you will be rotated through several aquarium experiences. Watch the sea lions play, learn about the several rescued sea turtles, explore the wide variety of shark life in the ocean, and more!

Research and education is an integral part of teaching young children what they can do to help protect the oceans. OdySea has done a great job with not just the oceans, sharks, sea turtles and an amazing presentation about whales—but they have also brought the rivers to life as well.

Helping Near and Far

We really love to wander through the Rivers of the World—from the mighty Mississippi to local Arizona rivers. We were also fascinated by the Siamese Crocodile that they foster in a partnership with the Arizona Herpetological Society. By working with Arizona Game and Fish, OdySea helped my family learn about two critically endangered fish species right here at home: the Apache and Gila Trout. Conservation counts here at home in our beautiful state, too.

Soaking up the warmth with the turtles at the Rivers of the World exhibit at OdySea Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Kamilla Graham

There is something for everyone—from giant catfish to magical mermaid events.  OdySea Aquarium will be sure to entertain, educate and amuse everyone.

When You Go

OdySea is located near Butterfly Wonderland and is open from 9 am to 8 pm. 9500 East Vía de Ventura A-100 Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Grab lunch and play in the children’s cove; you and your family can make a whole day of the outing! For more information about OdySea and to learn more about educational opportunities visit the OdySea Aquarium website. Click here for more great things Wander writers suggest doing in Scottsdale.


Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with the entry fee for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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