Purchasing a ticket in advance online is highly encouraged and enables you to select your entry time slot. If you did not purchase tickets in advance, you can purchase them on-site for the next approximate entry time slot. Read More

A portion of the proceeds from your ticket purchase supports the National Geographic Society’s nonprofit work in conservation, exploration, research, and education.*

We look forward to seeing you soon. If you should have any questions regarding your upcoming visit, pleasecontact us.


NOTICE: National Geographic Encounter will close on Friday, March 13 at 5pm through at least April 12, due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings in NYC.

For updated announcements and re-opening information when it becomes available, please follow us @natgeoencounter on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, or on this website.  For specific inquiries, please contact

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to you visiting our virtual ocean in the future.

When re-open, regular hours:
Open daily from 10:00 AM — 8:00 PM
(Last ticket sold one hour prior to closing)


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

42nd Street Station – Times Square
1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R & S
42nd Street, Bryant Park Station
B, D, F & M
42nd Street, Port Authority Station
A, C or E



National Geographic is providing discounted parking with three parking options located within a block of the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey.GET DETAILS.

*National Geographic Society receives funds from National Geographic Partners LLC, funded in part by your purchase. To learn more, visit

**Regular price $32.50 – $39.50. Offer valid for 4 (four) Daily Dive Time Reserved Entry admission. Offer not valid for merchandise. Blackout dates may apply. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with other offers. All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. May not be combined with other offers. When purchasing at the attraction, mention offer prior to ticket inquiry at the Guest Services desk. Offer may be revised or revoked at any time. All regular and discount prices subject to change. Sales tax and standard online and phone service fees will apply to all orders.

***Sales tax and any applicable online and phone fees will apply to all orders.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • What are the hours of operation?

    Open daily from 10:00 AM — 8:00 PM.
    (Last ticket sold one hour prior to closing)

  • Is the experience appropriate for all ages?

    The recommended age for the experience is 3 years and older. Children two and under do not need a ticket to enter.

  • Is National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey accessible to guests with disabilities?

    The experience is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Additionally, we have a limited number of complimentary wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis. National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is an immersive, interactive cinematic experience and at times includes loud sound effects and large imagery which may be challenging for some. As a portion of National Geographic Encounter includes a verbal tour, written follow-along guides are also available upon request. If you have any concerns about your visit, please contact our Guest Services office at in advance of your visit.

  • Are strollers allowed inside Encounter?

    Due to the unique, interactive nature of the experience, strollers are not permitted inside of Encounter. Strollers may be placed in our stroller parking area, and retrieved at the end of your visit. Please note that stroller parking space is limited, and not monitored; the Encounter staff cannot be held responsible for any lost articles, so please hold on to any valuable personal belongings.

  • Can I bring food or drinks?

    No outside food or drinks are allowed within the experience. Closed water bottles are permitted.

  • Can we bring our luggage with us?

    For security reasons, large bags and luggage are not permitted. Smaller bags are permitted and are subject to search upon entry. Management reserves the right at its discretion to require guests to check any items or articles considered unsuitable for the experience.

  • Do you allow pets?

    National Geographic Encounter welcomes service animals.

  • Can I take pictures or use my cell phone?

    Photography and video are allowed - and encouraged! We do ask that you please refrain from flash pictures, and that you turn your phone to silent/airplane mode during the experience.

  • Will I get wet?

    No, you won’t literally get wet! Although we are pleased to provide you with an incredible experience in which you feel like you are truly going below the surface of the ocean!

  • Does National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey host private parties or special events?

    We have a state-of-the art private event space and offer a variety of options for your event! If you are interested in hosting your next event with us, please contact or by phone at (646) 439-2070 or visit our website.

  • Is the experience in multiple languages?

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

  • I lost something. Whom do I contact?

    You can come to our Guest Services Desk located on the experience level at the bottom of the escalator or you can email us at to check if we have your item. If the item you have misplaced has your contact information, we will contact you if we find it.

  • Are there live animals in National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey?

    There are no live animals in Encounter. Instead, we use state-of-the-art, immersive digital technology to enable guests to get an up-close look at some of the ocean’s largest and most interesting creatures at true-to-life-sizes and with exact scientific details. Instead of taking animals out of their homes, we welcome you to theirs.

  • Can I enter the Encounter Retail Experience without a ticket?

    Yes, the Encounter Retail Experience is open to the public and no ticket is needed to enter. The store hours are the same as the Encounter.