The Trufants Do Arizona: Part II.
The OdySea Aquarium
I was born and raised in Seattle. So, of course, the good ol’ Seattle Aquarium has always been one of my family’s entertainment staples. I’ve been there 30+ times; my kids have been there 5 or 6 times already. I pretty much know the Seattle Aquarium like the back of my hand.
In Arizona, my family and a group of friends visited the new OdySea Aquarium. Let me start off by saying this ain’t your average aquarium! The OdySea Aquarium has two MILLION gallons of water is home to 30,000 animals! I haven’t seen anything quite like it. It only fits to take you on the Trufant OdySea experience!
Aqua Lobby: Upon entering the aquarium, my kids felt like they were under the sea! The lobby had globe-shaped fish tanks that hung from the ceiling. Every display inside the aquarium was eye-catching, and the kids were instantly engaged.
The transitions from one exhibit to another were incredible. From escalator rides between an enormous arched tank filled with colorful fish to the Reef Jewels tunnel, where unique inhabitants surrounded us, the tunnel was so cool!
3D movie: Everyone was in a trans while watching the OdySea’s featured 3D movie, “Underwater Giants”, highlighting humpback whales. We learned quite a bit about these beautiful and gentle giants of the sea.
The Living Sea: This is one of the coolest parts of the aquarium. We sat down in a small theater the lights dimmed as the entire theater started to move to the right! Before we knew it, we were staring into the eyes of a SHARK! We watched as these fascinating creatures swam around their habitat. The sharks snatched and devoured fish lowered into the tank by a single pole. After some time, the theater would move again. Each time revealing more creatures of the sea. Stingrays, turtles, sea lions and much more. We also learned a plethora of facts about the mammals and fish. The Living Sea is a visual, educational and a must-see. I even learned a thing or two, myself!
Fun Fact: You know what kills more people than sharks yearly? Coconuts! Really, coconuts kill 100 people a year, while sharks only kill about ten. I’m not quite sure if that makes me feel any less comfortable when thinking of sharks, but I will for sure cover my head next time I’m near a coconut tree! Ha!
After exploring the aquarium, we ventured outside to the “ring” where there were several restaurants and international shops. I bought some beautiful turquoise and onyx handmade jewelry. For lunch, we ate at Humble Pie, and the adults had a few “adult” beverages. The icing on the cake was stopping at The Baked Bear and creating custom ice cream sandwiches! I told you there was a little something for everyone! Shopping+adult beverages+ice cream sandwhiches= SOLD!
The OdySea Aquarium was a HIT for the kids and us adults! We will absolutely be visiting again next time we are in Arizona. We’ll be making sure to visit the Butterfly Wonderland next to the aquarium, featuring an indoor rainforest with the largest butterfly exhibit in America!