New Aquarium to Make a Splash as Destination Tourist Attraction

by Alexandra Lyon

OdySea_exteriorOdySea Aquarium, a tourist attraction scheduled to begin construction within the next 60 days, is an extension of current attractions Butterfly World and OdySea Mirror Maze located in Scottsdale. “What we are doing is selling an experience,” says lead developer and principal founder Amram Knishinsky as he explains the exciting visuals and unique opportunities guests will encounter while exploring the aquarium. Guests will have the opportunity to take escalators through transparent acrylic tubes, allowing them a full range of vision of thousands of species of fish swimming around them.

OdySea_interior The aquarium will focus on providing an exciting experience to attract and engage a large and diverse audience of families and tourists, both locally and internationally. “We are making a destination attraction,” says Knishinsky, “something that is exciting and marketable.” OdySea Aquarium is scheduled to be the largest aquarium in the Southwest, sitting on 16 acres of land and comprising more than 200,000 square feet, accommodating more visitors
than the Wildlife World Zoo — which also houses an aquarium.

Strategically located off the 101 Freeway at Via de Ventura, OdySea Aquarium is easily accessible and available to more than 14 million tourists per year and more than a million local residents. By adding an aquarium to Butterfly World and OdySea Mirror Maze, Knishinsky intends to offer multiple experiences and cater to a wide variety of visitors. Having three attractions in one location creates a destination that will engage and entertain visitors for a significant portion of the day. “We want it to take up a lot of time,” Knishinsky explains. He also plans to offer all-inclusive daily passes to the three attractions as well as single-attraction tickets for each exhibit.

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