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OdySea Aquarium opening this weekend

Posted: 3:55 PM, Sep 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-03 06:39:43Z

An aquarium that's been under construction for months will finally open to the public this weekend.

OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, will hold its grand opening on Saturday, September 3.

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The facility is 200,000 square feet and holds more than 2 million gallons of water. Owners plan to combine theme park-style entertainment with presentations of aquatic life.

OdySea features more than 50 exhibits, 30,000 animals and 500 species, according to a news release.

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The aquarium also has the SeaTrek Experience, where guests can put on an air-sealed helmet and walk on the floor of one of the aquariums. The experience is not included in general admission and requires sign-up in advance.

There is also a 3D theatre and the LightHouse Cafe.

The aquarium will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets range from $25 for children 3-12 years old to $35 for adults, with student and senior discounts available.

The aquarium is part of Odysea in the Desert, a 35-acre entertainment and retail space along the Loop 101. It is also home to Butterfly Wonderland and Odysea Mirror Maze. Dolphinaris, Polar Play, an ice bar and playground, and several restaurants and boutique shops will open later this year.