OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale celebrates 7th anniversary with 2 new exhibits and a Starbucks

Sep 2, 2023, 8:15 AM | Updated: Sep 4, 2023, 11:58 am

One of the two new exhibits was installed inside the Aqua Lobby, pictured above. (OdySea Photo) The new Schooling Palometa exhibit shows over 600 fish that create "a display of synchronized movements," according to an OdySea announcement. (OdySea Photo) There is also an in-house Starbucks. (OdySea Photo) Humans and penguins alike are welcome to drink coffee. (OdySea Photo) Fun fact: Penguins can only taste salty and sour foods. On the bright side, that means more pumpkin spice lattes for the humans. (OdySea Photo) The OdySea Aquarium also unveiled the Reefs of the World Exhibit in celebration of its seventh anniversary. (OdySea Photo) Imagine a caffeinated seal. (OdySea Photo)

PHOENIX — The OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale is kicking off this Labor Day weekend with two new exhibits and a built-in Starbucks.

Starting Saturday, OdySea visitors will be able to get a first glimpse at two new exhibits. They’re coming out just in time for the aquarium’s seventh anniversary.

They won’t have to go far to see what’s new. The first exhibit is right in the Aqua Lobby. OdySea redesigned the area to add a Schooling Palometa display, which shows 600 fish. OdySea’s announcement described them as “mesmerizing” for their unique swimming patterns and formations.

The double-sided display enables visitors to see the fish when they enter and leave, OdySea said.

What else is new in the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale?

All that walking might make a fish lover thirsty. Luckily for coffee addicts, the aquarium is opening its new Starbucks location this weekend.

The Reefs of the World exhibit is also new. OdySea’s announcement described it as “a breathtaking spectacle that highlights the stunning diversity of coral ecosystems.” The display, which has over 100 species of coral and colorful fish, gives visitors a close view of the unique patterns and structures of different types of corals.

“We are thrilled to have these magnificent new exhibits at OdySea Aquarium,” OdySea President Greg Charbeneau said in a statement.

“We are dedicated to providing our guests with fascinating and immersive experiences,” he said. “These new exhibits, along with the new Starbucks, give all guests even more reasons to visit OdySea Aquarium for the first time — or the 100th time.”

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OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale celebrates 7th anniversary with 2 new exhibits and a Starbucks