National Geographic Encounter

Today’s edition of “I Tried It!” features an exhibit I’ve been meaning to visit for some time. I am an artsy fartsy kind of girl who enjoys seeing and touching stuff. This exhibit’s ads were plastered all over the place- on subway cars and on the sides of buses, with gigantic orange tentacles hugging neon words menancingly. I love marine life, and I love monsters, and let’s be real, that’s basically what they are. This was a must do, so I grabbed a friend, indulged in some herbal refreshment by the park and headed on over. We were both very excited (dual ocean life lovers here), and also just in a great overall mood.


The place looked cool enough, but I’m sad to report- it was a bit of a letdown. I don’t want to give away too much, because then it will really not be worth your time- but it felt much like a children’s museum. The graphics were kinda lame, the facts were common sense (I mean hello I’ve been a dolphin advocate since the age of 9- my inner child is just rollllling her eyes at how juvenile the information was). There were some really cool areas for sure, just not sure it was worth the money. 


In short:



  • Super pretty aesthetics played on large entertaining screens  
  • informative tour guide  
  • transparent objective  
  • raises awareness for ocean conservation
  •  plenty of information on varying animals 
  • Awesome blown up images  


  • Expensive for what you get 
  • Mildly boring for adults
  • Some tacky graphics
  • Focuses all too much on screens  

overall, I’m glad I got it out of the way, but I quite frankly could have lived my life without ever seeing it. Oh well, you win some you lose some.


2.5 stars out of 5  

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