Visitors get sneak peek inside OdySea Aquarium before grand opening

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(Source: Jason Barry, KPHO/KTVK) (Source: Jason Barry, KPHO/KTVK)
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OdySea celebrates its grand opening on Saturday. (Source: Jason Barry, KPHO/KTVK) OdySea celebrates its grand opening on Saturday. (Source: Jason Barry, KPHO/KTVK)
OdySea is located off Loop 101 and Via de Ventura near talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.(Source: Jason Barry, KPHO/KTVK) OdySea is located off Loop 101 and Via de Ventura near talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.(Source: Jason Barry, KPHO/KTVK)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

There's no shortage of things to see. Colorful fish. Sharks. Even some penguins.

"There's been a lot of anticipation for the OdySea Aquarium," Dave  Peranteau, the aquarium's director of animal care, said less than 24 hours before the official opening. "We have many innovative ways that we display the animals, that we interact with guests, that no aquarium in the world has done."

Lee Feiless of Maricopa and his little daughter, Liana, were among the lucky VIP families to get a sneak peek Friday inside  the new aquarium, which is located off the Loop 101 freeway and Via de Ventura in Scottsdale.

"She's excited every time we move to a new exhibit," Feiless said.

The two-level state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water and can bring in as many as 10,000 visitors a day, which is roughly the number of people expected to show up for the grand opening on Saturday.

SLIDESHOW: Inside OdySea Aquarium

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Visitors will get to see more than 300,000 different types of marine life among 50 different exhibits.

One of the exhibits is in the men's restroom, where a shark tank is on display.

"After 25 years of dreaming up the idea of bringing an aquarium to the desert, it is finally becoming a reality," said aquarium founder Amram Kninshinsky.

There has been some controversy surrounding another aquatic attraction, Dolphinaris, which is being built next door and will open later this month.

Protesters have spoken out against the swim-with-dolphins facility, but that hasn't seemed to put a damper on what's going on at OdySea.

"It's a great place for people to go to when it's hot, and educate the kids about the ocean and sea since we're not close to any shores," said Alicia Freeland of Scottsdale.

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Tickets cost $34.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.

The aquarium will open at 11 a.m. Saturday. Its regular hours will be 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. seven days a week.

For more info visit OdySeaAquarium.com.

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