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National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center

450 State Route 64, Tusayan, AZ 86023
928 638 2203
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: Located at the South Rim entrance of the Grand Canyon, the Visitor Center provides news, travel information about Grand Canyon attractions, hotels, a... more » Owner description: Located at the South Rim entrance of the Grand Canyon, the Visitor Center provides news, travel information about Grand Canyon attractions, hotels, a variety of selected Grand Canyon tours and Park passes. Visitors can take part in interactive exhibits to learn about the Grand Canyon, watch our famous IMAX movie and talk to local area representatives. Inside the center guests can also enjoy a meal at our Explorer’s Cafe dining area which includes Pizza Hut, fresh deli sandwiches and other items or take their time to browse through our National Geographic branded merchandise store. « less
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Sierra Vista AZ
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We spent $12.50 each to see this +- 40 minute movie. We asked the salesperson if they offered AAA or senior discounts but he acted like he didn't hear us. He had a headphone on and might have been listening to someone or something. He simply took our money & handed us our tickets & change and then proceeded to... More

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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We had high hopes for the IMAX film of the Grand Canyon. I mean, how could an IMAX about the Grand Canyon not be amazing? Plus we had read so many great reviews on trip advisor. But unfortunately, we left sadly disappointed and wishing we hadn't wasted the time or money. And on top of the movie really not being... More

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Austin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We arrived to Tusayan in the early evening, too late to see the Grand Canton before sunset, so we thought we would give the IMAX a try. For four of us it was pricey. We watched the 34 minute IMAX movie and left (it was dark by then) and didn't take advantage of any other offerings. The movie was entertaining... More

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Portland, Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I wish i had read reviews before we stopped here. The IMAX movie was not as interesting as advertised. We felt that the time spent was wasted and wished we had that time at the park instead of sitting through a movie that didn't enhance our canyon experience at all. The gift shop was fine but expensive. There were gifts... More

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Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Most of the shops in the Grand Canyon area have the same t-shirts, etc, but this store had a lot of different items and a very helpful staff. Also had different, cute stuff for kids.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

They can provide info regarding the area; however the IMAX presentation was okay at best. The merchandise is expensive, although there are some very nice items to be found.

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IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

We try our best to provide information to that will make the most of your Grand Canyon experience. Also, we have a selection of gifts and souvenirs to accommodate all budgets. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, your comments are appreciated. janet More

Ottawa, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It is what it is, not sure what you can write here to tell ppl to go. Park rangers were very helpful, site is very clean and has a lot of directions and pamphlet to help you decide what to do, there is so much here that I strongly recommend you do your research before you get there.

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IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

Well said! Thank you for the review. Have a GRAND day, Janet More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We stopped here on our drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. The rangers were not terribly helpful; basically gave us a map and said 'keep driving.' I was excited for the IMAX movie. It was a waste of money. The bathrooms and cafeteria were good for a break, but I'd say 'keep driving.'

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IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

I'm sorry we did not meet your expectations. Your comments are appreciated and we will continue to strive to improve our services. Kind regards, Janet More

Austin, TX
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175 reviews 175 reviews
76 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We stopped at this center to watch the IMAX film. I was hoping for more of a geologic tilt to the whole film because my 9 year old son wanted to know more about erosion, but the film is about human history of the canyon instead. Interesting stuff but was hoping for more of a geologic tilt.

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IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

The movie is a great way to see what lies below the rim and covers 4000 years of human history. If you would like more information about erosion and the formation of the Canyon, I suggest going to the Yavapai Geology Museum located on the rim of the Canyon or taking a Pink Jeep Tour, the guides are experts on... More

Walnut Creek, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Visitor Center was conveniently located on the route into the National Park and provided a wealth of information regarding the history, wildlife and geology of the area. It made the Park experience much more interesting once we entered.

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IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and I wish you safe and happy travels in the future. Kind regards, Janet More

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