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National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center

450 State Route 64, Tusayan, AZ 86023
928 638 2203
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Ranked #4 of 5 attractions in Tusayan
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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Ann Arbor
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

If you want a little history on the Grand Canyon and individual help with what to see, this is the place to stop. You may have to stand in line to talk to a ranger but it's worth the wait.

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Branson, Missouri, United States
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Not much offered in the way of a Visitor Center. There was a GC ranger there to answer questions and sell entrance tickets to the GC, but mostly a lot of marketing for the Pink Jeep tours that leaves out of the building. I love the Imax movie, but the prices of the DVD and the souvenirs were pretty high.... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

To get the most out of a very short visit to the Grand Canyon I highly recommend stopping here. We took a sunset tour with National Geographic and it was very educational and took us to some great spots not filled with hundreds of tourists. Well worth the bucks. Instead of just looking and taking photos We were actually told... More

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Midwest
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

If I had known that the park offered the same exact movie for free, I would have watched it there and saved us $51.00. The IMAX experience was nice, but people were snapping photos throughout the movie, and the Walkman translators were extremely loud, which ended up being quite distracting. The souvenir shirts are priced much higher than at the... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, I take these comments very seriously and I want you to know that photo taking or recording is not allowed. My projectionists are vigilant about reporting to the ushers to quell the abuse when observed and of course we have signs and an anouncement in the pre-show. English is not... More

ontario
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I have seen other IMAX films about the Grand Canyon which I thought were better. If you choose to watch it, stop at the McDonald's across the street for a $2 off coupon. The Center is mainly a gift shop. Although their brochures advertise park entrance passes, the store no longer carries them. You buy your pass to the park... More

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

I apologize for your less than expected experience at the National Geographic Visitor Center. Nomally there is a Park Ranger on duty from 8:00am - 5:30pm and also a machine that will dispense Park tickets with credit card purchase during business hours. I am disappointed to hear that the movie was not to the par of other movies of the... More

Punta Gorda, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The movie is 30 minutes and informative about the history of the Grand Canyon but I'd skip it in favor of the free movie at the Grand Canyon visitors center

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. The free movie inside the park is an overview of the different aspects of what the National Park does to preserve the natural beauty of the park, the archeology research, and the diverse wildlife preservation as well as how the canyon was formed. IMAX focuses on the human history including... More

Grand Bend, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We stopped here before entering the park. This is really the first attraction on the way to the park, so they have an advantage in attracting visitors. It is a 34 minute I- Max movie which shows the size and scale of the grand canyon, it is well done. Two senior tickets cost $25.00, however there is a free movie... More

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

Your time to write this review is invaluable to our business - thank you! Your comments are very accurate and insightful. The IMAX movie is about the human experience of the canyon and the incredible photography of the canyon is unsurpassed. The movie in the park is free and is informational on the formation of the incredible wonder that the... More

Salt Lake City, Utah
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

It was too expensive there for my taste - in the other shops around it, the same things were much cheaper. There is a lot of stuff so you can spend the time while you are waiting for the movie.

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

Thank you for taking the time to comment on the gift shop. We do our best to offer unique items that other shops do not have, however the demand for stock items continues. You are a very discerning shopper and I appreciate that. At your convenience, please email me at group2@ngvccanyon.com, I will send you a special gift from our... More

Rockville, Maryland, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Learning the story behind the Grand Canyon and the scenery in the movie were worth the relatively steep cost. The cinematography made you feel like you were flying and boating thru the wild rapids on the GC expeditions highlighted in the film.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience here at the National Geographic Visitor Center. We are delighted that you enjoyed the movie. We feel it gives a different perspective of the Grand Canyon. Happy Travels More

Graz, Austria
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We were a little bit disappointed by the much advertised IMAX film. For US-$ 12 we expected a little more information and breathtaking pictures. Instead a story of former residents and the exploration by adventurers is narrated in mumbled English, which was very hard to follow. Also there was absolutely no scientific information about the canyon. Would recommend for families... More

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