The Grand Canyon Visitor Center, located at the South Rim in Tusayan just outside the Grand Canyon National Park, is home to what you need to get the most from your Grand Canyon vacation. The Visitor Center offers an entertaining and informative overview of Arizona’s famous landmark. The visitor center has maps, brochures, Grand Canyon tours and park entrance tickets. Ask our knowledgeable local representatives about a tour, program, or special event. Our helpful staff will gladly assist you with information about hotels and restaurants. Finally, a visit is not complete without a viewing of Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time in stunning IMAX® with Laser!
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IMAX® with Laser
Experience Grand Canyon through the power of IMAX® with Laser. The newly released film, Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time is a journey through 1.7 billion years at the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Tours
The Grand Canyon Visitor Center in Tusayan is home to Pink Jeep Tours, a premier tour company offering the most dramatic viewpoints in the park.
Visitor Center Amenities
Dining services and an amazing adventure store stocked with an abundance of Grand Canyon related merchandise, Native American arts & crafts and souvenirs are available.
Top Gun: Maverick
The Grand Canyon IMAX® Theater plans a limited engagement of Top Gun: Maverick playing at 7:30pm daily beginning March 31st.
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The Grand Canyon Visitor Center’s premiere attraction is the new Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time movie. Our new IMAX® screen stands 6 stories tall with a reflective surface allowing for heightened realism drawing you into something as close to reality as you can possibly experience. The 12,000 watts of sound allow for heart-pounding audio with an endless sweet spot, there’s not a bad spot in the theatre. The IMAX® Laser projection system features a new optical engine that delivers increased resolution, sharper and brighter images, deeper contrast, and the widest range of colors allowing the Grand Canyon to be shown like never before.
Grand Canyon Information
Make your first stop at the Visitor Center to start your adventure and learn the history of the Canyon to truly appreciate the beauty you’re about to experience. At the Visitor Center we’ll be happy to help you learn more about options including purchasing park passes, maps & directions and give you more information about our IMAX® presentation. The visitor center also has one of the very best adventure stores in the area for keepsakes and souvenirs.
Activities for Everyone in Your Family
Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, or the extreme like white water rafting, the Canyon has activities for every member of your family. Some tours are best booked in advance. Spend some time on our website to learn more about all the offerings available like Helicopter Tours, South Rim Self-Guided Driving Tours and Pink Jeep Tours.
Dining Options & Ordering Online
The Grand Canyon Visitor Center is home to Explorer’s Café. With a large selection of food and beverage choices, Explorer’s Café is a pleasant dining experience for every hungry guest. Food options include Pizza Hut® Pizza, Fresh Deli-style sandwiches, Iced Cream, Beverages and more. If in a rush, order ahead and we’ll have it ready for you. Your food and beverages will be prepared and ready within 15 minutes of ordering or you can schedule a convenient pickup time using the selection tool before checkout. Review Menu & Order online.
VISITOR CENTER DETAILS
Hours & Showtimes
Visitor Center Hours: 9am – 8pm.
Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time playing daily hourly on the half hour. 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm
IMAX® Admission Pricing
Adult (Ages 11+ to 54) $13.59
Youth (6-10) $10.33
Senior (55+) $12.50
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Grand Canyon Visitor Center?
There are a number of Grand Canyon Visitor Centers at and around the south rim. Most notably at Mather Point and the El Tovar Hotel inside the park. We are located at the South Entrance just outside the Grand Canyon National Park. The Visitor Center and IMAX Theatre are located at Highway 64. Our Visitor Center is best known for housing an IMAX Theatre since 1984. We’ve had the pleasure of helping tens of millions of visitors. Our IMAX Theatre was recently upgraded with the latest IMAX with Laser technology.
What is located inside the Grand Canyon Visitor Center?
We provide our guests with a variety of tour options and the ability to purchase pre-pay passes to the park. We have information about the Inner Canyon and the local area that includes lodging, attractions, shopping, dining and events. The Grand Canyon Visitor Center itself is home to the most famous IMAX® movie theater of all time and has the Explorer’s Café for our hungry travelers. Our Staff is knowledgeable, friendly and able to help you make the most out of your time at the National Park. We even have an Adventure Store where guests may purchase branded merchandise, souvenirs, books, dvds, outfitter gear and more.
I hear there is an awesome new IMAX® film about Grand Canyon. Where and when does it play?
We are glad the word is getting out about our brand new IMAX® Theatre upgrade and new 35 minute film called Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time. The movie is playing daily hourly on the half hour during the day. The IMAX® Theatre is located at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center located in Tusayan, just outside the Grand Canyon South Rim gates.
Why should my family spend 35 minutes watching an IMAX® movie when the canyon is minutes away?
Experiencing the Grand Canyon in IMAX® will give you a deeper appreciation and knowledge of this amazing natural wonder. The IMAX® presentation will inspire and entertain. Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time is a journey through time at one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. History, science, and mythology come alive through epic aerial IMAX® photography complemented by spectacular, mesmerizing, super-high resolution time-lapse photography. The geological formation of the Canyon is showcased using stunning CGI animation, while the fascinating story of early civilizations, and their mysterious disappearance, is brought to life on the giant screen.
Should I buy my IMAX® tickets in advance? What happens if I don‘t know exactly when I’ll be at the theatre?
Yes! You should buy your tickets online in advance to take advantage of 20% discount offer. Online ticket vouchers are good for any screening of Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time. That means you can come an see any showing, any day during our regular schedule.