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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Address: 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: +1 831-459-3800
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See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias...

See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.

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worth the stop

$8 admission for adults. great up close marine life in aquarium tanks. see Ms Blue the largest Blue whale skeleton. nice view of the bay on the hiking paths.nice gift shop.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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virginia,minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

$8 admission for adults. great up close marine life in aquarium tanks. see Ms Blue the largest Blue whale skeleton. nice view of the bay on the hiking paths.nice gift shop.

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Oakland, CA
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place is not touristy but is actually a research facility and so interesting! Definitely take the tour. Dale, our docent, was so knowledgeable and made the learning process enjoyable. I learned so much about the Blue Whale as well as lots about the history of the area and other marine life. And I got to see my favorite --... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I learned about starfish in particular because the docent was very informative. The displays are well labelled and young people appropriate. Some upgrading is in progress.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The center was a little precarious to get to due to construction, but worth it. Eat before you go as there are no restaurants close by and the only good they have are granola bars. Very informative exhibits on sea otters and peregrine falcons. Some interesting live exhibits on crabs and native fish. My daughter spent a lot of time... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful and informative! Wonderful tour guide and interesting perspective. Great view and cool exhibits.

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Hanoi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Nothing like it! Find out how the fish, crustaceans and more manage to make their happy home in this space! Also don't forget to focus on really small critters!

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Felton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

displays of general bay information along with interesting research being done by UCSC marine biology department. it's a relatively small facility compared to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Doing both locations is ok too.

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Dominical, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

If your looking for a place to take the family, not take all day and really be educated... this is a great experience. Well thought out design for encouraging guests to learn, explore and touchy feely marine life. Also, very affordable.

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We show up late and we decide not to Pay to go inside . We just walk around and saw the bones of the larges blue whale and My twins joy to see the bones of the whale and the view .

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We enjoyed the marine discovery center as a short outing to get away from the rest of the madness in Santa Cruz. We enjoyed watching a whale off the shore near the center playing in the seaweed. We were also able to pet a shark.

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