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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Address: 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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+1 831-459-3800
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Great for 3-12 year olds

A favorite of the grandkids and local schools. Very accessible and some nice hands-on exhibits. Can easily do in an hour or two.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A favorite of the grandkids and local schools. Very accessible and some nice hands-on exhibits. Can easily do in an hour or two.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kids and adults really enjoyed the exhibits. The blue whale skeleton is great to see, as were the tanks.

Thank kragusa
Alameda, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of interesting information about whales. Definitely go on the tour. Totally worth it because the tour is free. The thing to know is that they are undergoing major remodeling and all the live exhibits have been moved off-site.

Thank yjc2005
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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.

Thank gypsysister2
Oakland, CA
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

Thank Bill99831
Portland, Oregon
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Adina H
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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!

Thank Linda B
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.

Thank lidarnell

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