We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mystery Spot

465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-9658
+1 831-423-8897
Review Highlights
Lots of fun!

The ever so famous mystery spot is definitely a must see when you are in Santa Cruz. It's a lot of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nikkie S
Santa Barbara, California
via mobile

You either need to be high, go with kids or be a kid to like this I feel.. For me personally it was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Read all 903 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
The Mystery Spot is a gravitational anomaly located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California. It is a circular area of effect around 150 feet or 46 meters in diameter. Within the Mystery Spot you will be stunned as your perceptions of the laws of physics and gravity are questioned. But don't take our word for it, come and decide for yourself! The Mystery Spot was discovered in 1939 by a group of surveyors and opened to the public in 1940. The Mystery Spot has amazed and perplexed hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world, and many return time and time again to experience these puzzling variations of gravity, perspective, and height. Some speculate that cones of metal were secretly brought here and buried in our earth as guidance systems for their spacecraft. Some think that it is in fact the spacecraft itself buried deep within the ground. Other theories include carbon dioxide permeating from the earth, a hole in the ozone layer, a magma vortex, the highest dielectric biocosmic radiation known anywhere in the world, and radiesthesia. Whatever the cause is, it remains a mystery.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good44%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“our tour guide” (54 reviews)
“bumper stickers” (26 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-9658
+1 831-423-8897
Write a ReviewReviews (903)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 845 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The ever so famous mystery spot is definitely a must see when you are in Santa Cruz. It's a lot of fun to see everything completely backwards! Really trippy and a lot of fun. You must go!

Thank Nikkie S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You either need to be high, go with kids or be a kid to like this I feel.. For me personally it was a waste of money, it’s not even a cool experience. Maybe I just had too much expectations?

Thank Misss_T_24
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our second time here and we were still amazed at visual effects created by the original owner of the property. Tips: buy tickets online, make online reservations, and wear tennis shoes. This adventure will take you up a very, very steep hill, so...More

Thank dandksmommy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful redwoods surround this tourist gem. It's a group of cottages built on an incline with slanted floors to fool you into thinking things go against gravity. It's a little funhouse in the woods, great mountain air, kinda fun to listen to the guide's stories,...More

Thank Mr_Crackers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The entrance into the Mystery Spot begins with a short drive through a beautiful mature forest that sets the tone. We arrived just in time to check in at the gift shop, get our tickets and meet up with the tour group. Our guide was...More

Thank SanDiegoDiversDown
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've wanted to visit the Mystery Spot since seeing bumper stickers as a child. Finally got to go! I don't know how much is just optical illusions and how much real "mystery" but like Mulder, I want to believe. I was laughing my head off,...More

Thank marctr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mystery Spot is no fake attraction. There is really some odd magnetic occurrence right there. You can feel it in your head as you take the tour. When we came back to our car, the newly installed electronic radio in it had been completely...More

Thank Adlai C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a fun thing to do with the kids. We had a great tour guide which I think made the tour more fun (I can't remember his name). He even told us where to stand to get great photos, and took pictures for us....More

Thank WSHolly
Reviewed 6 November 2017

I've been there a few times already to bring some visitors. It's a short visit but it's worth the just 8$ you must pay. The environment is great surrounded by redwoods and the "mystery" spot is fun no matter what causes this phenomenon. It is...More

Thank oaklanes
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Had a great time playing in the cabin. A must see at least once if you are in the area Recommend getting tickets on line to save some time and reserve your slot, especially on the weekends. Otherwise wait time could be 1-2 hrs

Thank Satoria1313
Nearby Restaurants
Auntie Mame's
100 reviews
3.53 km away
Redwood Sandwich Company
21 reviews
3.51 km away
Malone's Grille
71 reviews
3.54 km away
Mint--Fine Living and Fresh Bites
44 reviews
3.73 km away
Nearby Attractions
Cinelux Scotts Valley Cinema
20 reviews
3.85 km away
Canepa Motorsports Museum
18 reviews
3.99 km away
Anna Jean Cummings Park
7 reviews
4.72 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Yael D
15 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
Response from m95789 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I think your kids are too young to get much out of mystery spot. I think it would probably appeal to kids 8+.
Lindsey D
1 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from CCMH | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other people who responded in regards to your dog. I don't agree with the 'total ripoff'. It's just something fun to do, and I have spent the same amount of money for a 2 minute quick thrill (with an hour... More
John D
6 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Marshase | Reviewed this property |
Have a look at their webpage