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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5730
+1 831-459-3800
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Little Bit if Fun

We enjoyed this more than we thought we would. It’s a grand place to spend a few hours. Volunteers... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Natalie B
via mobile
Fabulous!

Because of the size it would be easy to assume kids will be in, out and bored quickly, however this... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2018
Livesbythec
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See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“whale skeleton” (19 reviews)
“blue whale” (15 reviews)
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100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5730
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+1 831-459-3800
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"whale skeleton"
in 19 reviews
"blue whale"
in 15 reviews
"research facility"
in 6 reviews
"monterey bay"
in 18 reviews
"live exhibits"
in 3 reviews
"baby shark"
in 3 reviews
"petting tanks"
in 3 reviews
"touch tank"
in 3 reviews
"marine animals"
in 4 reviews
"sea life"
in 13 reviews
"great gift shop"
in 5 reviews
"star fish"
in 4 reviews
"all ages"
in 14 reviews
"on display"
in 6 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 3 reviews
"view of the ocean"
in 4 reviews
"great place for kids"
in 3 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this more than we thought we would. It’s a grand place to spend a few hours. Volunteers are so friendly and passionate. Cool to see research area.

Thank Natalie B
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Because of the size it would be easy to assume kids will be in, out and bored quickly, however this is not the case. There is a great mixture of interactive and informative exhibits, as well as amazing volunteers who spent plenty of time with...More

3  Thank Livesbythec
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Loved our day at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. My 7 year year old granddaughter had so much fun. The entrance fee is about the same as going to a movie. The staff are wonderful and helpful. I will definitely visit again.

1  Thank Mary Jo S
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Great spot for young and old alike. This research center has lots of good information for the adults and touch tanks and aquarium tanks for the young. the whale skeleton outside gives great perspective on these giant mammals. Our 3.5 year old grandson loved it.

Thank OregonBendite
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

This aquarium is perfect for preschool to 4th grade children or people who don't want to be in an enormous crowd at the Monterey Aquarium. The exhibits are marvelous. I have taken first and second grade classes here and in combo with Natural Bridges, it's...More

Thank mariamhennessy
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

This avenue is awesome for holiday parties. Can't go wrong with the most gorgeous view of the ocean and Christmas lights at night. One can see Monterey and power plant lights across the ocean and puts you in a festive mood.

Thank L0ve2travle
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

We visited here during our PCH travels from LA to SF. We were not disappointed! Facility is a smaller university research center where cheery volunteers/students are eager to help our young ones experience the center's marine life! Interactive 'search and win prize activity' had our...More

Thank Shan2806
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Small, well-curated and well-made interpretative center for local Monterey Bay marine life. Two large whale skeletons outside and a path to walk along the cliffs make this a free visit if you don't have money to pay to enter. Great views.

Thank Clover88Live
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

We went on a weekday that we found out it was free to get in but I probably would not pay to go there. They had a few small touch stations that my kids loved and they let us pet a baby shark which was...More

2  Thank Rebecca B
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

My friend and I decided to stop in while visiting my son at UCSC. The information was very interesting. There are touch tanks and animal artifacts. But the staff made the visit great. I wish I could remember everyone's name. Our tour guide, Charlene, was...More

Thank Danene B
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bennykerk33
9 July 2017|
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Response from Stevej95060 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the Blue Whale skeleton is 87 feet long. It's one of only 4 Blue Whale skeletons on display in North America.
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Lucile C
3 August 2016|
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Response from csarchibald | Reviewed this property |
Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. Worth every Penny.
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3 August 2016|
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$8.00
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