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Mystery Spot

465 Mystery Spot Road off Branciforte Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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Ranked #15 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Mysterious Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This enigmatic place draws curious visitors who come to witness its gravity-defying properties.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My daughter and I live in Santa Cruz, near the Mystery Spot. We were driving around one day and decided to stop by to visit on a lark. It was a nice walk and an interesting experience. We both felt "odd" in the house. I don't know why it made us both feel so queasy. It was a fun way... More

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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is the place we take Japanese tourists when they visit. They love it. So will anyone else who likes those roadside attractions that are a little weird and maybe gimmicky but still fun. You go on a tour with a guide and learn about the "science" and myth that surrounds this location. Optical illusion or mystery energy concentration, maybe... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Children especially, will be fascinated by the "scientific" reasons why things are out of the ordinary. I have taken many many foreign visitors to this site and they have all enjoyed its uniqueness. It is probably closed in rainy weather. Bring a light jacket even in the summer.

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La Selva Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Adults&kids will find that place very entertaining. Bring your own compass&level to check that something strange is about that place

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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Every 10 or 12 years I just have t get my Mystery Spot fix! Great place for kids and people that just want to have a clean fun adventure.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We visited Mystery Spot in Mar 2014. This is an enigmatic place with its baffling beauty. The flast few metres towards this spot is an unpaved graveled road. So be cautious while driving. Located on a mountain, this place puzzled and excited me and my gorgeous wife. The parking fee was $ 5 for our car and entry ticket is... More

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Fresno, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The best thing about the Mystery Spot is that it’s located on a beautiful mountain side, and the walk on the tour is a nice nature walk. The tour itself is semi-entertaining, especially if you enjoy people-watching. The biggest mystery about this place is how they’ve managed to stay in business so long. Luckily it’s affordable. Probably worth seeing once... More

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Placerville, California
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167 reviews 167 reviews
27 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I don't know how many Mystery Spot bumper stickers I've seen in my life, but I remember thinking, man people really like this "spot." The truth is — spoiler alert — everyone gets a bumper sticker in the end. With that said, it's still a noteworthy oddity in the California Redwoods. It had me stumped, no pun intended, and for... More

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Los Angeles, California
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172 reviews 172 reviews
53 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

While driving between Santa Cruz and San Jose, we stopped at the Mystery Spot. It's in a beautiful area of the Calif. redwoods and was developed into a tourist site about 100 years ago. There is a house that slants and seems to defy gravity and a beautiful trail walk around the area thru the redwood forest. There is ample... More

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Pune, India
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79 reviews 79 reviews
58 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This place is best visited in the morning as it gets crowded during holidays and weekends. It is a 45 minute short and informative tour. The place draws thousands of visitors who come to see and feel its antigravity phenomenon. Remember to carry warm clothing if you are visiting this place during sunset. You get a free bumper sticker at... More

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