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Mystery Spot

465 Mystery Spot Road off Branciforte Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95065
831-423-8897
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Ranked #14 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Mysterious Sites, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner 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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Chennai (Madras), India
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

It was my cousin and his wife who suggested we visit this place. We reached there in the afternoon with no bookings but managed to get tickets for the afternoon. Our guide was very entertaining and we enjoyed every part of the tour. It seems, the laws of physics and gravity do not apply and our guide provided a number... More

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Hyderabad, India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

It's really bewildering. I still don't understand how it's possible. Trickery or Natural aberration?? Open ended...

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Rio Vista, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you are as lucky, as we were, to have a very entertaining young lady as your guide you will enjoy this now very famous attraction. The seemingly unexplainable oddities are nothing more than illusions created by the juxtaposition of some objects over others, I think. But if you are ever in the area do yourself a favor and visit... More

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Mission Viejo, California, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Just have fun with it! Like the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland....its all in your guide and their sense of humor! We had Emmy and she was hilarious! This is a fun way to spend an hour or so in the woods above Santa Cruz. There is a very enjoyable trail to walk if you don't want to take the tour... More

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Do all the research you want to disprove the idea that there is something truly mysterious going on here. The young (high school aged?) tour guides who deliver their canned (and cutely funny) lines and demonstrations with aplomb will have you believing, or at least extremely confused by the time the tour is over. The tour itself is 45 minutes... More

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Sacramento, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Came here with the family and friends. I found the tour to be quite dull and even though it concept and the optical illusion is cool. Its good to kill 30 minutes. I would not visit it again because seeing it once is good enough for me.

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California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is a fun activity to fit into your visit when in Santa Cruz. It usually books up pretty fast, so book and pay online ahead of time. The tour guides are very rehearsed and cheesy, but overall, it is pretty entertaining! Our 11 year old son thought it was really cool. It is in the middle of a Redwood... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We recently stopped over at the Mystery Spot to check off another smashed penny location. I've been collecting these smashed pennies for a while and it has become a bit of a treasure hunt for me. When we got to the Spot we discovered that their machine was broken. Naturally, I was upset because I was flying out the next... More

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Delhi
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Located in Redwood forest outside Santa Cruz. The operators of the small site (which is about 150 feet in diameter) claim at that location the laws of physics and gravity do not apply and provide a number of demonstrations in support of these claims, where water seems to flow upwards, people seem to be standing in slanted positions etc. The... More

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Long Beach, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a fun side-trip if you're going to Santa Cruz. I used to enjoy the Haunted Shack at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park when I was a kid, but it has long since closed. Visiting The Mystery Spot gave my kids a chance to see what I was talking about when I told them that water can flow... More

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