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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-459-3800
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Ranked #13 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums, Science Museums
Description: See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Waited almost 2 hours to attend their 1pm tour since we missed the 11am tour. Their sign says sign up 1 hour before the tour starts. I tried to sign up couple of minutes after 12pm and the 1pm tour is already full since the tour can only take 20 people at a time, which is never mentioned by staff... More

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mlautamo, Admissions Coordinator at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

On behalf of the Seymour Center, I would like to sincerely apologize for your experience at our facility. We try our best to convey our tour policies to visitors and I am sorry if there was a miscommunication on our part. The summer is our busiest time of year which is wonderful but also challenging as we are a small... More

Sacramento, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I could let a trip to the sea go without a chance for my kids to learn something, this place let's them touch a shark, sea urchins and annenimies... It was great

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Napa, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Great place for adults & kids. There are hands on & touchable exhibits, and the LARGEST, LIVE lobster we have ever seen!!! I can't remember his name :-( All the guides are very knowledgeable & friendly. The center also had a great souvenir shop with lots & lots of cool stuff.

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Palm Desert, California
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

On a tour of the UC schools in California, we learned about this center which is run by UC Santa Cruz. Inside are information boards, photos and touchables that describe the different research projects conducted by the marine biologists at UCSC. As a middle school science teacher, I was thrilled to find a museum that actually shows what research scientists... More

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mlautamo, Admissions Coordinator at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review and for pointing out that we focus on educating the public about marine science and research. We're glad you got so much out of your visit! More

Brentwood, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Have visited numerous times, but this time attended my granddaughter's wedding there. Very nice place

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mlautamo, Admissions Coordinator at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

Congratulations on your granddaughter's marriage! Glad you enjoyed your experience here on such a special day. More

Alexandria, VA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
6 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We had a wonderful docent-led tour at this marine research and discovery center. While many of the exhibits inside were clearly designed for children, adults (even those trained as scientists) will discover many interesting facts about marine life in general, and about the animals and fish that inhabit the Pacific coast and the Monterey Bay. Plan to take the tour:... More

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mlautamo, Admissions Coordinator at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive and informative review! More

San Ramon, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Outstanding views, charming site, whale bones and more... oh my! The Discovery Center is located on the bluff of Monterey Bay. The displays and aquarium are entertaining but not overwhelming (great for kids). The tour is worth for taking and not too long. It's an inexpensive afternoon and if you bring your lunch you have views for miles! Also this... More

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mlautamo, Admissions Coordinator at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review! We're so glad your wedding here at the Seymour Center was such a great experience and we hope you'll visit again soon! More

Murrieta, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This was our second visit to this center - we specifically drove through Santa Cruz to bring the kids. While it's a small aquarium, it is very hands-on and I appreciated how detailed and educational the display areas are. We enjoyed touching the sharks and the tidepool touch tanks. The walk outside is gorgeous. Well worth a stop.

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mlautamo, Admissions/Operations Associate at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

It’s great to hear that you came through Santa Cruz specifically to visit our Center – we hope you'll come back soon! More

Citrus Heights
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Wanting different places to hit besides the Boardwalk, we visited Seymour and Miss Blue. The full size blue whale skeleton was incredible. The exhibits including the jelly fish, shark petting, and the biggest lobster I've ever seen were amazing! The tour guides and other staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. Seeing the back grounds with the dolphins and the overlook... More

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mlautamo, Admissions/Operations Associate at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review! We're so glad you enjoyed our Center and hope that you will return soon! More

Bellingham, Washington
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

While we didn't wait for the tour, and now seeing other reviews, I wish we had, we really enjoyed the Center. While initially finding a parking spot was tough, the exhibits we so NOT crowded! We got to take our time and read all the placards. By far the favorites were the aquarium exhibits. Both of my daughters had a... More

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mlautamo, Admissions/Operations Associate at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

We pride ourselves in being a family-friendly, hands-on marine science center, so we’re so happy to hear that you and your daughters had such a positive experience engaging with our exhibits and staff. Thank you for the kind review! More

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