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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Address: 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: 831-459-3800
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Description: See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias...
See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.
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My Elementary School age children loved it!

We took our 3 children (10, 7 & 5) and all 3 of them came away having enjoyed themselves. The volunteer staff here are what make it truly magnificent - they were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Walnut Creek, California
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Walnut Creek, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We took our 3 children (10, 7 & 5) and all 3 of them came away having enjoyed themselves. The volunteer staff here are what make it truly magnificent - they were knowledgeable, patient and able to answer my children's endless questions without hesitation. My children had the opportunity to stroke a shark, watch jellyfish, stroke starfish, watch hermit crabs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We took the kids (7, 10 & 16) and all had a good time. There's plenty to see and touch. The views of the bay are amazing. This was a great way to spend time with the family while learning about the ocean ecology.

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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I am biased because sometime ago i served as a docent providing tours of the facility. When you go in you will see aqarium type displays.. you will also see some of the research facilites on the tour. It is very nice and the huge whale out front is Ms Blue. also a local, found on pescadaro beach around 1971.

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Indianapolis
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I took my six year old twins to this center after seeing a sign for it while driving up West Cliff drive. It turned out to be a great way to spend about an hour to an hour and a half, which was perfect for their age. They had a scavenger hunt for the kids to find the marine animals... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

While this is a far cry from the Monterey Bay Acquarium, this marine center is a great family adventure including allowing kids to pet sharks, star fish, etc., and some wonderful docents who assist in understanding the tanks etc.

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Burbank, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Best view of the ocean and occasionally of whales going by. The largest full blue whale skeleton is outside where kids can view and touch. Small aquarium but very informative for families.

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El Sobrante, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Way off the beaten path...Seymour has aquariums and interactive displays that most people are looking for in a coastal marine center. It's too bad that they didn't combine the Seymour Center and the National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center. They have a 'backstage tour' to see the dolphins. They have a couple of displays to show you how aquariums keep jelly... More 

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Watsonville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Get there early to get into one of the tours that leave every hour. We finally got into a tour after some people cancelled. It is the only way you are able to see the dolphin is on the tour. Some of the volunteers are great and share information. Other volunteers such as the younger teenagers were just on their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Seymour Center is an ocean themed "secret" hidden in Santa Cruz. This is a great family outing especially for kids! It is very reasonable to get in, hands-on experiences via the touch pool and interactive educational exhibits. The docent led tour visits the dolphins who live there, the largest Blue Whale skeleton in the world, and beautiful scenery outside.... More 

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Jackson, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Families will enjoy the "hands-on" atmosphere of the Center. The docent led walk is well-worth the forty-five minutes and lots of information is shared during the walk. The views from the back of the Center are beautiful and information on how fragile the bay is was worth the time to visit.

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