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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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A Great Counterpoint to the Monterey Aquarium

One of my criticisms of the Monterey Aquarium was that it didn't have enough "science." Well, that's definitely NOT an issue with the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. I said... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Field, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

One of my criticisms of the Monterey Aquarium was that it didn't have enough "science." Well, that's definitely NOT an issue with the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. I said that the Monterey Aquarium was designed for kids to, in a way, the detriment of adults. Here, we adults can have our curiosity satisfied and the kids will enjoy it as... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

If you want to see fish, explore animals and fact andbout Montery Bay, but no not have the time or want to spend money on the Montery Bay Aquarium, then I would recommend tne Seymore Marine Discovery Center. It is about a mile and a half from the Santa Cruz warf and Boardwalk with easy access and plenty of parking.... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is a charming fun and informative marine discovery center. it's relatively small, but the wealth of knowledge the docents and scientists have is definitely world class. this is part of UCSC's Long Marine Science Center, which is one of the world's Top oceanic labs. The Long Marine Science Center studies the health of the Ocean and it is partnered... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Great people here--kids can learn alot and be inspired to pursue marine science careers--very accessible and much easier to visit than Monterey (altho you must go there too!). Combine with a walk through quiet beaches outside if not too chilly!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

was looking for more displays and live tanks/touch tanks. They had some but nothing special. It was much more about educating people about the ocean and how people affect it. The best thing was the whale skeleton and it was outside(as in free)

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Upland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The setting is amazing--a totally unspoiled natural area right on the bluffs of the ocean. Check out "Mary" the blue whale skeleton--it is hard to believe a marine mammal could be that big!!! There is a touch pool with starfish and other creatures. This is a great place to take kids or teenagers interested in Marine Biology or Oceanography. All... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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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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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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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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Additional Information about Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Address: Address: 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: 831-459-3800
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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