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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #11 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Aquariums, Science Museums
Description: See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.
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Bellingham, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

This is relatively small marine center attached to a working research facility. The center sits on the bluffs looking out across Monterey bay, and consequently it is a great place for whale watching. We saw one whale while we were visiting. As I mentioned, this is a small museum, and we were able to exhaust its internal activities with our... More

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Northbrook, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I finally took the tort and it was informative and a great opportunity to learn more about the ocean animals. The 2 dolphins were very expressive.

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Germantown, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This was a nice little museum. They had enough hands on display for my son. The tour was nice to hear a little history of the museum and of the area. Got to see the Dolphins from a distance of about 100 feet. Parking easy. Staff friendly. A little small though,

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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The touchpool area is interesting especially for kids. Even the adults had fun. highly recommended although the place is quite small. The gift shop is reasonably priced.

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Vacaville, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Very informative, kid friendly, as well as adult friendly, and beautiful location. My friend, and fellow alum, was most excited about the fact that the dolphins wear jackets. And they do, not because they're cold, or the trainers are weird, but because the Seymour center is using the jackets to monitor heart rate and other various data points, instead of... More

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is a neat little place to check out some salt water aquariums and learn about the local marine life. There is an AWESOME whale skeleton exhibit right out front. Worth the trip!

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Winton, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

did not plan to visit, but got lost looking for Moss Creek, so went inside to ask directions, and saw a wonderfully interesting building. took the tour and also spent about 45 minutes in the discovery center. they have everything from "touch pools" for the youngsters to jellyfish experimentation that is cutting edge. the tour was outstanding, with a docent... More

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Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We thought we could just drop in and see the small aquarium area and take a tour. But, tours were on the hour and we arrived at 2:20. When we asked what there was to see they did not say much. We had already been to Monteray Aquarium (which is GREAT) so we did not bother going in - and... More

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Seymour Marine is located on the cliffs overlooking Monterey Bay & has many interesting exhibits as well as supervised hands-on displays for the kids. An oceanside hike & bike trail adds to the area for those wishing to take a nice stroll along the cliffs. Very scenic area for an hour's stop.

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