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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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Small but excellent marine biology museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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New York
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New York
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132 reviews 132 reviews
55 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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