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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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Great place to see.

Great place to take the kids. They have interactive underwater submarine. Lots of history about the marine life. They even have a google ski cam were you can zero in on your house... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Jackson, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Great place to take the kids. They have interactive underwater submarine. Lots of history about the marine life. They even have a google ski cam were you can zero in on your house from space.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a very impressive marine center. It is not huge and is not primarily directed toward entertainment, but it is great teaching locale for families including families with small children. There is a lot of information about how we can take better care of the oceans to protect both the oceans and ourselves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I was fortunate to arrive on the day of a tour where you go in the back & see the Retired Navy dolphins. Yes, the only facility researching new stuff for dolphins. The facility you can see every day is great, mermaid purses are there, you can pet a swell shark which is just plain ole fun. Good educational hands... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you make it past Natural Bridges Beach to the Butterfly Preserve then you are almost there .... the entrance is at the very end of the street. So wander on down, for an interesting tour that won't tie you up for the whole day. You can still make it to the beach before or after. If you come on... More 

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Field, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

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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New York
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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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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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Additional Information about Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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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