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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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This is a small museum attached to a major marine research center. It's geared to children (8-14) but all ages can benefit, even adults. Sign up for the tour. It's free and you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This is a small museum attached to a major marine research center. It's geared to children (8-14) but all ages can benefit, even adults. Sign up for the tour. It's free and you learn even more about the sea life in the area. If you're lucky you'll have the chance to see 2 dolphins who were Navy trained in search... More 

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Manteca, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This little gem is an inexpensive and educational stop with fun for the whole family! A very interactive and educational experience full of interesting sea life, info, and tips on conservation. Lots of touching and interacting in the exhibits for the little ones to keep their attention while learning. Amazing views of the pacific and lovely vista point. Cute gift... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My wife and I had a few extra hours during our last trip to Santa Cruz and decided to investigate. The Discovery Center is great for kids - plenty of exhibits where children may touch and handle some of the live critters. Since this is also an active research facility, there are tours explaining how the center works and what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The marine research center is good for going to with children on a cloudy day. Nice interactive displays. Best was the outdoor tour by volunteer Judy who had a good sense of humor. This takes you to the research dolphins plus one seal, which are not allowed to be photographed.

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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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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