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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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 spot for little ones

Love this mini aquarium.. My little guy loves the touch tank.. You can walk around cliffs pretty view...

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love this mini aquarium.. My little guy loves the touch tank.. You can walk around cliffs pretty view...

Thank crumbles1234
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72 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited this place several times over the years. Our little one loves watching the animals, and interacting with them. The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. This is a great place to ask those curious questions you always had about marine life. The blue whale skeleton really brings to mind the scale of those fantastic creatures. Recommended!

Thank DrGato
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

UC Santa Cruz's Institute of Marine Science Coastal Science Campus superstar is the Discovery Center. An awesome facility with hands-on educational experiences accessible to young children, school students and adults, too. Easy access and parking, locating right by Natural Bridges Beach Park.

Thank Larry B
Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing experience. Gorgeous and welcoming staff. They let me to touch small shark. Guide explained very great a life in the ocean and how the whales live. So warm and great exhibitions.

Thank PelicanToursSplit
Munich, Germany
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

It was very interesting to what the current studies are and experience through the hands -on activities.

Thank nixky
Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a great little place. It seems to be geared towards kids but there were people of all ages there. We spent about an hour at the center. It's $8 for adults. It's educational. And you can pet a shark! They have some land behind the center, leading up to cliffs with amazing views.

Thank mikes970
Aptos, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We have lived in the Santa Cruz area for 11 years. The Seymour Center is one of the first places mentioned when guests are visiting. The Center is in a beautiful setting and it is worth a visit just to walk around the grounds adjacent to the center...but do go inside. In the center you will find many great exhibits... More 

Thank Cathy95003
Monterey Bay
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98 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Visited with out of town friends and family and all were pleasantly surprised. The exhibits were well done and the docents (or equivalents) provided insight. It was a "laided back" experience that was well received, and the views were spectacular, even with an approaching storm. Although not extensive, the walks outside provided info on local plants and vegetation, an added... More 

Thank ReelAction18
El Paso, Texas
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69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Great place for kids to see dolphins in a humane research facility. Folks can pet sharks, tide pool creatures such as sea stars and hermit crabs. Learn about conservation and the importance of reducing our carbon foot prints.

Thank Monica Micah R
Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The marine discovery center is a fascinating place to visit. I really enjoyed being able to get right up close to whale skeletons, really gives you the sense of how incredibly large those creatures are.

Thank guyfromdenver

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