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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Address: 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: 831-459-3800
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Ranked #7 of 31 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Nature & Parks, Zoos & Aquariums, Museums
Owner description: See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.
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Type: Science Museums, Nature & Parks, Zoos & Aquariums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.

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El Sobrante, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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Watsonville, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Get there early to get into one of the tours that leave every hour. We finally got into a tour after some people cancelled. It is the only way you are able to see the dolphin is on the tour. Some of the volunteers are great and share information. Other volunteers such as the younger teenagers were just on their... More 

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California
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Seymour Center is an ocean themed "secret" hidden in Santa Cruz. This is a great family outing especially for kids! It is very reasonable to get in, hands-on experiences via the touch pool and interactive educational exhibits. The docent led tour visits the dolphins who live there, the largest Blue Whale skeleton in the world, and beautiful scenery outside.... More 

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Jackson, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Families will enjoy the "hands-on" atmosphere of the Center. The docent led walk is well-worth the forty-five minutes and lots of information is shared during the walk. The views from the back of the Center are beautiful and information on how fragile the bay is was worth the time to visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Seymour Marine Discovery Center- 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, (831)459-3800, seymourcenter.ucsc.edu Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM July and August open on Mondays also. Adults $8, Seniors (65 and older) $6, Students (with ID) $6, Child (3-16 years old) $6, 2 and under Free. Plus they offer FREE DAYS but not during April, May, June,... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

OMG, love this place. First, its a working lab.. so you interact with docents, students and scientists. It's NOT "the Aquarium" which is wonderful in its own way and I love too, but if bigger= better to you, skip this, you'll think its beneath you. But, if you can see what's real in the world and appreciate it, you will... More 

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San Francisco, California
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13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

11-yr-old granddaughter and 7 year-old-grandson enjoyed the whale skeletons, petting the shark, seeing the anemones and the "jellies." We had a wonderful tour guide, Lisa, who was so knowledgable that she could answer questions from all age groups appropriately.

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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I did a three mile hike to get to the Seymour Center, and it wasn't quite worth the effort. The exhibits consisted of about a dozen large aquariums featuring Monterrey Bay sea life, and a similar number of interactive ecological learning displays - all nice, but quite modest. It was a fine "stopping point" for 30-45 minutes before hiking back... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a nice little aquarium on the other side of Monterey Bay from Monterey and its world-famous aquarium. Not a "must-see" destination, but a great place to visit if you're in Santa Cruz. There are several touch tanks and, because it's not mobbed with people, visitors can actually access the touch tanks. They have other tanks with Monterey Bay... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Like a mini Montery Bay Aquarium. Great for little kids with a touch pool and dolphins or seals that they may be rehabilitating. Small fee to get in. Bring a coat. It gets windy and cold on this side of town, more so than other areas of Santa Cruz.

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