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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #11 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums, Science Museums
Description: See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.
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Livermore, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

this is a great find when you have a small group, kids and want a neat personal trip about our nearby ocean .....PLUS the ocean is right there too...... a full skeleton of a blue whale to admire and oooo over, right out in front ..... some seal statues to climb over and around ....picnic tables for you "bring your... More

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Tampa, FL
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Discovery Center at Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, affiliated with the University of California, Santa Cruz is a must visit for young and old. It is educational with truly fascinating displays. There are several hands-on exhibits, and the staff are phenomenol. They even helped my partner move past her fear of water and touch an anemone and a couple... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Go early and enjoy the lab center, the statues for kids to climb on and the nearby beach. Bring a jacket and warm clothes, its chilly even in summer. Pack a lunch and enjoy the beach after you explore the science center. It is a great family trip.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The museum was free on Wednesday. A great film presentation and excellent exhibits. A must see for adults and children. Lots of hands on displays set up like arcade games, I even played one for about 10 min. Great helpful staff, very clean and super close to wharf and boardwalk.

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Olathe, KS
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went here during the week so it wasn't crowded at all. It was fun to walk around the center and look at everything. They had a scavenger hunt for the kids. We petted a shark and saw an amazing octopus. We went on the tour but our guide was so rude and just not pleasant at all. This would... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

You will not be at this Discovery Center very long due to it being small, but it is definitely worth visiting. Kids love it and it is very cheap to enter. I believe it was $5 per person. There is a pool area where you can touch the sea animals and plenty of aquariums to check out. You may be... More

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Lehi, Utah
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was our first experience after getting to the coast and we really enjoyed the discovery center. The facilities are great and the touch pools inside were lots of fun. Well worth the money.

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Elk Grove, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

There isn't a lot to see here but there are some nice exhibits. If you like to study marine life they have plenty to offer. You have to take a tour to really get a better understanding of some of the exhibits.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Waited almost 2 hours to attend their 1pm tour since we missed the 11am tour. Their sign says sign up 1 hour before the tour starts. I tried to sign up couple of minutes after 12pm and the 1pm tour is already full since the tour can only take 20 people at a time, which is never mentioned by staff... More

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mlautamo, Admissions Coordinator at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this review

On behalf of the Seymour Center, I would like to sincerely apologize for your experience at our facility. We try our best to convey our tour policies to visitors and I am sorry if there was a miscommunication on our part. The summer is our busiest time of year which is wonderful but also challenging as we are a small... More

Sacramento, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I could let a trip to the sea go without a chance for my kids to learn something, this place let's them touch a shark, sea urchins and annenimies... It was great

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