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Address: 465 Mystery Spot Road off Branciforte Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Phone Number: 831-423-8897
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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This enigmatic place draws curious visitors who come to witness its...

This enigmatic place draws curious visitors who come to witness its gravity-defying properties.

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Fun Roadside Stop that Captivated Our Teenagers

We've heard about the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz for a long time. We've seen their iconic bumper stickers all around. Yet, this was our first visit to the famous roadside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Ahtrio
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Oakdale, California
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The mystery is that this place attracts any visitors. It is THE definition of the word "Tourist Trap".

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Thank 28kjones
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We've heard about the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz for a long time. We've seen their iconic bumper stickers all around. Yet, this was our first visit to the famous roadside attraction. When we walked through the entrance, we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful patio area. The ferns and flowering plants, along with the string lights and shade sails,... More 

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Thank Ahtrio
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's fun to watch people be able to "stand" like that. Or watch water "climb up". Just don't take what they say seriously. It's all an optical illusion.

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Thank harshjain30
San Jose, California
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved this place, for me, its still a mystery on how things happen here. Not recommended for old age people (who have problems walking) or families with very young children because for some areas, its difficult to even walk and there is very high risk of falling

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Sacramento
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366 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is especially fun for kids. Not very expensive to enter for 30 to 45 minutes of fun. they do have some basic food.

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Thank sndovale
Erie, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter and I went we really enjoyed it our guide was very entertaining and found it to be very intriguing. Loved being in the woods. Get there early since tour doesn't take long you don't want to wait long

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Thank scdonahue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While it is nice experience and we enjoyed our 45 minutes tour there, the best part was how our Guide (probably his name was Parma) presented and the jokes he made. It was like being in a live comedy show while experiencing this attraction

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Thank Jagmeet G
Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place kept my little ones brains work overtime. From the start until the trip home they were wondering what is the answer to the mystery. It cost $8.00 per person and $5.00 parking. It's at the middle of the forest and the place sells food and souvenirs. The guide was so entertaining that my 4 yr old grandbaby was... More 

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Thank Maria2628
High Point, North Carolina
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123 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kitschy. Silly. Optical illusions. But well done and was in the top three for all three kids ages 5-14 for entire normal trip. Doesn't hurt that it's the inspiration for the mystery shack on gravity falls tv show. Have to do it at least once.

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Thank 49212Rudiger_r
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269 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can't miss the Mystery Spot if you are visiting Santa Cruz. Good Kitschy Fun. Entertaining Guides keep you interested and various parts of the tour fool your senses. This may be a Tourist Trap of sorts, but it is a fun Tourist Trap! There is Gift Shop to complete your visit.

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