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Address: 465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-9658
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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Does what it says on the tin. Or the bumper sticker.

As our guide said at the end of the tour : 'And I've saved the best bit for last, and I bet it's the reason half of you are here. Here's your free bumper sticker'. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rob J
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went with my cousin to The Mystery Spot on vacation 9/13/16. Our guide was named Anna - she was great. I assume they all are, but she funny and definitely entertained us. I loved it here, however, its not for people that get dizzy/vertigo or nausea easily. I could only stay in the mystery spot for so long before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If in the area this is a must experience. I will not give anything away but what a tour and Mo our guide was fantastic. It only takes 30 minutes or so but the experience will last a lifetime . This place is unbelievable

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Thank Mervyn E
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As our guide said at the end of the tour : 'And I've saved the best bit for last, and I bet it's the reason half of you are here. Here's your free bumper sticker'. The attraction itself is ok I suppose. But it's all about the sticker. Genius marketing.

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Thank Rob J
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

have been there at least 10 times because every friend that visits me will eventually visit the mystery spot.

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Thank marlenestoeckl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is really cool. The physics of what's going on here are intriguing. I recommend bringing the family.

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Thank Apofire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They've built this spot on this "mystery" hill. It is a great experience. Scientifically its just an optical illusion. But still worth a visit. It will definitely fascinate the kids & fun to take photos at this place. The only thing I couldn't understand was the mystery of the pendulum. They have been clever in designing this. Overall a great... More 

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Thank Shantanu G
Mendon, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This landscape is an unusual phenomenon called a 'gravity hill', making things appear as they are going uphill which actually is really an optical illusion. I grew up down the street from a 'gravity hill' and it does seem like water flows uphill and such, but again, it's just an optical illusion. There are hundreds of places like this in... More 

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Santa Cruz, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very unusual place-a must see in Santa Cruz. I don't want to give too much away, just go. My Dad was an engineer and had to visit every time he came to town. Seeing is believing.

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Thank Shellie60
Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK first off- the place is still great- my kids loved it as much as I did a kabillion years ago when I first went. The whole parking charge is a bummer- but whatev! You kind of go into the Mystery Spot knowing its a penultimate tourist trap. And it is utterly delightful as such. The location is still totally... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a California native, I accidentally stumbled upon this place when we visited Santa Cruz 12 yrs ago. This time we were again visiting California as tourists with kids 7 and 8 and parents. We could not have not visited this place. Drive: look up the place on Google Maps and don't expect signs to the place if driving 85... More 

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