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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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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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Kids place

Adults and kids alike can learn something here as well as enjoy the touch pool. There is a good view of the ocean here as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
sndovale
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Sacramento
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Santa Cruz, California
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61 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I f you are near the wharf in Santa Cruz and have small kids with you stop here. The kids get hands on experience and see a cool movie on sea otters. This is also the one place the trolley stops by the ocean.

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Sacramento
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Adults and kids alike can learn something here as well as enjoy the touch pool. There is a good view of the ocean here as well.

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Thank sndovale
New York
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was neat to see the jellyfish and a swell shark egg. I've never seen a shark egg so it was a new experience. Fun for the kids to be able to touch some marine life.

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Thank DiaNoor
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A cute, hidden, place north of natural bridges. Little aquarium, touch pool and great outdoor views. Ask about the dolphin tour when you're there.

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Thank Candi M
Santa Cruz, California
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super cheap gem of a place. So much to learn, so much to see here. We used to come here often when my son was younger-as a teenage who lives here it's not quite as interesting now. I would highly recommend this especially if you don't want to drive to Monterey. Bring a coat-even on a warm day it gets... More 

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Thank carmamarie
Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This is a great place to take children of all ages. Our grandchildren (4 yo & 6 yo) love the hands on experiences with the docents. It's a must see stop for visitors to the area.

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Thank Linda W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Most of the reviews are geared toward kids, but this is great for adults as well. Definitely take the walking tours

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Nice little aquarium for small children. If you sign up for a free tour, you can see the dolphins - but it fills up fast.

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South San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This place was perfect the children ages 6 & 8 really like it we stayed 2 hours. The people working there were so nice, they explained things and even included the 2 year old. I think this was a great way to get the kids away from the Boardwalk for awhile. On top of it all, it was free!

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Upon arrival, you are greeted with a large skeleton of a blue whale outside of the center, which was very cool. This discovery center is just the right size for a family outing of all ages. The exhibits were interesting, especially the tanks with live fish and anemones. Also being able to touch some of the sea life (starfish and... More 

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