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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great place to take the grandkids!

Wonderful marine exhibits, friendly and helpful staff and volunteers! My grandson loves seeing the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen A
Very small but great quality

We visited the discovery center on the weekend and were fortunate enough to go on one of the docent... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Plainfield, Illinois
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Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world. Visit us and explore the...more
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100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5794
+1 831-459-3800
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful marine exhibits, friendly and helpful staff and volunteers! My grandson loves seeing the jellyfish, and touching the little shark. Lots of things they are encouraged to touch and learn about.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Karen A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Discovery Center was cute and had numerous displays on the marine life. Some displays even had touchable features like the baleen on whales and otter fur.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SierraO134
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the discovery center on the weekend and were fortunate enough to go on one of the docent led 1/2 hr tours. The real magic of this place is found within the passionate and educated staff, volunteers and docents. Everyone was so welcoming and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TinyHarms
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drove an hour to this discovery center. The whale at the entrance is impressive, however, though educational, the exhibit inside is very small. Like 10 min small. And with a 4 year old kid we covered it in 10 min.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nir O
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on a road trip down the PCH from San Francisco to LA. Our son is a huge marine life fan and we have been to many aquariums - large and small. This was a favorite and he loved it as much as...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

I took a group of people from my swim club, The Silver Dolphins on a docent led tour. Our guide’s name is Joan Borovatz. Her backround is teaching biology which makes her super knowledgeable and yet humorous. After visiting the beautiful dolphins and monk seal...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jilldeville
Reviewed October 10, 2018

We rented the available Jump bikes and rode up West Cliff Drive (beautiful!) to the Discovery Center. There are many interactive exhibits at the center to learn about the sea life out in the harbor. If you take the tour you learn about the research...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Molson2015
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

We took our grandchildren here and they had a good time. My grandson really loved touching the shark. He’s 7. Granddaughter did not touch it. She’s 4.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Teriberi52
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We are locals but take our young children (3 and 6) here often. It's a Mgreat place to pic-nic. The exhibit hall is a fraction of the size of the Monterey Bay Aquarium but just right for young kids. The grounds have been completely redone...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rachleff
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is a great place to bring the kids. Be sure to check out the grounds surrounding the Marine Lab which are great for bird watching.

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 8, 2017|
Response from Stevej95060 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the Blue Whale skeleton is 87 feet long. It's one of only 4 Blue Whale skeletons on display in North America.
Lucile C
August 2, 2016|
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Response from Colin A | Reviewed this property |
Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. Worth every Penny.
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Laura N
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Driving SJ to Santa Clara for 2 nights October (8 Replies)
Would appreciate any suggestions, info on driving from SJ to Santa Clara. Best route, things to see, places to eat. We have an 8 year old and would like to visit Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Roaring Camp Steam train, Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, West Cliff, Drive, Surf Museum, Tide pools, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Natural Brideges State park, and maybe the fireworks Saturday night in Capitola. How long should the drive take from San Jose airport to Roaring Camp Steam train...More
October 01, 2018|
Response fromGoodBeer|
I think it should read San Jose to Santa Cruz, not Santa Clara? Are you familiar with Google Maps, you can use it to answer all of your questions.