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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Great small educational museum/aquarium

We stopped here on a road trip down the PCH from San Francisco to LA. Our son is a huge marine life... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Traveling_MomMD74
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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AWESOME, EDUCATIONAL, PHENOMENAL!

I took a group of people from my swim club, The Silver Dolphins on a docent led tour. Our guide’s... read more

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Jilldeville
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Santa Cruz, California
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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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
Thank Traveling_MomMD74
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Thank bigwaves4fun
Reviewed August 21, 2018

First there’s the huge, I mean huge, whale skeleton and large statues of marine mammals. All the exhibits are interesting and it’s nestled into the sea cliffs with great views.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

This place is great. They have a tour that last about an hour. They take you around the back of the building and the views are awesome, not to mention the interactive displays, the touch pool, Sharks, 2 full whale bone displays, and dolphins. Very...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

Firstly, my review is greatly swayed by our possession of reciprocal museum privileges through an art museum membership, and this allows us free entry into the center and discount at the museum shop which is filled with really quality ocean items, toys and memorabilia. So...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank ed o
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Very knowledgeable outdoor guide, very appropriate material for teens and older, but little ones get bored. Awesome views of the spinner dolphins. The touch tanks inside are a lot more fun for toddlers, though.

Date of experience: July 2018
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bennykerk33
July 8, 2017|
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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.
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Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. Worth every Penny.
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Laura N
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|
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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.