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“Definitely worth visiting”
Review of Mystery Spot

Mystery Spot
Ranked #5 of 87 things to do in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Mystery Spot is a gravitational anomaly located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California. It is a circular area of effect around 150 feet or 46 meters in diameter. Within the Mystery Spot you will be stunned as your perceptions of the laws of physics and gravity are questioned. But don't take our word for it, come and decide for yourself! The Mystery Spot was discovered in 1939 by a group of surveyors and opened to the public in 1940. The Mystery Spot has amazed and perplexed hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world, and many return time and time again to experience these puzzling variations of gravity, perspective, and height. Some speculate that cones of metal were secretly brought here and buried in our earth as guidance systems for their spacecraft. Some think that it is in fact the spacecraft itself buried deep within the ground. Other theories include carbon dioxide permeating from the earth, a hole in the ozone layer, a magma vortex, the highest dielectric biocosmic radiation known anywhere in the world, and radiesthesia. Whatever the cause is, it remains a mystery.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed December 21, 2013

Though the drive from SF to this place is long but this place is worth a visit. You need to go there to experience it. The tour itself is only about 45 mins long but the drive is long. I dont know of anyone who did not like this place after visiting. Anyways cities dont have too much to offer and if you are in SF, you should take time to go there.

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

we recently visited mystery spot and we liked it overall. No real mystery .. just optical illusion. Canteen was having samosa and chai which was a pleasant surprise. Good stop for one to two hours. You can cover santa cruze beach and natural bridge state park which is nearby

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Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

What is all the hype about? Too expensive and nothing really notable. The bathrooms smell like sewage.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's not a bad place really, it's just that if you passed Middle School Science you will see through the optical tricks used to make it seem like there is any real "gravitational anomaly" here that makes this place so "mysterious". But it has a friendly hokeyness to it that small kids and their parents can both enjoy, and is particularly pretty in the spring and fall (as are all of the redwood-forested canyons of the area). Unless you're really enamored of structural tricks that play on your innocence, it's not really worth spending much money or time to go there, but it's hokey and harmless and all in good fun, kind of like a Disney live-action movie from the 50s. My review says I visited last year, but that's because it doesn't give a choice for earlier than that. I visited there with my kids several years ago, and live in the area and pass by when I visit people who live up Mystery Spot Road.

1  Thank Len B
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I moved here 25 years ago, and it was on my "must-do" list to try. I haven't been back, nor is it something I ever take visiting friends or family to. Others who have visited with measuring devices (plumb lines, etc.) have kinda enjoyed showing the science behind it--but it's pretty "Grinch-y" for others on the same tour.

1  Thank Jan J
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