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“Kitschy fun”
Review of Mystery Spot

Mystery Spot
Ranked #5 of 83 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Novato, California
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Kitschy fun”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

I don't know if this spot is legit or not, but the tour was a lot of fun, the guide was entertaining and the experience is indescribable. A good time for the entire family!

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Devo1975
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Germantown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Weird Tilts”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

Not sure how they do it but it is amazing. You do look and feel like you are tilting. The tour guide gets the group involved. Does not look like there are palor tricks. It was worth the admission and it is a quick drive from Santa Cruz. Paying for parking is a little much though, how else would you get there.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank drisaudi
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Los Altos, California, United States
Level 6 Contributor
634 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Quirky attraction that will amaze the kids”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

I've lived in northern CA for 25+ years and this was my first time to the mystery spot. I had expectations for some grand experience. It's definitely quirky but very small and short tour. It's great for the kids but not on the same level as a Monterrey Bay Aquarium or Corn Palace or museum. I'd recommend for something quick with kids that will keep them interested but it's definitely a "simple" attraction.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Rhett L
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Level 6 Contributor
272 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Definitely worth visiting”
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.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank babla75
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Jersey City, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Worth visiting once”
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

Visited November 2013
2 Thank AmrutRaj
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