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“Amazing experience , you cant stand straight”
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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
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“Amazing experience , you cant stand straight”
Reviewed August 28, 2014

am not sure if it is because of natural zero gravity on earth at that particular place, or the because of the construction , but you can balance your self its tough to stand straight here, must visit. I liked it

Visited July 2014
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“A fun experience”
Reviewed August 26, 2014

People say its not because of the mystery, rather the landscaping. Whatever it is, it was a complete fun-filled experience for us. The guide is very welcoming and keeps you involved all the time. A must have in your list if you are in the bay area.

Visited September 2013
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“this place is a wonderful trip!”
Reviewed August 25, 2014

We have been 3 times now. This place is notonly a really unexplainable trip, the guides are a blast every time. The humor the display and the knowledge of the Myster Spot is awesome. We have taken different friends or family each time and really have a blast seeing the spot through their eyes and love laughing with them at the wonder of it. It is also pretty cheap, especially if you lave a large family!! REmember to make your reservations...it is easy to do...and ENJOY THE MYSTERY!

Visited June 2014
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“Truly a mystery - A unique experience!”
Reviewed August 20, 2014

A very unique experience and quite thought provoking ! The guides are very humorous and entertaining! Wish the phenomenon could be explained !

Visited August 2014
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“Fun Building Optical Illusion”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Mystery Spot is a fun place to see optical illusions. Walking through the area and buildings in particular are a lot of fun. The information provided by the tour guide is good.

They also hand out their bumper sticker of which once one has gone to see the Mystery Spot, one will start seeing it on people's car bumpers here and there in the local area, It seems to be one of those bumper stickers that do show up,

Note: The tour is on a hill so wear walking shoes to visit.

There is Mystery Spot store there to buy other tourist related items as well.

Visited July 2014
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