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“Worth a visit, nice place for kids”

Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Ranked #11 of 92 things to do in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Went there as part of our half day trip to Santa Cruz. They have a beautiful skeleton of a blue whale which looks great. Apart from this, there were some live marine creatures like star fish etc which were beautiful. Its great to see these lovely creatures and you can touch them too :P

I mainly liked the view of the ocean from the edge of the cliff there. I could not go for the tour due to lack of time. Overall, this place is nice for 1 time visit.

Thank Amit G
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"blue whale"
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"research facility"
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"monterey bay"
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"live exhibits"
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"baby shark"
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"small facility"
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"star fish"
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"a great gift shop"
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"sea life"
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"great for kids"
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"all ages"
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

The Discovery Center, part of UC Santa Cruz, offers up close and personal visits with some of the local sea animals. You get to pet a shark, too!

2  Thank Jack_and_Terry
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Stopped by the Marine Lab while dropping a daughter off at the University (UCSC). What a pleasant surprise. A mini Monterey Bay Aquarium with amazing exhibits, an extremely knowledgable and personable tour guide, "petting tanks", gift shop, largest whale skeleton in the country... Don't miss this little gem when visiting Santa Cruz. PS. Observed the tour guides were GREAT with young kids!

2  Thank jim l
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

I didn't take the formal tour, but the whale skeleton outside the building is an awesome wonder. Well worth the drive through this massive marine complex. Great gift shop with sea theme with some unique toys and attire.

1  Thank DC_World_Traveler
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We've been here twice and were very impressed both times. The entry fees are nominal compared to Monterrey Bay Aquarium. Our 4 year old really enjoyed the touch tanks - sharks, sea anemones, and starfish. We took a docent-led tour and got to see the dolphin tank and learn more about the blue whale skeleton. The views are breathtaking too!

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