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We rented the available Jump bikes and rode up West Cliff Drive (beautiful!) to the Discovery... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2018
Molson2015
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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We took our grandchildren here and they had a good time. My grandson really loved touching the... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018
Teriberi52
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Santa Cruz, California
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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 being conducted regarding diving and how it is effected by sounds in the ocean. The center is a great place for kids (you can pet a shark) and for adults.

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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.

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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 and have great spots for photos.

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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.

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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.

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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 knowledgeable guide. The tour can be a bit much for the littles, but my 6 year old liked the tour. There is more to do for the littles inside the building. They also have a small gift shop.

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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 for us, this museum and free docent tours are something we can do when we have a few minutes or a couple of hours to see what we want and spend as much or little time as needed. Today, we kept marveling at what a terrific job these folks do for a little museum. As an adult who wanted to study marine biology (but didn't), for me the displays have the ability to draw one in and ponder. Many of the exhibits are deceptively simple but the ideas to be digested later are quite profound. We saw a gamut of ages there and there are enough participatory exhibits to get everyone's hands wet touching star fish and sharks. There are seawater tanks of live organisms. The docents are knowledgable and the outside tour is full of fun facts and an actual whale skeleton you can touch and walk in between the ribs. The setting is quite gorgeous on top of a marine terrace, the winding road and recent landscape improvements are quite nice and the feeling that you are distant from an urban area (and just over the hill from Silicon Valley and its millions of people) is quite mentally refreshing. Bring a jacket or sweater if planning on being outside for the tour or wandering around on your own as the west side does get windy. I don't recall seeing any steps and there isn't a huge amount of space between exhibits, so accessibility might be possible with some maneuvering. Such a nice quiet little place to visit, especially when not too crowded, and far different from the excitement of some of Santa Cruz attractions. Parking costs, but if you remember your license plate number, I think it is free to park as they enter your plate number in the computer as a visitor. Enjoy this nice spot, well done by UCSC.

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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.

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Reviewed July 1, 2018

Small but cool aquarium and marine research center. Interesting variety of animals (some I've never seen before), plus interactive displays for kids (and curious adults). Came to see the whale skeletons outside, but I'm glad I also took a look inside. The view of the ocean is also great!

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Reviewed June 26, 2018

A nice way to spend a couple of hours. Great location with beautiful view! Credit to the volunteers that help run the Center, they do amazing work!

Thank Dean E
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