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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf. It is an engaging, interactive marine education facility that allows visitors to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world. At the Sea Center...more
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211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3584
+1 805-962-2526
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sea Center is worth a visit if you enjoy touching small sea creatures. We even got to touch a young shark. They have a wonderful movie on the second floor which is very interesting and educational for teens and adults.. The staff really enjoys...More

Thank Barges867
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

The sea center is worth a visit for all ages though kids might enjoy it especially. Opportunities to touch sharks, shark eggs, starfish and other sea creatures. Some other interactive exhibits.

Thank Christina H
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Not worth a visit at all. There's basically two rooms over two floors. The staff are nice and they let you touch the creatures. They were friendly and knowledgeable. But it's just expensive and lacking. There's the touchy fish then some urchins. Then a big...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Went with my two 11 year old children and they loved the interactive nature of the place. Staff were superb, especially Gino who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Thank FarAway151202
Reviewed 6 August 2018

This is a place that one could return to numerous times. We spent 4 hours there and did not get to see all of it. I would like to spend time in each exhibit. Nice for children to play around and has nice outdoor activities...More

Thank ravenlady
Reviewed 20 July 2018

The center is great and the staff are super friendly and knowledgeable about the sea creatures they have. The center is right on the pier so you are surrounded by ocean on all sides. It's pretty small so 30 minutes to an hour tops would...More

Thank francesschulthies
Reviewed 7 July 2018

This is the Sea Center. It is located on Stern's Wharf What a great place for kids. They have touch pools with anemones, sea urchins, sea snails, sea slugs, sea stars etc. They are at a nice height for children to reach. The children can...More

Thank fungramma51
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

This place was great and very educational. We all enjoyed it. Really neat to touch the different sea creatures and to dip the bucket down and see what comes up from the ocean and get to examine craw fish and other creatures that came up...More

Thank travelb4891
Reviewed 24 June 2018

I took my nephew here for a visit which took about an hour. He really enjoyed himself and the staff was great with all the children. They took the time to explain about the sea animals, which they could touch, and how to touch them....More

Thank Diane961
Reviewed 18 June 2018

We came here with our family and the kids loved it. It’s quaint but has a lot of good exhibits for them.

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