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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5794
+1 831-459-3800
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A real Santa Cruz treasure

Excellent way to immerse the kids in marine science in a beautiful location. Be sure to include a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Khutton56
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Santa Cruz, California
I don't see how this is ranked number one for museums on TripAdvisor

The volunteers who work at the Museum were well-informed and helpful, so I feel bad saying the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robinelechat
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Fresno, California
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Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world. Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. We look forward to meeting you! The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a community-supported marine science education center of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5794
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"whale skeleton"
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"blue whale"
in 15 reviews
"research facility"
in 6 reviews
"monterey bay"
in 18 reviews
"live exhibits"
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"baby shark"
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"petting tanks"
in 3 reviews
"touch tank"
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"sea life"
in 14 reviews
"marine animals"
in 4 reviews
"great gift shop"
in 5 reviews
"star fish"
in 4 reviews
"all ages"
in 14 reviews
"on display"
in 6 reviews
"interactive displays"
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"view of the ocean"
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"great place for kids"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Excellent way to immerse the kids in marine science in a beautiful location. Be sure to include a visit here along with your walk on Westcliff Drive and a visit to Natural Bridges to see the Monarchs. It's easy to bike there too from the...More

Thank Khutton56
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The volunteers who work at the Museum were well-informed and helpful, so I feel bad saying the following. The museum itself is one small room with several aquariums. For the cost and time involved, my kids get the same pleasure going to a pet store...More

Thank Robinelechat
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful research center doing important work as part of UC Santa Cruz. First, let me say that any students at this school should feel so grateful for the location of their school, right on the rocky cliffs of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I were in Santa Cruz for the day and after spending some time on the Boardwalk, we decided to head to Seymour Marine Discovery Center to experience a more relaxed part of the Santa Cruz coast. We did not go inside, but...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

BEWARE: If you make a purchase from the online auction that requires you to work with the donor to make arrangements, the Seymour Center WILL NOT honor any agreements made with the donor, even though they tell you to make the arrangements with the donor!...More

Thank Amanda P
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Sara S, Admissions Coordinator at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Amanda, We are sorry that you were unable to utilize your purchase from one of our past charity auctions. Once again, we encourage you to contact Seymour Center leadership directly if you have any further concerns.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's interesting, it's informative and best of all it's free!!! and right by the wharf.....Stop by and bring the children!

Thank José P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The displays and aquariums are fascinating showing live shark embryos growing. You can even pet a shark. Very informative, with museum staff proving excellent narrative on how sea life lives. We loved the museum store too, lots of unusual gifts you can't find elsewhere

Thank SCGal13
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i would go there more often to relax when i am not working- it is a beautil cliff there and several benchs to sit on and just simply be.

Thank Will S
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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this more than we thought we would. It’s a grand place to spend a few hours. Volunteers are so friendly and passionate. Cool to see research area.

Thank Natalie B
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Because of the size it would be easy to assume kids will be in, out and bored quickly, however this is not the case. There is a great mixture of interactive and informative exhibits, as well as amazing volunteers who spent plenty of time with...More

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bennykerk33
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Response from Stevej95060 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the Blue Whale skeleton is 87 feet long. It's one of only 4 Blue Whale skeletons on display in North America.
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Lucile C
3 August 2016|
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Response from csarchibald | Reviewed this property |
Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. Worth every Penny.
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