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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Excellent, but not for little kids

Very knowledgeable outdoor guide, very appropriate material for teens and older, but little ones... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Small but cool!

Small but cool aquarium and marine research center. Interesting variety of animals (some I've never... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nate C
Dallas, Texas
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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5794
+1 831-459-3800
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

Thank yobbb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Nate C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks 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
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 June 2, 2018

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

Thank misopiso88
Reviewed May 31, 2018

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
Sara S, Admissions Coordinator at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2018

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.

Reviewed May 30, 2018

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
Reviewed May 29, 2018

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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July 8, 2017|
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.
Lucile C
August 2, 2016|
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Response from csarchibald | Reviewed this property |
Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. Worth every Penny.
Lucile C
August 2, 2016|
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