We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Features Animals
Opens in 9 min: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Review Highlights
Take the tour

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

Reviewed 6 days ago
Hudson, Wisconsin
Hands on

We took our grandchildren here and they had a good time. My grandson really loved touching the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Santa Cruz, California
via mobile
Read all 234 reviews
All photos (95)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“whale skeleton”(20 reviews)
“blue whale”(16 reviews)
“touch pool”(11 reviews)
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
Opens in 9 min
Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5794
+1 831-459-3800
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Santa Cruz
from US$125.00
More Info
from US$69.00
More Info
Reviews (234)
Filter reviews
230 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews whale skeleton blue whale touch pool marine research research facility marine animals monterey bay baby shark petting tanks great gift shop sea life star fish all ages interactive displays on display view of the ocean uc santa cruz
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 230 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago

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...More

Thank Molson2015
Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Teriberi52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Thank rachleff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank bigwaves4fun
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.

Thank TravelinSuz
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...More

1  Thank abracabubble
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...More

1  Thank ed o
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.

Thank yobbb
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...More

Thank Nate C
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
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 54 nearby hotels
Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz, CA
100 reviews
1.33 km away
Mission Inn
332 reviews
2.15 km away
Sea & Sand Inn
672 reviews
3.74 km away
Seaway Inn
343 reviews
3.79 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 405 nearby restaurants
West End Tap & Kitchen
203 reviews
1.88 km away
Kelly's French Bakery
164 reviews
1.82 km away
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
51 reviews
1.86 km away
64 reviews
2.06 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 158 nearby attractions
Wilder Ranch State Park
228 reviews
2.10 km away
UCSC Arboretum
140 reviews
3.35 km away
Natural Bridges State Beach
755 reviews
.79 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
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|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from csarchibald | Reviewed this property |
Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. Worth every Penny.
Lucile C
August 2, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Portage48 | Reviewed this property |