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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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Interesting and Fun for all ages

This place is great. They have a tour that last about an hour. They take you around the back of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
abracabubble
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Soulsbyville, California
A Wonderful Invitation into the Ocean World and Research

Firstly, my review is greatly swayed by our possession of reciprocal museum privileges through an... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ed o
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Santa Cruz, 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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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5794
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"star fish"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank ed o
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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...More

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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!

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Reviewed June 19, 2018

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

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Reviewed June 15, 2018 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 June 13, 2018

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

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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

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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.

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bennykerk33
July 8, 2017|
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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
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.
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