Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz
(4.2/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is located in Santa Cruz. Use our Santa Cruz tour planner to add Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and other attractions to your Santa Cruz vacation plans.
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TripAdvisor
  • Not a lot to look at but it's free so if your in the area then stop and take a look. Not something to make a trip to. 
  • I had heard of this for years and finally got a chance to visit here. The place had so many exhibits, it was amazing. I have been to other aquariums, and this by far was the biggest one. Great place f...  more »
  • If you are downtown, the trolley to the beach drops you right here. The center is free, and you can take in all of the exhibits within an hour. Nice way to pass some time. 
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  • Our three year old loved this place so much that we didn't make it across the street to the beach that day. He was delighted with the robotic underwater camera.
  • Interesting mini hands on exhibits with an attached gift shop. Benefits the Monterey Bay aquarium. I loved it.
  • This review is for gift shop only. The 'volunteer' rang up my items wrong and overcharged me. Honestly, she did not know how to work the register. There is a 10% off promotion and free gift of coasters and she did not know how to ring me up. Please have someone more responsible than some kid who does not care if she isn't ringing customers correctly.
  • My kids like to come here when we go to the beach. Fun interactive exhibits. Nice educational movie.
  • Come here for a free educational experience about marine ecology. Educator discount in the gift shop.