Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is located in Santa Cruz. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and many more Santa Cruz attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Santa Cruz road trip app .
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center Reviews
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  • An easy walk round and watching a video should take about 30mins but you can easily take much longer. Staff were all friendly and the shop had some lovely items to buy which aren't in the other local ...  more »
  • located down town by the boardwalk and Warf great place to learn about marine life staff very friendly help full and your free to go about at your own pace. free admission  more »
  • We stopped by this museum on a very hot fall day in Santa Cruz. It was informative and engaging, and had multiple interactive exhibits. Large, clean public restrooms were available and there was a sma...  more »
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  • Very neat little learning space geared towards kids about the Bay. Staff is kind, outgoing, and knowledgeable.
  • Wonderful exhibits. Sanctuary itself is amazing. Pricing I feel is prohibitively expensive. Luckily had a friend with free passes.
  • My kids like to come here when we go to the beach. Fun interactive exhibits. Nice educational movie.
  • 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.

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