Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz

(4.2/5 based on 90+ 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
  • It was an enjoyable museum but I thought the $50 price tag was steep and parking was additional. For a family of 4 that might be cost prohibitive for a 3 hour activity 
  • The docents are incredibly nice and helpful. This center is especially great for kids, but important for adults to see as well. Our oceans, and bay, are in need of environmental stewards, and this cen...  more »
  • When they were building this exploration center we had high hopes. Unfortunately, the finished experience is totally underwhelming. Went there once with the kids for about 20 minutes, and will likely ...  more »
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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.