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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  • September 7, 2017
    After stroll thru fisherman's wharf. .. we drove to this sanctuary sat on the beach and watched beautiful ocean and the tides rolling in felt so peaceful , serene. I could sit here forever. ... and ha...  more »
  • August 30, 2017
    Are you in Santa Cruz go here then decide. It's free and not too big, but very informative and run by enthusiastic volunteers. There is a beautiful film to see and there are educational games for children in addition to all the info is out there.
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  • August 20, 2017
    My wife is a science teacher and we had to see this. It is small nature museum, you can cover it in less than an hour. This would be good for kids too. Check out the gift shop, there are some nice ite...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    Very neat little learning space geared towards kids about the Bay. Staff is kind, outgoing, and knowledgeable.
  • January 26, 2017
    Wonderful exhibits. Sanctuary itself is amazing. Pricing I feel is prohibitively expensive. Luckily had a friend with free passes.
  • November 1, 2016
    My kids like to come here when we go to the beach. Fun interactive exhibits. Nice educational movie.
  • August 23, 2016
    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.
  • August 23, 2016
    Interesting mini hands on exhibits with an attached gift shop. Benefits the Monterey Bay aquarium. I loved it.

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