Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz

4.3
#19 of 39 in Things to do in Santa Cruz
Specialty Museum Museum
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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  • I live in Santa Cruz and was extremely impressed by what I saw when I visited this center. It's both educational and entertaining. And, it's free! I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area.  more »
  • This little free information museum is great, especially for children, but for adults, too. Information, displays, friendly volunteers and bathrooms available. This is near the beach bus stop for bus ...  more »
  • It is free of charge to enter the research centre (we made a donation) and it is very interactive with lots of staff willing and happy to talk to you about each bit. Our kids loved it as a follow in t...  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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