Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
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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  • 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...  read 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. 
  • Our family friend took us to visit this place. Had a wonderful experience viewing different kind of fishes and the marine life. Enjoyed shark feeding and best was to view the Penguins very near to us....  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice set of displays about three bay. The smallness of the exhibits might be disappointing if they charged admission, but it is free. There is a fun aquatic robot you can use to explore an ersatz kelp forest.
  • Interesting mini hands on exhibits with an attached gift shop. Benefits the Monterey Bay aquarium. I loved it.
  • Small but well maintained museum across the street from the wharf. Volunteer staff are nice and engaging. They have a robot submarine you can pilot! Gift shop had some cool things.
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