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Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz

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Enjoy an afternoon of illusions at Mystery Spot, where it appears the laws of gravity and physics do not apply. Watch water flow backward and people stand sideways. Surveyors discovered the spot in 1939, and visitors were first invited to experience the wonder in 1940. After your topsy-turvy experience inside the house, get your footing on the hiking trail and admire the redwoods. It's wise to book tickets far in advance online or by phone. Parking is available for an additional fee. Using our world travel planner, Santa Cruz attractions like Mystery Spot can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This was made in 1939, it’s a visual illusion based attraction. Visitors are generally grouped in a cluster of 15 – 20 members and for every cluster a guide is given by default. This spot is on a hill...  more »
  • Definitely worth a go, if you are halfway between the and San Francisco or Santa Cruz, is a recommendable walk. Very funny as all perceptions change as soon as you enter the cabin! Tide a little but it's worth, photos that you take are not to be missed! Very good guide that we had, makes you to participate and is very funny. $8 entry and 5 parking. Open every day.
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  • easy day out at the Mystery Spot, its a fun place to go , been a few times now ,as we are local to the area and its not far from where we live . Great place to take out of town friends and family. Its...  more »
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  • First visit. It was fun the guide was verry funny. The house is crazy, but amazing. The house did make me feel lightheaded and dizzy. If you venture here please be prepared. Don't forget to tip your guide. Our guide was great but don't expect a lot if not a huge or a lot to see but still amazingly beautiful. Bring walking shoes as this is uphill walking.
  • Absolutely amazing! Guides are incredible! Good for kids at almost all ages (In my opinion children >5 will be more interested in a tour), teenagers, and adults. It takes about 45 min for the tour. They allow enough time to take pictures (for better pictures go before the sunset). Parking and bumper sticker include in ticket's price.
  • A good clean family stop. Interesting attraction, at a decent price. The teenagers enjoyed it too. Be aware though - I was not prepared for the uphill hike or the horrendous entry road-so hopefully you now will be.
  • I visited this place price now and I feel that this is one of the places that I always take my friends when they come from other states in the US. All the friends home I took your really enjoyed the tour here. I would recommend to visit during the daytime as the door guys are really active during the daytime and you get a beautiful view of the trees out there and you also get to see the Mystery Spot in a better way. The tickets is just priced at $8 and you can either book it online or you can also go and take it there but usually during the weekends the tickets are full so it's better to book online. If you book tickets online then you have to reach 30 minutes before your show time and they wouldn't allow you inside if you are not before 30 minutes so take a note of that definitely this place it's all must visit if you live in the Bay Area.
  • If it weren't for the tour guide this place would get zero stars. Our guide was hilarious, engaging and overall kept us entertained. The mystery spot is a hoax, think fun house experience plus some smoke and mirrors tricks. Basically it's a cabin built on angles that make you feel like there is some kind of gravitational pull at work. Interestingly, a few people on the tour were returning so clearly some people thought it was worth repeating, we however don't agree. Not worth $8 pp plus $5 for parking.
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