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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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  • October 3, 2017
    Not sure what it was. Some kind of optical Illusion or magnetic field or something else. The actual place is very small where you feel the so called magic. The gravitational forces you feel is intense...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Strange experience in Santa Cruz. Still trying to figure out how they do it, but interesting and a must see.  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    The biggest mystery at The Mystery Spot? Why they can't seem to control the bees that swarm all around during the tour. If I had had a bee allergy, I would have been terrified. As for the attraction, ...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    Worth it! Hope you get the opportunity to get IZZY as your tour guide. She's cute, funny, really funny actually and super entertaining to watch. Be sure to checkout the trail after your tour- do so at your own risk- some real elevation. Plenty of banana slugs for you to poke at!
  • July 6, 2017
    A place I visit twice or more every year and bring friends and family from other regions. Once in a lifetime experience, don't miss it. It will do you a lot of good, trust me.
  • March 24, 2017
    Is it Magic? Magnets? Aliens? The Mystery Spot is a place that will amaze and confuse even the most intelligent of visitors and a fun little detour for anyone doing the Highway 1 trip. It is a quick jaunt off the main highway and close to quite a few attractions and close enough to restaurants to make this well worth the quick stop. Why are things at a strange angle? How do people seem to be changing height while they are there? MYSTERIES! A fun trip either for couples, people who like strange things, or those who have kids!
  • June 27, 2017
    The tour lasted about 45 minutes. The guides are fun and informative! Such a neat place ! Definitely a special place you'll never experience this any where else ! My whole family had so much fun!
  • June 21, 2017
    I visited this place in mid Jun, 2017. A nice and fun place to visit. The tour Runey is excellent. Guided tour. Live demonstrations on-site and finally, don't forget about the sticker after your visit. The time spent in the "Mystery" house was a little short (~5 min).

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