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Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz
(4.5/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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  • $8 admission for adults. great up close marine life in aquarium tanks. see Ms Blue the largest Blue whale skeleton. nice view of the bay on the hiking paths.nice gift shop. 
  • This place is not touristy but is actually a research facility and so interesting! Definitely take the tour. Dale, our docent, was so knowledgeable and made the learning process enjoyable. I learned s...  more »
  • I learned about starfish in particular because the docent was very informative. The displays are well labelled and young people appropriate. Some upgrading is in progress. 
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  • You hear a lot more about the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row, but there's also a marine discovery center in westside Santa Cruz, at a breath taking ocean side location. Admission is $8 with breaks for seniors, students, and children. There are rotating exhibits, an aquarium, and huge skeletons outside ("Outdoor Giants"). Parking is easy and free. There are periodic community "free days" with no admission. You can check their website for that information and much more. This is an extension facility of UCSC.
  • It was a very thorough tour . Nice place. The dolphin tank made me sad, it's small and so close to ocean. Just felt bad. The workers and scientists are doing a great job, with the tools they have.
  • If you are a student at UCSC, you already pay a measly quarter per quarter, so I would definitely give it a shot since you are already paying for it. If you are not a UCSC student, I believe that the price of admission is justified with the amount of information the exhibits have. They are full of easy to understand posters that give you a deeper information on marine animals and the ocean in general. The live aquarium is very diverse despite the small size and every visitor is recommended to get the famous "I touched a pet shark" sticker by rubbing a leopard sharks that are always on display. The starfish and other marine animals are fun to touch. But they don't give you a sticker for it! The volunteers are very informative and the volunteers were able to engage in explanations to little three year old girls and more advanced explanations to adults and children that asked. Try to go a day where there is activities, but note that there may be traffic! ATTENTION MOTORCYCLIST: The road right now is made of light gravel, but most motorcycles will have no problem getting through. Just remember to take it slow if you are not used to riding in the dirt.
  • Love this place!! We will go from San Jose just for this! Fun and romantic!
  • Love coming here, great place to take children and you may learn something new yourself.