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Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz

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  • I took my granddaughter and her 4 yr old to visit and learn about sea life. They really enjoyed it and had fun at the touch tank.  more »
  • We didn't know what to expect for $8 entrance and I can honestly tell you my husband and I enjoyed it like two little kid every single spot in this Center. Absolutely amazing and interesting and knowl...  more »
  • Smaller,quieter and cheaper then taking the kids to Monterey Bay Aquarium. No sanding in line, no huge expensive gift shop. All around a better experience. I only takes about an hour.  more »
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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.