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Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz

Categories: Science Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Museums, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
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  • The center was a little precarious to get to due to construction, but worth it. Eat before you go as there are no restaurants close by and the only good they have are granola bars. Very informative ex...  read more »
  • Beautiful and informative! Wonderful tour guide and interesting perspective. Great view and cool exhibits. 
  • Nothing like it! Find out how the fish, crustaceans and more manage to make their happy home in this space! Also don't forget to focus on really small critters! 
  • 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.
  • Cute and small sea museum. Staff were very kind and knowledgeable. Not too many species, but very cute. They let me to touch small shark, amazing experience. Huge and beautiful skeleton of whale.
  • Don't expect a showcase of colorful fish. This is a showcase to revitalize the scientist in you. Each exhibit is designed as a scientific thought experiment. For example, do crabs decorate their bodies with any colored balls or do select a color to match their surrounding? There is a shell shark and a starfish touch and feel tanks. There's a lot information signs with a good amount detail to explain the experiments or the scientific value of the fish. If you love information and knowing the importance of the ocean and it's creatures, this is for you. I loved reading all the information, but my kids (ages 5 and 2) kept pulling me away from each exhibit to move me along. After doing the touch tanks, my kids were uninterested.
  • This is a fun little aquarium, and a good bang for your buck. The highlights are definitely the touch tanks including a shark touch tank and a sea star touch tank. There are some cool whale skeletons outside as well.
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