Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz

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  • August 12, 2017
    Seymour center is beautifully located on the edge of Santa Cruz town by the cliffs. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and the tide pool experience was way better than Cal Academy or Sea World in terms...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    This is a great place to go if you have small children. There was nothing here for adults to look at or do. The grounds were pretty and the whale bones we're interesting  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    This is a hidden jewel in Santa Cruz. From the surprising crochet coral reef when you walk in to the aquarium exhibits, you have a smile on your face as you are learning about our oceans. Take the wal...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    We love it here and the marine labs. We come here at least once a year. There are some good activities for the kids. The small aquarium is nice. The area around the lab is fun too. The kids love to play on the sea lion statues.
  • June 18, 2017
    Your young ones will enjoy it. It's​ not the Monterey Bay Aquarium but you also are not paying amusement park prices. We spent the morning there and then the afternoon at the boardwalk; it was a great day.
  • June 25, 2017
    Great place! It's a discovery center, not an aquarium, which was nice because there are hands on exhibits and the volunteers who work there are very knowledgeable and seem to have a serious interest, which is noticable. We took the tour and really learned a lot from our guide!
  • June 3, 2017
    Very nice and we'll maintained, excellent educated staff! Smilling staff and not too crowded! Excellent for toddlers and small kids! Beautiful Vistas and trails right outside!
  • June 4, 2017
    A gem of oceanic science and outreach. Beautiful exhibits and a focus on education without the crowds. Don't miss it!

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