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100 McAllister Way


Museums, Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The University of California, Santa Cruz's Seymour Marine Discovery Center is an indoor and outdoor natural science museum. The center features an aquarium, complete with tanks housing rockfish, jellyfish and even a touch pool with sharks. Outside, travelers can see the skeletons of a blue whale and a gray whale, as well as 45 acres of California coastal ecosystems.

Many recent travelers said kids love the discovery center's indoor tanks. Others appreciated the focus on education at the discovery center, complimenting on the knowledgeable docents.

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission costs $8 for adults and $6 for children, students and seniors. Kids ages 2 and younger can enter for free. The center is located a little more than a mile west of Natural Bridges State Park. For more information, visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center's website

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