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Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz

#6 of 68 in Things to do in Santa Cruz
Mysterious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Enjoy an afternoon of illusions at Mystery Spot, where it appears the laws of gravity and physics do not apply. Watch water flow backward and people stand sideways. Surveyors discovered the spot in 1939, and visitors were first invited to experience the wonder in 1940. After your topsy-turvy experience inside the house, get your footing on the hiking trail and admire the redwoods. It's wise to book tickets far in advance online or by phone. Parking is available for an additional fee. Using our world travel planner, Santa Cruz attractions like Mystery Spot can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Worth a visit, fun, interesting and intriguing experience. The guide was great. Optimal return for your time and budget.  more »
  • Fun and interesting experience. It’s a place you have to try once to see for yourself if what others have said about it is true. You will leave there smiling, questioning and intrigued by why I a...  more »
  • Cool place to go to if you're ever wondering what the mystery is all about. Took some really cool photos, they even give you those stickers you see on all those cars around town for free! It's a marketing thing but the stickers are cool nonetheless so whatever.
  • Kinda of a tourist trap but it is best and entertaining one I have ever been. I highly recommend visiting it. I feel the parking pass is a scam because I paid for it and no one asked me to prove what vehicle was yours. Because you purchase the pass and parking at same booth and the tour guide collects the recipes.
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