Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz

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Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Science Museum
Through our breathtaking seaside learning center, we bring the adventures and explorations of ocean science to life. Powered by the Long Marine Laboratory, a world-renowned university research facility, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center offers hands-on immersion into the world of ocean exploration and discovery. With a 20,000-square-foot visitor center, guests can touch a shark, explore the latest discoveries in ocean science, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay, called the “Serengeti of the sea,” for its incredible diversity of marine life. The Center offers a deeper dive into the research conducted at Long Marine Lab and a chance for everyone to find their inner scientist through rich experiential learning programs including school field-trips, summer youth programs, Science Sundays, volunteer opportunities, internships, and more.
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  • We went to Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Outside of the center are nice views of the Pacific Ocean. There are also some very interesting whale skeletons, such as the one for the blue...  more »
  • Great way to learn about the diverse marine life of the area. Kids will love the interactive learning tools available, and take time to speak with John there, an absolute font of knowledge and very...  more »
  • Beautiful setting. I have volunteered there for years. A good cause. My fellow volunteers are dedicated and interesting people. One of my favorite places to be.
  • Didn't even know this place existed. While it's no Monterey Bay aquarium it allows you to have a very intimate interaction with both staff and sea life. You will not be rushed here and you can ask tons of questions. Best part is you can pet a shark.
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