The Seymour Center reflects the world of the scientist. Rather than the polished, nicely finished look of most museums and aquariums, the interior of this center portrays the labs and seawater aquaria where scientists spend their days. The Seymour Center is organized around the process of how scientists do their work—looking, testing, puzzling, and questioning. The aquarium exhibits look like a working marine laboratory with exposed seawater pipes and valves. Many of the tanks are laboratory-like, not habitat tanks. Scientists like to keep their animals visible so they can focus on a certain characteristic. Visit the seawater table and hold an assortment of sea creatures in your hands. You can pet sea stars, touch sea urchins, hold a hermit crab, see sea anemones, and feel different kelp.
Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun noon–5.
100 Shaffer RoadSanta Cruz, CA 95060
$6 per adult, $4 per student, senior, or youth 4 to 16, children under 4 are FREE.
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From San Francisco, take 280 South to 85 South and then to Highway 17 South. Highway 17 ends at Highway 1. Continue on Highway 1 North. Turn right on Mission Street, left on Swift, and right on Delaware.