Year-round: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–4 PM

Summer Hours: July 1 – August 11, 2024. Open every day, 10 AM–4 PM

Fall closure: Tuesday, September 3 – Friday, September 6, 2024

Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95060



Adult $12
Senior (65 and older) $11
Student (with ID) $9
Child (3-17) $9
Toddler (2 and under) Free
Members (join now) Free
UC Santa Cruz undergraduate with valid ID Free

Daily Tours: Behind-the-Scenes Research Tour

11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM Daily

Join our skilled volunteer docents on a 30-minute tour around the Seymour Center and parts of the Long Marine Lab. Come face-to-face with our blue whale skeleton and travel to an overlook to see where and how marine mammal research happens at UC Santa Cruz. Daily tours are free with admission and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis (space is limited to 20 participants). All participants must be present to sign up. Sign-ups begin one hour before the tour start time, at the admission desk.

Coming with a large group(12+ people)? Let us know! Book a self-guided group visit.

Coming with a school group? Visit our School Programs page for more information. 

Questions regarding your visit? Please email VisitSeymour@ucsc.edu

Gift Shop
Purchase books, toys, clothes, and an eco-friendly selection of gifts at the Ocean Discovery Shop. Shop anytime the Seymour Center is open!
Please use ParkMobile to validate your parking. The ParkMobile zone is 15154. Parking is enforced Monday–Friday, 8 AM–5 PM, except holidays. No permits are necessary on weekends or after hours.
Holiday Closures


Alternative Transportation
Santa Cruz Metro route 20 stops at Seymour Center. Plan your bus route. We also offer plenty of bike racks around Seymour Center and throughout the Coastal Science Campus.
We sell light snacks and cold brew coffee. For a full meal, we encourage you to pack a picnic and enjoy it at picnic tables and benches along the bluffs and throughout the natural reserve.
ADA Accessibility
Seymour Center’s indoor and outdoor attractions are ADA accessible. We do not have wheelchairs available to the public.