Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Learn more about exciting marine research behind the scenes and experience the spectacular surroundings of our location. Join us for one of these two tours:

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

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Younger Lagoon Reserve ToursThis 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 10:30 a.m.

See our Calendar for Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour dates.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are open to the public and free with paid admission to the Seymour Center. They are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Plus, children (ages 10-16) receive free admission for these special tours. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations and advance payment required. Call 831-459-3800.

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Tours — Spring and Summer only

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf ToursThis 30-minute guided tour offers insights into one of the longest wooden piers in the United States. The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea in a dynamic and truly marine environment. Scientists at the University of California Santa Cruz utilize this easy access to ocean ecosystems to conduct research in sustainable energy, biological oceanography, harmful algal blooms, and marine mammals. Seymour Center docents lead tours of the wharf every Saturday during spring and summer at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

Docents are available to answer your marine science questions from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturdays during spring and summer.

Tours are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Meet at the Wharf Stage behind Olitas restaurant at the Eco Tour sign (located behind the elevator).


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Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

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