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Mystery Spot

465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-9658
+1 831-423-8897
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Kitschy Fun -- Come and Enjoy

This is simply a fun time. I went with my daughter and we had a blast. Interesting and thought... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Pasadena, California
Entertaining for the kids

This is a fun place to take the kids and their friends. My 14 year old daughter enjoys the tours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Reno, Nevada
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The Mystery Spot is a gravitational anomaly located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California. It is a circular area of effect around 150 feet or 46 meters in diameter. Within the Mystery Spot you will be stunned as your perceptions of the laws of physics and gravity are questioned. But don't take our word for it, come and decide for yourself! The Mystery Spot was discovered in 1939 by a group of surveyors and opened to the public in 1940. The Mystery Spot has amazed and perplexed hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world, and many return time and time again to experience these puzzling variations of gravity, perspective, and height. Some speculate that cones of metal were secretly brought here and buried in our earth as guidance systems for their spacecraft. Some think that it is in fact the spacecraft itself buried deep within the ground. Other theories include carbon dioxide permeating from the earth, a hole in the ozone layer, a magma vortex, the highest dielectric biocosmic radiation known anywhere in the world, and radiesthesia. Whatever the cause is, it remains a mystery.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-9658
+1 831-423-8897
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is simply a fun time. I went with my daughter and we had a blast. Interesting and thought provoking activities that make it a true mystery! And the tour guides are really funny

Thank LADuckFan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fun place to take the kids and their friends. My 14 year old daughter enjoys the tours because the tour guides are good at using volunteers in the presentation. The whole tour is about 45 minutes. The one thing you need to...More

Thank Myswede
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were fortunate to be told about this mysterious spot by a local and decided to venture there on our way through. Definitely worth it! Something different and unexplainable- and one you can say you've not seen anywhere else on earth. Our guide was very...More

Thank marniemcgaffin
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to take a student to challenge them to explain the optical illusions (which are very well done). All can be explained and this makes a great science project.

Thank Stevej95060
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with visiting family. The kids and parents all had fun. Great illusions for the younger kids to be amazed by. The adults enjoyed watching the good fun being had and how the staff had elaborate stories about why the "Mystery Spot" has its incredible...More

Thank mel l
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time I visited in 1995. Core 'Mystery spot' has remained the same. We still miss the elderly person's explanation. And his 'Deep Physics' rather 'Gravitation theories'! He used to write equations with chalk on board... Now it’s so crowded. Prior reservations are required to...More

Thank Cshastry2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bit of a commercial tourist trap but I would say worth a visit for the novelty factor. You can either take the phenomenon at face value or start really thinking about the amazing things you see and do. My partner thinks he had it sussed...More

Thank Claire C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure what it was. Some kind of optical Illusion or magnetic field or something else. The actual place is very small where you feel the so called magic. The gravitational forces you feel is intense. They don't accept credit cards for tickets and have...More

1  Thank Anand1351
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Strange experience in Santa Cruz. Still trying to figure out how they do it, but interesting and a must see.

Thank StephiePon
Reviewed 15 September 2017

The biggest mystery at The Mystery Spot? Why they can't seem to control the bees that swarm all around during the tour. If I had had a bee allergy, I would have been terrified. As for the attraction, my biggest complaint AFTER the bees would...More

Thank Mark W
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Yael D
15 July 2017|
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Response from clang_13 | Reviewed this property |
Your 4.5 Y.O. should like it. The optical illusions are fun and it's not expensive. You can take a hike too.
Lindsey D
1 March 2017|
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Response from CCMH | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other people who responded in regards to your dog. I don't agree with the 'total ripoff'. It's just something fun to do, and I have spent the same amount of money for a 2 minute quick thrill (with an hour... More
John D
6 October 2016|
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Response from Marshase | Reviewed this property |
Have a look at their webpage