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The Mystery Spot Santa Cruz

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The Mystery Spot
465 Mystery Spot Road
Santa Cruz
CA
95065
Tel: 831 423 8897

Where are we going today?

Some things you just can't explain, like the Bermuda Triangle. But did you know in America there is our very own Mystery Spot - right in the redwood forests of California! 

Just outside of Santa Cruz, there lies a strange gravitational anomaly that is a circular area of around 150ft in diameter. Within this spot, the laws of gravity change, and the laws of physics have to be questioned!

Why not head on down on your next family day out to see if you can work it out for yourself!

The spot was discovered back in 1939, and opened to the public only a year later. Since then, it's amazed and perplexed thousands of families just like yours! Some people even return to try and work it out!

Some people think that cones of metal were secretly brought to the spot and buried to guide UFOs...yep! Some think there is actually a UFO buried underneath! What do you think!

You can enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of the experience to the hiking trail, and then just spend a few hours relaxing and analyzing!

Kids will love the strange things they can do in this Mystery Spot! They can hang from the celiing, lean off chairs - and gravity won't let them fall! A very strange and weird experience for them, but one that will certainly give them a fun time!

So why not try and solve the mystery of the Mystery Spot, and if you can't solve it, just have a great time!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$6
  • Children$6
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 4pm weekdays. 5pm close weekends

365 days a year!

I'm Hungry!

There is a Snack Shack filled with tasty snacks including chilli dogs, nachos and tamales!.

Healthy Eating!

They have vegetarian options at the Snack Shack, as well as fruit cups and hummus, and they also have a picnic area if you want to bring your own food.

Any Top Tips?

Bring your hiking shoes as there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails in the area!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the accessibility if you have any questions!.

Can I get one of those?

Of course there is a gift shop! From keychains, to books on the topic to patches, there is something fun you can take home with you!.

More information

You need to pick a specific time and date for your tour, so best to book ahead online.

What people are saying?

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    The tour guide was great--corny, but funny. The place has the same charm and fascination it did when I was 7, 32 years ago. Kids loved it.

    Only thing keeping me from giving five stars was the terrible Men's bathroom (Women's bath was new) and the length of the tour--a little short, but still, a great time.

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    Just a note: I did not actually take a guided tour of The Mystery Spot. I just went on The Mystery Spot's nature trail and then went to the gift shop.

    When I recently visited the Santa Cruz area, I at first considered doing the Mystery Spot because it sounded interesting. But from reading online and talking to people who were staying at the same hotel I was, I concluded that it wouldn't be smart for me to do it because I can easily can dizzy and headachy. Even though I didn't have plans to do the tour I still wanted to see what the Mystery Spot...Read More

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    We used to take friends here and it was fun. The guides were very good. It was sold and the shop and the tours are lead by young folks (nothing against young folks). They fired all the good guides. Our guide ran through her talk as fast as she could. She even said they fired all the old ones. She was condescending. At least the old ones pretended to believe what they were saying. Now it's just a money making thing...I was very disappointed. We live here so liked taking folks but I don't know if I will anymore.

    I don't think the new owners care....Read More

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    Nothing supernatural here, just an optical illusion on a steep hill. Still a lot of fun to lose your balance and play in the Mystery Spot cabin. Our guide was a friendly young woman who made the experience more enjoyable. Definitely worth $6, but buy tickets in advance to make sure you have a place.

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    I had no idea where I was, it was a mystery to me. How had I gotten there. What was my name. Why did nobody laugh at my jokes. All of these questions would never be answered for I had unwittingly fallen into (mysterious whisper voice) Mystery Spot Ooooooohhhhhh.

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by Michael Giskin

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Just a note: I did not actually take a guided tour of The Mystery Spot. I just went on The Mystery Spot's nature trail and then went to the gift shop.

When I recently visited the Santa Cruz area, I at first considered doing the Mystery Spot because it sounded interesting. But from reading online and talking to people who were staying at the same hotel I was, I concluded that it wouldn't be smart for me to do it because I can easily can dizzy and headachy. Even though I didn't have plans to do the tour I still wanted to see what the Mystery Spot is all about, so I went there and decided to walk the nature trail which according to the Mystery Spot takes about 15 minutes. By the way, the previous night when I was considering taking the Mystery Spot guided tour, there were a lot of times available for reservations online. When I got there, the tours were sold out for the next few hours. Anyway, I started to walk up the nature trail, and when I say up I really mean up. It's not necessarily steep but it just keeps going and going. After continuously walking up hill for about 20-25 minutes (the whole time I could either see or at least hear The Mystery Spot down below), I started to question how long this trail is. I continued to walk and came to almost a 180 degree turn in the trail which is angled a little more away from the Mystery Spot and runs parallel in the opposite direction of the trial that I had been walking on this whole time. I made the turn and continued to walk up hill for about another 10-15 minutes until it leveled off I think I reached the top of the mountain. I then walked for another about 5-10 minutes. By the way, the entire time, there was not one other person on the trial even though I did see a lot of footprints and for the first 20 minutes the Mystery Spot had signs along the trail with information but then they abruptly stopped. When I was walking at the leveled off part of the trail which what appeared to be at the top, the trail started dividing off into multiple directions. The trail the went down hill in the direction of the Mystery Spot which I could no longer see but still hear was too steep. I ended up turning around and going all the way back down the way I came. When I eventually got down back to the parking lot, I went into the gift shop. They had a good variety of food, drinks, and souvenirs, I purchased some water, and was on my way. Anyway, I encourage you to check out the Mystery Spot for yourself and maybe do the trial but don't go up as high as me.

by Leslie Abbott

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We used to take friends here and it was fun. The guides were very good. It was sold and the shop and the tours are lead by young folks (nothing against young folks). They fired all the good guides. Our guide ran through her talk as fast as she could. She even said they fired all the old ones. She was condescending. At least the old ones pretended to believe what they were saying. Now it's just a money making thing...I was very disappointed. We live here so liked taking folks but I don't know if I will anymore.

I don't think the new owners care. They want to get the people through as fast as they can. They probably don't pay the guides much. It works for the owners...not for me.

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