1. Aurangzeb Agha

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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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Jay Hutchinson

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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.

  5. Wyatt Brown

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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.