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Review of Mystery Spot

Mystery Spot
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Wandering Wednesday
Ranked #11 of 62 things to do in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 May 2018

The tour is very interesting. The staff is great and funny. It's not a very long tour but worth the ticket fee for sure!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank MimiWahinee
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"our tour guide"
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"bumper stickers"
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"minute tour"
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"gravity defying"
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"gift shop"
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"make reservations"
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"up hill"
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"hiking trail"
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"interesting place"
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"fun experience"
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"parking fee"
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"the santa cruz mountains"
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"redwood trees"
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"whole family"
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

We were booked for morning 10.36 tour. The initial introduction given by our guide made us a bit nervous. The house itself was looked strange and when we entered it, it was a weird feeling...a strange feeling of being pulled to a corner. Intially had difficulties to stand straight and later found it easy to stand at different angles without any support.....quite interesting experience....water flowing uphill, ball going up the climb.....kids enjoyed it the best.

Entrance fee is $8 and parking $5. Better to book online.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 884anilkumarr
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Nicely located in a forest and developed with a gift shop and food/drink sales and benches. Small groups are led through the exhibits so everyone can get a picture standing on a wall or standing on the ground at a 45 degree angle. It was a fun place and good for any age kids. Even adults were saying "how does that happen?"

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Lee H
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Very reasonable fun experience for young and old alike. Tour lasts about 30 minutes, just the right amount of time for kids. Highly recommend if you haven't been there before.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Claire S
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

We went here as children and have recently returned. It has not lost it's mystery. Balls roll up hill, tall people become short and more. It is worth the 8 dollar entrance fee. Be warned, cameras do not work properly. Part of the mystery?

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank JeriLG
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