Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and just steps away from the Santa Cruz Wharf, the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center celebrates the spectacular Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, its diverse ecosystems and plethora of marine inhabitants. Featuring an array of engaging interactive and multi-media exhibits, the center aims to not only enable visitors to explore the sanctuary's remarkable marine environment, but also to educate them on the importance of marine conservation and their role in its preservation.
Interpretive exhibits are the heart of the center, using state-of-the-art audiovisual media in conjunction with several touchable displays, films, and interactive video kiosks. Main exhibits include an introduction to the sanctuary and its inhabitants, ‘Where Does Your Water Go’, an informative presentation that explains the path that ground water takes and where it ends up, and an attractive Intertidal Touch Pool, where visitors can touch and feel different animals of the sea.
35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, California 95060, website, Phone: 831-421-9993
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