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Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz

#6 of 68 in Things to do in Santa Cruz
Mysterious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Enjoy an afternoon of illusions at Mystery Spot, where it appears the laws of gravity and physics do not apply. Watch water flow backward and people stand sideways. Surveyors discovered the spot in 1939, and visitors were first invited to experience the wonder in 1940. After your topsy-turvy experience inside the house, get your footing on the hiking trail and admire the redwoods. It's wise to book tickets far in advance online or by phone. Parking is available for an additional fee. Using our world travel planner, Santa Cruz attractions like Mystery Spot can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • My husband and I had the day off and wanted to get out of the city but not go to far. So why not go to the Mystery Spot and enjoy some food down in Santa Cruz. I can't believe I stayed once in Santa.....  more »
  • This place is some cheap fun! We didn't make online reservations, but luckily we got there early in the morning and were able to get in a tour in an hour. We hung around the gift shop and got a snack....  more »
  • Cool place to go to if you're ever wondering what the mystery is all about. Took some really cool photos, they even give you those stickers you see on all those cars around town for free! It's a marketing thing but the stickers are cool nonetheless so whatever.
  • Kinda of a tourist trap but it is best and entertaining one I have ever been. I highly recommend visiting it. I feel the parking pass is a scam because I paid for it and no one asked me to prove what vehicle was yours. Because you purchase the pass and parking at same booth and the tour guide collects the recipes.

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