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Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz

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Mysterious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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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  • Went here, was pleased with the location spot and the trees surrounding. The hosts are really trained well and they make your time in there fun. 
    Went here, was pleased with the location spot and the trees surrounding. The hosts are really trained well and they make your time in there fun.  more »
  • If you're a fan of Gravity Falls, you'll feel right at home at this Mystery Shack style tourist trap. Our guide was hilarious and we had a great time exploring on the tour. If you're usually a... 
    If you're a fan of Gravity Falls, you'll feel right at home at this Mystery Shack style tourist trap. Our guide was hilarious and we had a great time exploring on the tour. If you're usually a...  more »
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  • Cool place to visit with the family. My teenage boys had a good time. The tour runs about 40 minutes. Our guide, Cameron, was hilarious and made it quite enjoyable. Can't explain what is going on at The Mystery Spot, is it an illusion? It's located among the Redwood trees, no signal. Download your tickets before you get there. Well worth the $8 per person.
  • We had Riley and he was funny and very informative. We loved the little tour and the fun cabin. Only problem is if you're hungry and the food shack is closed the gift shop sells pizza and popcorn. Pizza is from Costco, sliced thinly and sold for $5 a slice. Total ripoff but if you have hungry children this came in clutch. Snacks weren't cutting it. Get RILEY. HE'S THE BEST. BRING CASH TO TIP YOUR TOUR GUIDE!!!!!

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