Skip to Main Content

Santa Cruz, California: Santa Cruz Mystery Spot Team Field Report

465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, CA
East of Hwy 17, off Branciforte Drive.
Summer M-F 10-6, Sa-Su 9-8; off-season 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $6, parking $5. Book online to avoid waits.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
Save to My Sights

Mystery Spot.

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

Gravity and other normally trustworthy forces go haywire at this pseudo-scientific anomaly, discovered in 1940. Tour guides lead groups up a forested hillside to the cockeyed mystery shack. Report... [10/13/2013]

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.

Santa Cruz, California - Who's Unnaturally Attracted to Mystery Spots?
Santa Cruz Mystery Spot:

1996 video, chatting with guide Pat Musselman, at the Mystery Spot.

Watch Video.

Visitor Tips and News About Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

Visited in mid August on a weekday and had no problems getting into a tour, but we were there pretty close to opening. We were in the third group for the day. Parking and tickets are free for military. Tour takes around 35-45 minutes depending on the guide and the size of group.

The only other thing here is the gift shop, the small snack bar, and what appears to be a butterfly sanctuary if you're into that kind of thing.

Hit the Mystery Spot early to avoid the crowd and then spend your day at the beach/boardwalk and having fun in the sun.

[Greg S., 08/21/2018]

Mystery Shack.

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

A registered "gravitational anomaly!" Order tickets online if you don't want to wait!

[Jennifer Kleinkauf, 12/08/2013]

Mystery shack.

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

Totally worth a detour! A lot of fun. I strongly recommend making reservations for a tour time. They were sold out and I saw many people without reservations turned away.

[Stephanie L, 11/30/2013]

It's especially popular around holidays and weekends.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Tree Circus RemnantsTree Circus Remnants, Scotts Valley, CA - 2 mi.
Wax Last Supper DioramaWax Last Supper Diorama, Santa Cruz, CA - 2 mi.
Beached Grey Whale StatueBeached Grey Whale Statue, Santa Cruz, CA - 4 mi.
In the region:
1989 Earthquake Epicenter Area, Aptos, CA - 5 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

California Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

World's Largest Cat, Pine Island, New York (Apr 22-28, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings