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Santa Cruz, CA 600 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Optical Illusions at Mystery Spot

Behold the mysteries of the California forests at this gravitational anomaly located in the heart of the redwoods. You won't believe what you see at this unusual tourist attraction open since 1941. You will leave perplexed by these illusions that break the normal rules of physics. 45-minute tours leave every day on the half hour. See this fascinating mystery for yourself! The Santa Cruz Mystery Spot is only a quick ride from our hotel.

Attraction Details


465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065




Mon - Fri: 10 am - 6 pm; Sat - Sun: 9 am - 8 pm


  • Guided Tours


  • Historic Landmark
  • Optical Illusions
  • Hiking
  • Gift Shop
  • Snack Bar


  • What are the seasonal hours?

    During the summer the Mystery Spot is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 8 pm on weekends. In the off-season the hours are usually 9 am to 5 pm, but it is best to call ahead and double check. Weather and holidays may affect opening times.
  • How long does the tour take?

    Tours are led by a knowledgeable guide. They leave every half hour and last around 45 minutes. The last tour of the day happens at 6:05 pm on weekdays and 8:05 pm on weekends during the summer. Advance tickets are recommended during the high season.

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