Mystery Spot
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The Mystery Spot is a gravitational anomaly located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California. It is a circular area of effect around 150 feet or 46 meters in diameter. Within the Mystery Spot you will be stunned as your perceptions of the laws of physics and gravity are questioned. But don't take our word for it, come and decide for yourself! The Mystery Spot was discovered in 1939 by a group of surveyors and opened to the public in 1940. The Mystery Spot has amazed and perplexed hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world, and many return time and time again to experience these puzzling variations of gravity, perspective, and height. Some speculate that cones of metal were secretly brought here and buried in our earth as guidance systems for their spacecraft. Some think that it is in fact the spacecraft itself buried deep within the ground. Other theories include carbon dioxide permeating from the earth, a hole in the ozone layer, a magma vortex, the highest dielectric biocosmic radiation known anywhere in the world, and radiesthesia. Whatever the cause is, it remains a mystery.
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  • Bonnie S
    Mesa, Arizona15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome family fun!.
    Really crazy awesome...we had a blast! It can leave you quite dizzy and off balance. Be careful if you have balance issues Laughed a lot, great fun, especially younger kids, they will be mind blown!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Linda W
    Los Angeles, California84 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but not as exciting as expected.
    Book your tickets online in advance. The tickets get sold out quickly at the site and you may need to wait for an hour or longer for next available time. The tour was ok, about 25 min long, not as exiting as expected. You will have a tour guide who will guide you to walk up a short hill to a small cabin - the “mystery spot”. You get to stay inside the cabin for like 10 min to get some photos. That’s about it. If you are near the area, it’s an interesting spot to stop by since the ticket is only $10/person. But I wouldn’t go out of my way just to come for the tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Milap S
    Ahmedabad, India146 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    This is nice place to go with kids, if you have senior citizens in your family it is very difficult for them to maintain balance, it is a unique place where gravity seems to be messed up. Don’t drive immediately after visiting this place as some of us may feel dizzy after touring mystery spot. My family had an awesome time at this place
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • CHMac🎉
    California179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun tour in the woods
    The kids loved it & I did too. Rory was a great tour guide. Funny jokes and a Beatles fan! Our kids were engaged and really enjoyed it. The entire staff we encountered was fun. I didn’t experience anyone “odd.” Buy your tickets online. They do sell out and I did see people being turned away.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Alexa A
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    August Tour review
    Rae our guide was great! She was funny and very sweet! She was respectful and had great jokes. Only downfall was the communication between the reservation host and the other guides. We had to wait after our ticket said a certain tour group number. They did not communicate with each other and we had a different tour time then what we reserved and booked in our reservation. One of the female tour guide was rude because the staff did not communicate well. However, our tour guide Rae made up for it with her being very nice and funny.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • ashish
    Bengaluru, India288 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good if you are passing by, else Skippable
    It's a good attraction for 10 bucks and you can spend about an hour here. Though location is out of the way so overall time taken can be longer. Of course, there is no mystery here but simply an optical illusion and perception trick. Could be good for 12-18 yr students to understand why, and silly fun for younger folks.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Dsar6798
    Memphis, Tennessee159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So cool
    This place was so cool! The tour was very informative and the guides are really personable. It’s not a terribly long tour, as it’s not a big place, but the whole experience was fun! I’m glad we visited during our stay in Santa Cruz!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2024
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Spade121
Fresno, CA23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
This is probably the most overrated place in Northern California, if not beyond.
A small crooked two room shack is really all it is. A sweet idea that could be a small part of an exhibit about optical illusions in a science museum, is the best I could give this place. But they somehow succeeded to “package“ it into a tourist attraction nestled into a nice spot in the redwoods, with “tours”, food stands, and a gift shop. They took a cute yet small and simple optical illusion and sell it as some gravitational anomaly with magnetic disruption and some old historic story behind it. A marvel of deceptive marketing - like they’re selling straw for the price of gold..
What blows my mind is the 4-5 star reviews about this place. Hard to believe that people’s standards are that low!
And then there’s the “tour” deal - we had a guy called Silas, who tried desperately to entertain us as if we were 8 year olds in a summer camp, with distasteful humor, and bogus stories. Every two sentences of his were connected with either a ”Soooooo…” or a “Buuuuuut….”, both in deafening volume, while many of his sentences were pretty incomprehensible (also due to a slight speech impediment).
The whole deal packaged as the “Mystery Spot” is no mystery at all. It’s a simple optical illusion and the so called “tour” is an exhausting effort to show us the “magic” with a level (that instrument used for construction with a bubble in the middle) and a bunch of bad jokes. To call this a “tour” and give it to adults, is an insult to our intelligence.
The only opportunity to say something interesting, would have been to try to explain physiologically why people feel dizzy and nauseated when they enter this shack. An opportunity that was obviously missed. And the only good joke by Silas was at the end, when he was pitching for good reviews and tips - to say that if the review is bad, his name is Jose… 😏. Well, his name was still Silas, when all was said and done.
I can’t really complain - these “tour guides” are just teenagers spitting out the spiel they were trained to give, while trying to make a few bucks. But come on - to treat adults like kids (and by kids), in this overrated Mystery spot, is just an insulting waste of time. Stay away.
Written 18 June 2024
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Dsar6798
Memphis, TN159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This place was so cool! The tour was very informative and the guides are really personable. It’s not a terribly long tour, as it’s not a big place, but the whole experience was fun! I’m glad we visited during our stay in Santa Cruz!
Written 25 March 2024
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ashish
Bengaluru, India288 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Solo
It's a good attraction for 10 bucks and you can spend about an hour here. Though location is out of the way so overall time taken can be longer. Of course, there is no mystery here but simply an optical illusion and perception trick. Could be good for 12-18 yr students to understand why, and silly fun for younger folks.
Written 2 January 2024
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Antonio V
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Not a big deal, but it was a nice distraction. You have to go so you can say you went. Only $10!!!!!
Written 21 December 2023
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Alexa A
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Rae our guide was great! She was funny and very sweet! She was respectful and had great jokes.

Only downfall was the communication between the reservation host and the other guides. We had to wait after our ticket said a certain tour group number. They did not communicate with each other and we had a different tour time then what we reserved and booked in our reservation. One of the female tour guide was rude because the staff did not communicate well. However, our tour guide Rae made up for it with her being very nice and funny.
Written 28 August 2023
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CHMac🎉
California179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
The kids loved it & I did too. Rory was a great tour guide. Funny jokes and a Beatles fan! Our kids were engaged and really enjoyed it. The entire staff we encountered was fun. I didn’t experience anyone “odd.” Buy your tickets online. They do sell out and I did see people being turned away.
Written 7 August 2023
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Milap S
Ahmedabad, India146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is nice place to go with kids, if you have senior citizens in your family it is very difficult for them to maintain balance, it is a unique place where gravity seems to be messed up. Don’t drive immediately after visiting this place as some of us may feel dizzy after touring mystery spot. My family had an awesome time at this place
Written 4 August 2023
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Jan W
Sacramento, CA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Fun experience for the grandchildren! However…beware…lots of gender issues going on there so be prepared to explain to your children and grandchildren some odd people.
Written 22 July 2023
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Linda W
Los Angeles, CA84 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Book your tickets online in advance. The tickets get sold out quickly at the site and you may need to wait for an hour or longer for next available time. The tour was ok, about 25 min long, not as exiting as expected. You will have a tour guide who will guide you to walk up a short hill to a small cabin - the “mystery spot”. You get to stay inside the cabin for like 10 min to get some photos. That’s about it. If you are near the area, it’s an interesting spot to stop by since the ticket is only $10/person. But I wouldn’t go out of my way just to come for the tour.
Written 22 July 2023
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Bonnie S
Mesa, AZ15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Really crazy awesome...we had a blast! It can leave you quite dizzy and off balance. Be careful if you have balance issues
Laughed a lot, great fun, especially younger kids, they will be mind blown!
Written 15 July 2023
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