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We're Closing To Give The Building A Few Spa Days!

The Sanctuary Exploration Center will be closed for annual maintenance January 16th-31st. Please come back and see us on February 1st. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.

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Take The Trolley!

Ride round-trip, from downtown to the exploration center

Avoid traffic congestion and parking hassles! The trolley is the best way to get back and forth between the downtown and the beach.

PDF of the trolley route

Runs: Daily in the summer. Weekends during the fall through Memorial Day.

Hours: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm


  • Downtown at the Del Mar Theater (1124 Pacific Avenue).
  • At the beach (wharf entrance) acrossfrom the exploration center.

Route: Round trip every 15 to 20 minutes.

Cost: 25 cents per ride—exact change required.

  trolley map


The Sanctuary Exploration Center is located directly across the street from the beach and Santa Cruz Wharf at 35 Pacific Street, Santa Cruz CA.



There are many parking lots in the area.

Limited metered parking is available on the surrounding streets.


Santa Cruz Area

Learn more about the Santa Cruz area.

URL:    Reviewed: March 05, 2014
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