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A branch of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the center specializes in Santa Barbara Channel marine life and conservation. Though small compared to aquariums in Monterey and Long Beach, this is a fascinating, hands-on marine science laboratory that lets you participate in experiments, projects, and exhibits, including touch tanks. Two-story glass walls here open to stunning ocean, mountain, and city views. You can purchase a Nature Pass, which includes discounted two-day admission to the natural history museum and the Sea Center. Ty Warner, the Beanie Baby mogul and a local resident, is a major donor.

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  • Address: 211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 | Map It
  • Phone: 805/962–2526
  • Cost: $8
  • Hours: Daily 10–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Santa Barbara
Updated: 10-21-2013

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    Gem in Santa Barbara

    My husband and I spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Santa Barbara and found a gem. The Ty Warner Sea Center is small but great for the entire family. I really wasn't up for a museum and wanted to spend the day shopping on State street. My children talked me into it and I think I had as much fun if not more fun than they did. They have an area where you can bring up sand from the bottom of the ocean and sift through it. We found all sorts of creatures that we examined under the microscope. They also have baby jellyfish, something I have never seen before. We will definitely be back again.

    by Gtoby, 11/30/07

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