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The Sanctuary Exploration Center! Located just steps away from the ocean and Santa Cruz Wharf, the center features state-of-the art exhibits and interactive displays highlighting the sanctuary and its incredible underwater environment.
The Sanctuary Exploration Center offered guided tours by reservation. This is a great way to introduce your class or group to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
There is a Gift and Book Store -purchases go directly to our non-profit National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to help fund education programs and new exhibits.
The Sanctuary Exploration Center is open for private events Monday through Sunday from 8:30am to 10:30pm. It's a fantastic place to have your special event. With its excellent location across from Cowell's Beach and just steps to the Beach Boardwalk, your guests have access to kayaking, surfing or other water activities in the sanctuary. The facility is suitable for all types of functions- receptions, parties, weddings and social gatherings as well as a variety of events and meetings.
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