A famous and logic-defying attraction in Santa Cruz, The Mystery Spot is home to a house that appears to challenge our very notion of gravity. Read on down below to learn more about this renowned roadside attraction!
A Santa Cruz Phenomenon that Defies the Senses
Legend has it that The Mystery Spot was first discovered in 1939 when former owner George Prather bought three acres on a wooded hill and felt dizzy as he walked the grounds, then noticed his compass was acting strangely. He built an incredible house of visual illusions that plays off of the natural oddity of the land, which is categorized as a gravity hill.
Open to the public since 1941, this classic roadside illusion stop was the first of its kind to be built in California. Tours of the attraction are given daily between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm during Monday through Friday and from 9:00am until 8:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Tour guides provide all sorts of explanations given for why gravity seems optional here, from magnetic effects to the supernatural. Whether you believe these explanations or not, The Mystery Spot makes for some astonishing souvenir photos to remember your vacation by!
The Mystery Spot can be found on the way to the Santa Cruz Mountains, near Granite Creek and the Twisted Grove within the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Here, the redwood trees grow in crooked patterns and create an otherworldly landscape. Nearby, there’s also a short hiking trail that takes about half an hour to hike and also features a manmade dahlia garden.
Tickets to see The Mystery Spot are priced at $8.00 for online tickets (children three years and under are free), and parking costs $5.00 cash or check per vehicle.
A tip to know before you go: buy your tickets in advance online, as tickets often sell out as early in the day as 12:00pm. Tickets can be purchased on the same day as your tour, but only in excess of two hours in advance. Groups of ten or more people can call and inquire about group rates and other information before making their reservation.
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