Santa Cruz Things to Do

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  • 1. Santa Cruz Wharf

    4 out of 5 stars

    The current Santa Cruz Wharf, built in 1914 is the 5th wharf to occupy this site. The wharf was originally built to ensure continued shipping operations as the bay was filling with silt. This wharf...

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  • 2. West Cliff

    This perhaps is one of the city's (and county's) most scenic strips of road. Starting near the Boardwalk and meandering next to the cliffs bordering the Monterey Bay, the road provides you with an...

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  • 3. Boardwalk

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is so much fun. I've been going there since i've been a kid. Rides have been switched, but better one's are put in. I really recommend on going here. One of the only reason...

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  • 4. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is an excellent park where you can easily see some of California's great giant redwoods. Most of the big trees in the state were cut down in the late 1800s, and in this part of California groves...

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  • 5. Wilder Ranch State Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is one of the best places in the Santa Cruz area. Here you can bike, hike, see history or just relax. There are easy trails along the coast that give fantastic views of the rugged coastline, with...

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  • 6. Seymour Marine Discovery Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The laboratory includes a pilot reverse osmosis water treatment plant that takes sea water and converts it for fresh water irrigation and other purposes at the UC Campus and even for the city and...

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  • 7. Downtown

    What a shame! Here you have a beautiful city on the ocean that is just filled with drug addicts! How the Santa Cruz citizens and government officials put up with this nonsense is beyond me. It is...

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  • 8. Natural Bridges State Beach

    This is a stretch of beach at the far end of West Cliff Drive which has a interesting natural rock formation. This giant rock situated on the beach looks like a giant bridge with a gaping hole in the...

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  • 9. Big Basin State Park

    This is the southernmost coastal redwood grove. A great place to hike, camp, and just commune with nature. California's famed coastal redwoods are the tallest trees on earth; some stand over 300 feet...

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  • 10. Mission Santa Cruz

    Founded in 1791 by Father Lasuen, this mission was located near a pueblo full of convicts, and also suffered earthquake damage. So it was not as successful as some of the other missions. But it...

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  • 11. Walton Lighthouse

    Most visitors to Santa Cruz know of and visit the Lighthouse at Steamers Lane on West Cliff Drive, the pretty brick one you can see from the Boardwalk and main beach. Much less well known is Walton...

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  • 12. University of California Santa Cruz

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Follow Bay Ave. all the way up the road from the ocean until you reach the campus of UCSC. This is probaly the most unique campus I have ever strolled. The campus is spread out by sections and in a...

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  • 13. Santa Cruz Museum

    If you are visiting Santa Cruz, odds are it is for entertainment and recreation, but not museum going. But if you want to learn a little more about the area, this museum is pretty good. This isn't a...

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  • 14. Surfing Museum

    Yes, this is for real. It's a museum dedicated to surfing. Unfortunately, it was closed (hours are somewhat erratic in the off-season). Housed in an old lighthouse, it opened in 1986. It contains...

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  • 15. Davenport

    Just north of Santa Cruz about 10 min is a small town called Davenport. You'll take highway 1 north along this senic drive of agricultual fields and breath taking vistas. There are many secluded...

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  • 16. Seabright Beach

    Santa Cruz has many beaches, but this is my favorite. It is right in town but doesn't have the crowds or hype of the main beach by the Boardwalk. If you want a busy beach with shops and amusement...

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  • 17. Bonny Doon Winery

    Of the several fine wineries in the Santa Cruz area, Bonny Doon Winery is one that rightfully gains attention. They have creative and uncommon wines that win awards all the time. The tasting room is...

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  • 18. Lighthouse Field State Park

    Just North of the Boardwalk Amusement park on West Cliff Drive is a lovely stretch of beach with jetties and a Lighthouse. The jettie rocks are great to fish off of and the beach boast soft sands for...

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  • 19. Town Clock Tower

    One of Santa Cruz's most important landmarks is the town clock, located at the entrance to the Pacific Garden downtown district where Pacific Avenue and Water and Front Streets all meet. The clock has...

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  • 20. Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Country

    It might surprise you to hear that the Santa Cruz area is a major wine making region. It doesn't get the publicity that Napa Valley gets, but it produces world class wines. It is far more beautiful...

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  • 21. Burrell School Winery

    The Santa Cruz mountains have many good wineries: This one stands out for its fantastic view from the tasting room deck, and, of course, some very fine wines. We liked their pinot noirs, which are...

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  • 22. Wine with a twist

    If you're a wine lover that hasn't been to Bonny Doon Winery in Santa Cruz, shame on you. Randell Graham has been on the cutting edge of California wine for...

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  • 23. Schwan Lakes

    Twin Lakes Beach is actually named after Schwan Lagoon, which are now in the process of being restored to something of a freshwater wetland area. For a long...

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  • 24. Twin Lakes State Beach

    On the southeast side of the yacht harbor, there is the only dog beach available in Santa Cruz. The beach is downstream from a series of two lakes that we at...

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  • 25. Things to Do in Santa Cruz, California

    For such a small town, Santa Cruz has a big reputation. Many Californians think of it as a sort of mecca for surfers, free spirits, and nature lovers - in other...

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