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Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Tide Pools Segway Tour
"Segway Santa Cruz is currently offering Segway tours for families with children ages 10 and up! Our Santa Cruz Lighthouse & Tide Pools Segway tour is specially designed for families to enjoy great ocean views while catching sights of mar barking sea lions sun bathing on Seal Rock and revel in dive-bombing pelicans and cormorants off Bird Rock on a glide out to Mitchell's Cove for hands-on tide pool explorations. The only thing better than this family Segway tour is sharing the joy of parents and grandparents as they watch their child or grandchild’s excitement as they experience the awesomeness of a Segway!""""This 1.5 hr Segway tour offers a wonderful adventure for ages 10 & up. Enjoy spotting a variety of ocean dwelling marine life such as little sea otters to large barking sea lions and surfers next to the historical Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Surf Museum on the way out to Mitchell's Cove tide pools. After your tour you are only moments away from enjoying the sandy beaches
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West Cliff and Wharf Segway Tour
"Get a Segway view of beautiful Monterey Bay while encountering some of Santa Cruz's undiscovered sights along West Cliff Drive. Marvel at an array of wonderful marine life and California surfers in their natural habitats. Observe precious sea otters r West Cliff Drive's seascape frontage.""""This 2-hour Segway tour offers spectacular ocean views California surfers and marine life along beautiful seascape frontage on West Cliff Drive’s ocean pathway
From $89.00
 
Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Tide Pools Segway Tour
"Segway Santa Cruz is currently offering Segway tours for families with children ages 10 and up! Our Santa Cruz Lighthouse & Tide Pools Segway tour is specially designed for families to enjoy great ocean views while catching sights of mar barking sea lions sun bathing on Seal Rock and revel in dive-bombing pelicans and cormorants off Bird Rock on a glide out to Mitchell's Cove for hands-on tide pool explorations. The only thing better than this family Segway tour is sharing the joy of parents and grandparents as they watch their child or grandchild’s excitement as they experience the awesomeness of a Segway!""""This 1.5 hr Segway tour offers a wonderful adventure for ages 10 & up. Enjoy spotting a variety of ocean dwelling marine life such as little sea otters to large barking sea lions and surfers next to the historical Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Surf Museum on the way out to Mitchell's Cove tide pools. After your tour you are only moments away from enjoying the sandy beaches
From $69.00

Santa Cruz Wharf Tips (3)

Santa Cruz Wharf

The Pier at Santa Cruz has many touristy shops, bikini stores, and places to eat. There are several good fish restaurants with great views of the water although for myself, a crab sandwich at Stagnaro's is the best treat. At one time, local fisherman brought their catch to 21 fishmongers that sold here. Now, only two fishmarkets are left, and only Stagnaro's is an original from the earlier fishmonger days. My favorite activity is to buy a crab sandwich and visit the sea lions that hangout in the pylons and beams of the pier. There are two main viewing places. One near the very end of the pier, and another down a stairwell across the pier from Stagnaro's. It's fun to watch the huge animals come and lounge along the beams. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes, and then one has to pay on the way out. Parking on the pier can be difficult, but cruise slow and you'll find a spot.

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Jul 06, 2006

Santa Cruz Wharf

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 had a railroad track, a few warehouses and no shops or restaurants. Today the wharf has about 10 restaurants, numerous shops offering gifts and touristy stuff, and various educational stops. This area also has an abundance of sea lions and sea otters.

On our recent visit we enjoyed the views from the wharf, but little else. The views back toward the Boardwalk and to the Abbot Lighthouse are impressive, and the sea lions are always fun to watch, especially the young pup in the late spring. The bad part of this wharf is that most of it is a giant parking lot, bigger than your local Wal-Mart. Furthermore, the restaurants seem very touristy, and surprisingly lacking outdoor seating along the water like you might see at Morrow Bay.

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Ewingjr98
May 15, 2008

Santa Cruz Wharf

Like Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, this is a row of small shops and restaurants. It offers great views of the town and the bay. It's also a popular fishing spot.

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Oct 23, 2005
 
 
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Things to Do Near Santa Cruz Wharf

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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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University of California Santa Cruz

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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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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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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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Wilder Ranch State Park

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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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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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