Things To Do
Santa Cruz County is a cultural and entertainment haven. Whether you're on a romantic getaway, family excursion, outdoor adventure or restful retreat, we have it all here in Santa Cruz County - the perfect vacationer's paradise. Below we have compiled our favorite places to see and things to do. If you need help planning your day, be sure to consult one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members. You'll be pleased you did. We have also bookmarked our favorite places on our Internet kiosks. Simply surf online at no charge and print the information you desire. There's so much to experience that you may not want to leave!
Downtown Santa Cruz
Want a special shopping or dining experience? Bustling Downtown Santa Cruz is known for an eclectic array of shops, cafés and entertainment.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Experience this historic, admission-free family destination along the beach.
Santa Cruz Wharf
Take a scenic walk or drive on the longest wharf on the West Coast, and the longest structure reaching into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Enjoy the mix of surfers, tourists, joggers and bicyclists at one of California’s last urban open headlands.
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
Witness the display of sailboats, commercial vessels and kayaks slip in and out of this colorful harbor.
Challenge your skills at many fine local golf courses, including Pasatiempo, named by Golf Digest as one of the top 3 courses in California along with nearby Pebble Beach and Spyglass.
Bask in the sun, stroll along the sand and absorb the beauty of the Monterey Bay. The panoramic coastline of Santa Cruz County is dotted with pristine beaches offering peace and solitude.
Walking, Hiking & Mounting Biking
Delight in the great outdoors, from challenging hikes and mountain bike excursions to leisurely walks on trails and paved pathways. On short loop trails at Henry Cowell and Big Basin, you can behold the majestic redwood tree, the world’s tallest living species.
Wineries & Wine Festivals
Sample some of California’s finest and be sure not to miss the annual Vintners’ Festival and other festivals that showcase local vintages. Several wineries have daily public tasting.
Witness the migrations of Monarch butterflies, elephant seals, whales, birds and much more. The local area offers sanctuary to many species of wildlife in search of rest and nourishment.
Journey on a historic steam train, stroll through a mystical forest, go back in time at Santa Cruz Mission and Wilders Ranch, enjoy the thrill of NASCAR and much more.
Stroll through the oldest seaside resort area in California with many fine ocean view restaurants. Home of the annual Begonia Festival, Capitola Art & Wine Festival & the Wharf to Wharf Race.