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    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Ranked #1 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    4
    111 reviews

    3 stars because after not having been since circa 1989 it was closed for a private party but the nostalgia was 5 stars for sure :)

    Popular withFamiliesLocalAdventure
  • 2

    Natural Bridges State Beach

    2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    Ranked #2 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    4.5
    49 reviews

    This beach is a long walk or drive on West Cliff Drive. Very quite on most days and very beautiful.

    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorAdventure
  • 3

    Pacific Coast Hwy

    Pacific Coast Hwy
    Ranked #3 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    4.5
    30 reviews

    Awe inspiring California at it's finest. If this stretch of highway doesn't take you're breath away, you have no pulse. Absolutely spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, precipitous cliffs, thundering...

    Popular withLocalOutdoorHistory
  • 4

    Steamer Lane

    Santa Cruz, California, United States
    Ranked #4 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    5
    31 reviews

    Excellent World Renown surfing spot for very good surfers. Also surfing for the less skilled in available at Indicators or Cowell's Beach. Surfing rentals are available just below the rental...

    Popular withOutdoorAdventureFamilies
  • 5

    Mystery Spot

    465 Mystery Spot Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-9658
    Ranked #5 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    4
    37 reviews

    This is a curiosity-type attraction. Check it out if you are looking for something really different to do.

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  • 6

    University of California - Santa Cruz

    1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA
    Ranked #6 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    4.5
    17 reviews

    An absolutely magical campus! If you are planning higher education, this is a must see. Just a drive on West Cliff Drive, turn right on Bay Street and follow Bay...

    Popular withStudentsFamiliesLocal
  • 7

    Cowell Beach

    30 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    Ranked #7 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    4.5
    18 reviews

    Great beach to hang out, play in the sand, surf, and just relax. Every so often you may find Bill from Santa Cruz Sands down on the beach making sand...

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  • 8

    Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf

    21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Ranked #8 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    4.5
    19 reviews

    This 1/2 mile long wharf has restaurants, fish markets, ice-cream, candy, kayak rentals, boat rentals, bait shop, gift shops....the seals and sea lions hang out underneath and can be easily...

    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorLocal
  • 9

    Santa cruz surfing Museum

    701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
    Ranked #9 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    4.5
    18 reviews

    Surfing was first introduced to Santa Cruz by the Hawaiian Princes. Lots of surf facts and memorabilia at the museum. Right outside is where a lot of surfers hang out...

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  • 10

    Seabright State Beach

    Twin Lakes State Beach, East Cliff Dr at Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, California
    Ranked #10 overall in Santa Cruz things to do
    4.5
    15 reviews

    Broad sandy beach with a lighthouse and lots of wildlife. We saw tons of sea lions swimming 15 yards from the shore.

    Popular withBudgetFamiliesOutdoor
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