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  • 1

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    4
    118 reviews

    Excellent place for the family! Roller Coaster and other types of rides, merry-go-round, huge game arcade, places to eat, and of course, a large sandy beach.

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  • 2

    Natural Bridges State Beach

    2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    4.5
    55 reviews

    West of the manic pier and ocean boardwalk, this is one of Santa Cruz's most family-friendly beaches. I could sit for hours just staring at the waves crashing on the collapsed sea arches. Best way to get here, if you're on foot or a bicycle, is along scenic West Cliff Drive, passing the lighthouse and Steamers surf breaks along the ...

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  • 3

    Steamer Lane

    Santa Cruz, California, United States
    5
    36 reviews

    This legendary break is home to many annual surf contests, kayaking events, paddle surf events. Whether you enjoy watching from West Cliff Drive or actually get wet, this is not to be missed on your trip to Santa Cruz.

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  • 4

    Mystery Spot

    465 Mystery Spot Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-9658
    4
    41 reviews

    This is a very cute place! The guided tour is entertaining. It's good for kids, but you might feel dizzy afterwards.

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  • 5

    Pacific Coast Hwy

    Pacific Coast Hwy
    4.5
    30 reviews

    My favorite area is a beautiful stretch of highway 1 along the coast that connects Monterey to Morro Bay. This is not the route to take if you are in a hurry (that's what Highway 101 is for). However if you have the time, and are interested in postcard views of the California coast, then gas up, grab your camera ...

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  • 6

    Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf

    21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    4.5
    23 reviews

    Great place to take your date or go for a walk. This Wharf is built for tourists obviously, so parking as well as the restaurants are fairly expensive. If you want you can also fish off the pier and word has it that you can make quite a catch.

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  • 7

    Santa cruz surfing Museum

    701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
    4.5
    21 reviews

    Don't waste your time coming here just for that, but if you are in the area you can hop in for a few minutes (it's only one small room). It's free, but it's not open all the time. Other than that, the museum is located in a great spot to watch the surfers under the cliff. it's also close to ...

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  • 8

    University of California - Santa Cruz

    1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA
    4.5
    19 reviews

    Set in a beautiful redwood forest there are deer and even mountain lions running around campus. There are million dollar views of the coast, and plenty of places to sit and take in the scenery. The mascot is the bannana slug which is representative of the rejection of prestige and exclusive nature of many top univeristies. There are literally some ...

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  • 9

    Cowell Beach

    30 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    4.5
    19 reviews

    One of the best beaches for learning to surf in Nor Cal. The waves are really clean and long. There is a bigger break outside for surfers who know what they are doing (can be a bit territorial), but inside are kids and beginners. Beach here is nice too.

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  • 10

    Seabright State Beach

    Twin Lakes State Beach, East Cliff Dr at Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, California
    4.5
    15 reviews

    YES, exactly what walter p said.. Though my recollection is kind of hazy of that entire weekend with the crew i'm pretty sure I had a great time. Nothing like a roaring bonfire, bbq food, good weather, and most importantly my friends keeping me fed and drunk. BTW don't ask me how I know this but you can show up ...

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  • 11

    West Cliff Drive

    West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
    5
    13 reviews

    5 minute walk to West Cliff Drive from the house!!!

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  • 12

    The Giant Dipper

    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    4.5
    13 reviews

    I'm not much of a rollercoaster fan, but the Giant Dipper is pretty darn fun. It's a bit smaller than most, which makes it less frightening for those not fond of heights.

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  • 13

    Santa Cruz Harbor

    535 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    5
    11 reviews

    You can rent boats for sailing/cruising day trips or sunset cruises. Fishing vessels too. Restaurants are good. Paddle boarding in the harbor as well.

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  • 14

    Seymour Marine Discovery Center

    100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
    4.5
    11 reviews

    A wonderful way to spend 1-2 hours with friends, kids and family. Visit the whale skeletons, bluffs, and marine science center that is located on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. Whether the center is open or closed, its a trip worth taking to explore to the area.

    Popular withFamiliesHistoryStudents
  • 15

    Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

    35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    4.5
    11 reviews

    CHECK IT OUT!

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  • 16

    Lighthouse Point Park

    Santa Cruz, California, United States
    4.5
    11 reviews

    The location has lovely views of the ocean. Can park and look out your window or better yet go for a walk. Good people watching too. There is a surfing museum here as well.

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  • 17

    Main Beach

    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    4
    14 reviews

    Fun beach! One of the only true "beach-scene" beaches in all of Central/Northern California!

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  • 18

    Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

    135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4701
    4.5
    10 reviews

    sunsets sailboats and a gorgeous lighthouse

    Popular withFamiliesGreenBudget
  • 19

    Monarch Butterfly Trail

    2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California
    4.5
    8 reviews

    The Monarchs are Beautiful! 100,000. thosand from late fall into Winter.

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  • 20

    O'Neill Surf Shop

    400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    4.5
    7 reviews

    For your surfing needs

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