Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
One of the only seaside amusement parks on the entire U.S. West Coast, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features thrill rides, a video arcade, indoor miniature golf, laser tag, games of chance, and plenty of food vendors.
Natural Bridges State Beach
This incredibly scenic destination provides visitors with innumerable outdoor recreational opportunities, everything from swimming to surfing to hiking. Each fall, thousands of monarch butterflies can be spotted.
There is nothing quite like the Mystery Spot. Since 1941, this very tiny site, which is just 150 feet in diameter, has been mesmerizing tourists with illusions like water flowing upwards and people standing at tilted angles.
Santa Cruz Wharf
Built in 1914, the Santa Cruz Wharf is very long and very versatile. Along with dining and shopping for souvenirs, visitors can watch entertaining sea lions play in the ocean below as well as take a boat tour and go fishing.
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Covering more than 4,600 acres, this serene state park is home to old-growth redwoods and excellent hiking. Trails lead to beautiful beaches and wondrous views of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.