Sightseeing in Prunedale

Up to 68% Off Tasting at Leal Vineyards

Hollister

$30 $11

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Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

Chris’ Whale Watching Tours – Up to 29% Off

Monterey

$35 $24.99

During warmer months, Monterey Bay fills with several species of whale, along with dolphins, porpoises, and other wild creatures

Up to 64% Off a Historical Tour of Monterey 

InterContinental The Clement Monterey Main Lobby

$48 $19

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A historian leads groups on a 2.5-hour walking tour, detailing the people and jobs that made Monterey Bay a fishing and cultural polestar

45% Off Wildlife Watching

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Britannia Arms

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

San Pedro Street Market

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; participants gulp drink specials at after party

Up to 52% Off Computer History Museum Visit

Mountain View

$30 $15

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History museum showcases the evolution of computing from ancient artifacts to contemporary mobile devices with interactive exhibits

40% Off Pacific Coast Power-Glider Flight

Palo Alto

$200 $120

Take in breathtaking aerial views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Monterey Bay, and the coast from a whisper-quiet glider

Marine Science Institute – 53% Off

Redwood City

$40 $19

Explore the San Francisco Bay on Saturday, April 19; guests can touch a shark, see plankton, and learn how to care for the environment

Up to Half Off Flight Tour or Lesson

San Carlos

$400 $199

FAA-certified pilots fly passengers over the scenic Bay Area or turn over the controls to students for flight instruction

Up to 52% Off at the Biggest Little Airshow

San Carlos

$28 $14

Stunt pilot Carl Liepold and his full-sized Yak-55 join realistic jet- and propeller-powered model planes, helicopters, and rockets

50% Off Farm Day or Kids’ Party at Lemos Farm

Half Moon Bay

$40 $21

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Pony rides and petting-zoo visits entertain families, and youngsters celebrate milestones with farm-themed shindigs

Up to 57% Off Pony Rides or Petting Zoo Party

Half Moon Bay

$70 $35

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Students can learn to ride ponies; or, bring a pony or barnyard animals to a party with the mobile petting zoo

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With permanent exhibitions including an observation beehive, snake display, and touch pool full of wiggly aquatic life, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History appeals to both individuals and families looking to learn more about the naturally occurring world around them. The museum's current exhibition, Bones: An Inside Look at Nature, explores adaptation and biodiversity by looking at the skeletons of different animals, a bone-crown topped with the skelegem of a never before seen whale fossil, whose age is counted in the millions.

1305 E Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

The Museum of Art and History's magical meld of contemporary art and Santa Cruz County history came into being in 1996, when the art museum and the Santa Cruz Historical Society were fused. An individual membership gets you free admission to the museum's diverse collection, invitations to members-only exhibition previews, a discount to the museum's public programs, and, among other benefits, resistance to the wail of the banshee. Revisit the days of writing on paper and typing with one finger at the Don’t Forget to Write: Correspondence in the Pre-Electronic Age exhibit, which compares 1918 wartime letters with 2010 Facebook posts and showcases out-of-date communication methods, such as typewriters, fountain pens, and styrofoam cups connected by floss. Machines of Memory: Sculpture and Works on Paper by Joseph Zirker, an exhibit about the Bay Area printmaker's innovative work and methods, displays three- and two- dimensional compositions aglow with biomorphic shapes and symbols.

705 Front St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

The Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory has long been at the forefront of marine research. Opened in 1978, the UCSC-affiliated center is set on a bluff overlooking the rich natural laboratory of Monterey Bay, called the “Serengeti of the Sea” for its diversity of marine life. Complementing the laboratory's mission to advance knowledge of the marine environment, the 20,000-square-foot Seymour Marine Discovery Center opened in 2000 to educate the public about the bay and the process of scientific research. Carefully designed to resemble a lab rather than a traditional museum, the center's hands-on exhibits delve into specific research projects while colorfully answering such questions as "what is science?" and "why is science important?" Aquariums and touch tanks facilitate up-close encounters with marine life, and an 87-foot blue whale skeleton—one of the largest in the world—soars majestically outside.

100 Shaffer Rd
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

The Los Gatos Weekly-Times profiled the Museum of Los Gatos and its new Duchamp exhibit and community outreach efforts. Culturevulture.net and VIA magazine featured the museum as part of profiles on Los Gatos. The Los Gatos Observer reviewed a number of exhibits at the Museum of Los Gatos.

4 Tait Ave
Los Gatos,
CA
US

The Willow Glen Resident featured Silica Valley Glass Studio. Three Yelpers give it a five-star average.

99 N Almaden Blvd
San Jose,
CA
US

Recently in the news for auctioning off a Steve Martin–created piece, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art has delighted art lovers for 30 years with its massive array of intriguing modern-day masterpieces. A friend-level membership is good for unlimited free admission for two people into the gallery and its exhibits. The most recent exhibit, Tony May: Old Technology, showcases the San Jose artist's whimsical multimedia creations, including his T. Tree House—a surreal cross between a backyard tree house, studio, gigantic lantern, and Japanese teahouse, complete with a stuttering robot that generates the day's secret word. You'll also get two admissions to the annual Fall Art Auction, discounts at San Jose restaurants, and admission to the talking art discussion series, which will answer questions such as "Is this stain on my shirt art?" Migrant aesthetes will also enjoy free admission to more than 450 museums throughout the country.

560 S 1st St
San Jose,
CA
US