Things To Do In Santa Cruz

Up to 44% Off a Beginners' Surfing Lesson

Multiple Locations

$99 $55

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Fully insured and permitted instructors guide novice surfers through the fundamentals during three-hour sessions with gear included

Up to 76% Off Yoga Classes

Downtown Santa Cruz

$100 $29

Wavelike spinal movements, rhythmic breathing, and sharp focus inspire relaxation and boost strength, flexibility, and endurance

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

31% Off Two-Day Sailing Course

Santa Cruz Harbor

$245 $170

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Two-day sailing course is the first segment of an 8 day ASA certification program to charter worldwide

50% Off Martial Arts

Westside

$60 $30

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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 70% Off Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing

Eastside

$169 $59

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

Up to 70% Off Dance Workout Classes

Central Santa Cruz

$130 $39

Rhythm & Motion classes combine inventive dance routines with engaging music to create an exhilarating, high-energy workout

Up to 63% Off Dance Classes

Multiple Locations

$72 $29

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Professional instructors lead dance classes and series in salsa, swing, ballroom, and tango for all skill levels

87% Off Weight-Loss Program

Twin Lakes

$760 $99

Comprehensive, doctor-led plan helps achieve weight loss through one-on-one coaching sessions and weekly body measurements

Up to 78% Off Yoga Classes

Eastside

$75 $19

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Physically invigorating and meditation-based yoga styles for students of varying skill levels

Up to 55% Off Salsa Dance Workshop

Portuguese Hall (CDPES Building)

$28 $14

Groups learn to dance salsa in a "wheel" of interchanging partners as a leader calls out different moves

Up to 82% Off Lawn-Bowling Club Membership

Santa Cruz

$74 $19

Members get three or six months of unlimited practice rolling unbalanced bowls toward a target ball with precision

51% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lesson

Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley

$45 $22

Lessons from a trained pro with a degree in equine science; facility with a large indoor arena, round pen, and 1-acre pasture

Up to 58% Off Zumba, Yoga, or Stretch Classes

Soquel

$55 $25

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Zumba master instructor helps guests shimmy into shape with Latin-inspired moves; yoga and stretching classes work body and soul

Up to 63% Off Pilates Classes

Aptos

$75 $29

Certified instructors in eco-friendly studio help students hone mind-body health through Pilates mat and Reformer classes

Up to 73% Off Membership and On-Ramp Classes at CrossFit Ready

Soquel

$170 $69

High-intensity functional exercises bolster strength and stamina; unlimited memberships are scaled to accommodate beginner fitness levels

54% Off Preschool Ballet Dance Classes

Scotts Valley

$65 $30

Imagination and technique are at the center of these ballet classes for preschoolers, which balance technique with the simple joys of dance

Up to 76% Off at Wings School of Dance

Scotts Valley

$105 $25

Positive, nurturing dance classes instill the basics of classic dance techniques and new styles

71%  Off at Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley

$100 $29

Practitioners of all skill levels and ages build flexibility and achieve peace of mind with easily modified Ananda yoga asanas

Half Off Boxing

Scotts Valley

$150 $75

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35% Off Whale-Watching Helicopter Tour in Monterey

Watsonville

$675 $438

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Professional pilots take passengers on 45-minute flights over Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for optimal whale watching

Up to 70% Off Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing

Watsonville

$169 $59

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

Half Off Tasting at Wargin Wines

Watsonville

$58 $29

Staffers pour tastings of petite sirah, late-harvest zinfandel & montepulciano-based blend while helping guests discern each wine's flavors

Up to 52% Off at Casserly Golf Course

Watsonville

$90 $45

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9-hole, par 3 course rolls over terrain of former cattle ranch

53% Off Intro Rock-Climbing Class

Multiple Locations

$105 $49

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Experienced outdoor guides teach climbing and belaying techniques at two picturesque state parks and provide all safety gear

Up to Half Off at Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

72% Off Personal Training

Los Gatos

$375 $105

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55% Off

Los Gatos

$40 $18

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

Up to 91% Off Boot-Camp Package

Multiple Locations

$221 $25

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Expert personal trainers lead boot-camp sessions in which pupils sprint, lunge, and pass medicine balls

Up to 58% Off Private Lessons from Chris Bryant Guitar School

Los Gatos

$45 $19

Musician bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, teaching students in whatever genre of music most interests them

Up to 82% Off Kickboxing or Martial Arts Classes

Los Gatos

$57 $10

Burn calories in high-energy cardio kickboxing classes or master the 5,000-year-old techniques of martial arts

Up to 76% Off Classes at CrossFit Los Gatos

Crossfit Los Gatos

$160 $39

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Coaches guide clients in strength and conditioning program that boosts muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility

61% Off Fitness Classes from StrollerPower!

Multiple Locations

$90 $35

Instructors lead groups of moms with stroller-age kids through energetic workouts at local parks and trails

92% Off Fat-Blast Program

Multiple Locations

$485 $39

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28-day program helps women jump-start their New Year’s resolutions with cardio-resistance core-training sessions and nutritional guidance

Up to 79% Off at Worlds Yoga

Studio

$150 $39

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Yoga classes improve strength and flexibility and restore peace to minds

50% Off Kids' Wilderness Skills Adventure Camp

Saratoga

$800 $399

Wilderness survival skills include lessons on building fires, collecting water, identifying plants, and constructing shelter

52% Off Wilderness Survival First Aid Clinic

Saratoga

$165 $79

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Hands-on course teaches essential first aid skills covering how to prevent and respond to medical emergencies in the back-country

Up to 58% Off Wine-Flight Tasting

West Santa Clara

$30 $15

Guests can sample the libations and take in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the vineyard's charming tasting room

48% Off Saratoga Wine Tasting at Santorini Wine & Beer Garden

Madronia Historic

$50 $26

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Appetizers complement sips of wine in charming outdoor garden soundtracked by acoustic guitarists

Up to 50% Off Kid's Summer Camp

Campbell

$198 $99

Kids spend the summer building balance & agility through sports & wellness activities with a focus on fun; can choose from many activities

Up to 73% Off Yoga Classes

Campbell

$99 $49.99

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Yogis suspend themselves from cloth fabric hammocks or take part in nearly 25 available weekly yoga sessions

Up to 51% Off Wine and Wine Tastings

Campbell

$50 $25

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House blends and vintages include California-style sangiovese, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon, which are often poured at Saturday tastings

Half Off Fencing Classes at Academy of Fencing Masters

Campbell

$60 $30

National champion fencers and coaches instill students with the technique, agility, strength, and discipline to be fencing masters

Up to 67% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$139 $49

Martial-arts instructors lead all ages and skill levels in classes that teach self-defense, grappling, dynamic kicks, and boxing

Up to 81% Off at The Right Stuff Health Club

Multiple Locations

$149 $29

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During a week or hour of one-on-one sessions, trainers help guests hone in on their fitness goals and get acclimated with the gym

50% Off Music Lessons

Campbell

$140 $70

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Up to 50% Off Regular and Child Classes at PRO Martial Arts

Campbell

$159 $79

Motivation martial arts classes instill students aged 3 and up with confidence, poise, self-respect, and self-defense skills

Up to 78% Off Complete Fitness Program at Fat 2 Fitness

Campbell

$109.99 $35

Stylized fitness program gets results with customized diet, workout plans, yoga and training from Fat 2 Fitness's expert instructors

Up to 75% Off at Extreme Fitness and Sports

Campbell

$150 $39

Expert trainers lead guests of all fitness levels through intense boot-camp classes

Up to 84% Off Martial Arts Classes

Morgan Hill

$100 $25

Instructors teach students of all levels traditional martial arts such as Jujutsu, Shinkendo, Aikido, or tactical street defense

Up to 57% Off Fitness Classes

Morgan Hill

$100 $55

Ballet- and Pilates-inspired fitness classes, along with yoga and Ballet Barre taught in a sunny 2,800-sq.-ft. studio

Anytime Fitness – Up to 83% Off Gym Passes

Multiple Locations

$100 $19.99

Day passes include use of all gym equipment and admission to daily Zumba, kickboxing, boot-camp, and other fitness classes

Up to 79% Off at Morgan Hill Crossfit

Morgan Hill

$100 $25

Instructors lead functional workouts that challenge the entire body and scale to exercisers of all stripes

Up to 71% Off Rentals at Jay's Cycles

Jay's Cycles

$30 $10

Bikers rove beachside paths atop lovingly maintained single and tandem cycles

Up to 42% Off from Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Dock B

$50 $29

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Trained naturalist leads trips that pass by killer whales, humpback whales, blue whales, and dolphins in their natural habitat

Up to 57% Off Horseback Riding

San Juan Bautista

$185 $89

Unlimited horseback riding includes casual rides as well as lessons in English, Western, and Gymkhana; profits go to rescue horses

Up to 43% Off Dinner and Variety Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

Up to 80% Off Boot-Camp Classes at 2B Fit

Cupertino

$150 $39

Certified trainer helps jump-start weight loss through a high-intensity blend of cardio, resistance training, and team training

Up to 48% Off Movie Package for Two

Cupertino

$36.50 $19

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Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn feeds movie fans during second-run flicks projected in theaters with DTS and Dolby surround sound

Up to 79% Off Pilates Classes

Pacific Grove

$120 $35

Pilates students fortify their cores and tweak techniques under close supervision, thanks to the studio's 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio

Up to 60% Off Dance Lessons at Pacific Grove Dance

Pacific Grove

$20 $10

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Expert dancing instructors lead students of all levels through small group lessons in rumba, foxtrot, or tango

Up to 51% Off Archery Lessons at Predator's Archery

Gilroy

$50 $25

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Students learn archery basics using provided equipment during 60-minute lessons, then practice their newfound skills on the indoor range

Up to 80% Off Standup at San Jose Improv

San Jose Improv

$96 $20

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Up-and-coming comics lure laughs in storied chain of comedy clubs that showcased such stars as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

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

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to 40% Off Kids' Clinic

24 Hour Fitness- San Jose

$110 $66

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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

Up to 70% Off Group Dance Lessons for One or Two

Santa Clara

$75 $25

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45-minute group lessons cover styles such as waltz, fox trot, swing, and salsa

Up to 70% Off Kids' Muay Thai Classes

South San Jose

$160 $49

Kids learn martial arts and muay thai during twice-a-week classes taught by an instructor with 20 years of experience

Up to 86% Off Martial-Arts Classes at Smash Gyms

San Jose

$125 $19

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Expert instructors lead a variety of classes that include jujitsu, kickboxing, kettlebell cardio, and mixed martial arts

Up to 56% Off at Heartbeat For Health

San Jose

$100 $49

Instructors motivate students to burn calories and build muscle with resistance band, cardio, and free-weight exercises

Up to 63% Off Boot-Camp Classes

San Jose

$97 $45

Class created by a former college-football player; combines HIIT and muscle confusion to maximize resistance and cardio training

Up to 50% Off Kids' Indoor Open Play Visits at The Duck Pond

South San Jose

$50 $25

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Children play and learn through crafts, music, and camaraderie at a nonprofit play center

45% Off Services

Fenton - McCollan

$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 71% Off Jiu-Jitsu Classes for Adults or Kids

Gloglo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

$155 $49

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Experienced instructors teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial art that focuses on balance and leverage for effective self-defense

Up to 56% Off Batting Cages at South Bay Sports Training

San Jose

$15 $7

Cages help build batting fundamentals; former professional and collegiate players help hone skills in 30-minute private lessons

Up to Half Off Pool at Cuetopia Billiard Cafe

Erikson

$42 $21

25 Brunswick pool tables host friendly games of pool with pitchers of frosty beer; day pass unlocks unlimited billiards for a month

77% Off Group Fitness Classes at ROQ Training

San Jose

$195 $45

Burn calories and build lean muscle in these boot-camp-style classes led by an experienced trainer

Up to 92% Off Boot Camp from Fit For Life Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$235.25 $22

Indoor boot-camp slim clients down using cardio, resistance training, and core work; health assessment and nutrition program enhance results

51% Off Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes

San Jose

$49 $24

Boot-camp classes combine resistance training, cardio workouts, plyometrics, and stretching and flexibility exercises

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The folks at Kayak Connection outfit visitors with sea kayaks and standup paddleboards before leading them on guided tours or sending them out to explore Santa Cruz Harbor and Elkhorn Slough on their own. Tours vary from romantic sunset paddles to trips designed for families and include one tailored to getting glimpses of local birds. Intermediate and advanced paddlers can head out onto open waters to paddle past the Golden Gate Bridge, Point Lobos State Marine Reserve, and Monterey Bay Crossing.


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413 Lake Ave, # 103
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Trudie Ransom knows just how addictive the sensation of standing above the waves can be. After just a few trips out on her board, she not only began training with the standup-paddleboarding master Andy Whitman from Angulo boards, but also opened up SUP Shack. From her experience shadowing Whitman, she decided the best way to introduce people to the sport was with Angulo’s soft, 10-foot boards, which serve as an easy surface to learn on while spending a day on the waves or taking one of the shop’s classes or tours. Classes never contain more than six students, allowing each student to have the one-on-one attention needed to master the art of balancing and maneuvering the board. Once pupils are sure of their strokes, the shop’s instructors lead guided tours that slip out across the rippling blue mirror and past the sights of the harbor or tackle the more advanced paths past sea-lion habitats. Late-evening tours pause as the sun sets over the ocean, filling the sky with color like somebody inciting peacocks to riot.

2214 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Gymnastics Learning Center's experienced instructors engage energized tots with an array of challenging athletic activities that aid children in motor- and social-skill development. KinderGym, JuniorGym, and parent-assisted MiniGym courses teach tots younger than age 6 the fundamentals of muscular movement and how to finally earn their cat's respect. Sixty-minute beginning gymnastics or trampoline classes imbue older pupils with stretching and bouncing basics, and 90-minute intermediate gymnastics or trampoline courses explore more advanced balancing and bounding techniques. Small class sizes ensure that enthusiastic staff can safely escort whippersnappers as they navigate beams, spring from vaults, dangle from rings, or employ the silent treatment on disobedient pommel horses. Customers should check Gymnastics Learning Center's schedule to determine the most appropriate class time and fit.

2608 Chanticleer Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Studio 831's graffiti-clad interior greets guests with an impressive line-up of functional fitness equipment that includes climbing ropes, medicine balls, barbells, and weight machines. The studio's trainers eagerly customize their instructions during the studio's three offered classes. During CrossFit Workouts of the Day, they'll combine Olympic weightlifting with gymnastics and cardio to build routines whose movements are relevant to daily living, and run through staggered stretches, plyometrics, and strength work during X-Train circuit-style programs. For an aerobic workout and a way to condition muscles with low impact, they lead aerobics routines on trampolines in fun and effective Urban Rebound courses. During one-on-one sessions, they'll design entire fitness plans to help clients achieve their goals of looking slimmer or beating incumbent state politicians in gubernatorial body building contests.

1010 Fair Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Jump on a treadmill, tune out, go home. Repeat. This is exactly the type of workout rut the founders of Crossfit West were hoping to break free of when they opened this results-focused gym. Here, intensity is the key to a successful workout, and the encouraging trainers motivate guests to push past their personal limits each day, whether that means lifting five pounds or carrying five tired classmates to the water fountain. Using a workout system originally developed for military training drills, the trainers lead ever-changing routines that are scalable to any fitness level and can include tasks such as burpees, push-ups, squats, and sled pulls. Best of all, the gym offers more than 25 classes per week so members can drop by for a plateau-blasting workout whenever their schedule allows.

350 Coral St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

In 1975, Ken Burnap established Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard with one goal in mind: to produce one of the best pinot noirs in California. Four years later he hired his protégé, Jeff Emery, who now runs the vineyard and ensures that it continues to produce award-winning pinots along with complex cabernet sauvignons petite sirahs. The staff makes the rounds of seven vineyards, where it cultivates traditional Californian grapes as well as varieties that originated in Spain and Portugal for its Quinta Cruz label.

334 Ingalls St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

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