Things To Do In Santa Cruz


Five Yoga Classes, Month of Unlimited Yoga, or Month of CrossFit and Yoga at Seabright CrossFit (Up to 75% Off)

Seabright CrossFit

Seabright CrossFit

CrossFit builds strength through scalable exercises based on functional movements; yoga classes boost flexibility and peace of mind

$75 $19

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$53 for Seascape Segway Tour from Segway Santa Cruz Tours ($89 Value)

Segway Santa Cruz Tours

Segway Santa Cruz

Segway tours glide along beautiful ocean seascapes past the historical surfing museum and lighthouse and back to the wharf

$89 $53

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$129 for a PADI Open-Water Scuba-Certification from Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel ($424 Value)

Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel

Twin Lakes

After hours of practice in pool and in Monterey Bay’s open waters, receive PADI open-water certification and celebrate with barbecue party

$424 $129

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One-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or a 90-Minute Standup-Paddleboard Lesson at SUP Shack (Up to 53% Off)

SUP Shack

Santa Cruz Harbor

Instructors lead students through basic core-strengthening maneuvers and rent out fast, versatile boards

$20 $10

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$15 for $30 Worth of Leisure-Park Visits — Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club

Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club

Santa Cruz

Free lessons with a coach and a three-month membership with all equipment provided

$30 $15

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One- or Three-Month Unlimited Membership with Personal-Training and Fitness Assessment at Curves (Up to 58% Off)

Curves

Live Oak

Women’s gym focuses on supportive environment and health; unlimited membership includes gym access and person-training, fitness assessment

$59 $29

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One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz (53% Off)

CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Learn foundational CrossFit weightlifting, gymnastics, and sprinting skills in a positive and encouraging environment with a certified coach

$125 $59

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Glass-Blowing Demonstration with Professional Glass Artist

Hands-On Glassblowing Demo

Eastside

During an interactive demo, veteran glass blower David Salazar introduces guests to his art form before sending them home with a memento

$35

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Punch Card for Five All-Day SUP Rentals or $30 for $60 Worth of Surf Gear at Covewater Paddle Surf

Covewater Paddle Surf

Santa Cruz

Choose from a wide selection of sturdy standup paddleboards to take to a beach of your choice on any car; SUP gear, sandals, and sunglasses

$175 $105

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Single or Double Kayak or Standup-Paddleboard Rental at Kayak Connection (Up to 37% Off)

Kayak Connection

Santa Cruz

Standup paddleboards and single and double kayaks let renters explore waterways

$35 $22

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$30 for $60 Worth of Martial Arts at To The Point Martial Arts

Ultimate Pure Self Defense

Westside

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

$60 $30

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$55 for $100 Worth of Wildlife Watching at Shark Camp

Shark Camp

Multiple Locations

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

$100 $55

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10 or 20 Classes at TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz (Up to 76% Off)

TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz

Downtown Santa Cruz

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

$100 $29

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Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 74% Off). Three Options Available.

Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Eastside

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

$169 $50

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Five Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga at Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio (Up to 70% Off)

Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio

Midtown

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

$75 $25

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One-Month Salsa Workshop for One or Two at Bailamos Salsa Rueda (Up to 55% Off)

Bailamos Salsa Rueda

Bailamos Salsa Rueda

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

$28 $14

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One Month of Unlimited Adult or Kids' Martial-Arts Lessons at Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 74% Off)

Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Santa Cruz

Adults or kids learn practical self-defense skills while building strength, endurance, and discipline in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes

$135 $35

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Four-Week Dance Series, or Six Drop-In Classes for One or Two at The Palomar Ballroom (Up to 67% Off)

The Palomar Ballroom

Palomar Ballroom

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

$52 $17

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Beginner Knitting or Crochet Class for One or Two with Optional Starter Kit at The Golden Fleece (Up to 65% Off)

The Golden Fleece

The Golden Fleece

Beginner classes give students solid foundation in each craft; starter kit includes yarn with needles or crochet hook

$45 $17

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Select Local Merchants

At 2,600 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one might expect to find sprawling views of the ocean and surrounding forest and not flourishing vineyards. Yet there are more than 70 wineries dappling the hills at various altitudes, privy to the dewy, cooling breezes of the sea and the richness of the rocky soil. The San Francisco Chronicle speaks to their scattered presence, deeming them "less a cohesive wine region than a patchwork of vineyards." Still, this characteristic isolation has resulted in "a perfect laboratory for winemaking not held hostage to fashion"—no one style dominates in this rustic setting. Pinot noirs and chardonnays populate the western front, and the east yields cabernets, merlots, and zinfandels. The majority of the vineyards are small and family owned—a fact reflected in their meticulously bottled libations and the matching sweaters of their holiday photos—but though they exist in chosen hermitage, many of them welcome visitors to their scenic sites. They host weddings, festivals, and open events such as Pathway to Pinot Paradise, a self-guided tour of the pinot noir hotspots.
Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz,
CA
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Venture Quest Kayaking's owner and head guide Dave Johnston leads paddling excursions across Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, from the shimmering interiors of seaside caves to the open water where whales and other wildlife frequent. He sets the standard for a team of experienced paddlers that lead the company's many tours. These nature tours, moonlight paddles, and trips to other ports send paddlers through waves and estuaries as guides encourage participants to hone their paddling technique and give the right-of-way to any ghost ships. Kayaking camps and classes teach skills such as riding into curling waves and safe ways to launch or do self-rescue in the surf. Their shop on the Wharf also outfits customers with a variety of rentals, including open- or closed-top single and double ocean kayaks.
2 Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz,
CA
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After 16 years spent with Kona Coffee, MJA Owner Marin Artukovich took up residence in Napa Valley, where he renovated an idyllic estate on the side of Howell Mountain before opening the MJA Tasting Room in March of 2010. With the help of local winemaker Mikael Wargin, Marin’s vineyard produces cabernets, sauvignon blancs, and pinot noirs reflecting the terroir of Napa Valley and the Santa Cruz mountains, with bottles for sale through its very own Serene and DaVine cellars. Cups of house-roasted Hawaiian Kona Coffee cap off each tasting, warming hands and souls inside MJA’s gorgeous brick-walled estate or on a heated patio overlooking the Santa Cruz mountains.
328 Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz,
CA
US
At Vino Prima, the wine pours freely. Surrounded by 360-degree views of the Santa Cruz wharf and sparkling lights of the boardwalk, patrons soak in the views as they sip their choice of wine by the flight or glass, with a rotating selection of 30 wines pouring daily. Enclosed in their protective casings, more than 150 boutique wines are also available by the bottle, which can later be filled with a miniature version of your favorite 14th-century shipwreck. On some weekends, belly dancing and live-music sessions create a lively atmosphere to complement the always-flowing libations.
55 Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz,
CA
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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.
413 Lake Ave, # 103
Santa Cruz,
CA
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Whenever she strolled down a sandy beach or marveled at the redwoods of a lush forest, LeTa Jussila would be reminded that Santa Cruz was the most beautiful place in the world. It seemed a shame to her that most people spent so much of their days inside houses and offices rather than taking advantage of the diverse landscapes of their surroundings. Inspired, she spearheaded the foundation of Optimal Health and Fitness—a multidimensional outdoor-fitness program. Today, LeTa and her staff of trainers conduct energetic weight-loss classes at local beaches, forests, and mountain trails. They use the tools of their surroundings as exercise equipment, such as running up park stairs for a cardio workout. Encouraging well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, the instructors also conduct seminars on holistic topics such as stress management and meditation. Nutrition specialists, meanwhile, provide students with balanced meal plans and supervise detoxifying cleanses. The staff also offers various treatments popularized in the East, including traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments and rejuvenating qi gong stretching classes.
615 Washington Street
Santa Cruz,
CA
US
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