Things To Do In Watsonville

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

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

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

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

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

Up to 44% Off a Beginners' Surfing Lesson

Multiple Locations

$99 $55

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

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

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

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 46% Off Lessons at Santa Cruz Golf Academy

Santa Cruz

$80 $45

Former collegiate and Canadian PGA Tour golfer Bob Swinnerton pro offers advice in a private indoor studio with swing-analysis technology

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

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

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 67% Off Boot Camp from Kaizen Fitness 101

Multiple Locations

$89 $29

Outdoor boot camps forge stronger limbs and slimmer waists through high-intensity workouts that employ muscle confusion & variable exercises

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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Up to 57% Off Wine and Olive-Oil Tasting

Hollister

$70 $35

Tours explore winery, olive-oil-making room, and historic home, concluding with sampling of wines; gift certificate for wine and olive oil

Up to 89% Off Paintball

Multiple Locations

$160 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

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

Up to 44% Off from Skydive Hollister

Hollister

$169 $99

Instructors help students steer and deploy parachutes in free falls from 8,000 feet over San Francisco and Monterey Bay

Up to Half Off Freshly Grown Lemons

Multiple Locations

$18 $12

Certified naturally grown lemons from a family-operated ranch

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

50% Off Wine Tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards

New Monterey

$30 $15

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Wine tastings held in a cozy bungalow near the coast of Monterey Bay; Portuguese and Spanish varietals

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 53% Off Wine Tasting at Carmel Ridge Winery

New Monterey

$20 $10

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Guests sample wines made from grapes grown with a minimum of human intervention and fermented in small lots of French oak barrels

Up to 52% Off Comedy and Appetizers at Planet Gemini

Casanova Oak Knoll

$30.95 $14.98

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Duos or foursomes enjoy the comedic stylings of standup acts while munching on bar-style appetizers inside a warm, intimate club

Up to 72% Off Gym Membership with Personal Training

Monterey

$104 $29

One-on-one session with a certified trainer inspires guests to get fit or lose weight with gym memberships

Up to 56% Off Private and Group Tennis Lessons

Monterey

$75 $35

Pasadera Country Club's associate head tennis pro works to improve players' games, beginning with stroke development and tactical strategy

Up to 42% Off at Osio Cinemas

Old Monterey Business District

$36.50 $21

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Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

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

Up to 89% Off at Monterey Dance Studio

Monterey Vista

$40 $19

Instructors teach a variety of dance styles to students of all ability levels in group or private settings

55% Off

Monterey

$42 $19

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

45% Off

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$210 $116

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

Up to 79% Off Barre or Pilates Reformer Classes

Downtown Carmel

$160 $59

Instructors help exercisers build flexibility in limb-lengthening barre classes, or build core muscle in Pilates reformer classes

Up to 53% Off Billiards, Appetizers, and Drinks

Downtown Monterey

$27.50 $13

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Pool hall encourages friendly competition atop solid cherry tables from Rebco, each one with leather pockets and a soft wool surface

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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Pristine fairways gently rise and fall across 6,664 yards of undulating terrain at Pajaro Valley Golf Club's 18-hole course. Located a mere Goliath's drive from the Pacific Ocean, golfers can smell the crisp sea air and hear the hushed whispers of heist-planning pelicans throughout the picturesque par 72, once the verdant kingdom of 1930s golf legend Olin Dutra. The club’s E-Z-Go golf carts ferry about the arsenal of woods and irons needed to triumph over the transition from shorter par 3s and 4s to the lengthy fairways at the 1st, 4th, 15th, and 17th holes, all par 5.

After looping the horticultural haven, golfers can retreat to the club's full-service restaurant, where frothy beers and hamburgers refuel weary bodies and famished 9-irons. Spiky-shoed journeymen can place their order ahead of time at the 9th or 18th tees, ensuring their meal will be ready for them at the turn or shortly after the round.

967 Salinas Rd
Royal Oaks,
CA
US

Helping guests feel comfortable is Body Zone Health & Fitness Club's main concern. The center has a variety of checks in place to make sure that new customers are given the guidance they need to get the most out of the gym. To help them, personal trainers are paired with newcomers during their first month of membership, working together to figure out what each guest's body needs. Once oriented, guests can work out on their own or in a group, choosing from a lengthy list of group fitness classes that range from total body conditioning, salsa, fit after 50, and stress-reduction yoga classes. To make sure that current members are also taken care of, Body Zone offers a variety of amenities such as childcare, massage, and nutrition.

1810 Main St
Watsonville,
CA
US

Tucked into the tranquil foothills of Mount Madonna, BellaMar Training Stables and Riding School educates students of all abilities either inside one of two arenas or on the airy stretches of the facility's many trails. Head instructors Elizabeth and Edie guide riders through every level of equitation—Edie assists entry-level riders with their hunter/jumper proficiency and Elizabeth instructs more advanced students on the styles of dressage and eventing.

New riders begin with private lessons, during which they learn such skills as correct position, grooming, and cleaning tack. Private lessons also maintain an overarching focus on good sportsmanship, emphasizing both respect as well as the importance of never spiking a helmet after a flawless trot. As riders improve, they can then move on to semiprivate or group lessons.

295 Webb Road
Watsonville,
CA
US

Elkhorn Yacht Club Youth Sailing Foundation has educated fleets of aquatic explorers in the nuances of sailing along the picturesque Monterey Bay for more than half a century. During three-hour introductory lessons, certified instructors lead students through the fundamentals of wind-powered boating, covering everything from safety procedures to tying knots around the ankles of pirates. After a series of land drills, students and their sailing sensei embark upon the calm waters of the harbor to test learned skills, including trimming the jib, reading the weather's Twitter feed, and confidently handling their simply rigged Lido 14 skiffs.

2370 Highway 1
Moss Landing,
CA
US

Managing 27 grocery stores and more than 2,500 employees is a stressful task. Nob Hill Foods owner Michael Bonfante learned that the best way for him to manage that stress was to retreat to a shady, secluded spot surrounded by majestic trees. These occasional escapes into nature inspired Bonfante to found a park dedicated to teaching visitors of all ages—but especially children—how to appreciate horticulture, wildlife, and trees in particular. Along with his wife, Claudia, Bonfante eventually sold his grocery stores and committed all of his efforts to educating the public and spreading his love for nature.

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park receives virtually all of the Bonfantes' attention now, and it attracts visitors with combination of educational exhibits, carnival games, and amusement-park rides. The map features more than 40 possible destinations where guests can learn something new about local horticulture, enjoy an adrenaline-pumping joy ride, or simply enjoy the scenery. With family-friendly attractions available for all ages, the park includes everything from carousels to paddleboats to a mine-cart roller coaster that takes passengers through a thrilling series of dips and speedy turns. An interactive water attraction called Water Oasis and the Octonauts live show were just added to the roster in 2014.

Even while visitors are standing in line or buckled into a ride, they are still surrounded by nature at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. Five waterfalls—representing the five major styles of waterfalls that occur in nature—gush with torrents of water. The grounds also feature 19 of Axel Erlandson's famous Circus Trees, which he created by grafting saplings so that they grew to form shapes such as hearts, lightning bolts, and basket weaves. In addition to touting the importance of animals such as monarch butterflies and honeybees, the park features six distinctive gardens brimming with informative displays and everything from conifers to tropical and subtropical flowers.

3050 Hecker Pass Rd
Gilroy,
CA
US

Johnny 6 offers full-service training for aspiring equestrians, its barn stocked to the rafters with expert instructors. Your horseback riding experience will include closely guided instruction and four 30-minute private, one-on-one lessons with a trained horse. Learn the ropes of horseback riding as you gallop on your way to becoming sensei of the saddle. All riders should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes during their lessons—for safety and so they don’t embarrass the horse's oddly specific fashion sense. Whether you're an advanced rider looking to get back on your high horse or a total neophyte who believes horses are no more real than Sasquatch or Richard Nixon, Johnny 6 will help you reach your quest for horse-riding success. Once the riding lesson is complete, your experience may include (if eligible) grooming, tacking, and putting the horse away in the stable. Classes are offered throughout the day, from the morning to the early evening, seven days a week.

9655 New Ave
Gilroy,
CA
US

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