Activities in Santa Cruz


$208 for an Open-Water PADI Certification Course with Scuba-Equipment Rental ($510 Value)

Adventure Sports Unlimited

Adventure Sports Unlimited

Earn PADI open-water certification after instruction in a heated pool and four ocean dives across Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

$510 $208

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$45 for Lighthouse and Tide Pools Segway Tour from Segway Santa Cruz Tours ($69 Value)

Segway Santa Cruz Tours

Segway Santa Cruz

Segway tours glide along beautiful ocean seascapes past the lighthouse and Mitchell’s Cove tide pools

$69 $45

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Three-Hour Painting Class for One or Two at Local Bar or Restaurant from Art Social (Up to 47% Off)

Art Social

Multiple Locations

Local artists unleash students’ creative sides during three-hour painting classes held in various local wine bars and restaurants

$45 $25

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$55 for an Introductory 3-Hour Surf Lesson at Adventure Out ($99 Value)

Adventure Out

Multiple Locations

Students learn from trainers that have up to ten years of surfing experience during 3-hour surfing lesson with all gear included

$99 $55

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Three- or Six-Month Lawn-Bowling Club Membership for Two or Four with Pizza at Santa Cruz Bowls Club (Up to 82% Off)

Santa Cruz Bowls Club

Santa Cruz

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

$74 $19

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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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  • Santa Cruz Dance
    Students at Motion Pacific learn innovative dance techniques by artfully moving limbs in classes ranging from tap dance to Afro Caribbean contemporary, as well as watching professionals glide onstage during Santa Cruz Dance's fall season. In a new facility, which combines 1,200- and 1,400-square-foot studios with sprung ash floors, Motion Pacific students learn how to shuffle-ball-change and pirouette from American Ballet Theatre–certified teachers and world-class hokey-pokey medalists. Motion Pacific’s Flex Dance Company class brings in company dancers to lead students, and its Pilates class provides an opportunity to strengthen and condition dancing limbs. Students can observe the graceful moves of Santa Cruz Dance pros in acts to be announced mid-August, and Motion Pacific’s fall session begins September 12.
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    131 Front Street
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Surf School Santa Cruz
    A California native, Bud Freitas has surfed the Santa Cruz seas since he was knee-high to a tidal wave, eventually segueing into a career as a professional surfer and member of the Fox Head surf team. During lessons, surfers tread the foamy waves of Santa Cruz in order to cultivate their board balance. Adept at addressing the concerns of sea skimmers of all skill levels, Freitas helps beginners overcome their fears of judgmental jellyfish and furnishes aspiring professionals with nuanced tips on developing advanced skills and participating in competitions. Two-hour group and individual lessons seek to expand surfers' skillsets, both physically and mentally. Surf School Santa Cruz equips wave-riders with surfboards and wetsuits so that they don't have to wear snowpants and ride a water-treading donkey.
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    130 34th Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Aqua Safaris Scuba Center
    Scuba neophytes and schooled snorkelers alike can dive into a sea of inspiration at Aqua Safaris, a full-service scuba center minutes from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. With the four-week scuba certification course, budding aquanauts receive four three-hour classroom sessions, four three-hour pool lessons, and up to five ocean dives. All scuba equipment is included, but students will need to purchase their own snorkeling gear, a logbook, a training textbook, and bellyflop insurance. After four weeks, you'll be fully certified and ready to flap your fins at any waterhole across the world.
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    6896 Soquel Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Toadal Fitness
    • For $59, you get one month of adult fitness classes (up to 10 classes, a $140 value). This option is redeemable at the Downtown, Live Oak, or Westside locations or at the Cabrillo Fitness Club in Aptos. Zumba classes are not valid Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at Live Oak. • For $49, you get one month of kids' and teen fitness classes (up to 10 classes, a $140 value). This option is redeemable only at the Westside and Live Oak locations.
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    113 Lincoln St
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Monterey Bay Charters
    When Forest Roberts was 9 years old, he built a boat in his backyard with money saved from his paper route. Since 1989, Roberts has participated more officially in the maritime industry, working water-related jobs from commercial diving to boat building?and often living aboard boats?before opening his sailing-charter company in 2006. Today, California Classic Sail operates from Santa Cruz on the shores of Monterey Bay, earning praises from previous passengers and a Santa Cruz Sentinel feature story. Roberts?s background in the building industry helped him recognize the superb craftsmanship in his current yacht, Sarah. The builder, William Garvie?who named the vessel after his granddaughter?constructed the 52-foot-long boat based on a line drawing published in an early 20th-century yachting-magazine spread. Made of wood instead of the fiberglass many modern boats are made of, its vintage style and wood hull set it apart from other Santa Cruz charter vessels. Dubbed a ?Sharpie? for its long, narrow shape, rather than an ability to leave permanent wakes, the graceful yacht zips through the bay waters on chartered trips for groups of up to six. Passengers can relax onboard as Roberts steers, or choose to learn basic sailing maneuvers through hands-on instruction. Roberts can also tailor trips to special occasions such as engagements and birthdays, and can sail during many times of day, including more-scenic mornings and sunsets.
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    135 5th Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Santa Cruz Baseball School
    Local coach Bob Kittle is both a fixture and good omen in Santa Cruz baseball. He nabbed the position of head coach at Cabrillo College after a 13-year stint at Santa Cruz High School, where he passed 47 players—12 of whom carried Division I scholarships—on to four-year schools. After seven Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League title wins and a community effort that saw Bill Dodge Field built, he now guides college players toward burgeoning baseball careers. He prefers to focus on the willpower behind the sport, telling the Santa Cruz Sentinel that "winning and success will take care of itself" when his students are devoted. Bob runs the Santa Cruz Baseball School as a year-round venue for players to hone their on-the-field skills. Through the nonprofit organization, he coaches kids with private lessons, high-school leagues, and recruiting tips to impress colleges, such as how to tell the difference between a diamond and a parallelogram. The school's summer camps engage 7- to 14-year-olds with game-play drills and speed-boosting techniques. Past instructors include Neil Walton of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Lauren Gagnier of the Detroit Tigers.
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    300 La Fonda Avenue
    Santa Cruz, CA US

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