Santa Cruz is the quintessential beach town. Sand, surf, and California sun — it has everything you need to relax by the ocean. For a peek at what to see, this list of places to visit in Santa Cruz is a great location to start.
The Mystery Spot is one of the best attractions in Santa Cruz. There, tour guides take visitors on a hike through illusions and magic tricks. See sea lions at the Santa Cruz Wharf any time of year.
Home to the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Kaiser Permanente Arena hosts home basketball games. In the fall, the city holds the Santa Cruz County Fair.
The Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk is one of the coolest seaside amusement parks in the country. Its featured roller coaster, the Giant Dipper, has been around for more than 90 years.
Ready for a pub crawl? Board the Betty Jane, a tour bus that reads “Beer Cruz” on its side. It takes patrons to the best breweries and pubs in Santa Cruz.
Local museums include the Natural History Museum and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History . Both offer interactive exhibits and special events for patrons of all ages.
With the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to keep visitors entertained. Tourists can hike, camp, swim, surf, scuba dive, or even whale watch near Santa Cruz.