Things To Do In Santa Cruz


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

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

The Golden Fleece

Central Santa Cruz

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

$45 $17

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Good Life Ceramics: $15 for a $25 Credit to Use Toward Pottery-Making at Good Life Ceramics

$15 for a $25 Credit to Use Toward Pottery-Making at Good Life Ceramics

Good Life Ceramics

Santa Cruz

Use voucher toward projects to drop in to make slab pottery projects

$25 $15

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Motion Pacific: 10 or 20 Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Classes at Motion Pacific (Up to 70% Off)

10 or 20 Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Classes at Motion Pacific (Up to 70% Off)

Motion Pacific

Central Santa Cruz

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

$130 $39

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Art Social: Social Painting Event for One or Two at Local Bar or Restaurant from Art Social (Up to 47% Off)

Social Painting Event 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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Yoga & Fitness Passport: $20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport  ($300 Value)

$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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Archery Santa Cruz: Group Lesson and Range Time for Two or Four or Private Party for Up to 10 at Archery Santa Cruz (Up to 45% Off)

Group Lesson and Range Time for Two or Four or Private Party for Up to 10 at Archery Santa Cruz (Up to 45% Off)

Archery Santa Cruz

Downtown Santa Cruz

Learn about form, safety, and skill development in a group lesson or while aiming at novelty targets in a private birthday party

$50 $28

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

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

Seabright CrossFit

Eastside

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

$75 $19

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O.A.R.: O.A.R. at The Catalyst on September 23 (Up to 26% Off)

O.A.R. at The Catalyst on September 23 (Up to 26% Off)

O.A.R.

The Catalyst

Jam band behind the hit “Heaven” celebrates its latest, The Rockville LP

$31 $23

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

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

The Palomar Ballroom

Multiple Locations

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

$52 $17

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

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

TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

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

$100 $29

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CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz: One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz (58% Off)

One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz (58% 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 $52

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The SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque: SuicideGirls: "Blackheart Burlesque" at The Catalyst on September 14 at 8 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

SuicideGirls: "Blackheart Burlesque" at The Catalyst on September 14 at 8 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

The SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque

The Catalyst

Alternative burlesque celebrates Star Wars and Donnie Darko with slinky comedy, exposed skin, tattoos, and piercings

$90 $42

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

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

Adventure Sports Unlimited

Central Santa Cruz

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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Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 73% Off). Three Options Available.

Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 73% Off). Three Options Available.

Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Claudio Franca Self Defence And Kickboxing - Santa Cruz

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

$169 $52

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Cosmo Chic: Two-Hour Sewing Class at Cosmo Chic SC (44% Off)

Two-Hour Sewing Class at Cosmo Chic SC (44% Off)

Cosmo Chic

Central Santa Cruz

From the merchant: 4 hours of sewing instruction split over 2 days.

$55 $31

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Fit Body Boot Camp: Two Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions or Five Weeks Plus a Fitness E-Book at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 87% Off)

Two Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions or Five Weeks Plus a Fitness E-Book at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 87% Off)

Fit Body Boot Camp

FBBC Santa Cruz

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

$123.50 $29

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FIGHT2FITNESS: $20 for 30 Kickboxing and Fitness Classes from FIGHT2FITNESS ($299 Value)

$20 for 30 Kickboxing and Fitness Classes from FIGHT2FITNESS ($299 Value)

FIGHT2FITNESS

Multiple Locations

30-class pass allows students of all ability levels to gain access to a variety of fitness and Kickboxing classes at various locations

$299 $20

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Laird's Academy of Martial Arts: One or Two Months of Unlimited Classes at Laird's Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 59% Off)

One or Two Months of Unlimited Classes at Laird's Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 59% Off)

Laird's Academy of Martial Arts

Downtown Santa Cruz

Students of any skill level get in shape and learn self defense through sparring, judo, and jiu jitsu

$120 $59

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

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

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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Optimal Health and Fitness : Weight-Loss Plan or One- or Three-Month Chinese Medicine Program at Optimal Health and Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

Weight-Loss Plan or One- or Three-Month Chinese Medicine Program at Optimal Health and Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

Optimal Health and Fitness

Optimal Health & Fitness

Comprehensive plan helps achieve weight loss via coaching sessions and body measurements; traditional Chinese techniques enhance wellness

$760 $149

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Ben Sibley's Drum Spirit: A Private Music Lesson from Ben Sibley's Drum Spirit (50% Off)

A Private Music Lesson from Ben Sibley's Drum Spirit (50% Off)

Ben Sibley's Drum Spirit

Westside

From the merchant: get a half-hour lesson at half the cost; learn method and stick control, boost your musicality, and have fun

$50 $25

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Odonata Wines: Wine Tasting for Two or Four or a Library Wine-Tasting Event on October 17 at Odonata Wines (Up to 50% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two or Four or a Library Wine-Tasting Event on October 17 at Odonata Wines (Up to 50% Off)

Odonata Wines

Multiple Locations

Subtle, food-friendly wines from local, organic grapes are among the more than 25 wines available from the winemaker’s library

$20 $12

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MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass: One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody ( 94% Off )

One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody ( 94% Off )

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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

$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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Yoga for Cancer Foundation: 10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga for Cancer Foundation (Up to 66% Off)

10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga for Cancer Foundation (Up to 66% Off)

Yoga for Cancer Foundation

Westside

Designed with cancer patients in mind, yoga classes help rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit

$75 $35

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Shark Camp: $55 for $100 Worth at Shark Camp

$55 for $100 Worth 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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Ultimate Pure Self Defense: $30 for $60 Worth of Martial Arts at To The Point Martial Arts

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

Ultimate Pure Self Defense

Santa Cruz

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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Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Wine Bar: Wine Flights or Bottle of Wine and Small Plates at Zizzo's Coffeehouse & Wine Bar (Up to 41% Off)

Wine Flights or Bottle of Wine and Small Plates at Zizzo's Coffeehouse & Wine Bar (Up to 41% Off)

Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Wine Bar

Capitola

Cozy, inviting spot that serves a variety of coffees and teas during the day and a selection of fine wines and small plates at night

$34 $20

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Sea Goddess Whale Watching: Up to Three Hours of Whale Watching for One, Two, Four, or Six at Sea Goddess Whale Watching (24% Off)

Up to Three Hours of Whale Watching for One, Two, Four, or Six at Sea Goddess Whale Watching (24% Off)

Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Moss Landing

A marine biologist narrates a nearly three-hour cruise of Monterey Bay, during which Humpback, Grey, Killer, and Blue whales can be spotted

$45 $34

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Skydive Holister: Tandem Skydive from 8,000 Feet for One or Two from Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

Tandem Skydive from 8,000 Feet for One or Two from Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

Skydive Holister

Hollister

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

$169 $99

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Paintball International: All-Day Paintball Package with Equipment Rental for Up to 4, 6, or 12 at Paintball International (Up to 89% Off)

All-Day Paintball Package with Equipment Rental for Up to 4, 6, or 12 at Paintball International (Up to 89% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

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

$160 $19

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Wine from the Heart - Classes: Paint and Sip Class for Two or Four with Canvas and Paint at Wine from the Heart - Classes (45% Off)

Paint and Sip Class for Two or Four with Canvas and Paint at Wine from the Heart - Classes (45% Off)

Wine from the Heart - Classes

Old Monterey Business District

Retired art teacher and local artist Bunny Paivine leads an easy-to-follow painting class perfect for first-timers

$80 $45

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Wizard World Comic Con: Wizard World Comic Con on Friday, September 4, at 3 p.m. or Sunday, September 6, at 11 a.m.

Wizard World Comic Con on Friday, September 4, at 3 p.m. or Sunday, September 6, at 11 a.m.

Wizard World Comic Con

San Jose Convention Center

Celebs such as Bruce Campbell and Michael Rooker convene during an annual celebration of all things comic book and science fiction

$39.87 $22.50

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FILOLI: General Admission for Two or Four to Filoli (39% Off)

General Admission for Two or Four to Filoli (39% Off)

FILOLI

Woodside

654-acre estate encompasses manicured gardens and a stately house filled with antiques and paintings

$36 $22

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Monterey Mirror Maze: Mirror Maze, Lazer Challenge, and Golf at Monterey Mirror Maze (Up to 52% Off)

Mirror Maze, Lazer Challenge, and Golf at Monterey Mirror Maze (Up to 52% Off)

Monterey Mirror Maze

Monterey

Unlimited Mirror Maze, laser challenge, and golf

$30 $15

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Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley: $19 for 10 Classes at Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley ($80 Value)

$19 for 10 Classes at Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley ($80 Value)

Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley

Practitioners of all skill levels and ages build flexibility with easily modified yoga poses, leaving students revitalized and uplifted

$80 $19

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Fox Horsemanship: Horseback Riding Lessons at Fox Horsemanship (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Horseback Riding Lessons at Fox Horsemanship (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Fox Horsemanship

Los Gatos

Experienced instructors offer riding and horsemanship lessons for riders of all ages; after-school work exchange program also available

$250 $130

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Sea Goddess Whale Watching: Up to 24% Off Whale Watching at Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Up to 24% Off Whale Watching at Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Moss Landing

From the merchant: Welcome aboard Sea Goddess, the premier whale watching vessel in the whale watching Capital of the World - Monterey.

$45 $34

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Paintball International: All-Day Paintball Package with Equipment Rental for 4, 6, or 12 (Up to 89% Off)

All-Day Paintball Package with Equipment Rental for 4, 6, or 12 (Up to 89% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

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

$160 $19

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Silver Creek Sportsplex: 90 Minutes of Inline Skating with Rentals at Silver Creek Sportsplex (Up to 55% Off)

90 Minutes of Inline Skating with Rentals at Silver Creek Sportsplex (Up to 55% Off)

Silver Creek Sportsplex

San Jose

Kids, teens, and adults enjoy open inline skating

$28 $14

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A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro: Flights and Cheese Plate or Reserve Tasting for Two at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro (Up to 45% Off)

Flights and Cheese Plate or Reserve Tasting for Two at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro (Up to 45% Off)

A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro

Heart of Monterey's Historic Cannery Row

Enjoy your choice of one of our five Wine Flights or Reserve Wine Tasting as you look out onto Monterey Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows

$40 $22

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Paint Nite: Two-Hour Social Painting Event for One, Two, or Four from Paint Nite (Up to 46% Off)

Two-Hour Social Painting Event for One, Two, or Four from Paint Nite (Up to 46% Off)

Paint Nite

Santa Cruz / Monterey

At local bars and restaurants, painters of all skill levels enjoy cocktails as they create their own pieces guided by an experienced artist

$45 $25

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Skydive Monterey Bay: Weekday or Weekend VIP Tandem Jump for One, Two, or Four at Skydive Monterey Bay (Up to 39% Off)

Weekday or Weekend VIP Tandem Jump for One, Two, or Four at Skydive Monterey Bay (Up to 39% Off)

Skydive Monterey Bay

Marina

Jump from 18,000 feet and enjoy a thrilling 90-second freefall while attached to an instructor; VIPs receive priority boarding and diploma

$399 $269

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Bottle & Bottega - SW San Jose: Two-and-a-Half Hour Painting Party for One, Two, or Four from Bottle & Bottega San Jose (Up to 32% Off)

Two-and-a-Half Hour Painting Party for One, Two, or Four from Bottle & Bottega San Jose (Up to 32% Off)

Bottle & Bottega - SW San Jose

Los Gatos

Patrons drink, paint, and mingle as an experienced artist leads them step-by-step through the creation of their own painting masterpiece

$35 $25

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Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy: 4, 8, or 12 Pilates Mat, Reformer, or Springboard Classes at Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy (Up to 79% Off)

4, 8, or 12 Pilates Mat, Reformer, or Springboard Classes at Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy (Up to 79% Off)

Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy

Pacific Grove

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

$120 $35

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Rancho Canada Golf Club: $99 for One Day of Unlimited Golf for Two with Cart at Rancho Canada Golf Club ($178 Value)

$99 for One Day of Unlimited Golf for Two with Cart at Rancho Canada Golf Club ($178 Value)

Rancho Canada Golf Club

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Golfers traverse any of the 36 holes course as they encounter the Carmel River, rolling fairways, and sweeping views of Saint Lucia Mountain

$178 $99

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Joy of Movement Pilates & Gyrotonic: Five Pilates Mat or Three Group Pilates Reformer Classes at Joy of Movement Pilates & Gyrotonic Studio (Up to 63% Off)

Five Pilates Mat or Three Group Pilates Reformer Classes at Joy of Movement Pilates & Gyrotonic Studio (Up to 63% Off)

Joy of Movement Pilates & Gyrotonic

APTOS

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

$75 $29

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Nickel City: $12 for 12 Arcade Visits and 300 Prize Tickets Per Visit at Nickel City ($28 Value)

$12 for 12 Arcade Visits and 300 Prize Tickets Per Visit at Nickel City ($28 Value)

Nickel City

Branham - Kirk

More than 100 video and redemption games cost a nickel; more than 30 free arcade classics

$28 $12

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  • SUP Shack
    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.
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    2214 East Cliff Drive
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Gymnastics Learning Center
    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.
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    2608 Chanticleer Avenue
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • CrossFit West
    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.
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    350 Coral Street
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Affordable Chef
    Chef Mark Gallagher's food has been devoured in barns and pine forests, on beaches and amid vineyards. As a caterer, he customizes his menus to the setting and to his clients' every preference?the one uniform detail being the quality and nutrition value of the ingredients. Gallagher brings the same skill set and premium meats, fish, and produce to private kitchens, where he works alongside his clients in hands-on cooking lessons. The result is a totally unique four-course custom menu. Afterward, Gallagher composts food waste and any biodegradable plates and flatware, which can be provided upon request and an affidavit affirming one's willingness to be hugged by a tree.
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    on-site
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Yoga Center Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz residents come to Yoga Center Santa Cruz to stretch it out and break a sweat. Check out the restaurant at this studio for a delicious meal. Yoga Center Santa Cruz's hot yoga classes provide students with peace of mind, body, and soul (and plenty of sweat). Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    428 Front St
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Odonata
    Odonata's winemaker, Denis Hoey, combines old-world methods with modern ideas and techniques to create subtly complex wines in the traditional French style. A focus on sustainably grown, organic local grapes helps to create the food-friendly wines, which can be enjoyed immediately but also age well.
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    334 Ingalls St
    Santa Cruz, CA US

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