Things To Do In Santa Cruz


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

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

Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel

Santa Cruz

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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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

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

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

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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CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz: One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz (59% Off)

One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz (59% 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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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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SUP Shack: One-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or a 90-Minute Standup-Paddleboard Lesson at SUP Shack (Up to 49% Off)

One-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or a 90-Minute Standup-Paddleboard Lesson at SUP Shack (Up to 49% Off)

SUP Shack

Santa Cruz Harbor

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

$20 $11

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

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

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

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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Adventure Sports Unlimited: $178 for an Open-Water PADI Certification Course with Scuba-Equipment Rental ($510 Value)

$178 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 $178

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

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

Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio

Multiple Locations

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

$75 $25

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

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

Bailamos Salsa Rueda

Central Santa Cruz

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

$28 $14

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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 63% Off)

Four-Week Dance Series, or Six Drop-In Classes for One or Two at The Palomar Ballroom (Up to 63% Off)

The Palomar Ballroom

Multiple Locations

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

$52 $19

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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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Select Local Merchants

  • Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers
    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.
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    Pacific Ave.
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Venture Quest Kayaking
    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.
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    2 Municipal Wharf
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Studio 831
    Studio 831's graffiti-clad interior greets guests with an impressive line-up of functional fitness equipment that includes climbing ropes, medicine balls, barbells, and weight machines. The studio's trainers eagerly customize their instructions during the studio's three offered classes. During CrossFit Workouts of the Day, they'll combine Olympic weightlifting with gymnastics and cardio to build routines whose movements are relevant to daily living, and run through staggered stretches, plyometrics, and strength work during X-Train circuit-style programs. For an aerobic workout and a way to condition muscles with low impact, they lead aerobics routines on trampolines in fun and effective Urban Rebound courses. During one-on-one sessions, they'll design entire fitness plans to help clients achieve their goals of looking slimmer.
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    2351 Mission St.
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Art Social
    During three-hour classes at Art Social, instructors strive to foster an environment as lively as the paintings that inspire them. At various restaurants, wine bars, or galleries across the Bay Area, students begin the evening chatting with classmates against the backdrop of soft music and clinking wine glasses. Once students have settled into their personal painting stations, instructors delve into history, context, and scratch 'n' sniff features of the evening's chosen painting, which has included works such as Gustav Klimt's The Kiss or Van Gogh's Starry Night. Step-by-step instruction ensures students of all levels take home a personal masterpiece, whether it is a replica of the painting being taught or the bowls of fruit that haunt the student's mind.
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    1220 Pacific Ave, 2nd FL
    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
  • MJA Vineyards
    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.
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    328 Ingalls Street
    Santa Cruz, CA US

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