Things To Do In Watsonville


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  • Blue Water Ventures
    Blue Water Ventures owner and naturalist Kim Powell and her trained staff of naturalists lead adventurous groups on tours of trails and waterways from the East Bay of California to Monterey's Elkhorn Slough, exploring caves, forests, and wildlife-rich areas on the way. On protected Elkhorn Slough, groups of up to 22 make their way on stable kayaks as their attentive tour guides give rich history of the area and point out wildlife including seals and sea otters. In Florida's Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, groups snorkel and canoe to observe wild west indian manatees and their notorious poker habits. The company also does specialty tours for school groups that include tide-pooling adventures and trekking through a redwood forest to see some of the country's oldest trees. Tours for women-only groups include private cruises where ladies can spy whales and a variety of seaborne wildlife, including fish, dolphins, and long-lost swim fins.
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    2360 California 1
    Moss Landing, CA US
  • Pajaro Valley Golf Club
    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.
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    967 Salinas Rd
    Royal Oaks, CA US
  • Roudon-Smith Winery
    The Roudon Smith Winery is dedicated to the production of exceptional wines from selected vineyards of the Santa Cruz Mountains and other regions of California. Traditional winemaking methods result in elegant, long-lived wines, which are the perfect complement to any meal. At Roudon Smith Winery, we specialize in the making of fine wines as well as the enjoyment of taking on new challenges. Every year, we work with our selected vineyard sources (our “virtual estates”) to obtain the highest quality fruit available. Then with a minimal intervention approach to winemaking, we aim to preserve this quality as the grapes evolve to wine. Though small today, we are returning to the production levels we were at in the early 1990s as we develop additional grower relationships to obtain additional exceptional grape sources that we can turn into high quality wines.
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    18 Hangar Way
    Watsonville, CA US
  • Kayak Connection
    The folks at Kayak Connection outfit visitors with sea kayaks and standup paddleboards before leading them on guided tours or sending them out to explore Santa Cruz Harbor and Elkhorn Slough on their own. Tours vary from romantic sunset paddles to trips designed for families and include one tailored to getting glimpses of local birds.
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    2370 Hwy. 1
    Moss Landing, CA US
  • Wargin Wines
    Watsonville Winemakers Studios brings together multiple boutique wineries under one roof. The COOP gives winemakers a place to showcase their wines with its shared tasting room, where patrons can sip three wines from three different wineries every Saturday and Sunday. Depending on the weekend, they might try a petite sirah, montepulciano, bordeaux, or Italian varietal blend. Periodically, Watsonville Winemakers Studios hosts art shows, food-and-wine-pairing events, and workshops. These teach people more about wine, including that its name comes from the annoying sound children make when they're told they can't have any.
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    18 Hangar Way
    Watsonville, CA US
  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a great place in Royal Oaks to clear your mind and walk off a day's stress. Don't worry about packing a snack. This park has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this park — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1700 Elkhorn Rd
    Royal Oaks, CA US

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