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Santa Cruz

Another in a long string of Spanish mission colonies in California, Santa Cruz is located on the northern edge of Monterey Bay. The city moved away from industries involving natural resources and established itself as a resort city just before the turn of the 20th century. Santa Cruz is one of California’s most diverse communities, featuring a variety of cultural festivals and museums. Along with its arts and entertainment offerings, Santa Cruz is also known as one of the best surf locations in the world, drawing enthusiasts from all over the globe for both recreation and competition. Alternative sports like disc golf and skateboarding are also popular pastimes, with several public parks dedicated to each. For family fun, The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an oceanfront amusement park featuring a 1911 carousel and the authentic 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster.

What to Do in Santa Cruz

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A Taste of Monterey
The largest visitors’ center of A Taste of Monterey is situated on Cannery Row which overlooks the Monterey Bay. A Taste of Monterey is the best way to...
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Children's Discovery Museum
A childrens museum in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a center of learning and discovery, creative play and expression, interactive exhibits and programs,...
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Your price: $24
Colton Hall Museum
The Colton Hall was constructed by Walter Colton in the 1840s. It hosted the first constitutional convention of California in 1849. It was once a government...
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Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
The Cooper- Garrod Estate Vineyards is an estate winery which is family owned and operated which began in 1893. It is only 25 minutes away from Palo Alto...
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Del Monte Beach
The Del Monte Beach is named after the Del Monte Resort which is rich in history. It is situated in the midst of the Monterey State Beach. It is very popular...
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El Estero Park
The El Estero Park is a recreation center located in the heart of Monterey at Del Monte and covers an area of 45 acres. It features an exercise course,...
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Fisherman's Wharf Monterey
The fisherman’s Wharf Monterey was constructed in 1870 by the Pacific Coast Steamship Company in 1870 which was primarily used for loading and unloading...
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The Hakone Estate and Gardens was founded in 1915. It is currently under the management of the Hakone Foundation and owned by the city of Saratoga. It...
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Your price: $16
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
The establishment of the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo was made possible through its plan made in 1956 by Alden Campen and Ernie Renzel. It is an amusement park...
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Your price: $25.9
Jacks Peak Park
The Jacks Peak Park was part of the Pueblo Lands of which the first 55 acres were acquired by the Nature Convervancy which in turn sold it to the Monterey...
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Japanese American Museum
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose was founded on November 1987 and located at the heart of Japantown. It is devoted to the Japanese American culture,...
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Your price: $16
Japanese Friendship Garden Regional Park
The Japanese Friendship Garden was dedicated on October 1965. It is housed as a walled section in the Kelley Park. Its architecture was designed after...
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McEnery Park
The McEnery Park covers a total area of 1.2 acres and situated between the Guadalupe Park and Adobe Corporation Headquarters. The park is designed as a...
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was established in 1984. It accommodates 1.8 million visitors each year. It boasts with a collection of thousands of animals...
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Your price: $69.9
Monterey County Youth Museum
The Monterey County Youth Museum was established in1997 where both adults and children learn together. It is a fascinating environment where curiosity...
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Your price: $28
Monterey Mirror Maze
The Monterey Mirror Maze is a fascinating attraction for the whole family that features mirror maze walk-through. Everyone will love the adventure...
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Your price: $24
Monterey Museum of Art
The Monterey Museum of Art was established in 1959 serving as a chapter of the American Federation of Arts. Its mission is the collection, interpretation...
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Your price: $40
Monterey State Beach
One of the protected beach in California is the Monterey State Beach. The ridge of sand created by the wind is breathtaking. The beach offers various activities...
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Monterey State Historical Park
The Monterey State Historical Park is considered to be Monterey’s walking path of history as you get to view the place where the Spanish Explorers first...
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Pebble Beach Resorts
The Pebble Beach Resorts offer world-class accommodation with its mystical forest and captivating coastline. It also provides grand recreation with expert...
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Princess Monterey Whale Watching
Princess Monterey Whale Watching has been in the operation for more than 30 years in the cruise business. It is the premier company in bay tours and narrated...
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Raging Waters
The Raging Waters are the three water theme parks in California where one is situated in San Jose. These water parks are under the ownership of the Palace...
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium is a museum that features ancient Egypt. The museum was established by the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis....
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Your price: $32
San Jose Giants
The San Jose Giants is a baseball team in the minor league that is based in San Jose. Since 1988, it has been the farm team of the San Francisco Giants....
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San Jose Museum of Art
The San Jose Museum of Art was established in 1969 and situated in downtown San Jose. The museum features an extensive collection that tackles West Coast...
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Your price: $36
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles was established in 1977. It is the first of its kind to exist in the USA as a museum dedicated to textiles and...
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Your price: $42
Steinbeck Wax Museum
The Steinbeck Wax Museum will let you discover and experience the 450 year history of Monterey. The museum showcases over a hundred realistic wax figures...
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The Old Monterey Jail
The Old Monterey Jail was built in 1854 and was used as the City Jail up until 1956. It has a clean record with no prisoners escaping its granite walls...
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The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a museum of science and hands-on technology situated at the heart of Silicon Valley. Its first temporary exhibit which...
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Your price: $50

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