As a Santa Cruz resident you don't have to go far from home to find something fun and interesting to do. Stroll along the beach, learn about the history of surfing, or just spend time being a tourist in your own town! Check out some of the Santa Cruz attractions-- there are many different activities just waiting to be experienced.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The iconic oceanfront boardwalk is a fantastic amusement park and has been serving as a tourist attraction in the Santa Cruz area for over a century. The park is open year round and is rich with history and nostalgia. Try your hand at a classic carnival game, ride the 1911 Loof Carousel, or test your courage on the Giant Dipper, the Boardwalk's famous wooden roller coaster. This state historic landmark is a fun Santa Cruz attraction for the whole family.
Cocoanut Grove is just steps away from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and a fantastic place to dip your toes in the water of Monterey Bay. Known for its legendary history, this venue has a well established reputation for hosting events with personalized style. Check out their events calendar to learn more about new and exciting happenings!
Downtown Santa Cruz is a lively and thriving area with lots to see and do. Park the car and check out a movie, find a great restaurant or participate in the monthly Art Tour on the first Friday of every month. This tour is hosted at 80 different venues and supports over 100 local artists.
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
This museum was the first of its kind and opened its doors in 1986, though people had already been riding the waves in Santa Cruz for over a hundred years. Come and explore unique exhibits that feature the introduction of surfing to the Santa Cruz region and see how the sport has evolved over time.
Museum of Art and History
Another great reason to visit downtown is to check out the Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Centre. Affectionately referred to as MAH, this museum has made it their mission to bring people together through art and history and is one of the more unique Santa Cruz attractions in the area. Celebrate Santa Cruz’s diversity through some of its many programs, exhibitions and events. Learn more about what's happening at MAH today!