Santa Cruz family friendly parks


While hitting the beaches in Santa Cruz may seem like the obvious way to pass time, the area boasts some wonderfully vibrant parks that shouldn’t be overlooked.

To discover six fantastic family-friendly options, keep reading – your little ones will be sure to thank you!

Neary Lagoon Park

For a park featuring abundant wildlife, Neary Lagoon Park is an easy choice.

Located in the Lower Westside neighborhood of Santa Cruz, the park serves as a wildlife refuge for migratory birds, so you may spot some ducks, geese and herons, among many other birds! In the western turtle pond, race to see who can find the most turtles,

With one mile of gravel trails to explore, you’ll have no problem pushing a stroller as you wander around the lagoon.…

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Surfers prepare to jump into the ocean at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz California


Are you having a hard time imagining what your life could look like if you call Santa Cruz home?

While you may be daydreaming of sandy beaches, sun soaked days and breathing in the salty sea air, the fun only begins at the beach!

So, let’s discover what it’s really like to live in this quintessential beach town.

A Day In The Life Of A Santa Cruz Local

To prepare for the day ahead of you, it’s important to start it off right, and there’s no better place to start than with a tasty breakfast.

Take your pick from the following three restaurants, but just beware, each boasts an equally as delicious menu as the last – it’s no wonder locals frequent these spots!

  • Firefly Coffee House: swing by this funky little hangout spot, where…

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With so many beautiful beaches in the Santa Cruz area, you might be having a hard time deciding just which one to visit!

To help make it easier, keep reading to discover the best beach for any occasion – from watching sunrises & sunsets, to surfing, and even the most kid friendly spots.

Surfing

So gear up in your wetsuit and get ready to dive into the waters of Santa Cruz County that are a surfers paradise

In fact, back in the summer of 1885, Hawaiian princes Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole, David Kawananakoa and Edward Keli'iahonui introduced surfing to the area by riding those Santa Cruz waves. So, after all these years, you can expect to find some extremely talented surfers. Whether you want to kick back, relax and watch as they “shred the…

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Santa Cruz Hiking Trails That Are Yours To Discover

As Santa Cruz is popular for its sunshine and sandy shores, it can be easy to overlook some of the other amazing attractions the area has to offer.

Whether on two feet or two wheels, hitting the trails of Santa Cruz is a great way to get your heart pumping while enjoying some of the city's stunning scenery.

Keep reading to discover some amazing hikes for any level of outdoor enthusiast, from beginner to expert, and any level in between! There’s truly a trail fit for all.

DeLaveaga Park

Featuring oak woodlands, mixed forests, redwood groves and grasslands, DeLaveaga Park is home to a network of trails and boasts an array of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.

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Best Surfing Spots in the Santa Cruz Area

One of the best aspects of living in Santa Cruz are the sandy shores and clear waters of Monterey Bay. World renowned for its beauty, the countless beaches here are truly something to behold. More than just a visual wonder, the ocean also provides exciting adventures and activities.

One of the most popular things to do in Santa Cruz is surfing. Nicknamed Surf City, it stands to reason that the area offers some of the best surfing in the country.

For anyone moving here, or who does live here, secret surfing spots are constantly being discovered. Everyone has their favorite surfing spot, but with so many available options, there’s waves for everyone.

Whether you’re just starting out, or ready for the…

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