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As a guest at Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, you'll be within steps of the beautiful beach, Pacific Ocean, and the country's longest wharf. Get your thrills on the oceanfront rides at the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Shop and dine at Santa Cruz Wharf across the street. Surf amazing waves at Steamer Lane. And explore pristine beaches in our stellar state parks for everything from swimming and sunbathing to strolling and seashell collecting. Discover seaside adventure and all the cool things to do in Santa Cruz, CA, from beach bumming to whale watching.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at California
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a top seaside amusement park featuring more than 30 rides for thrill seekers and families alike. Check out the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster and Looff Carousel, two historic landmarks. What's more, you'll be able to try your skill at awesome arcade games as well as shop for cool gifts,
400 Beach St., Santa Cruz, California 95060  |  831-423-5590
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Santa Cruz Wharf at California
You'll always find something fun to do at the Santa Cruz Wharf. Discover a ton of recreational activities, including boating, fishing, and kayaking. After you come back to dry land, you'll find a whole host of shopping opportunities. And if you're hungry for great food, several restaurants await you, serving up the freshest of seafood.
21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, California 95060  |  831-420-6025
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Santa Cruz Steamer Lane
Steamer Lane is ta veritable surfing hot spot in Santa Cruz, California. Situated on a point off the side of the West Cliff area, Steamer Lane offers up consistent challenging surf with the perfect wave breaks for intermediate to advanced surfers. This popular surfing destination attracts surfers from all around the globe.
Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California  |  831-420-5270
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Santa Cruz Natural Bridges State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach

This 65-acre state park in Santa Cruz, CA is a recreational sanctuary. The park features a beautiful beach along the ocean and an amazing natural bridge that goes across one part of the beach. And it’s also home to the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve where 150,000 butterflies can be seen every October through February.

2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, California 95060  |  831-423-4609
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Mystery Spot at California

Mystery Spot

Located deep in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Mystery Spot is a gravity phenomenon that produces fun visual illusions for visitors. The illusion is a result of the unusual tilted surroundings coupled with standing on a tilted ground. The trickery creates misperceptions of orientation of objects, height, and distance.
465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, California 95065  |  831-423-8897
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Santa Cruz Wilder Ranch State Park

Wilder Ranch State Park

A California state park, Wilder Ranch is a former dairy ranch that's a great destination for visitors looking for outdoor adventure. Activities include hiking, biking, and horseback riding along the scenic trails with stunning ocean views. In addition, many of the old ranch buildings are still standing and have been converted into a museum.

1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, California 95060  |  831-423-9703
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park at California

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

A grove of old-growth redwood trees is just one of the highlights of Henry Cowells Redwoods State Park. Outdoor enthusiasts will be very enthusiastic about the recreational options, including hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Bird watching is an equally popular activity. What’s more, there’s a well-stocked nature store.


101 N Big Trees Park Rd, Felton, California 95018  |  831-335-4598
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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park at California

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is rich in hiking trails. There are more than 40 miles of them. Along with hikers, the trails can be used by joggers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. You’ll also encounter picnic tables and barbecue pits. Dogs are welcome, too.

Aptos, California 95003  |  831-464-5620
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Santa Cruz New Brighton State Beach

New Brighton State Beach

A 95-acre park, New Brighton State Beach is just east of Santa Cruz, CA in the quaint town of Capitola. It’s also right next to Seacliff State Beach, which is features a fishing pier. This family-friendly beach is very calm, making it perfect for everything from stand-up paddling to kayaking. And if don't have your own equipment, you can rent it.

1500 Park Ave, Capitola, California 95010  |  831-464-6329
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Mission Santa Cruz at California

Mission Santa Cruz

A Spanish mission founded in 1791 by the Franciscan order, Mission Santa Cruz is visited by thousands of tourists each year. Make sure to stop by and see the Holy Cross Church, which was built in 1889. Another highlight is the only surviving mission building that is now a museum for the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

Santa Cruz Mission SHP, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060  |  831-425-5849
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