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November 17, 2017

Go Behind the Scenes at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Do you ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk? How do the rings in the Looff Carousel make it from the clown’s mouth back to the ring dispenser? Where do over 100 years of signage and old ride props end up? And who are the magic elves that keep the rides—including the nearly century-old Giant Dipper—operating smoothly and all those vibrant colors freshly painted?

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October 30, 2017

Monarch Butterflies in Santa Cruz: A "City in the Trees"

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This monarch season is proving to be yet another beauty! Be sure to plan a visit to the Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges State Beach anytime from now, until the end of the year (and possibly as late as mid-February.) Explore on your own or take a weekend tour with docents who will share loads of information about these amazing migrating creatures.

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October 08, 2017

Rediscover the Santa Cruz Wharf

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Extending a half mile into the Monterey Bay, situated between the colorful Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the surfer-filled waves of Steamer Lane, the Santa Cruz Wharf offers some of most thrilling views along the California coast. At 2,745 feet, it’s the longest wooden pier in the United States, resting on over 4,400 Douglas-fir pilings. Built in 1914, the timber centenarian continues to offer a timeless Santa Cruz experience. Stroll its wooden walkways—ideally with a cup of clam chowder in hand—and discover fresh-seafood eateries, local gift shops, nature and history displays, fun seasonal events, and of course, those famous barking sea lions.

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October 08, 2017

Exploring Pleasure Point

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With colorful surf shops, charming beach cottages, and a shoreline teeming with surfers and beachgoers, Pleasure Point is the kind of quintessential beach community that enlivens Hollywood movies and lures envious tourists to California’s sunny shores. Situated on Santa Cruz’s east end, this seaside neighborhood is one of the most vibrant surf destinations along the California coast. The easy going ‘hood earned its hedonistic name from Prohibition-era shenanigans, but you’d swear it’s because spending a day here is such a joy, no surfboard required!

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September 27, 2017

How to Celebrate Fall in Santa Cruz County

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Though we’re never quite ready to bid adieu to summer, we’re always eager to welcome fall. The magical season sees life’s pace begin to slow, the air turn crisp, and sunlight bathe everything in golden hues. We love scouring pumpkin patches for the perfect jack-o-lantern, and watching masked, pint-sized ghouls wander streets with trick-or-treat bags held wide open. A noticeable uptick in baked goods doesn’t hurt either. Below we share some ideas for how to celebrate autumn in Santa Cruz County with plenty of frights, food, and fall color to last the season.

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