Santa Cruz County is the "Gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine SanctuarySM" - one of only 14 federally protected National Marine Sanctuaries (and the second largest) in the country. Go whale watching and view these majestic creatures on their annual migration. Or try surfing, sailing, kayaking, take a sunset cruise, boat tour or fishing trip or just relax on the beach. Take a free tour of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, and spot otters, dolphins and sea lions, visit tidepools at a local beach or go explore on your own with a free app. Visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and pet a sea star, or the admission-free Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and discover this amazing underwater treasure. Read more...
Touch a shark, marvel at a whale of a skeleton, dive into the latest discoveries in ocean science. Exhibits, aquarium, daily tours, touch pools & Ocean Discovery Shop. Come explore your ocean!
Adventure Out is California's premiere outdoor school specializing in surf camps, rock climbing classes, backpacking trips, mountain biking and wilderness survival skills instruction. Our mission is to share decades of wilderness experience while achieving our wildest adventures in the outdoors. We offer open-to-the-public trips and classes, private lessons and group programs such as corporate retreats, team building and private parties.
Access with tickets only Dec.15 - Mar 31: Naturalist-led tours venture into elephant seal breeding rookery Dec. 15 - Mar. 31. For reservations call 800.444.4445. April 1 - Nov 30, self-guided access by permit only (avail. at park). Seals present year-round.
Bring someone special or the whole gang for a private sail on the only classic charter boat in Santa Cruz. "Sarah" is a true classic, designed over 110 years ago built in wood and launched 2005. We are priced to be affordable for two, but we can take up to six. There is no better way to experience the Bay.
Across from beach & wharf, beautiful gardens.
Delicious desserts, pastries, salads, sandwiches & more
Stained glass windows & over-sized spas available.
Kayak tours & rentals daily, beginners welcome!
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