Don't let Santa Cruz County's laid-back reputation fool you: this beachside town hosts an array of adrenaline-packed sporting events attracting world-class athletes and is the picture-perfect spot for spectators. "Surf City" lives up to its name each year with the O'Neill Cold Water Classic, the Longboard Invitational, and the Kayak Surf Festival. Cycling fans know that Santa Cruz has been on the map for the Amgen Tour of California, due to its challenging climbs and scenic roads. And beginning its inaugural season, the Golden State Warriors' NBA Development League team - the Santa Cruz Warriors - brings the thrill of professional basketball to town. Serious golfers flock to the Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Club and for more fresh air, the Wharf-to-Wharf Race, the Santa Cruz Triathlon, Big Kahuna Triathlon and other races are hosted year-round. 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.
Big Basin is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902. Home to the largest continuous stand of Ancient Coast Redwoods south of San Francisco, the park consists of Old Growth and recovering Redwood Forest. Elevations in the park vary from sea level to over 2,000 feet.
The park has over 80 miles of trails. The popular Skyline to the Sea Trail threads its way through the park along Waddell Creek to the beach. The park also has a surprising number of waterfalls, a wide variety of environments, many animals and lots of bird life.
Dogs are permitted in the campsites, picnic areas, and on paved roads only. They must be on a leash and attended at all times. Dogs ARE NOT permitted on any of the trails.
We pay homage to all things surf in Santa Cruz!