From land, sea or air, there are a variety of different ways to see Santa Cruz County! An array of tours to choose from can teach you about marine science on a wharf tour, bring you closer to majestic sea life in the Monterey Bay on a whale watching excursion, or change your perspective on a zipline canopy outing in a coastal redwood forest. See coastal birds, explore a sea cave or enjoy a sunset paddle on a kayak tour. Opt for a free tour of the Wetlands of Watsonville and explore plants and animals while learning about nature conservancy. Or take a free tour of a glass studio and admire the craftsmanship that goes into every piece.
Self-guided tours of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County's Open Studios Art Tour, the Arboretum at UCSC, the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, notable spots in Capitola, local art the First Friday of each month, Santa Cruz's historic neighborhoods or public artwork in Downtown Santa Cruz are all available as well.
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.
Nicholson Vineyards, Alfaro Family Vineyards, Windy Oaks Estate & Pleasant Valley Vineyards. Local treasures where family owned wineries welcome you to sample their estate vintages. Discover picturesque Corralitos and wander through our vineyards and olive groves.
Visitor center & five miles of trails through oak woodlands, grasslands, fresh & saltwater marshes, seasonal wildlife.
Offers comfortable ocean view guest rooms
Steps to the beach, in heart of Capitola Village
Near beach, shops & quaint Capitola/Soquel Village
Mission-style resort overlooking the Monterey Bay.
Choose your own adventure - did we mention there are views like this!