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Free Fall & Winter Fun in Santa Cruz County

By Visit Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County delivers added value once summer ends, when mild temperatures, fewer crowds and lower hotel rates help make travel more affordable. This season, there are plenty of free activities and events that won’t cost a penny. Find details below on the top 12 free things to do and see in Santa Cruz County this fall and winter.

Not-To-Miss Fall Events in Santa Cruz County

The secret’s out! The fall season boasts some of the best weather of the year in Santa Cruz County, plus it’s chock-full of awesome events, fewer crowds, and reduced hotel rates! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini-vacations, activity prizes, gift certificates, and more! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to

A STROLL THROUGH CAPITOLA VILLAGE

The quaint seaside village of Capitola began as a humble tent camp along the shore of the Monterey Bay. Camp Capitola, as it was known, welcomed its first guests in 1874 making it the first beach resort in California. A few years later, it premiered a magnificent wood-frame Victorian hotel — Hotel Capitola — that

Opt Outside in Santa Cruz County

We are highlighting some of the best places in Santa Cruz County to explore the great outdoors! From miles of sand to comb on the beaches of south county to zip lining through the resilient redwoods, you’ll love getting some fresh air with these outdoor explorations. Check out our picks for the Best Opt Outside

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