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January 16, 2019

Winter Wildlife Watch: Elephant Seals

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The secret's out! Winter is the BEST time to visit Santa Cruz for some great wildlife watching! And one of our winter must-sees - the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park!

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January 07, 2019

Kid-Friendly Museums in Santa Cruz County

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Santa Cruz County is home to vibrant, engaging museums that showcase the region’s natural and cultural wonders in fun, kid-friendly settings. Kiddos can drive a tractor, guide a simulated sea turtle to safety, and touch a real, live shark. Because nothing captivates little ones like real world play and exploration, swap the screen time for a visit to the following culturally enriching spots.

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January 06, 2019

Five Historical Points of Interest to Check Out in Santa Cruz County

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The Santa Cruz County you enjoy today didn’t spring up overnight. Behind its surfboard-filled shores lies a rich history of farming, timber, and, yep, surfing. Explore the many towns of Santa Cruz County—most founded in the mid-1800s— and you’ll discover numerous sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a California State Historical Landmark. Offering the next best thing to time travel, the following historic spots will immerse you in a bygone era.

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December 26, 2018

Santa Cruz County's Best of 2018

2018 is wrapping up and we’re taking a look back to see what our fans loved most on our Facebook and Instagram feeds! Take a look below for some of the best of the best of 2018 based on fan likes, comments, and shares. Enjoy the gallery and rest assured that we will keep providing more of this wildly beautiful, adventurous, and inspiring Santa Cruz content in 2019! And don't forget to keep tagging @visitsantacruz & using #visitsantacruz in your posts!

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December 12, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: California King Tides Are Coming!

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California King Tides are coming to Santa Cruz! On December 22 & 23 and January 20 & 21, the impressive tides will hit the shores of Santa Cruz County! These naturally occurring and predictable events are when the highest tides occur. But that's not all, during King Tides we also experience some of the lowest, most dramatic negative tides. These extreme low tides pose prime conditions for tide pooling, miles of beach walking, and extended beach exploration.

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