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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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December 09, 2018

Dreamy, Nostalgic, Scenic, Artsy: 12 Most Instagram-Worthy Signs in Santa Cruz

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Signs and travel go hand-in-hand. No matter how good your phone’s GPS, signs usually help somewhere along the way and let you know you have arrived. And in true Santa Cruz style, we have some pretty fun signs that are delightfully dreamy, often nostalgic, usually scenic, and generally artsy. Take a peek at the 12 most Instagram-worthy Santa Cruz signs that are sure to point you in the direction of a good time.

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December 03, 2018

Hike into the New Year with State Parks

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Kick-start the new year with an energizing First Day Hike through ancient towering redwoods, sandy coastal stretches, and along soothing mountain streams. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free-guided hikes for the eighth year in a row. Get outside, connect with nature, and expand your knowledge of the wildlife, plant life, and people who were here long before us. In order of easiest to most strenuous, we’ve narrowed the list down to a few of our favorites. Whichever one you choose, you’ll start the new year feeling healthy, recharged, and inspired to explore more state parks in Santa Cruz and beyond.

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November 13, 2018

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Santa Cruz County!

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The holiday spirit has hit Santa Cruz County and we’ve got a sleigh full of family fun to celebrate the season! From everyone’s favorite Holiday Lights Train to Ice Skating at the Boardwalk, and Breakfast with Santa to the Nutcracker, we’ve got all the holly-jolly holiday events you won’t want to miss!

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October 30, 2018

The BEST of Winter Wildlife in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year round whale watching, birding, otters and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts! But in December and January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see!

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