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
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
The blue Screaming Hand, that indelible icon of skateboarding culture, celebrated its 30th birthday with creation of an eye-popping exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art (MAH). Created in 1985 by Santa Cruz graphics artist Jim Phillips, the howling appendage—which has been emblazoned on t-shirts, skateboards, and stickers all over the world—is honored with a fitting tribute to its influential legacy.
Santa Cruz County enjoys a fab collection of art thanks to its many independent artists and local institutions like the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). But you needn’t step foot in a studio or museum to view great art works. Public art dots Santa Cruz’s scenic landscape with pieces that speak to
Santa Cruz County serves as the inspiration for a vibrant arts and culture scene, so it’s no wonder there’s an eclectic array of choices for art lovers. However you choose to enjoy Santa Cruz County’s cultural community, an amazing number of choices await. LOOK FOR A guide to nearly thirty free history and nature museums