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! Año Nuevo State Park is the site for one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seal, and lucky for us,
The 2019 Official Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide is now available! Get information and inspiration on Santa Cruz County attractions, activities, restaurants, events, lodging, and more! Check out the Guide’s “Meet the Makers” section, where local artisans and small business owners share about their passions. John Martinelli from Marintelli and Company, artist Taylor Reinhold, confectioner Jennifer Ashby, and surfboard maker Martijn Stiphout are
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
For the second summer in a row, California State Parks is offering Naturalist-Led Backpacking Adventures through the Santa Cruz Mountains! Whether you’re new to backpacking or a seasoned nomad, there’s an adventure waiting for you! This year there will be five excursions throughout June to September with trips varying in length from one to three nights. These adventures will trek through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, Butano State Park, and Portola Redwoods State Park.