Santa Cruz County has attractions for visitors of all ages! From the mountains to the sea, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We offer 29 miles of scenic coastline and 14 state parks and beaches to explore.
Visit the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, home to two historic landmarks: the Giant Dipper and Looff Carousel! From rides and games to unbeatable ocean views, the Boardwalk offers things-to-do year round. Head over to Neptune’s Kingdom for laser tag, mini golf and an arcade with dozens of classic games. This seaside amusement park has been the backdrop for films such as “The Lost Boys” and Jordan Peele’s “Us”.
Roaring Camp Railroads offers visitors a look into the past. See the county’s ancient redwood trees from a 19th century steam locomotive! Before you board, spend some time in the old-town setting, chalked full of activities like gold mining, square dancing and more! Finish your excursion with a chuck wagon BBQ. This pet-friendly attraction offers two destinations: through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, or down to the beach for a drop-off at the Boardwalk!
Head down to South County for activities the whole family can enjoy. The original Martinelli’s Company Store resides in Watsonville. Equipped with historical points of interest, a colorful gift shop and a free tasting bar; this cider haven is perfect for the food lover + the history buff!
See below for a full list of attractions in Santa Cruz County!