Get outside play! Enjoy pristine coastal redwood forests, 29 miles of beaches, and endless opportunities to explore Santa Cruz County’s great outdoors and wildlife adventures. Try birding, tide pooling, hiking, whale watching, surfing, mountain biking, sailing, kayaking, and more.
Enjoy the birthplace of mainland surfing at full capacity. Take a surfing lesson with Club Ed Surf School or Richard Schmidt’s Surf School. Boards, wetsuits and good vibes are available for beginners and those who have tried a time or two.
Are you more of a nature and wildlife aficionado? Order a free Wildlife Watching Guide or download it digitally and see how many birds you can identify in state parks, at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, from the Santa Cruz Wharf, and other locations. Hop aboard a seasonal whale watching excursion or take a trip to see the elephant seals north of town.
Take it outside and see below for a full list of outdoor and wildlife activities in Santa Cruz County!
You haven’t fully experienced Santa Cruz County until you’ve hiked through a redwood forest still dripping from a hard rain.READ MORE >>
The expansive coastline in Santa Cruz County offers endless options to explore coastal environments for tide pool treasures.READ MORE >>
Thousands of delicate, orange-hued wings gracefully flutter, somewhat randomly, about Santa Cruz County, each traveling to a place Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.READ MORE >>