Local Events

For visitor information and current local events visit the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council and request a free Traveler’s Guide.

Area Guide

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Within a short walk, you will find one of the best Seaside Amusement Parks in the world! The admission-free Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is packed with modern and classic rides, game arcades, miniature golf, and bowling. With free summer-time entertainment on the beach, your days will be filled with fun and sun in this National Landmark.

Pacific Avenue

Downtown Santa Cruz is the heart of this eclectic city. Home to wonderful shops, restaurants, theaters, wine-bars, an art & history museum, and local color. The epicenter of the 1989 Earthquake destroyed 70% of the downtown. “But just look at her now!”

Seymore Discovery Center / Monterey Bay Aquarium

Watch sea mammals being trained. Become entranced by sea jellies, amused by otters, awed by the Blue Whale skeleton. Plunge into your own research.
Seymore Discovery Center
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Wine Tasting

Santa Cruz Mountains grow some of the finest wine grapes anywhere. They aren’t the largest vineyards but who measures quality by the acre? And we have the oldest continuing California winemaking family. You wan to taste? We’ll arrange it.
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association
Surf City Vintners

Lighthouse Point and Surf Museum

U.S. surfing originated in Santa Cruz with the arrival of three Hawaiian Princes. Santa Cruz was chosen as the Best Surfing in the World by London Times. Beginners and World Champions surf together just outside your window.

Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

Whether you choose to move by Catamaran, Yacht, Sailboat, Kayak, or in the water SCUBA diving, if it’s in the surf or sea we do it. And we’ll see that you can do it before you leave. Ask about our ocean packages.

The University of California Santa Cruz

The result of building without removal of Redwood trees has created one of the most beautiful campuses in the world… plus one of the best academic institutions. Make your home with us whenever you visit your student & we will give you a special permanent rate. Reserve early for commencement celebration for your family group.

Roaring Camp / Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Walk five minutes and catch a ride on the Beach-to-Redwoods ride. Or drive to Roaring Camp and ride the narrow gauge railway to the top of Bear Mountain. Henry Cowell Redwoods offers a lovely one-mile walk through some of the tallest & thickest Redwoods in the world.
Roaring Camp

Henry Cowell Park

and much more …