What to do in Central California, CA

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Central California Attractions

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What to do in Central California

Free Things to Do in Central California

A visit to Central California doesn't have to break the bank. You won't even need your wallet if you check out:

Reedly College - Spend time at this historic landmark and experience a part of the cultural heritage of the area.

Rose Ann Vuich Park - Recharge your mind, body and soul by spending some time with Mother Nature.

Things to Do in Central California with Kids

There's fun for the whole family wherever you wander in Central California. Here are some family friendly experiences to do together that promise to make your trip memorable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Central California on a sunny day?
Soak up the clear weather (and give your legs a stretch too) with one or two of these top activities:

What to do in Central California on a rainy day?
There’s no need to splish and splash your way through a damp day when there are excellent indoor activities to enjoy:

What is Central California famous for?
Get set to be busy with all of these noteworthy attractions to cross off your must-do list:

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Hearst Castle
  • Winchester Mystery House

What should I not miss in Central California?
You’ll want to put these attractions high on your must-see list to make the most of your trip:

  • SAP Center at San Jose
  • Carmel Beach
  • San Jose Convention Center
  • San Jose State University

Are there cheap things to do in Central California?
What can you do in Central California for free?
You’ll hardly have time to pull your wallet out of your backpack with so many terrific free things to do:

  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Gilroy Premium Outlets
  • California State University Monterey Bay

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