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Santa Cruz Attractions

It's hardly surprising that so many vacationers visit Santa Cruz year after year. This enchanting city is brimming with awesome things to do. Whether you're fond of seeing the sights or trying more adventurous activities, you'll find it hard to be bored here.

Discover the best sights in Santa Cruz with some unique tours & day trips, or check out our list of 54 fun activities in Santa Cruz. We have no booking fees as well as free cancellation, so you can relax and channel your energy into planning the vacation of a lifetime.

Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz

Leave your purse in the hotel room. It's easy to amuse yourself in Santa Cruz without surrendering a cent.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center - Speak to the staff and discover more about the special collections on display here.

University of California Santa Cruz - This popular landmark is an excellent backdrop for a selfie.

Williams-Reynolds House - If you're curious about history and heritage, this is one stop you ought to visit.

Santa Cruz Wharf - If you want to see some of the more important or interesting places in the community, it's worth visiting this place.

Mission Santa Cruz - Throw a bit of spirituality into your escape by dropping by this sacred site.

Main Beach - Read your favorite novel or listen to some music while you're catching those rays.

Lighthouse Point Park - Be treated to views that'll leave you in awe at this natural landscape.

Lighthouse Point Park - If you're into digging about the garden, this attraction will captivate your inner green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Santa Cruz

Westside Santa Cruz

Westside Santa Cruz is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Monterey Bay, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Santa Cruz.

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Eastside Santa Cruz

Eastside Santa Cruz is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Harbor while you're in town.

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Downtown Santa Cruz

Unique features of Downtown Santa Cruz include the beaches and restaurants. Make a stop by Pacific Avenue or Museum of Art & History while you're exploring the area.

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Pleasure Point

While visiting Pleasure Point, you might make a stop by sights like Monterey Bay and Pleasure Point Park.

Seabright

While visiting Seabright, you might make a stop by sights like Santa Cruz Harbor and Main Beach.

Upper Seabright

When in Upper Seabright, you can plan a visit to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Harbor, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Santa Cruz on a sunny day?

If you're eager for some fun in the sun, you can't go past these outdoor adventures:

What to do in Santa Cruz on a rainy day?

If the weather misbehaves during your stay, shake off your raincoat and try these fun indoor activities:

What is Santa Cruz famous for?

Get ready for lots of sightseeing, because these celebrated attractions are yours to explore:

  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Mystery Spot
  • University of California Santa Cruz

What should I not miss in Santa Cruz?

To fully savor this destination's flavor, try to drop by these must-do attractions:

  • Natural Bridges State Park
  • Main Beach
  • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Are there cheap things to do in Santa Cruz?

If you're on a strict budget, consider adding the following affordable experiences to your agenda:

What can you do in Santa Cruz for free?

You'll barely have time to dig your wallet out of your pocket with so many great free things to do:

  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • Main Beach
  • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park