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Popular Attractions in Santa Cruz

If you're a first time visitor to Santa Cruz, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but it may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about attractions in Santa Cruz.

What are some good attractions in Santa Cruz?

Here are some of the most recommended attractions in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 423-5590
Natural Bridges State Beach
2531 W Cliff Dr Santa Cruz, CA
The Mystery Spot
465 Mystery Spot Rd Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Beach
Santa Cruz, CA
Seabright State Beach
Seabright Ave Santa Cruz, CA
Saturn Cafe
145 Laurel St Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
701 W Cliff Dr Santa Cruz, CA

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 North Big Trees Park Road Santa Cruz, CA

Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
402 Ingalls St, Ste 27 Santa Cruz, CA
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St Santa Cruz, CA

Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 Shaffer Road Santa Cruz, CA

Verve Coffee Roasters
1540 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 600-7784
Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, CA


Here's what Trippy members had to say about attractions:

"Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk If you want laid back, surf style and true California people watching, stop by Santa Cruz hit the beach boardwalk at night."  See More

"I like the small beach at Natural Bridges State Beach, but if you drive a bit further, you'll see more elephant seals and have some nice hikes at Ano Nuevo State Reserve."  See More

"It is an interesting place (at least I love it) Some standard places like The Mystery Spot, 17-Mile Drive (south of San Jose) In California, there is no dearth of Indian restaurants where you get good vegetarian food."  See More

"How about the beach towns Monterey or Carmel By the Sea, or closer, Santa Cruz Beach."  See More

"Way too touristy and there are way better beaches in Santa Cruz like Seabright State Beach or Twin Lakes State Beach."  See More

"Since you were asking about a spot to read, I have to recommend a GREAT bookshop to peruse around in- I'd give yourself at least a good hour to spend at Bookshop Santa Cruz."  See More

"I second Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk boardwalk, there is a Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Kelly's French Bakery."  See More

"Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park- if you like hiking and outside adventures- This is a large park with for trailwalks, biking, fishing, and wildlife- You may spot a rare California Condor here - this is a sanctuary area for them."  See More

"Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing noted in another answer, there is a new place literally across the alley called the"  See More

"There are a ton of places for live music The Catalyst, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Moe's Alley, Bocci's Cellar The Crepe Place to name a few."  See More

"3) Sunday Seaside Crafts - through the end of November, at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center (Long Marine Lab"  See More

"Stop at Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz for a cup."  See More

Where can I find out more about Santa Cruz?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Santa Cruz locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Santa Cruz.

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