From Manresa State Beach to Seacliff State Beach, the Aptos area offers 98 different types of family activities, including: Beaches, History Museums, Parks and Bike Paths.
An unincorporated area, Aptos has several small communities within its borders. Redwood timber harvesting was a major industry in Aptos in the late 1800s and early 1900s but the area did not hit a development boom until the early 1960s with additions including Cabrillo College and Seascape Resort. Aptos is less than 10 miles from Santa Cruz.
At Manresa State Beach, visitors will be able to enjoy recreational activities, surf fishing, and surfing. This site, which features a large amount of sea and sand, features changing weather conditions. Layered clothing is encouraged.
La Selva Beach is a community-managed beach area open to the public every day, weather and conditions permitting. The geographic location of the beach causes smaller waves making this lifeguard-staffed beach more popular with swimmers and sunbathers than surfers.
Situated on 10.3 acres of land, Aptos Village Park is a site of family picnics, weddings, and weekend music festivals. The park features picnic tables, a gazebo, and a lawn area that is open to the public.
Offering a variety of movies in a small, intimate setting, Aptos Cinemas features current popular movies as well as art house, foreign, and independent films. The theater sells some unusual concessions, as well, including cupcakes.
The Aptos Museum is a historical museum featuring a collection of local artifacts, photographs, and information. The museum offers guided tours, special events, and educational programs for students. The museum also maintains a gift shop.
Focused on preserving the history of the small area of Aptos and its surrounding hills and beaches is the Aptos History Museum. The museum features a curated collection of historical photographs, artifacts and documentation of the areas past.