Things to Do with Kids in Santa Cruz, CA

  • TripBuzz found 188 things to do with kids in or near Santa Cruz, California, including 157 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Cupertino, Aptos, Saratoga and Watsonville.
  • From Stagnaro Sport Fishing Charters & Whale Watching Cruises to Club Ed Santa Cruz Surf School, the Santa Cruz area offers 99 different types of family activities, including: Beaches, Fishing, Movie Theaters and Walking Trails.
  • Situated on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, famous for its coastal beauty, redwood forests and moderate climate, lies the city of Santa Cruz, California. The city's eclectic culture draws a diverse tourist community to its many attractions that include museums and annual fairs and festivals, in addition to the breathtaking outdoor recreation that awaits.
  • TripBuzz found 188 things to do with kids in or near Santa Cruz, California, including 157 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Cupertino, Aptos, Saratoga and Watsonville.
  • From Stagnaro Sport Fishing Charters & Whale Watching Cruises to Club Ed Santa Cruz Surf School, the Santa Cruz area offers 99 different types of family activities, including: Beaches, Fishing, Movie Theaters and Walking Trails.
  • Situated on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, famous for its coastal beauty, redwood forests and moderate climate, lies the city of Santa Cruz, California. The city's eclectic culture draws a diverse tourist community to its many attractions that include museums and annual fairs and festivals, in addition to the breathtaking outdoor recreation that awaits.
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Dive into Santa Cruz’s┬ánatural and cultural history at this museum; membership includes free admission and shop discounts.
1.6 Miles
93% 244 votes
Fishing 500 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 MoreLess Info
Family owned and operated, Stagnaro Sport Fishing Charters & Whale Watching Cruises have been serving the area of Santa Cruz for over a century. Scenic bay cruises, fishing trips, whale watching, and private parties are available within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
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97% 61 votes
Surfing Lessons Santa Cruz, CA MoreLess Info
There is no better way to learn about mastering the waves than taking lessons with Club Ed Santa Cruz Surf School. Their experienced trainers will have you up on the board in no time through a variety of lesson plans or surf camps.
2.2 Miles
92% 484 votes
Aquariums 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 MoreLess Info
Adults and children with an interest in marine ecosystems must not miss the opportunity to visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. It is an active research institution and a public outreach facility dedicated to helping the community understand the importance of preserving marine environments.
2.2 Miles
87% 2454 votes
Beaches 2531 West Cliff Drive near Swanton Blvd., Santa Cruz, CA MoreLess Info
True to its name, Natural Bridges State Park contains natural rock bridges created by eons of water and wind erosion. The modern park is managed by the state and is a wonderful destination for adults and families.
10.3 Miles
100% 27 votes
Beaches Hwy. 1, six miles north of Davenport, Santa Cruz, CA MoreLess Info
Renowned as a mecca for windsurfing and kiteboarding, Waddell State Beach, is located across from the entrance to Redwood State Park. Pristine sands are surrounded by lushly covered mountains, bring your family and spend a day in the sun.
1.9 Miles
87% 83 votes
Beaches 5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA MoreLess Info
Santa Cruz Harbor Beach is situated adjacent to the harbor operations and provides an ideal setting for visitors to spread out a towel, and enjoy the fresh ocean breezes. The beach is conveniently located near many shops and eateries.
1.9 Miles
93% 60 votes
Beaches E Cliff Dr at 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 MoreLess Info
Twin Lakes State Beach is a public beach that provides a number of outdoor amenities for its guests. In addition to swimming in the ocean, visitors also commonly enjoy having picnics in the sand or exploring the nearby nature trails.
1.5 Miles
91% 75 votes
Beaches 701 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 MoreLess Info
All kinds of wildlife are found at Lighthouse Field State Beach including the black swift, monarch butterflies and sea lions. The beach is popular with dog owners and surfers and is even home to a surfing museum.
1.7 Miles
100% 7 votes
Fishing 333 E Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 MoreLess Info
Whether you want to fish, sight-see or have a party out in the bay, the 32 foot boat run by Monterey Bay Charters can provide a spacious place for you to do so at reasonable prices.
1.3 Miles
74% 133 votes
Beaches 1305 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 MoreLess Info
Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz is a sandy beach that permits dogs as long as they are kept on leashes. The beach is patrolled by life guards, and features fire rings and rest rooms.
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