- Our list of the best things to do in Santa Cruz, California, features the top 261 nearby activities — including 100 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Santa Cruz, CA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Food & Drink, Entertainment & Shows, and Amusement.
- The results below include the top 40 things to do within the city of Santa Cruz, CA , followed by 221 popular activities in nearby cities, including Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Watsonville, Capitola, Morgan Hill, Aptos, Gilroy, Campbell, Pacific Grove, San Jose, Marina, Los Altos, Big Sur, Half Moon Bay and Marina del Rey
New Belgium Brewing Tour de Fat 1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA MoreLess Info
The Fat Tire Tour de Fat has world class bands, performance, and cirque artists, and craft beer all supporting your local non-profits
Charter cruise company Bella Monterey Bay is a highly-rated charter tour provider. The most popular package is the romantic evening sailing cruise. Adventurous sailing excursions are also available aboard the company's 47-foot sailing vessel
Foodies and gourmands adore Carmel Food Tours, a company that offers three-hour walking tours of Carmel's best places to grab a bite and a refreshing beverage. Each tour ticket includes samples of the best dishes at seven of the finest restaurants in Carmel.
Palo Alto's The Stanford Theatre is dedicated to the art of cinema and its role in American culture. The theater has a Wurlitzer organ for silent film screenings, and frequently hosts independent festivals.
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA MoreLess Info
The Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard is a walking area that takes guests down the beautiful coastline. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to stroll past an array of flourishing wildflowers.
Serving the Monterey and Elkhorn Slough for over 20 years, Monterey Bay Kayaks offers rentals, classes, tours, and even fishing excursions for kayak lovers. There are even kid-friendly activities and the opportunity to learn how to standup paddleboard.
Hikers love the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. This mild-to-moderate trail offers splended views of the Pacific Ocean the coastline. Hikers should wear tough boots with excellent traction. The Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail also welcomes cyclists.
Stanford University is one of the best private research institutions in the world. Established by Leland Stanford in the memory of his son, Stanford University is an educational site with places such as Main Quad, Memorial Church and Hoover Tower to see.
Located in Palo Alto, California, The Memorial Church of Stanford University is a public worship space on the university campus. The church hosts many of the campus' religious meetings and is open for tours when services are not in session.