This beachside city south of San Francisco is a popular spot on the coastal drive between San Francisco and LA. It is a popular surfing spot with an alternative vibe that is fuelled by over 10,000 UCSC students.
1211 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
Tel (831) 425 1234 or 800 833 3494
Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Greyhound buses stop at 425 Front Street.
321 Main Street (Beach Hill), Santa Cruz
Tel (831) 423 8304
Dating from 1906, Santa Cruz’s boardwalk is the oldest beachfront amusement park on the West Coast. It features historic rides including a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1924.
Boardwalk, Santa Cruz
Tel (831) 423 5590
Admission all day pass $25; rides $2-4
Open Jan-May Sat-Sun; Jun-Aug daily; Sep-Dec Sat-Sun
This small museum has exhibits of local history plus some contemporary art displays.
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Tel (831) 429 1964
Open Tue-Sun 11am-5pm
This small museum has displays of fossils found in the region.
1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
Tel (831) 420 6115
Admission by donation
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm