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Santa Cruz Wharf

Address: Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #9 of 74 things to do in Santa Cruz
Type: Piers & boardwalks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Shopping
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Type: Piers & boardwalks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Shopping

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San Francisco, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Wharf is fun to visit and walk along as it gives nice views of the ocean and The Boardwalk. There are sea lions that live underneath and there are places where you can look through the wharf to see them. There are lots of seafood restaurants as well as a few souvenirs shops. There is some parking on the... More 

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Santa Cruz, CA
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The best thing about this wharf is the raucous collection of sea lions that make the under girding of the wharf their snooze zone in the afternoon. Everyone young and old enjoys watching their antics. The food? Aside from Olitas, a seafood oriented Mexican restaurant, most everything else is fried. Not my thing. But the fish IS fresh!

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There are quite a few parking spaces out on the wharf where you can browse the shops, enjoy some great restaurants, buy fresh seafood and hear the seals below the wharf with a special viewing deck. There are always a number of people fishing from the wharf and you can rent boats or go for a short cruise.

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San Jose, California
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Santa Cruz Wharf is a nice afternoon trip . It can get crowded when the weather is nice. It cost for parking, but handicap parking is free for the first 90 minutes. The food is kinda expensive . So pack a lunch and take it with you along with your drinks. The view of the the ocean are wonderful. If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We spent a couple of days at lunch time here strolling around and taking in the pretty scenery. All of the restaurants have oceanviews and decent seafood. If you are in the Santa Cruz area, be sure to take some time to stroll the wharf area here. :)

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The walk out to the end of the wharf is ok,. the restaurants and other attractions are a little old and weary. For a family of four, the food would be expensive. The seal under the pier just lie there, and make a noise and smell a lot, this is not the pier's fault, but they are an attraction of... More 

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Benicia, California
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Plenty to choose from here. Come take a walk, explore some small shops and grab a bite to eat. There are lots sea lions at the end of the pier. Lovely view too!

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Campbell, California
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76 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Whilst the wharf is old it is a really pleasant place to walk along. You get to see the sea lions swimming around and often basking beneath you on the pier's struts. There are a couple of shops selling candy, ice cream and souvenirs. It is also home to Stroganos which is a fabulous sea food restaurant. You can drive... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Santa Cruz pier/wharf was pretty rundown and boring. We were recommended a restaurant on the wharf that was supposed to be good but it was a tourist trap. Bad food, bad service, and expensive prices. The only plus was the location but even that was not very good. The pier can definitely be a fun place if they tried... More 

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Great Falls, Montana
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Perfect evening for a stroll, not crowded, nice shops that stay open later then the Boardwalk. One can sit on the pier and watch the sunset, surfers and listen to the seals. Very romantic.

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