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Wilder Ranch State Park

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Address: Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
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Activities: Hiking, Biking

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Going back in time

I went there with my grandparents years ago. It was such an amazing place that takes you back in time. This ranch was the first dairy farm on the coast south of SF. they have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I went there with my grandparents years ago. It was such an amazing place that takes you back in time. This ranch was the first dairy farm on the coast south of SF. they have weekend where they re-act the living style or late 188 to beginning 1900. A must see, plus there is a amazing walk/ride along the ocean.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We love to go here for the annual holiday celebration. There are great activities for families including crafts for children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you're into hiking and enjoying nature, this is the place for you. Don't be a tightwad by parking along Highway 1. Instead, pay the minimal entrance fee and help out the State Parks. It's worth it.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Beautiful unspoiled area of Santa Cruz. Beautiful walks past lovely hidden coves. A profusion of wildlife. Dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, pelicans and if your lucky you may see a whale spout or two.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We dropped in to check it out. A great trip back in time. The ranch/farm is as it was back in the day. Buildings, Equiptment, animal enclosures. One of the buildings has a history on the Wilder family and the ranch. A great place to take young ones to show them what farm life was like. They still have some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

A little off the beaten path but not to be missed. The park contains great hiking trails leading to some breathtaking views and abundant natural beauty. The ranch itself is nicely preserved example of an early 20th century dairy ranch.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Today I rode my bike from Wilder to the Santa Cruz Wharf. We went along West Cliff and it was beautiful. If you want to hike in Wilder, there are a lot of good choices. You can hike into the hills and intersect with other trails or go along the coast. Nice ranch and I am sure young kids would... More 

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Rescue, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

There's a beautiful beach in wilder ranch where I found pieces of sea glass! And the cliffs and coves there are beautiful. Easy walk in to the beach. Seemed like a good surf spot.

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Arlington, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A nice opportunity to see traditional farm life and explore the beautiful scenery of the coast north of Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great family event. The food is simple. Home made icecream. Roast corn on the cob. Popcorn. Music under the trees and wagon rides. A good family day. A parade for the kids so they can decorate their bicycles.

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