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Ranked #1 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Outdoors
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Ranked #2 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
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Ranked #3 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
The Santa Cruz campus offers an attractive blend of notable architecture and panoramic views.
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Ranked #4 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches; Geologic Formations; State Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly... more » Owner description: A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly Preserve, and several hiking trails. There is also a bicycle path around the perimeter of the park. « less
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Ranked #5 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: State Parks; Outdoors

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Ranked #6 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Scenic Railroads; Landmarks
Owner description: See California’s towering redwood trees from two historic railroads. Ride steam trains to Bear Mountain or Beach Trains to... more » Owner description: See California’s towering redwood trees from two historic railroads. Ride steam trains to Bear Mountain or Beach Trains to Santa Cruz. Visit an 1880s logging town located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Between San Francisco and Monterey Bay in Felton. « less
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Ranked #7 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and restaurants.
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Ranked #8 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Historic Sites; Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Amusement/ Theme Parks; Outdoors

 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Fun in the Sun The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been a popular destination for more than 100 years.  Boardwalk admission is free, ride tickets may... more »

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Ranked #9 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Museums
Owner description: Located just steps away from the ocean and Santa Cruz Wharf, the Sanctuary Exploration Center features state-of-the art... more » Owner description: Located just steps away from the ocean and Santa Cruz Wharf, the Sanctuary Exploration Center features state-of-the art exhibits and interactive displays highlighting the nearby Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and its incredible underwater environment. Visitors can explore the sanctuary's remarkable marine environment as well as their personal role in protecting one of our nation's underwater treasures. « less
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Ranked #10 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks

Santa Cruz Wharf is adjacent to the Boardwalk and Main beach. It is a very long pier with lots of restaurants, shops and  sea lions at the end of the pier, and on one of the boat... more »

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Ranked #11 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Science Museums; Zoos/Aquariums
See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.
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Ranked #12 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Natural History Museums; Museums
This museum's exhibits feature Ohlone Native American artifacts and local flora and fauna.
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Ranked #13 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Gardens; Cultural

The Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz is an unsurpassed garden with flowering plants from around the world, especially Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, California, and Chile. It's... more »

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Ranked #14 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Mysterious Sites; Outdoors
This enigmatic place draws curious visitors who come to witness its gravity-defying properties.
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Ranked #15 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for hard-core surfers. This museum tells their stories through... more » Owner description: For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for hard-core surfers. This museum tells their stories through photographs, surfboards and other related items. « less
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Ranked #16 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Art Museums; History Museums; Museums
Native American pottery and modern beach photos all on exhibit.
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Ranked #17 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
This historic lighthouse, rebuilt in the 1960s, is a great place from which to check out the local surfing culture.
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Ranked #18 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
This windy beach is good for hang-gliding and wind-surfing.
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Ranked #19 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Beaches; Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
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Ranked #20 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches; Outdoors

Pleasure Point is a great area!  Enjoy bringing the dog to the "Dog Park" or "Dirt Farm" as the locals sometime call it.  Best time is to go is in the morning around 8:30am and... more »

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Ranked #21 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.
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Ranked #22 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Missions; State Parks; Outdoors
The park houses a replica of the mission founded in 1791.
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Ranked #23 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
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Ranked #24 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Art Museums; History Museums; Cultural
Houses the art and history museums and hosts various traveling art exhibits.
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Ranked #25 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #26 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
A popular kiddie ride at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
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Ranked #27 of 29 attractions in Santa Cruz
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
This 1850s-era home rests at the top of a hill.
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