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Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
#1 of 19 things to do in Aptos
... ("Loma Priest"), as well as steeper or flatter hikes... interesting ruins of a saw mill as well as ruins of a narrow gauge rail that carried redwood timber straight up! Lots of families on the wider trails!
We hiked this easy ~4 mile trail with our 10 year old kid to the epicenter of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Seacliff State Beach
#2 of 19 things to do in Aptos
There's a fun visitor's center with gifts and a tide pool that kids will enjoy as well as a slideshow that you can watch on the cement ship, The USS Palo Alto.
A small family of otters were found down the coast toward Big Sur when the Bixby Bridge was built in the 30's and brought up to Monterey Bay to proliferate.
Rio Del Mar State Beach
#4 of 19 things to do in Aptos
Love it for long runs at the right tide, happy to have my kids learn to boogie board and surf little beach breaks....
Lots of picnic tables and areas that can be reserved for larger groups with BBQ pits to cook on and restrooms conveniently nearby make this a wonderful gathering spot for friends and family get togethers or birthd...
Manresa State Beach
#3 of 19 things to do in Aptos
I came here with my three young kids and we all had a great time enjoying playing in the surf.
Good place for families, couples, or a place to clear your thoughts from work.
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship
#5 of 19 things to do in Aptos
A great place to take family photos and I highly recommend checking out the visitors center while you're there.
My whole family spent the day fishing off the bow, enjoyed the day, and then (if we were lucky), we grilled the fish we caught at the State Park at Seacliff.
West Cliff Drive Santa Cruz 7.7 mi away
#1 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
The entire family had an awesome time surfing steamer lane, the weather was perfect and everyone had a great time surfing.
Perfect casual stroll for families, oldsters (it would be a great place to take my mother with bad knees, for example), romantic couples...
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz 7.3 mi away
#9 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
Summer is a blast, relieving my childhood memories and making new memories with my kids on my favorites like the Giant Dipper, the historic Loof Carousel and Loggers Revenge.
... lights for margaritas and your main course at Olitas, finish with coffee and treats to go, to be enjoyed on one of the many outdoor benches, from Marini's, Santa Cruz's legendary family-owned candy shop.
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UCSC Arboretum Santa Cruz 9.2 mi away
#4 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
There were tons of hummingbirds including a rare white one (captured by dozens of photographers there for the special occasion), and kids crafts, lectures, guided tours and other activities.
Mutiple Anna's hummingbirds, easy to spot, and awe-inspiring for whole family.
Capitola Beach Capitola 3.6 mi away
#1 of 8 things to do in Capitola
It is such a great spot to hangout with friends and family and just enjoy the ocean views and breeze.
we went on a warm sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the beach, perfect for family with kids.
Santa Cruz Wharf Santa Cruz 7.3 mi away
#12 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
We are east coasters in Santa Cruz for a family wedding so we thourougly enjoyed the abundance of harbor seals and their antics.
Definitely great for families and for everyone and anyone who just wants to go for a stroll.
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum Santa Cruz 7.9 mi away
#8 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
I'd bring kids to teach them about sea world and local surfing history.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center Santa Cruz 7.7 mi away
#14 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
Excellent marine sanctuary - good for families, teens and those interested in aquatic life.
This is free and wonderful for taking kids to learn about our ocean and conservation of our wonderful sea life.
Santa Cruz Main Beach Santa Cruz 7.7 mi away
#15 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
The beach has 6 or 8 volleyball nets which fascinated my children (my son is incredibly disappointed that Canadians can only play at the beach a couple months a year, he discovered he loves the diving in the sand!...
Perfect Family Weekend Beach!
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Santa Cruz Harbor Beach Santa Cruz 6.4 mi away
#16 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
Pleasure Point Beach Santa Cruz 5.4 mi away
#13 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
Great Place for A Family Walk with Child
Very relaxing and benches to sit on along the path.You’ll see families,dog walkers and surfers around here.
Mystery Spot Santa Cruz 7.1 mi away
#11 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
Amazing nature and funny place for the kids the forrest and scenic trees were amazing the tour guides were active and made fun with the guests the restrooms may be cleaner
Adults and children alike will enjoy the highly entertaining guided visit, replete with groan-worthy puns and mysterious phenomena.
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Sunset State Beach Watsonville 6.1 mi away
#2 of 15 things to do in Watsonville
The campsite host told us if you're going with lots of stuff and kids, easier to drive to the sunset beach entrance than to walk from his campsite.
Our family enjoyed it a lot despite the pretty cold and foggy weather.
New Brighton State Beach Capitola 2.7 mi away
#2 of 8 things to do in Capitola
Wonderful memories through the years as the children have grown and enjoyed time here - a bit of a walk down to the beach but private and beautiful
Great Location, easy access to town, freeway and so very beautifull!....Great for families, pets, and Showers are incredible..Easy walk to beach and hiking trails...
Twin Lakes State Beach Santa Cruz 6.2 mi away
#23 of 63 things to do in Santa Cruz
Take the kids, your friend or just go by yourself!
Not much to do for kids but that was okay for us.