20 Fun Activities in Santa Cruz California | 2023

Santa Cruz is one of our favorite local cities to visit.  A pretty perfect day consists of lots of beach time, local roasted coffee and wandering down the pier.  Santa Cruz is one of those lovely bohemian beach communities that has has a ton for both locals and tourists to do.

Part of its appeal is that is holds one of the oldest Beach Boardwalks in California  and visitors from all over the globe descend during the summer to enjoy it’s rides and food.  It also has a prestigious university in the community so there is a mixture of young and old residents along.  There isn’t any shortage of neighborhoods to discover in Santa Cruz and here are some of my favorite fun activities in Santa Cruz.

fun activities in Santa Cruz
fun activities in Santa Cruz

Here are 20 fun activities in Santa Cruz!

  1. Stroll the Beach Boardwalk (and ride the Big Dipper!)
  2. Pick strawberries in Davenport
  3. Watch Taffy being pulled at Marini’s on the Beach
  4. Explore the Santa Cruz Flea Market
  5. Drink coffee at the local roaster Verve
  6. Catch the train at the Boardwalk to Roaring Camp Railroads
  7. Get mystified at The Mystery Spot
  8. Try the ice cream at The Penny Ice Creamery
  9. Walk the Santa Cruz wharf
  10. Explore downtown thrift stores
  11. Catch a concert at the legendary Catalyst Club.
  12. Watch a Santa Cruz Warriors game at the Kaiser Arena
  13. Visit the Natural History Museum (it’s free!)
  14. Explore the tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach
  15. Enjoy a slice of pizza at Pizza My Heart
  16. Grab a beach blanket and watch an outdoor movie in the sand
  17. Wander the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and learn some new facts about the popular sport!
  18. Wine taste at Sones Cellar
  19. Taste new and delicious food from Food Truck a Go Go
  20. Zipline among the redwoods in Felton

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