Attractions in Santa Cruz

Buffeted by the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz attractions offer a variety of activities for the entire family. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Mystery Spot have long drawn tourists and residents alike.

Home to the Santa Cruz Warriors, the city hosts basketball games at the downtown stadium every season starting in November. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center and Sanctuary Exploration Center near the Santa Cruz Wharf offers a window into the local marine environment.

Local museums, including the Santa Cruz MAH and Natural History Museum offer interactive exhibits and special events to engage and inspire visitors of all ages. The county also hosts a series of summer fairs and festivals, including the Santa Cruz County Fair in the Fall and activities during the Christmas season.

The beachside community of Capitola-by-the-Sea, historic Aptos and Watsonville also offers a wealth of family-friendly attractions and amusements.

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