Santa Cruz is about 1.5 hours' drive south of SF.
- Ano Nuevo State Park
- Kayak with whales
Natural Bridges State Park
This park has some of the most diverse tide pools in the world.
Naturalist-led tide pool explorations are available.
Note: The water is very, very cold!
And, check out the very cool rock formations.
Located at the end of West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz.
Monarch butterflies overwinter here from mid-October through February.
Call for more information (831) 423-4609.
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
A much friendlier boardwalk than Atlantic City's or Venice Beach.
Arcades, junk food booths, candy store, a mile long beach.
Rides include a carousel, the Big Dipper roller coaster and Glacier Run motion-simulator.
They also have an indoor miniature gold course, Neptunes Kingdom Adventure Center,
and a Casino Fun Center Supercade.
400 Beach St., Santa Cruz.
Call for operating hours and ride fees (408) 426-7433 or (408)423-5590.