Santa Cruz, California has more than surfing! Here’s our list of the best non-beach activities in this lovely beach town:
1. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Yes, it’s at the beach, but the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is iconic and a must-see. It’s the country’s oldest amusement park but is updated with modern fun. Our favorite place? The arcade.
Located at 400 Beach St.
Tip: Get an all-day rides wristband at 20% off with this Groupon.
Even if you’re not a surfer, this little gem will be a fun glance into Santa Cruz’s history. Don’t miss the surf board with the shark bite!
Located at 701 W. Cliff Dr.
3. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
The MAH, as it’s known to locals, is home to rotating exhibits featuring local art and history (what else?). Take a walk through and then stop for a snack or drink at Abbott Square just outside.
Located at 705 Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz
Whether you walk along the cliffs or visit the historic farmhouse, this outdoor treasure will have you reminiscing about days without digital distractions.
Located at 1401 Coast Rd.
If you love puzzles and board games, you’ll love escape rooms! They’re like a live version of the game Clue, where you enter a strange situation and have to figure out the mystery. Our favorite room is Swanton’s Curse, which has a bit of Santa Cruz history embedded.
Located at 816 Pacific Ave.
Tip: Use the coupon code SUMMERFUN for 10% off at EXIT Santa Cruz.