Top 5 Things to Do in Santa Cruz (Not on the Beach)

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

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.

2. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Santa Cruz Surfer Statue

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

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

4. Wilder Ranch State Park

Wilder Ranch State Park

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.

5. EXIT Santa Cruz

Players in an escape room

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.

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