Top 3 Things to do and Attractions in Santa Cruz California!

There are so many things to do and attractions in Santa Cruz California! Let’s find out more in our coverage of the Top 3 Things to do and Attractions in Santa Cruz!


Things to do and Attractions in Santa Cruz

1. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park

Rides at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Rides at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach and Wharf
Santa Cruz Beach and Wharf

The beach boardwalk of Santa Cruz has got to be the most happening beach boardwalk that we’ve ever been to! In addition to the kids friendly, carnival-like atmosphere, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park offers some of the most thrilling rides about town! If you’re game for mini golf, Buccaneer Bay Mini Golf is a two-storey, 18 hole mini golf arena that costs only $5 per person!

Of course, there’s always the beach at Santa Cruz where you can catch some waves, chill or simply knock back some drinks (and corn dogs)!

2. Roaring Camp Railroads – Steam Trains & Redwood Forests

Roaring Camp Redwood Forest Steam Train
Roaring Camp Redwood Forest Steam Train
Redwood Trees Roaring Camp Railroads Santa Cruz
Redwood Trees Roaring Camp Railroads Santa Cruz

If you’ve always wanted to experience the “choo-choo” whistles of a steam train while enjoying the nature of the woods, Roaring Camp Railroads may be just the place for you. Here, you’ll be taken on a ride aboard the 100 years old Dixiana (affectionately known as Dixie) steam train where you’ll ascend up Bear Mountain (now you’ve guessed why we took this ride yah?). During this steam train ride, you’ll be able to hear stories of the old west and be up close to the majestic redwoods!


What to eat in Santa Cruz California

Cucumber rhubarb cooler $5 and Shimmer Pils $4
Cucumber rhubarb cooler $5 and Shimmer Pils $4
Kale with red wine, garlic and shallots $4 and Lamb Kabobs $9
Kale with red wine, garlic and shallots $4 and Lamb Kabobs $9

There are so many restaurants, pubs and cafes that you can visit in Santa Cruz! This time, we visited the 515 Kitchen and Cocktails and it didn’t disappoint! The Cucumber Rhubarb Cooler ($5) was probably one of the most refreshing cocktails we’ve ever tried! Plus, the Lamb Kabobs were flavourful and tender (though slightly small on the portion for the price). Nonetheless, a great place to chill and hang out with your friends while you’re in Santa Cruz!


Where to stay in Santa Cruz California

While you’re in Santa Cruz, why not check out some of these top hotels?

1. Hotel Paradox Santa Cruz

2. West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn Santa Cruz

3. Casablanca Inn on the Beach

If you’ve been to Santa Cruz, tell about your experience in our comments section below! We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage of the Top Things to do and Attractions in Santa Cruz!

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