Things to do in Santa Cruz, CA

Activities, attractions and tours
Santa Cruz showing rocky coastline, a sandy beach and general coastal views

Santa Cruz Attractions

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Places of interest in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is crammed with must-see places to visit and things to do. We can help you decide where to stay in Santa Cruz, and make it a breeze to explore Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas with our guides on where to go, what to see and when to see it. No matter how long your stay, it’s easy to find places of interest in Santa Cruz to make sure that you enjoy your holiday to the fullest and don’t miss a thing. Leave the local knowledge to us and leave the hassle behind.

If you’re planning a visit to Santa Cruz, why not check out our handy guides to places of interest in the area? You can browse lists of things to do, learn about the most popular attractions, and get help with planning the details of your trip. Expedia makes it easy for you to check out all the top sights in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz attractions

Santa Cruz has something for everyone, so whether you’re planning to get active on a summer holiday, put a spring in your step with a romantic rendezvous, or pamper yourself with a leisurely winter trip, you’ll find plenty of attractions in Santa Cruz to keep you entertained. Expedia makes it easy to book your flight, hotel and rental car in advance, making for hassle-free travel and freeing you up to explore the sights of Santa Cruz.

Looking for things to do in Santa Cruz can be time-consuming, but we can take the hassle out of planning your holiday. Whether you’re looking to get active in the great outdoors, sample the cuisine of Santa Cruz or catch up with the vibrant local culture, our guides to Santa Cruz attractions ensure that you’ll have a successful trip, whatever the season. Happy trails!

Top things to do in Santa Cruz


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Top places to visit

1. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Enjoy the exciting rides at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and see why everyone loves this theme park in Santa Cruz. Attend a sporting event in this walkable area or seek out the cycling trails.
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Enjoy the exciting rides at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and see why everyone loves this theme park in Santa Cruz. Attend a sporting event in this walkable area or seek out the cycling trails.

2. Ocean Street

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Ocean Street, a popular shopping spot in Santa Cruz. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.
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You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Ocean Street, a popular shopping spot in Santa Cruz. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

3. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Explore Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, a favourite green space in Santa Cruz, and also enjoy the area's surfing. Attend a sporting event in this walkable area or seek out the cycling trails.
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Explore Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, a favourite green space in Santa Cruz, and also enjoy the area's surfing. Attend a sporting event in this walkable area or seek out the cycling trails.

4. Santa Cruz Wharf

Explore the waterfront of Santa Cruz Wharf and enjoy activities such as surfing in Santa Cruz. Attend a sporting event in this walkable area or seek out the cycling trails.
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Explore the waterfront of Santa Cruz Wharf and enjoy activities such as surfing in Santa Cruz. Attend a sporting event in this walkable area or seek out the cycling trails.

5. Pacific Avenue

During your visit to Santa Cruz, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Pacific Avenue. Wander the beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.
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During your visit to Santa Cruz, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Pacific Avenue. Wander the beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.

6. Mission Santa Cruz

You can learn about the history of Santa Cruz with a visit to Mission Santa Cruz. You can seek out the surfing spots and cycling trails in this walkable area.
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You can learn about the history of Santa Cruz with a visit to Mission Santa Cruz. You can seek out the surfing spots and cycling trails in this walkable area.

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