Pacific Coast Playground: Santa Cruz
Collected by Kristin Zibell, AFAR Local Expert
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
Old school pinball, beer, air hockey and museum: the perfect combination of amusements come together on the mezzanine overlooking Neptune’s Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Neptune’s Kingdom is a pirate-themed miniature golf course in...
913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
There’s nothing like a cold creamy treat on a warm day, and one ice cream shop in the cozy California beach town of Santa Cruz is doing it so, so right. Penny Ice Creamery isn’t your average ice cream joint; you won’t find Ben & Jerry’s-style...
701 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is located in a historic lighthouse overlooking the sea on the city’s favorite strolling street with a view, West Cliff Drive. Museum exhibits interpret surfing culture through the decades with photos, surfboards,...
861 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, USA
The ocean is the heart of the Pleasure Point neighborhood in Santa Cruz, but surfers and sun worshippers need to shop and eat to. The shops, cafés and restaurants on 41st Avenue, near Portola Drive, two blocks from the ocean, cater to the unique...
5730, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
4415, 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
Built in 1936 and dripping with colorful deco style inside and out, the Del Mar Theatre, on Santa Cruz’s main drag, Pacific Avenue is the best place in town to see films. The beloved movie house was renovated in 2002, when programming switched...
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
When a writing assignment sent me to Santa Cruz in search of "couple-friendly" activities, visions of relaxing on a massage table danced in my head. My mate, on the other hand, had always dreamed of learning to ride waves, so I stepped outside my...
125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
I was standing in front of the ice cream case at The Picnic Basket deciding what flavor to have. Do I do burnt caramel or the coffee flavor? I needed some sort of pick me up and saw the espresso machine...but still the ice cream... My indecision...