5 Family Fun Places in Santa Cruz

It’s hard for any age to get bored with so many family friendly places in the great big City of Santa Cruz. There’s so much beauty to behold and so many family friendly places in Santa Cruz, that you could spend the entire day just lying around at the beach, while the kids play along the shoreline. Beaches, parks, entertainment venues, and shopping are all just a part of what the city has to offer families. Whether you’re a resident or vacationer, take advantage of all that surrounds you.

With all that there is to discover, it could take years before you know all that exists within Santa Cruz. That’s why we included a list of some of the best places for family fun throughout the city. This will help you to get a better idea of what is available. Some of these places are known for being the most exciting places throughout the state and even the nation.

Santa Cruz Beach
Santa Cruz Beach: Photo taken by Joey Webster

5 Family Friendly Places in Santa Cruz, CA

Henry Cowell Redwoods

Visit this state park with the kids to see more of the wildlife that exists in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with over 4,650 acres of land, you could easily get lost. It is advised that all children remain supervised and that you remain on the paths while hiking. As you travel through the park, you and the kids might get a chance to view deer, coyote, Sycamore trees, bobcats, luscious ferns, and other living things in the forest.

Henry Cowell Redwoods in Santa Cruz
Henry Cowell Redwoods in Santa Cruz: Photo on Flickr by Jeff Wheeler / CC BY-NC 2.0

Natural Bridges State Beach

Open from 8:00am until sunset, this long stretch of beach remains famous for its natural bridge. Standing on the bridge makes it possible to view whales, sea lions and other marine animals in their natural habitat. Spend time sunbathing on the beach, building sandcastles with the kids, and venturing through the wetlands filled with wildflowers.

Natural Bridges Santa Cruz
Natural Bridges: Photo on Flickr by Cocoa Dream / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center you will immediately notice the large 87 foot skeleton of a blue whale, adequately named Ms. Blue. It is only one of four blue whale displays in the nation. Inside the discovery center children will learn about ocean life with hands on learning activities and interactive exhibits.

Blue Whale Skeleton at Seymour Marine Discovery Centre
Blue Whale Skeleton at Seymour Marine Discovery Centre: Photo on Flickr by J Maughan / CC BY-NC 2.0

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been providing families with excitement since 1907. Carnival food, amusement rides, games, and other various activities exist all along the sandy shoreline. If it’s raining, simply go inside the arcade or play a game of bowling. It’s impossible to get bored on the boardwalk, as this is where residents spend most of their free time and tourists come from all over to experience.

Family Friendly Places in Santa Cruz, CA: Sun's Still Shining When I Close My Eyes Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk California USA
Sun’s Still Shining When I Close My Eyes on Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: Photo on Flickr by Thomas Hawk / CC BY-NC 2.0

Surfrider Café

When the kids get hungry after a day surfing, visit Surfrider Café for a quick, but fulfilling meal. This popular burger joint’s menu features dino-shaped chicken, smothered tater tots, and other kid approved dishes. You can truly find everything from drool-worthy desserts to healthy organic food, making it appeal to everyone.

Dinner Surfrider Cafe Santa Cruz
Dinner in Surfrider Cafe: Photo on Flickr by Frederik Hermann / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Jason is a hard working Canadian entrepreneur currently living in Costa Rica who lives to travel and meet new people. When he is not behind the screen of a computer working you can find him out on an adventure somewhere.

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