Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz

Outdoor activities in Santa Cruz are a mix of adventure sports and some laid-back vibes amidst scenic beauty. Santa Cruz comes with an ideal terrain and atmosphere to spend active holidays and make plenty of unforgettable memories. So, explore the wilderness of Santa Cruz and spend some time in the lap of nature with these exciting outdoor activities Santa Cruz has to offer. From the most adventurous experiences to the most popular ones, the following list combines it all to make sure you do not miss these unique experiences while planning a trip to Santa Cruz.

From sunrise to sunset, let's discover the best spots for outdoor activities in Santa Cruz:

  1. #1 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 423 itineraries
    Santa Cruz Wharf

    Tags: Restaurant, Winery, Market

    Address: 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located between Main beach and Cowell’s beach, the Santa Cruz Wharf is a behemoth of a structure that goes deep into the sea. Sprawling a length of 836 meters, the wharf is the longest on the wh...Read more

  2. #2 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 315 itineraries
    Mystery Spot

    Address: 465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    The Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz is one of those rare sites where one can themselves visit and check out the apparent anomalies in the laws of nature. Both gravity and basic physics seem not to function...Read more

  3. #3 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 158 itineraries
    Main Beach

    Tags: Beach, Walking Area, Water Sport, Boating

    Address: 108 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the major highlights of Santa Cruz, Main Beach is the most visited beach of the city, owing to the close proximity of several wonderful attractions like the Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz W...Read more

  4. #4 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 164 itineraries
    UCSC Arboretum

    Address: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Though the UCSC grounds are already beautiful beyond doubt, the Arboretum is one of the prime gems of the University and also the city. A number of rare and endangered plant species are present in the...Read more

  5. #5 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

    Tags: Beach

    Address: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Opened as a modern and futuristic visitor center, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center features a number of wonderfully engaging audio/video exhibits that provide an interacti...Read more

  6. #6 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 204 itineraries
    Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

    Tags: Beach, Walking Area, Restaurant, Court

    Address: 135 5th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Wedged between Twin Lakes State beach and Santa Cruz Harbor, lies the very busy Santa Cruz Harbor Beach. The beach is always full of visitors looking to have a great time in the sun outside, lazing on...Read more

  7. #7 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 135 itineraries
    The Nickelodeon

    Tags: Entertainment, Stage Show, Theatre, Cinema

    Address: 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

    The Nickelodeon Theatre is a small but significant theater in Santa Cruz which has always showcased a number of foreign and indie films throughout its short but illustrious history. The feature that a...Read more

  8. #8 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 39 itineraries
    Surfing Sculpture

    Tags: Beach, Walking Area, Monument, Sculpture

    Address: Surfing Sculpture, 547 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Being a prime surfing city, it is quite expected to find a monument dedicated in Santa Cruz to the city’s favorite water sport and pastime. Just like the plaque states “This monument is de...Read more

  9. #9 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 11 itineraries
    Pleasure Point Beach

    Tags: Beach, Walking Area, Dine In, Leisure

    Address: Pleasure Point, Opal Cliffs, CA 95062, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The dog friendly Pleasure Point beach is located in Santa Cruz’s Live Oak area. Though the beach is not very popular for its shoreline or scenic beauty, the real reason that attracts large numbe...Read more

  10. #10 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 1 itinerary
    Pacific Garden Mall

    Tags: Restaurant, Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: 1424-1498 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Pacific Garden Mall is one of the busiest blocks of the city of Santa Cruz, resplendent with a number of shops, restaurants and bakeries. It is very popular amongst shoppers and visitors to Santa ...Read more

  11. #11 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    Storrs Winery

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Winery, Adults

    Address: 303 Potrero St #35, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details

    The Storrs Winery is reputed in Sancta Cruz for its wonderful collection of red and white wines, the likes of which can easily be compared to some great European blends. The Storrs family has also gai...Read more

  12. #12 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    Beauregard Vineyard Tasting Room And Winery

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Winery, Entertainment, Performance

    Address: 10 Pine Flat Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

    Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Tasting Room of Beauregard Vineyard helps in bringing the excellent, savory taste of their wine to the masses in Santa Cruz city. Though a lot of events like wine festivals and live band performan...Read more

  13. #13 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 30 itineraries
    Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve

    Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Wildlife Sanctuary , Nature

    Address: Moore Creek Trail, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

    Timings: 06:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The Moore Creek Preserve is a 246 acre restricted area in Santa Cruz which is almost exclusively open to the public for hiking purposes. These trails are also allowed to be explored only on foot. Use ...Read more

  14. #14 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz Children's Museum Of Discovery

    Tags: Science Museum, Children Museum

    Address: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave #10, Capitola, CA 95010, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Conceptualized in 2012, the Children’s Museum of Discovery in Santa Cruz is a mixture of education, discovery and enrichment, all under a single roof. Children are welcome to explore the whole m...Read more

  15. #15 of 76 Outdoors Activities in Santa Cruz
    - Used in 1 itinerary
    New Bohemia Brewing Co.

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Brewery, Pubs, Entertainment

    Address: 1030 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, USA

    Timings: 04:00 pm - 09:00 pm Details

    The New Bohemia Brewing Co. is one of the best places in Santa Cruz to head to if you are in the mood for a few pints of some of the best tasting beer in the state. The specialty of New Bohemia Brewin...Read more