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Family in Santa Cruz
Things to Do

Things to Do in Santa Cruz


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Family Fun Adventures - Santa Cruz County Has It All!

Whatever pursuit you prefer, Santa Cruz offers uniquely diverse and exciting opportunities for recreation, relaxation and fun. Experience the our coastal beaches, stroll along trails of one of our many State Parks, or experience our lush Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Growing Region. There are always more things to do in Santa Cruz County.

Enjoy boutique shopping in Downtown Santa Cruz, on Pacific Avenue, or try Capitola Village for a quaint seaside shopping experience. Immerse yourself in local and marine culture at the Museum of Art History, Natural History Museum of Santa Cruz, or the UCSC Seymour Discovery Center.

You can't beat Roaring Camp Railroads or the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for family fun. Travel further to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and National Marine Sanctuary. This trip to Monterey is worth the day trip and just a quick 45 minute drive.

Whether visiting University of Santa Cruz, strolling downtown galleries on Pacific Avenue, taking in a FREE Friday Night Concert at the Beach, or just getting outside to enjoy the vast natural beauty of Santa Cruz's parks and trails, you'll find plenty of things to do in Santa Cruz and everything you need to embrace the best of life's pleasures.

poolside cabana

Resort Recreation

Don't feel like leaving the resort? No problem! There's plenty to do on the Chaminade grounds, including relaxing by the pool and hot tub under a cabana and treating yourself to a spa day.

  1. Activities at Chaminade
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Outdoor Adventures

If you're looking for adventure, look no farther. Santa Cruz offers amazing adventures. including ziplining through the forest, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and more!

  1. Santa Cruz Attractions
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Arts & Culture

Santa Cruz is home to plenty of museums, theaters and live music venues. During your stay at Chaminade, check out the Museum of Art & History, The Rio Theater & more!

  1. Museums & Venues
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Wine & Beer

The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to over 50 family-owned wineries and vineyards to explore. And, more recently, Santa Cruz has become a haven for craft beer lovers.

  1. Wine & Craft Beer
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Family Experiences

From Monterey Bay to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, there's no shortage of family fun in Santa Cruz. Make sure your next family vacation includes some of these great family experiences!

  1. Family Fun in Santa Cruz
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Do you have an itch to tavel? Chaminade Resort has you covered with these recommendations for your Santa Cruz vacation, including where the locals go, the best adventures & more!

  1. Wanderlust Guide