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Things to do in Santa Cruz

by Guest Author 24 May 2017 10:44

Santa Cruz is an amazing place to visit no matter the time of year, even during the winter. They have things going on for you and your family to enjoy. There are some sites you should consider seeing when you visit Santa Cruz.

They have historical landmarks for you to see and experience. The biggest attractions in the area are the Boardwalk, the Mystery Spot, and surfing. Just in case you are wondering what these attractions are, here is a little more information.

The Boardwalk

This attraction is open all the time minus December when they close down for yearly maintenance. It is free to the public to come and walk around. They have rides and activities for all ages and games to enjoy.

Some of the big attractions, besides the rides, are the Casino Arcade, Neptune’s Kingdom, Buccaneer Bay Mini Golf, and more. You can play arcade games, mini golf, and laser tag. It’s the best place to create memories and enjoy the laughter of your family and friends.

Boardwalk Main Attractions

The Boardwalk has two historic rides: the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and 1911 Loof Carousel.

The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster opened in 1924 and has had over 60 million visitors. It was built by the son of Charles Looff, who built the carousel in Santa Cruz. This roller coaster has been all over the media and chances are at some point you have seen it. With that in mind, maybe it is time for you to experience it.

The 1911 Looff Carousel is a handcrafted masterpiece created by Charles Looff. Each of the 73 horses is unique and 71 of them jump, while 2 stay still for your ride. This is also one of the only a few carousels that has a ring dispenser for you to have an extra fun activity while riding.

Both the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and the 1911 Looff Carousel was declared by the U.S. Park Service as a Historical Landmark.

The Mystery Spot

You may have seen their fun bumper stickers on cars in your area; it is a yellow sticker with black writing. You should come see for yourself and see why so many people love visiting The Mystery Spot.

This place defies your perception of physics. You will feel like you are standing up straight but appear not to be at the same time. Thousands of people have visited and came up with theories as to why things seem different in The Mystery Spot.


Whether you are a beginner or expert, Santa Cruz is the perfect place to visit for surfing. They have waves in areas that will suit your surfing level. If you would like lessons or help deciding where to go to try to surf, we suggest getting an instructor.

We want you to enjoy your time in Santa Cruz. Whether you decide to surf, shop, or check out some of the attractions, has you covered. We can help you find a hotel, places to eat, and more. Start planning your trip today!

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