Things to Do in Santa Cruz during Winter

If you will be visiting Santa Cruz during the winter, do not fret, Santa Cruz offers plenty of fun things for vacationers to take advantage of throughout the fall and winter months. Santa Cruz is a great place to spend a vacation during the winter months because of its mild climate and fewer crowds. One other nice thing about spending time in Santa Cruz during the winter is that hotel rates drop drastically.



Places to Socialize and Have a Drink

  • Motiv
  • We Olive & Wine Bar
  • Pour Taproom
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
  • Brady’s Yacht Club
  • Surf City Billiards Bar & CAFÉ
  • Poet &patriot Irish Pub
  • Callahan’s


Places to Go With the Family

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

This attraction is great for children and adults. You can observe how marine scientists work and even touch a shark. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center sets itself apart from other aquariums because it takes you behind the scenes of scientific research in our oceans. The exhibits are fascinating as well as hands on.

Roaring Camp Railroads

There are many other reasons to check out Roaring Camp Railroads, but the train ride to the top of Bear Mountain is one of many. Here, you can also watch a blacksmith forge tools, see a printing press in action and even see Thomas the Tank Engine. The main attractions at Roaring Camp Railroads are the trains.

Observe Monarch Butterflies

Make a trip to see the monarch butterflies migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach. Not only is it a beautiful sight to see, but there is no admission. Even if butterflies are not your thing, this is still a beautiful sight to behold. Typically, the best time to witness this is during November. 

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