Things To Do

Experience all the charm, thrills, and character of Santa Cruz, CA, a beach community known for its surfing, golfing, and worry free attitude. Home of lush Redwood forests, UC Santa Cruz, and the world famous Santa Cruz Beach, you won't find a dull moment here.

Drop your bags at the Inn at Pasatiempo and rent a board and see where the waves take you, or rent a bike and ride alongside the great pacific, admiring the golden sands and nearby mountains. Take your best swing for the green at The Pasatiempo Golf Club, a pristine, semi-private course that sits atop the Santa Cruz hills. Or, walk through mighty Redwood trees at Henry Cowell State Park and peer through glass to see rare fish and wildlife at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You won't run out of things to do in Santa Cruz, and you'll be close to it all at The Inn at Pasatiempo.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk


The Beach Boardwalk has become the most iconic symbol of Santa Cruz. The lights, the coasters, and the carefree crowds speak volumes about the charm and character of this seaside community.

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Henry Cowell State Park

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This park features 15 miles of hiking trails through scenic, wooded areas packed with redwoods, mixed evergreens, ponderosa pine, and a multitude of wildlife. The tallest tree in the park stands at 285 feet tall, and the oldest trees in the park date back to 200 AD.

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Mystery Spot

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It's been more than 70 years since the Mystery Spot opened, yet even repeat visitors don't know how to fully explain what they have seen. Located less than 4 miles from the Inn at Pasatiempo, this bizarre spot defies gravity and challenges the most commonly held truths in modern physics. Come and behold a phenomenon that will leave your head spinning, and your mind racing.

Website | 831-423-8897

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Home to more than 35,000 creatures, The Monterey Bay Aquarium features exhibits dedicated to sharks, otters, seahorses, flamingos, jellyfish, stingrays, bluefin tuna, and a host of creatures you won't find anywhere else.

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University of California, Santa Cruz


The beautiful campus at University of California Santa Cruz is home to 15,000 undergraduate students. The campus stands on over 2,000 acres of wooded hills overlooking the Pacific.

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center


Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. The exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world.

Website | 831-459-3800

Roaring Camp Railroads

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Historical theme park offering rides on a narrow gauge railroad steam train through the Big Trees of Bear Mountain.

Website | 831-335-4484

The Museum of Art and History

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The Museum of Art and History, also known as the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, is a nonprofit educational institution in Santa Cruz, California.

Website | 831-429-1964

Wilder Ranch State Park

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Wilder Ranch State Park is a California State Park on the Pacific Ocean coast north of Santa Cruz, California. The park was formerly a dairy ranch, and many of the ranch buildings have been restored for use as a museum.  

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Chardonnay II


Enjoy a wonderful excursion about the Chardonnay II. Sailings are perfect for any age group and fun for everyone from seasoned sailors to first time adventurers.  The large, modern galley and seating area are designed to accommodate a variety of daily sails. Taste local wines and microbrews while meeting their producers on the Winemaker and Brewmaster excursions, or tantalize your taste buds with the creations of a local culinary artist on the Taste of Santa Cruz sail.

Private charters are also available for corporate events, team building, weddings, or any special occasion. Amenities include a large galley, stereo system, keg dispensers, a 70 foot deck with seating, and restrooms.

Website | 831-423-1213

Boardwalk Bowl

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Boardwalk Bowl is a state-of-the-art bowling facility, arcade, restaurant, and lounge with plenty of party fun!

Open daily at 9am

Website | 831-426-3324

Pasatiempo Golf Course

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Play one of America's finest courses, The Pasatiempo Golf Club. This pristine Santa Cruz golf course was the prize design of world-renown Alister MacKenzie. Nestled in the hills above Santa Cruz, this championship golf course has been consistently ranked as one of the top golf courses in America and features panoramic views of Monterey Bay.  

Book an overnight golf package by contacting us below:

Website | 831-423-5000

whale watching

Sign up for Santa Cruz & Monterey Whale Watching Trips & Sea Life Excursions & "Sea For Yourself". Climb aboard Velocity, a 60 foot luxury charter boat, and experience the Monterey Bay area like never before! In winter or summer, sail out to the heart of whale territory as we spot these magnificent creatures and much more!

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  The Inn at Pasatiempo
555 Highway 17
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

  831-423-5000 | 800-230-2892


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