PLACES TO SEE

kayakers
  1. Kayak Connection
  2. Address: 413 Lake Ave. Santa Cruz, Ca. 95062 (map)
  3. website: kayakconnection.com

Tidbits: They have an intro class called "Coastal Sea Kayaking 1" for only $70. You will learn the equipment, safety and basics of kayaking. Check their website for further details and how to book your first class.

music
  1. Streetlight Records
  2. Address:939 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060 (map)
  3. website: streetlightrecords.com.com

Tidbits: According to their website, they pride in hiring musically literate people. Some even have talent as performers. Lastly, they might make house calls if you have a large music collection which you're looking to sell. Check their website for their phone number.

bookshop
  1. Bookshop Santa Cruz
  2. Address: 1520 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060 (map)
  3. website: bookshopsantacruz.com

Tidbits: This local shop is celebrating 50 years in book store business. Another thing is they encourage parents to bring their children to submit their creative bookmarks for their contest. This shop has so much to offer that you would spend all afternoon reviewing their site to discover what they have to offer.

mystery spot
  1. Mystery Spot
  2. Address: 465 Mystery Spot Rd. Santa Cruz, Ca. 95065 (map)
  3. website: mysteryspot.com

Tidbits: The Mystery Spot has been a popular tourist attraction since 1941 near Santa Cruz. The rumor is that laws of physics and gravity does not apply at this small building. Another thing is Mystery Spot employees, dressed in forest ranger outfit, perform demostrations that could be confusing and entertaining to your young children. Ever seen those yellow bumper stickers on vehicles ahead of you on hwy 17? Their shop sells them for one dollar each.

comic books
  1. Comicopolis
  2. Address: 829 Front St. Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060 (map)
  3. website: comicopolisonline.com

Tidbits: It is a comic book store with plenty of action figures to choose from. These figures are probably in limited edition so hurry before prices goes up.

slice of kianti's
  1. A Slice Of Kianti's
  2. Address: 46 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)
  3. website: asliceofkiantis.com

Tidbits: Along with their pizza selection, they offer sandwiches such as italian sub, meatball and bbq chicken. Let's not forget the vegetarian option. This restaurant is very close to Municipal Wharf. Lastly, there is also Kianti's Pizza and Pasta Bar at 1100 Pacific Avenue.

kayakers
  1. Woodstock Pizza
  2. Address: 710 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)
  3. website: woodstockcruz.com

Tidbits: Great place for pizza and more. They have Man Cave Wings, Cinnabread, sandwiches, salad and many more. Wednesdays is Pint Night and Thursdays is trivia night. Lastly, Woodstock Pizza offers military discounts with valid military ID.

spokesman bicycles
  1. Spokesman Bicycles Santa Cruz
  2. Address: 231 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)
  3. website: spokesmanbicycles.com

Tidbits: Their website is superb and user-friendly. You can take a virtual tour from their home page. If you have busy schedule and need your bike serviced, they can pick it up and drop it off when finished. What else is nice is 10% off on parts and accessories for students. Verify with them about the discount policy.

bicycle trip
  1. Bicycle Trip
  2. Address: 1001 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (map)
  3. website: bicycletrip.com

Tidbits: In addition to huge bike selection, they've launched "Bicycle Trip Royalty Club" program in early 2016. It is free to join and you earn points on every dollar spent at the store... Bike rental is also available if you're in town on vacation. They also offer back to school discounts for students.

flower shop
  1. Pacific Edge Climbing Gym
  2. Address: 104 Bronson St #12, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (map)
  3. website: pacificedgeclimbinggym.com

Tidbits: Comprehensive gym for everyone to rock climb, lift weights, run on the treadmill, do yoga and more. A nice feature of their webiste is the responsive online GoogleCalendar which includes Jr. Rockstars, Basic Safety, ViniYoga for Your Back and other events.

mt hermon adventures
  1. Mount Hermon Adventures
  2. Address: 17 Conference Dr, Felton, CA 95018 (map)
  3. website: mounthermonadventures.com/

Tidbits: This place is located in the woods and looks pretty darn fun. A great experience and adventure walking across pieces of wood tied to ropes. There is also zip line that should help you forget about your past due rent. This description doesn't do justice, so check out their pictures and videos on their site.

Pasatiempo Inn
  1. The Inn At Pasatiempo
  2. Address: 555 CA-17, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)
  3. website: innatpasatiempo.com

Tidbits: The hotel is located 3.4 miles from downtwon Santa Cruz and is adjacent to the world famous Pasatiempo golf course. Secondly, there is an outdoor swimming pool which is heated throughout the year. Lastly, there is complimentary high speed wireless internet.

flower shop
  1. Ferrari Florist and Gifts
  2. Address: 345 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (map)
  3. website: ferrariflorist.com

Tidbits: This flower shop has been in business since Harry Truman was President. That is a lot flower arrangements for 70 years of wedding events and holidays. Their flower selection is wide and impressive. You can order online. If you cannot decide which arrangement, then they can make suggestions over the phone or at the shop.

natural history museum
  1. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
  2. Address: 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (map)
  3. website: santacruzmuseum.org

Tidbits: This museum is a treasure that has been in existence for over 110 years. Their collection includes 1,500 fossils, 4,000 shells, 2,000 insects, 700 minerals - to name a few. They offers field trip for K-12 grade students. See the following link to make a request: www.santacruzmuseum.org/education/

flower shop
  1. Mission Hill Creamery
  2. Address: 1101 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)
  3. website: missionhillcreamery.com

Tidbits: Handcrafted artisan ice cream located in downtown Santa Cruz on Pacific Ave. The chef and owner Dave has studied culinary arts in France, so this would indicates that he takess ice cream very seriously. Some of their flavor offerings include mango-passionfruit sorbet, milk chocolate hazzelnut, salted carmel and fresh strawberry. Don't deny yourself some superb ice cream.

art gallery
  1. Santa Cruz Surf Academy
  2. Address: various Santa Cruz beach locations (map)
  3. website: santacruzsurfacademy.net

Tidbits: Is surfing on your bucket list? If so, the this could be first place to start if you want to learn how to surf. There are group and private lessons available, which you can register online. Check out their website before you procrastinate!

surfing
  1. Artisans Gallery
  2. Address: 1368 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)
  3. website: artisanssantacruz.com/

Tidbits: A local art gallery located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. Thinking of an art gift for yourself or your loved one? This art gallery might be the place if you stuck on gift giving ideas. Two great ideas would be a sculputure of a bear with chickadee or Santa Cruz 3D Wood Map. Click here for a shortcut.

Bigfoot Discovery Museum
  1. Bigfoot Discovery Museum
  2. Address: 5497 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018 (map)
  3. website: bigfootdiscoveryproject.com

Tidbits: This Bigfoot museum opened its doors in 2004. The exhbit includes plaster foot of bigfoot, the most famous video of bigfoot filmed by Roger Patterson and the retail shop.

Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz
  1. Santa Cruz Volunteer Center
  2. Address: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (map)
  3. website: scvolunteercenter.org

Tidbits: This local center connects volunteers to local groups that needs help. Their results are impressive: 460 local families were provided with food and clothing, thousands of food basket and toys, and provide coordinator for college students to remove/paint over graffti throughout the city.