7. Hike the Trails of Wilder Ranch State Park
There’s one right way to explore the Santa Cruz coastline, and it is through hiking the trails of the 7,000-acre Wilder Ranch State Park. 19th-century Victorian homes, a 19th-century water-powered machine shop, beautiful scenery, and more than 35 miles of hiking trails await your explorations at this awe-inspiring park. The park also has a few kid-friendly hikes you are sure to enjoy as a family. Try the 2.3-mile-long Old Landing Cove Trail, which won’t take you over an hour to complete. You will see gulls, pelicans, and sea lions scattered along the shore during this top Santa Cruz hike, and you might even spot a migrating whale or two.
8. Experience the Joy of Camping at Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
It’s no secret that Santa Cruz County has some of the best hotels in the Golden State. It’s also no secret that it has the best campgrounds in the state if you’re willing to give your little ones the experience of a lifetime. At Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday, you can choose to stay in a deluxe cabin, an RV, or a tent surrounded by picnic tables and fire rings. After a cozy night in, enjoy the camp’s pool, ride the KOA Express Fun Train, and jump as high as you can on the KOA jumping below. Watch your kids have the time of their life playing mini golf and climbing coconut palm trees. If you’re looking for exciting things to do with kids in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday is your answer.
9. Acquire Knowledge at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Looking to educate your little ones in a fun and creative environment? A trip to Capitola’s Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery is the way to go. With tons of hands-on activities, your children will be filled with wonder about the world around them, and the excitement to learn as much as they can. The Santa Cruz Children’s Museum constantly upgrades its exhibits, which include the Interactive LED Wall, MOD’s Big Train Table, the Infinity Mirror, and the Climbing Web. Let your kids explore the depths of their imagination at this unique museum built just for them.