Local Area Attractions
Montery Bay is the hub of many activities and fun places to visit! The Santa Cruz KOA is based in the center, making it the perfect base camp for your vacation!
Santa Cruz Beaches
We are located just under 1 mile from Manresa State Beach. Miles of sand, park lands and bike paths extend the length of Santa Cruz County. A short drive leads you to a relaxing day of fresh crab, kite flying and walking on the beach. Let your cares fade away as the waves hit the shore. Watch the fishing boats bring in the daily catch and enjoy fresh crab and San Francisco Sourdough. Enjoy some BBQ'd oysters, a local's favorite! Waterfront restaurants and souvenir shopping are available up and down the coast.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park
Located in Santa Cruz, 15 minutes north of the campground, the Santa Cruze Beach Boardwalk offers carnival rides, including the 1924 "Giant Dipper" - one of the few wooden roller coasters still in existence, as well as games, shops, miniature golf and more. As the only remaining seaside amusement park in the country, the Boardwalk is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Historic Monterey - Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf
Once the heart of Monterey’s canning industry, Cannery Row is now a bustling shopping area. There are more than 150 stores located along the six-block stretch of Cannery Row between Reeside and David Avenue. Fisherman’s Wharf is lined with seafood restaurants, fish markets, art galleries, specialty shops, candy stores, a theater and fishing, diving, sight-seeing and whale-watching charter and tour companies.
Roaring Camp Railroads
A quick (25 minute) car ride gets you to the train station in Felton for a trip back in time. Board the Roaring Camp Railroad's steam train and embark on a 90-minute journey through redwood groves to the top of Bear Mountain. The Beach Train takes riders on three-hour tours of redwood forests, across a century-old steel bridge, and through an 1875 tunnel.
Elkhorn Slough Safari
Elkhorn Slough Safari is one of California's largest wetlands and part of a National Estuarine Reserve located in central Monterey Bay, California, just a short trip from the Santa Cruz area and the Monterey Peninsula. Elkhorn Slough Safari is an exciting way to visit this natural, calm water habitat and will provide excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife close at hand. These two hour boat cruises include an in-depth look at various aspects of slough ecology, fascinating history, and birding in the company of a naturalist guide. The 27-foot pontoon boat the Safari, departs from Moss Landing, California.
World Class Golf
Sonoma and Napa Valley are a golfer's paradise. Bring your clubs and enjoy Siverado Country Club, The Chardonney Club, Rooster Run and Fox Tail Golf course just to name a few. Golf Courses range from PGA to Municipal courses. A driving range is located 2 blocks from the campground entrance!
Sport Fishing, Whale & Dolphin Watching, Scenic Bay Cruises, Sunset Cruises
Stagnaro Charter Boats has been a staple in Santa Cruz for more than a century. This family-owned and operated business leads the pack while leading tourists and locals on sea adventures like fishing trips, scenic bay cruises, whale and dolphin watching and private parties.
Monterey Wine Country - Where Great Taste Begins!
The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to over 60 wineries, each with its own character and award-winning vintages. This area has been known as a premium wine-producing region since the 1800’s. Enjoy tours, tastings and special events. Visit Monterey Wine Country online for information.
Santa Cruz Wharf
Visit the Santa Cruz Wharf and watch the sea lions play as you take in the beautiful ocean views. This 2,701 foot long wharf is home to music, art and food events throughout the year. Enjoy boating, fishing, surfing, shopping and more. Open seven days a week, 5:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. The wharf is located in downtown Santa Cruz, offers free admission, and is wheelchair accessible.
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
Your entire family will find something to enjoy at the Gilroy Gardens, which is a nonprofit horticultural theme park only an hour from the campground. Marvel at the latticework of the park's world-famous geometric topiary conifer gardens, circle the park by monorail or get wet in the splash garden.
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
At Seymour Marine Discovery Center, open your eyes to a world of science! Exhibits, aquaria, touch tank, family programs, tours, Ocean Discovery Shop. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays. Admission is charged. The Center is located on the west side of Santa Cruz.
Winchester Mystery House
Only an hours drive from the campground sits sunny San Jose, home to the Winchester Mystery House. In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House.
Visit this quaint historic fishing village and discover why it is considered a hidden treasure. Enjoy shopping, restaurants and art galleries. Go bird watching, boating, surfing, whale watching and more. Only a short distance from Santa Cruz. Visit the Chamber of Commerce online online for more information.
The Mystery Spot - where the laws of physics cease to exist! Experience strange variations in perspective, gravity and height – watch a ball roll uphill! The Mystery Spot is located in the redwood forest just outside Santa Cruz. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. from Memorial Day - Labor Day. Admission is charged.
Ocean Speedway in Watsonville
For some fun and exciting family entertainment, you can’t beat a trip to the Speedway! This quarter-mile semi-banked clay oval track is home to a variety of races, including American Stock, Super Stock and Destruction Derby. Races are held March - October, call 831-476-9466 for schedules. Admission is charged. The Speedway is located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, off State Route 152.
It’s "always kid season" at Gizdich Ranch. This fourth generation family ranch has "Pik-Yor-Sef" berries and apples, a Farm Park , antique and gift shop and picnic areas. Enjoy the fresh country air as you take a walking tour. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free Admission. The Ranch is located in Watsonville, 15 miles east of Santa Cruz.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Be one of the nearly two million visitors to the Monterey Bay Aquarium this year. Home to more than 550 marine species from penguins to jellies to coral, the aquarium is a short 30 minute drive from the campground. Open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily; 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. summer weekdays and holidays; 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. summer weekends. Admission is charged. Wheelchair accessible.