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!
Located in Santa Cruz, 15 minutes north of the campground, the Santa Cruz 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.
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.
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.
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.
Our local area is known for great Surfing and other ocean activities. Enjoy your time at our campground and spend a day at the beach!
The beaches are just the beginning! Explore majestic redwood forests in Santa Cruz County's 14 state parks. Taste fresh cuisine and fine wines. Experience rich history and acclaimed arts. Santa Cruz's Traveler's Guide will help you discover all that Santa Cruz has to offer. Online visitor information keeps you up-to-date on Santa Cruz's year-round events for everyone. Find out about the latest news for visitors, or check out what's happening this week. Many things to see and do in Santa Cruz County are absolutely free.
Start a new holiday tradition, ice skating at the Boardwalk! The Boardwalk's Main Plaza sparkles with all the fun of a winter wonderland with ice skating and festive foods plus rides, games and more! Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental for only $14.95 + tax.