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Things to do in Santa Cruz

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Great place to get our local homemade ice cream - Penny Icecream -local farm fruits and vegetables are used in them - yum. Just down from the boardwalk across from the beach where they play volleyball”
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Point of Interest
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Store
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Store
“Part of the UCSC Arboretum; great gift and plants. You can tour the arboretum while you are there.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“This is a functioning and amazing small sustainable farm on the UCSC campus. I grew up on campus and used to walk around here all the time admiring everything. Look but don't touch or pick and be polite and you're welcome here.”
  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Great if you forgot your toothbrush razor or other personal items. Has a refrigerated section for food items too!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Furniture Store
“A collectors paradise of furnishings from Indonesia. Gorgeous, hand made, large, pricey, undeniable beauty.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Hardware Store
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“Closest hardware store on the eastside of Santa Cruz. In addition to tools, paints, etc - basic electronics, batteries, pens/pencils/paper pads, outdoor grilling items. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Furniture Store
“Everything for the kitchen and dining-- things you want, need, and didn't know you wanted and needed. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Locality
“Great coffee shop with a full kitchen too. Good spot for breakfast and lunch with plenty of power outlets for your laptops. Great for kids - full kids menu as well as a carpeted play area with toys.”
  • 1 local recommends
Furniture Store
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Gas Station
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