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Santa Cruz Wharf

Santa Cruz Wharf

Take the family to this seaside playground on the Central Coast

Host to popular annual events such as April’s Jazz on the Wharf music festival and June’s Woodies on the Wharf classic car show, this half-mile-long pier draws 1.5 million to 2 million visitors each year. Keep an eye out for resident sea lions frolicking beneath as you stroll the gift shops (check out Made in Santa Cruz for a local souvenir), belly up to the wine bar for a sunset view, and dine above the waves in one of the wharf’s 10 restaurants.

The wharf—the family-friendly counterpart to romantic, nearby Capitola Wharf—is also a hub for exploring the surrounding Monterey Bay, from fishing and whale-watching excursions to kayak and SUP rentals. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, home to one of the oldest amusement parks in the state, is also just east of the wharf: Don’t miss a ride on the Giant Dipper, the park’s famed wooden roller coaster. 


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