Everyone knows that Santa Cruz is a summer beach destination but what only the local know is that fall is the best season in Santa Cruz. The crowds are smaller, the beach fog is gone, and the weather is a perfect 68 degrees. Plan a weekend to Santa Cruz now with these Top 5 Fall activities:
1. Monarch Butterflies
Every year from mid-October through January these amazing orange and black butterflies congregate at Natural Bridges State Park at the end of West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. A gentle boardwalk leads to the observation area amongst towering eucalyptus trees. Bring your binoculars for an up-close view.
2. Sequoia Aerial Adventure Course
Adventure IN the towering redwood trees at Mount Hermon’s Sequoia Aerial Adventure Course. Traverse over 35 obstacles at heights up to 90ft including two zip lines and the “quick jump” free-fall. Book your adventure ahead of time at mounthermonadventures.com
3. Whale Watching
While you can see whales all year in the Monterey Bay the lack of fog and generally less-windy days of fall mean spotting a spout is easier in the fall. Grab a picnic lunch from Zoccoli’s Deli on Pacific Avenue then head to the bluffs trail in Wilder Ranch State park for an uncrowded view of the blue whales in October/November and the grey whales starting in December.
4. Quiet Beaches
Facing the wild Pacific ocean, Davenport landing just north of Santa Cruz has amazing white sand and good tide pools at low tide. With ample parking, a rest room, and even a rouge swing-set it’s easy to make a day of it. Hit Whale City Bakery early for treats or later in the day for ice cream.
5. Mount Hermon Fall Frenzy
Have teenagers looking for an action packed weekend? Mount Hermon’s Fall Frenzy weekends pack an entire summer camp week of fun into two and a half days. Ride zip lines, play crazy games, and make life-long friends while learning about God’s wild love. Find out more at mounthermon.org/fallfrenzy.