Activities and Recreation

From golf courses and wineries to bay cruises and amusement parks, recreational activities can be an important part of your wedding package. Santa Cruz County offers a wide variety of options for your guests and wedding party before, during and after the big event.

Golf courses

Seascape Golf Club, Aptos. On the coastal highlands of Monterey Bay.

Valley Gardens, Scotts Valley. The nine-hole executive lay-out offers both a peaceful playing environment as well as a good challenge to players of all calibers.

Boulder Creek Golf Course and Lodge. A relaxing experience among the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

DeLavega Golf and Lodge, Santa Cruz. Beautiful and challenging, located in the forest above Santa Cruz.

Pajaro Valley Golf Club, Royal Oaks. A fun 18 holes located just outside of Watsonville.

World Golf, Santa Cruz. De La Viega, Seascape, Pasatiempo, Valley Gardens, Boulder Creek, Spring Hills, Casserly Par-3.


Bargetto Winery. Producing wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains for three generations.

Storrs Winery. A small winery dedicated to the excellence that can be grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Bonny Doon Vineyard. Not to be missed. Great wines and a fun location.

Corralitos Wine Trail. Four independent, family owned wineries at the coastal end of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Hillcrest Terrace Winery. Wines in small lots from select local vineyards, focusing on single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, and other premium varieties.

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. Complete listing and map of the Wineries.


Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery. Think organic, drink organic.

Seabright Brewery. Check out their seasonal hand-crafted micro beers on tap.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. Big ideas small batches.

Discretion Brewing. Wisdom, Wit, Kindness, Beer.

Santa Cruz Ale Works. Making the best beer around.

Santa Cruz Brewing Company & Front Street Pub. First brewpub on the Central Coast since Prohibition.

Monterey Bay Cruises

Chardonnay II. A true Santa Cruz experience aboard a 70 foot sailing yatch.

Monterey Whale Watching. Aboard the Princess Monterey and the Pacific Exlorer.

Sanctuary Cruises. Year round whale watching and special charters.

Santa Cruz Whale Watching. Stagnaro Charter Boats. Whale watching, scenic cruises, private charters.

O’Neill Yacht Charters. A fantastic way to celebrate the ocean and the Santa Cruz Coastline.


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Ride the world-famous Giant Dipper roller coaster and enjoy our spectacular beachfront setting on beautiful Monterey Bay.

Roaring Camp Railroad. See California’s towering redwood forests from two historic railroads.

Mystery Spot. Experience strange natural phenomena at this mysterious Santa Cruz tourist attraction.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory. Exhibit hall, aquarium, touch tanks. Overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Other Activities

Skydive Surf City. Tandem skydiving with spectacular views of the entire Monterey Bay. Engagement and wedding jumps. The only beachfront landing area in all of California.

Venture Quest Kayaking. The perfect way to interact with the wildlife inhabitants of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Kayak Connection. Sea kayak rental, instruction and tours in Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, Monterey Bay.

Boardwalk Bowl. Next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Black light bowling, Rock and Bowl, party packages.Food, drinks and karaoke at the Coasters Lounge.

Santa Cruz Bike Tours. Sightseeing and mountain bike adventures, wine and beer tours.

Redwood Canopy Tours. The original Zip-line canopy tours.

The Santa Cruz Experience WineTours. A unique afternoon of wine, food, and fun in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Club Ed International Surf School. Live your dream to surf! Beginner group surf lessons, special wedding, bachelor/ette sessions. Open group and private group lessons.

Richard Schmidt Surf School. Learn with the best! Santa Cruz’s original surf school for over 30 years.

Surf School Santa Cruz. Taught by Bud Freitas, one of Santa Cruz’s top professional surfers.

Santa Cruz Surf School. Teaching the full surfing experience.

Covewater Paddle Surf. Northern California’s stand up paddleboard headquarters. Discover the thrill of stand up paddling. Fun and easy to learn.