Take a Hike! 8 Local State Parks Hosting First Day Hikes on Jan. 1st

Santa Cruz First Day Hikes 2018The New Year is knocking and 2017 is ready to take a hike out the door. But 2017 isn’t the only thing that should take a hike…so should you.

If you want to start the new year off fresh with a sense of renewal, exploring California State Parks on New Year’s Day could give you the perfect opportunity to do just that.

On New Year’s Day, 50 state parks will host 80 different hikes and outings, with a chance to see your parks like never before.

We are lucky here along the Central Coast, as there are many parks that are hosting this event this year. In fact, Santa Cruz County is hosting more state park First Day Hikes than any other county in the California State Parks system, with eight different parks here that are hosting events.

There are some really interesting hikes planned such as New Brighton State Beach offering a sunset hike to Capitola that is a rare opportunity with a very low tide. Other parks are offering redwood hikes, secluded tours and nature and bird walks.

Though the guided hikes and events are free, there is a $10 day use fee for parking in most parks. However, if you pay the day use fee in one park, it’s good at any state park for the remainder of that day until closing time. Maybe this will be a chance to go on more than one hike or do some park exploring of your own.

Here is a list of the California State Parks in Santa Cruz County that are offering First Day Hikes. You can find further details and times on the California State Parks website. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 29th – 31st, 2017

santa cruz new years eve weekend events 2017The last weekend of 2017 is here, believe it or not. It’s time to figure out how you will say goodbye to the old year and ring in 2018. We can help you with that! Check out our celebration-filled list of weekend events around the county.

If you’re looking for what to do on New Year’s Eve specifically, we’ve got you covered for that, too. Take a look at our New Year’s Eve Guide. It is packed with events to start 2018 off on the right note.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Events – Welcome 2018!

New Year's Eve Santa Cruz 2016

Get ready! 2018 is ready to make a grand entrance, which means it’s time to celebrate!

Whether you’re into a casual kind of evening or want to make it a formal affair, there are plenty of exciting choices for an evening filled with music, dancing or even bowling. Maybe you just want a quiet evening of food and drink out on the town. Whatever strikes your fancy this New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve broken out this year’s Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve events into categories to help you find just what you’re looking for:
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