Beyond the Beach: A Family Road Trip Up Highway 1

highway 1 family road trip

When you drive north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1, you don’t need much of a plan.

You could spend days exploring less crowded beaches alone—from Fern Grotto to Año Nuevo and everywhere in between—but this iconic stretch of coast-hugging asphalt also leads the way to unique destinations beyond the beach and perfect for families.

Roadside U-pick farms, a nature and history center, and even seasonal train rides are all within a scenic 45-minute drive from the outskirts of town.

We’ve made planning a one-day road trip with the kids easy so all you have to do is pack a picnic, or better yet, bring an empty basket and fill it along the way.

Now choose the panoramic setting on your camera and go!
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The Top 3 Family Hikes in Santa Cruz County

Old Cove Landing Trail, Wilder Ranch

Santa Cruz County is home to some of the most beautiful State Parks in California.

Filled with endless trails for walking and hiking, our local state parks offer amazing scenery as well as opportunities to view local wildlife.  Best of all, many of the hiking trails in Santa Cruz County are perfect for the whole family to do together.

Here are the top 3 family friendly hikes in Santa Cruz:

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Kids Week in Downtown Santa Cruz

santa cruz kids week

Downtown Santa Cruz is an awesome place for friends and family to meet, shop, dine, take in entertainment, and just generally explore.  But sometimes it can be hard for families to find something that can be fun for both the parents and the kids.

Lucky for them, this July 27th through August 3rd is officially Kids Week in Downtown Santa Cruz — and anyone twelve and under won’t want to miss it. [Read more…]