Since we are now homeschooling, we decided to incorporate as many “learning” things as we could into this vacation.
So we visited the Seymour Center at Long’s Marine Lab where the girls were able to pet sharks, starfish, see dolphins, and learn about the bones of a grey whale.
We looked at trees and other plants at the UCSC Arboretum (not as much fun as seeing animals).
There was a visit to the Santa Cruz Mission.
Of course, we had to inspect the tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach.
There was a trip to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center.
We walked along the wharf (and sat on the sign).
Of course no trip to Santa Cruz is complete unless you spend a day at the Beach Boardwalk. Little people really loved the rides. Me? I was happy to watch.
Then we played at the beach. My favorite place.
I was granted a night out to visit with my friend Christine (The Aums) who was a huge help in planning my trip and she brought me liquor balls (OMG AWESOME!). We enjoyed a few cocktails at a dimly lit bar where we saw some colorfully drunk people. Unfortunately no pictures were taken but I did write down the ingredients from my cocktails. Priorities, right?
If you are ever looking for a place to vacation along the NorCal coast, I highly recommend Santa Cruz. I’ve been going there since I was a kid and I love it. And so did my kids. We’ll be back. Soon (I hope).