3 Unique Attractions Worth Visiting in Santa Cruz

A visit to Santa Cruz might mean a day at the beach, walk along the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk or shopping at the Santa Cruz Wharf. But, if you want to take a step away from the usual things to do, visit a few unique local attractions! Continue reading for three unique attractions worth visiting while in Santa Cruz.


Mount Hermon Adventures     

Adventurous spirits: Visit Mount Hermon Adventures located just seven miles outside the city of Santa Cruz. At Mount Hermon, visitors have the chance to zip line through redwoods or take an aerial tour through the forest with a challenging ropes course.

  • Mount Hermon Redwood Zip Line Tour: Expect a two-hour guided adventure that includes six zip lines and two sky bridges at heights of up to 150 feet. Each tour can have up to eight people, led by two certified guides that will share a variety of forest facts along the way. Zip liners must be at least 10 years old and 53 inches tall. Summer tours are $99 per person.
  • Mount Hermon Aerial Ropes Course: Enjoy a two-hour session with access to three different courses, totaling 40 challenging elements (think: swinging logs and cargo nets) set 30 to 80 feet in the air. The courses vary in difficulty, allowing you to complete the tour at your own pace. And you’ll have access to the course’s trained staff throughout your session in case you need help. Sessions are $75 per person. Participants must be at least 10 years old and taller than 54 inches.


The Felton Covered Bridge

If you’re looking for a more mellow experience, visit the Felton Covered Bridge. Why a bridge? It’s considered the tallest covered bridge in the United States and has been a California Historical Landmark since 1957. The bridge is 80 feet long and stretches over the San Lorenzo River in Felton, Santa Cruz County. Visit the bridge for a photo, then continue on to the Felton Covered Bridge Park. At the park, you’ll find a picnic area, volleyball court, playground and plenty of green space. Fishing is permitted with the proper licenses.


Hotel Near Mount Hermon and Felton Bridge

After a day zip lining, walking on ropes or exploring a park, you’ll probably want to relax somewhere close. So, why not book a night or two at Brookdale Lodge? This newly renovated property is the epitome of a tranquil stay, situated in the mountains and complete with spacious rooms and forest views.


The Bigfoot Discovery Museum    

It might sound silly, but the Bigfoot Discovery Museum is actually a pretty popular stop among visitors, especially those with kids. Located in Felton, this quaint museum is filled to the doors with Bigfoot memorabilia, photos and merchandise. During your visit, take the chance to talk with the museum’s curator to hear his own sightings and knowledge of the mysterious Bigfoot. Overall, expect to spend about 30 minutes to an hour in the museum. The museum is open Wed-Mon 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is free; however, a $2 donation is recommended.


Hotel Near Bigfoot Museum   

As you look for a hotel near the Bigfoot Discovery Museum, consider staying at Hotel Solares. Along with the museum, this property is also located near many other Santa Cruz attractions ready for you to explore. P.S. Hotel Solares is open to all members of the family, including pets!


Which attraction will you visit first? Once you plan your itinerary, make sure to book a stay at either the mountainous Brookdale Lodge or the pet-friendly Hotel Solares!




Brookdale Lodge
Retreat to the mountains just above Santa Cruz and unwind at this newly renovated property. 11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale, CA 95007. 831.609.6010 https://brookdalelodge.com


Hotel Solares
Characterized by its bright yellow and blue hues, this pet-friendly hotel offers the best of Santa Cruz, located within walking distance of the iconic Boardwalk and downtown scene. 600 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 831.458.9660 http://www.hotelsolares.com/