Spend Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz

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Spend Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes time to celebrate moms near and far! This Mother’s Day, visit Santa Cruz and treat your mom to a day at the beach or retreat in the woods. Experience all the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has to offer or enjoy brunch and a train ride at Roaring Camp Railroads. More details about both, below.


Thursdays at The Crow’s Nest

We know Mother’s Day lands on a Sunday, but if you’re spending a long weekend in Santa Cruz for the occasion, start your celebrations on Thursday at The Crow’s Nest Restaurant! Every Thursday night now through Aug 29, the Crow’s Nest hosts its Summer Beach Party. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until sunset. Each week features live entertainment on an outdoor beach stage, BBQ favorites and a bar. The Summer Beach Party series events are free to attend and family-friendly (great for Mother’s Day)!


Visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

For the rest of Mother’s Day weekend, travel just a short eight minutes down the coast to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Open since 1907, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is recognized as the best seaside park in the world. At the Boardwalk, you’ll find an energetic atmosphere, exciting rides, restaurants and seasonal events. For Mother’s Day, enjoy breakfast with the family at Barbary Coast. Then, purchase All-Day Ride Wristbands for hours of thrilling coasters. Challenge your mom to a competitive game of mini golf or peruse the wide variety of shops along the Boardwalk. Admission is free and ride tickets can be purchased at an affordable price. Boardwalk hours are generally 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.


Hotel Near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

For the full Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk experience, you’ll need to stay in the city for a night or two! If you’re bringing furry friends along, we recommend booking your stay at the nearby, dog-friendly Hotel Solares. Located right near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Hotel Solares’ bright décor and welcoming amenities are perfect for all visitors.


Mother’s Day Brunch at Roaring Camp Railroads

Not much of a beach-goer? Retreat to the mountains for a special Mother’s Day Brunch and train ride at Roaring Camp Railroads! On May 12, treat mom to a relaxing brunch buffet between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The buffet menu includes fresh fruit, salad, pastries, breakfast meats and more. Pancakes and mac ‘n cheese are available for the little ones. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids have the chance to create a special Mother’s Day gift at the crafts table. And after eating, attendees can sit back and enjoy a train ride through the towering redwood trees. Tickets for the train and brunch are $69 for adults and $50 for children. Tickets for just brunch are $39 for adults and $29 for children.


Hotel Near Roaring Camp Railroads

Continue your relaxing Mother’s Day retreat at the nearby 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.


Enjoy the best of both worlds this Mother’s Day with a visit to Santa Cruz! Spend a day on the beach at the exciting Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Or, retreat to the redwoods for a special brunch and train ride at Roaring Camp Railroads. Regardless of your plans, make sure to book a stay at one of our beautiful nearby hotels.



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/

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