What a treat! Last weekend, while visiting friends in Santa Cruz, we ventured down to the Santa Cruz Harbor, home to many different types of boat and fishing charters, and discovered several fun activities, for all levels and interests.
If you would like to take to the water, Chardonnay Charters offers several options, including family-oriented Eco-tours, Friday night winemaker’s tours, and year-round afternoon sails, all aboard the beautiful Chardonnay II 70-foot sailing yacht.
And, for those of you adventurous enough to explore the Pacific Ocean yourself, visit the Kayak Connection and join one of their many outings. In March, April and May, you can join one of the whale watching tours; during the rest of the year, explore the coast of California on a wildlife tour or enjoy a sunset or full moon paddle.
We enjoyed walking around, looking at the boats going in and out, watching the seals in the harbor, and exploring the Walton Lighthouse at the end of the point. My kids were fascinated by a boat being put to water, using the big dock hoist. It would also be a great place to run or ride bikes, and dog owners can be seen with their four legged friends running on the beach.
Mark your calendars now – December 6, 2008, at 5:30p.m., the annual Lighted Boat Parade takes place at the Santa Cruz Harbor. Don’t miss this outstanding show including 50 decorated power and sailboats parading through the harbor. A canned food drive benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Enjoy your day at the Santa Cruz Harbor!
Photos courtesy of Kitchen Gadget Girl.