Santa Cruz & San Jose

Forest edens, pools and streams of clear water, quaint wooded towns, brisk ocean air, and redwoods towering above.

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The Tech Interactive Museum, San Jose

Everything a museum should be: interactive, colorful, with something for all ages.

Lighthouse Field State Beach, Santa Cruz

Gorgeous point jutting out into the sea, with long walk along the cliffs. Popular surf spot.

Garden of Eden, Ox Trail, Felton

A gorgeous hike through redwoods to a pool in the river, with smooth white rocks to sit on.

Santana Row, San Jose

A sophisticated European-style development with shops, cafes, fountains, gorgeous architecture, and the most amazing flower baskets!

Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton

A train ride in an open car into the redwood forest among glorious old trees- a dream!

Vasona Lake/Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos

A fantastic park a jet plane, fire engine, and train to climb! Carousel, railroad rides, summertime paddle boat rides, walkway along a gorgeous creek, amazing tall pines, two play structures, and geese!

Scotts Valley town (near Santa Cruz)

Magical spot tucked into the woods

Felton town (near Santa Cruz)

Picturesque town, deep in the forest.

Santa Cruz Pier

Listen to the sea lions and enjoy the views of the coastline!

Downtown San Jose

Stark, with lots of cement, but a few architectural treasures and some great museums!

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose

Museum run by a masonic-like church, with beautiful grounds but nothing interactive for kids.

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose

Beautiful mansion with a very strange history.

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