Attractions

There are all sorts of great attractions around Lompico. Enjoy a ride on the Felton Roaring Railroad down to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk or take a drive down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Or just hang around town and see a movie at one of the local cinemas.

Roaring Camp Railroads
5401 Graham Hill Road
Felton, California 95018
(831) 335-4484

A man by the name of Isaac Graham settled in the area of the camp in the 1830s. Soon after, Mexican authorities named Grahams settlement Roaring Camp. Not long after, the areas first railroad, the Santa Cruz & Felton, began carrying tourists to the Big Trees and to the beach in the 1870's.

The Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad runs from Roaring Camp Station through the redwoods of Santa Cruz County and has been in operation since 1985. The 6-mile round trip on an 1880-steam train is made in an hour and a quarter. Picnicking is permitted and a barbecue lunch is offered on weekends from May through October. Times and fares depend on train and time. Please call for information.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-5590

California's oldest amusement park (94 years old) is easy to get to from Lompico! The park includes two National Historic Landmarks - the 1911 Looff Carousel and 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster in addition to many modern day amusement park rides and attractions. Lompico is approximately 10 easy driving minutes to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Santa Cruz Wharf
Pacific Avenue at Beach Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 420-5725

The Santa Cruz Wharf is the longest public Wharf on the west coast: a half mile long. It is the most recent of five wharves since the first wharf in Santa Cruz was built in 1850. With about 4,500 wood pilings, it makes a bend at the last third to accommodate the oncoming wave action. It was also designed like this to accommodate the loading of ships.

The Wharf was originally built for commerce but has become primarily recreational over the years. It is now an open marine park that is open to the public from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The Wharf is accessible for bicycles, wheel chairs, pedestrians and automobiles.

Santa Cruz Mission
130 Emmett St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 425-5849

The adobe structure is constructed from bricks, made primarily from mud and straw, and stands as a reminder of the past. The Mission Santa Cruz was established in 1791 and built between the years of 1822 and 1824, mostly by the hard work of Native Americans in what was then known as "Alta California". These Native Americans were the main residents in what is now Santa Cruz County's oldest building. The lovely, single-story adobe has been restored to its original appearance.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 459-3800

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center prides itself on educating people about the role scientific research plays in the understanding and conservation of the world's oceans. This is a great place to take the kids to see a working marine laboratory, exhibit halls, aquarium, touch tanks, tours to marine mammal research overlook, Ocean Discovery Shop, and unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Hold a sea star - marvel at the world's largest whale skeleton - think like a scientist!

The Mystery Spot
465 Mystery Spot Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 423-8897

The Mystery Spot is an area about 150 feet in diameter located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California. Within the Mystery Spot you will be baffled as the laws of physics and gravity cease to exist.

Discovered in 1939 and opened to the public in 1940, the Mystery Spot has amazed and perplexed hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Many return again to experience the puzzling variations in gravity, perspective, height and more.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 648-4800

Located on Monterey's historic Cannery Row, just minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach, the mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire ocean conservation. With shark tanks, sea otter tanks, jelly fish tanks, kelp forest tanks, and much, much more, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is by far the best aquarium on the west coast.

Museums

Mount Herman Museum
37 Conference Drive,
Mount Hermon, CA 95041
(831) 335-4466

San Lorenzo Valley Museum
12547 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8382

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-1964

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 420-6115

Surfing Museum Lighthouse Point
809 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-6289

Cinemas

CineLux Scotts Valley Cinema
226 Mt Hermon Rd
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 438-3260

Nickelodeon Theaters
210 Lincoln Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-7507

Del Mar Theaters
1124 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 469-3220

Live Theatre

Mountain Community Theater
9370 Mill Street
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
(831) 336-2278

With 15 years experience in quality family entertainment, this year's season promises to be one you won't want to miss. Call for performance schedule.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare
500 Chestnut St, Ste 250
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 460-6396

Experience lively, innovative theater performed in the spectacular outdoor Festival Glen and the intimate indoor Mainstage Theater Under the majestic redwoods of coastal California, see one of the top ten Shakespeare Festivals in the country (as noted by USA Today, April 1999).