Besides the Mystery Spot, another cool place to visit is the Santa Cruz Wharf. Unlike the super busy San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 39, the Santa Cruz Wharf is a small and more laid-back version. The wharf extends about half a mile out to sea and is the longest pier on the West Coast.
You can walk, bike and even drive onto the pier. There are quite a number of parking spots on the pier. Entrance is free but you will have to pay for parking. If the pier parking is full, there are lots of street parking nearby.
There are lots of cute little shops for shopping on the pier. There are also dine-in restaurants or little take-out windows seen below where you can get food. We like to get our clam chowder and fish & chips from these take-out windows and eat on one of those tables outside. But beware of the seagulls flying around. Sometimes they are very hungry and can get a little too close!! It’s also a good idea to wear a hat or hoodie just in case the seagulls decide to “go to the bathroom”!!! 😛
You can also do some fishing from the pier and check out sea-lions. They like to sleep right under the pier (see the little fenced-off square in the middle). People are looking down & checking out the sea-lions. CJ likes to “talk” to the sea-lions!! Sometimes they will answer back if they are not sleeping. 😛
Also, from the pier, you can walk to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk which is a oceanfront amusement park. It is California’s oldest surviving amusement park. There are both indoor and outdoor rides & games