If you’re planning a summer getaway weekend down in Santa Cruz, the University’s Arboretum is a must-do (and if you’re not planning a trip, why not?). Not everyone’s heard of this particular Arboretum and its beautiful gardens, so we wanted to get the word out! There’s lots and lots to see—it’s a huge place—so bring the binoculars and a camera.
When to go: The gardens are gorgeous all year round, but are at their most colorful between March and June.
Approximate travel time: The Arboretum is located 80 miles south of San Francisco.
What to see: Gardens from countries such as New Zealand and South Africa, birds (especially hummingbirds), a rare fruit garden, an aroma garden, and much more.
Where to have lunch: Bring your own (there are plenty of picnic tables there) or head over to ‘Emily’s Good Things To Eat’ — reportedly the best bakery in town.
How to dress: The weather is mild in Santa Cruz, but take jackets, as it can get cool/breezy.
Bonus: Admission is FREE the first Tuesday of the month.
Cost of trip: Inexpensive. Admission is only $5 for adults, $2 for ages 6 to 17, and under 6 are FREE.
NOTE: You can reserve specific areas within the gardens for any large group by calling 831.427.2998.