Day Trips

The Parks Department offers a wide variety of trips for older adults and seniors. We utilize luxury motor coaches (with a restroom onboard) for all trips. Included in the registration fee for each trip is bus transportation, tour guide, and entry fees; lunch is included only when specified.  Register NOW by calling  454-7941, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  You may also register on-line by clicking the program number (e.g. #13356).    

Golden Gate Fields

Join us in an exciting outing to Golden Gate Fields where we will enjoy a day of thrilling Thoroughbred racing and a lavish luncheon buffet in the Turf Club. The expansive viewing area offers a close-up view of your favorite rounding the turn, heading toward the finish line. Don’t miss out on action packed horse racing, a mouth-watering meal and a chance to taste victory!  Fee includes transportation, admission, reserved seating, racing program, and luncheon buffet.

Golden Gate Fields, San Francisco - Age 30+
Thurs 11/2 9 AM–6 PM $79 / $87 #17800


San Francisco Shopping, Sightseeing & Holiday Lights in the City Tour

Join us for a fun outing, beginning with an amazing shopping experience in downtown San Francisco. The bus will drop us off in the heart of Union Square, where you will be able to choose from a variety of stores and restaurants. If you like, you may choose to stay in one location and enjoy shopping at the Westfield San Francisco Centre. The Centre is home to the second largest Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s in the country as well as over 170 specialty stores and exclusive boutiques for an awe-inspiring blend of commerce, couture, cuisine and culture.  The fun only begins there!  After a day of shopping, a tour guide will meet us, board our bus, and narrate as we tour the city.  As darkness falls, we’ll be treated to views of holiday lights in San Francisco and even have the opportunity to disembark and have a closer look at some of the city’s best displays!  

Please note: we will arrive back in Santa Cruz County after sunset.

Union Square/Westfield Ctr., SF - Age 30+
Tues     12/5     8:30 AM–8:30 PM     $63 / $69     #17801


Christmas in the Adobes

Return to the days of Alta California and see Monterey’s historic adobes splendidly decorated for the season!  You will receive a program with a map to guide you as you stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Monterey, enjoying fandango dance lessons at the Custom House, bagpipes and shortbread cookies at Robert Louis Stevenson House, refreshments, games, history and more!  Bring a friend or grandchild with you to enjoy this festive event.  We will arrive in time for an early dinner on your own and browsing at Fisherman’s Wharf before the festivities begin at 5 PM.  

Please note: we will return to Santa Cruz County after sunset.

Historic Downtown Monterey – Age 7+
Sat 12/9 1–9 PM $55 / $61 #17802


Monterey Zoo & National Steinbeck Center

Did you know we have a zoo in our backyard?!  Tour this fascinating facility, formerly known as Wild Things, which is currently in the process of converting to a full-fledged zoo.  See the new enclosures that house professionally & humanely trained wild/exotic animals for film, television, live productions, education and much more as well as offer sanctuary to many rescued animals.  After visiting the lions, tigers, and other beautiful and intriguing animals, we’ll have an opportunity to feed carrots to a very grateful elephant!  After washing up, we’ll stop for lunch on your own nearby. 

Next, we’ll board the bus and travel to the National Steinbeck Center, which houses the largest collection of Steinbeck archives in the United States, with various exhibits on his body of work and philosophy. There is also a wing dedicated to the experiences of agricultural workers in the United States, a topic that Steinbeck was passionate about.  This will make for a great day with a friend and/or grandchild!

Monterey & Salinas – Age 7+
Sat     4/28/18     8 AM–4 PM     $61 / $67     #17803


Discover Sausalito

Enjoy a pleasurable day as we journey to San Francisco Bay.  The fun begins aboard a ferry on a relaxing voyage complete with marvelous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and other Bay area attractions.  Disembark at Sausalito, a charming waterfront community often compared to the French Riviera because of its Mediterranean flair and breathtaking views.  Dine at one of the many open air cafés, waterfront restaurants, or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in a picturesque setting.  Browse through unique boutiques and view the artwork displayed at various galleries throughout the downtown!

Sausalito, CA – Age 30+
Thurs     5/10/18     7 AM–5 PM     $52 / $57     #17804
Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •