Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, & Amusements

Check these listings to learn about field trips, classes, events and activities, and collection check-out.

Bay Area Kid Fun
Aquariums, Zoos, and Animal Fun


California Missions (See also, ‘Learning Online’ – Social Studies)
Read about all the California Missions and get address.

Exploritorium Homeschool Programs
For families who would like to explore together in a series of ongoing hands-on workshops (2 different levels) that cover a broad array of topics, including chemistry, biotechnology and climate change.

Long Marine Lab and Seymour Center
Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab
100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA
Offers touch tank, aquarium viewing, docent led tours, educational exhibits and special programs and events for all ages.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Visit the displays, viewing tanks, and habitats of local sea life and learn through interpretive exhibits.  Participate in docent led tours, school tours, special teen clubs and classes, and view online podcasts.  Volunteer opportunities also available.

Santa Cruz Adobe Mission
126 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH)
Non-profit educational institution that offers exhibitions and collections of contemporary art and the history of Santa Cruz County, as well as educational events, Kids summer camp, and special programs. FREE admission days are the first Friday of each month.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
Offers Ohlone village exhibit, preserved birds of prey and other local animals in dioramas, with a touch tank and other exhibits.  Docents available to lead group tours and presentations.  Teachers and other community members are eligible to check out museum kits.  Special events and programs are offered yearly, as well as classes for children.

Santa Cruz Parent
Check this calendar for a good list of local and Bay Area family amusements and activities.

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Things to Do Guide search by state or region
Museums, Special Libraries, Historical Interest, Botanical Gardens, etc.

California (12 regions listed, including Central Coast and SF Bay Area)

Wilder Ranch State Park
Highway 1, Santa Cruz, CA
View the old houses, farm, creamery, old vehicles and equipment, animals, and exhibits.  Take a guided tour or watch docents making butter, working in the blacksmith shop, or demonstrating old-fashioned games.  Join in special events or programs.