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Looking for things to do in Elkhorn Slough and Santa Cruz? We put together a list of fun itineraries that are perfect for families. View itineraries below.

Family Itinerary Elkhorn Slough/Monterey

Book a Family Adventure Tour, perfect for families with small children, at Kayak Connection (11:00 am start) or rent our stable double kayaks to explore the Elkhorn Slough (9:00 am start).

Have lunch at El Torrito on Cannery Row in Monterey for stunning views that won’t break the bank.

Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium to get up close and personal with otters, jellies, stingrays and more!

Family Itinerary Elkhorn Slough/Aptos

Book a Family Adventure Tour at Kayak Connection or Rent our stable double kayaks to explore the Elkhorn Slough.

Have lunch at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing (there are so many fun things to do in Moss Landing!)

Visit the Forest of Nicene State Park for a magical hike in the Redwoods.

Locals Only Itinerary Elkhorn Slough

Book a morning Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour at Kayak Connection, lunch at the Haute Enchilada, and hike/explore the Elkhorn Slough Foundation at 1698 Elkhorn Rd with stunning, hidden gem views of the Slough and Monterey Bay.

Family Itinerary Santa Cruz – A Weekend Away

Day One: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, lunch at the Picnic Basket on Beach Street, sunset walk along West Cliff and a visit to the Santa Cruz Surf Museum.

Day Two: Breakfast at Harbor Cafe, Rent Double Kayaks at Kayak Connection for an on the water adventure, lunch at Seabright Brewery, visit the Redwoods at Henry Cowell State Park.

Walking Itinerary Santa Cruz – Park for Free for the Day

Park for Free on Lake Avenue (parking passes available at Kayak Connection).

Book a weekend Wildlife Tour with Kayak Connection and enjoy a guided tour of the Monterey Bay with views of the Walton Lighthouse, Santa Cruz Wharf, kelp beds, Steamer Lane and Natural Bridges.

After paddling, enjoy tacos and a beer at Johnny’s Harborside or walk to Seventh Avenue for the always satisfying Harbor Cafe.

Rent a wetsuit and a boogie board at Kayak Connection to walk to Twin Lakes Beach for some wave action and beach fun or book a sunset wine sail with The Chardonnay.

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