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Holiday Ice Skating
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Classic Holiday Movies

Schedule

November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

Our new 40' x 60' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

 

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Living History Days
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San Juan Bautista State Park
Bring the family and enjoy our 1st Saturday Living History Days
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: The cost for entrance to the museum, stables and buildings is only $3 each for anyone over 16 .

Living History Days, 1st Saturdays

Step back to the early days of San Juan and meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. (Even One-Eyed Charley has been spotted a few times.) Watch games, crafts and cooking demonstrations. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. See historic horse-drawn vehicles inside the Plaza Stables as well as Victorian furnishings in the Plaza Hotel and Zanetta family home.

There is much to do and see for FREE.
The cost for entrance to the museum, stables and buildings is only $3 each for anyone over 16 years of age. (So kids are FREE.)

 

The park includes several structures built in the 1800s. The four main historic museums are the Plaza Hotel, the Zanetta House/Plaza Hall, the Plaza Stables, and the newly reopened Castro-Breen Adobe. Many of the interiors are arranged as furnished vignettes or with colorful and informative exhibits that help create a unique learning environment for people of all ages. The park also features a blacksmith shop, theh istoric jail, and an early American settler’s cabin.

 

Tours
The park is open Tuesday through Sunday for self guided visits and also offers guided walking tours by advanced reservation. The park is closed on Mondays. Call 831-623-2753 for information.


Location: Second St, San Juan Bautista Map
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Bittersweet Harvest The Bracero Program
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Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum
Bittersweet Harvest Cultural Community Celebration
Date: 06/01/2013 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Bittersweet Harvest, a bilingual exhibition, explores the bracero program, the largest guest worker program in American history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican nationals came to the U.S. on short-term labor contracts, which offered them much-needed work and economic opportunity. Their dramatic story reveals an important but overlooked chapter in our nation's history-which remains highly relevant today.

Join the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

For a Cultural Community Celebration
Saturday, June 1, 2013
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free Admission includes Cultural Dancers, Live Music, Movie,
Art Display, Family Activities, Food & Beverages


Location: Monterey County Agricultural & R, 1160 Broadway, King City Map
Phone: (831)385-8020 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
Monday, September 5 from 11 am to 3 pm
Weekends from 11 am to 3 pm
Tour of the ranch houses at 1 pm

Discover what life was like a century or more ago on this innovative dairy ranch.  The hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1856 Gothic Revival farm house, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. You can also play Victorian games or bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn, visit the farm animals and see what activities are taking place on the ranch this weekend; You may learn about hand quilting, watch blacksmithing, or wood stove baking techniques.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.

 

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Nature Walks
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City of Watsonville
Bring the peace and beauty of nature into your life!
Date: Every Su at 1:30pm


Guided exploration walk in the wetlands. Meet at the Nature Center. Binoculars provided. Great for all ages! Weather permitting. FREE


or Learn While You Walk

Thirteen interpretive trail signs have been installed along the Wetlands of Watsonville. These trail signs teach about the natural and cultural history of our wetlands and address local conservation issues. Several more will be developed to convey litter, pet waste and environmentally friendly car wash practices.

 


Location: Wetlands of Watsonville, 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831.768.1622 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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