Wilder Ranch State Park#8 in Best Things To Do in Santa Cruz
Located just west of central Santa Cruz, Wilder Ranch State Park is a 1800s-era dairy ranch, home to a Victorian homestead and a water-powered machine shop (both of which travelers can tour). Visitors can also stretch their legs on the property's more than 35 miles of trails, which crisscross the Santa Cruz Mountains and line the coastal bluffs.
Recent travelers said the ranch's buildings are interesting, but that the real treasure is the ability to hike, bike or horseback ride on the trails, which feature beautiful views unfettered by passing cars.
The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. Although admission is free, parking at the state park costs $10. You'll find Wilder Ranch State Park just west of central Santa Cruz. For more information, check out the California Department of Parks and Recreation's website.
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