Come Visit Us This Summer!

eSlug Newsletter Summer 2015

We are always encouraging your students to come visit Santa Cruz and see our campus, but you and your family might want to visit too, and summer is the perfect time to go, even if it's only for a quick day trip. Following are some highlights on campus and in the community during the summer:

Campus ToursThe Admissions Office continues its Campus Tours Program on weekdays throughout the summer. Our informative student tour guides provide insight into the undergraduate experience, highlight our academic opportunities, and showcase our stunning campus environment.

Family campus tours are approximately one hour and thirty minutes long and combine walking and shuttle transportation throughout the 2,000-acre campus. Reservations are required and may be made online.

Group Tour reservations (tours for schools, educational programs, or community-based organizations with groups of six or more people) can be made online. Group tour requests are taken up to one year in advance.

Families should schedule a visit on one of our regular weekday tours, even if the group consists of more than five members.

More about Campus Tours

Other campus activities, such as art exhibits, workshops, and sales, take place on campus and at UCSC's off-campus affiliates throughout the summer. To see what's happening, check the following web sites:

Campus Calendar
UCSC Arboretum
Seymour Marine Discovery Center at UCSC's Long Marine Lab
Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton

The Santa Cruz area itself is a tourist destination, especially in the summer, with its miles of scenic beaches, towering redwood forests, an old-fashioned seaside amusement park, and numerous opportunities for hiking, biking, and nature viewing. Family-friendly, inexpensive activities abound. The City of Santa Cruz is a diverse, dynamic town with a lively arts scene and interesting shops.

Downtown Santa Cruz
Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Wharf

Here are just a few events happening in the community this summer:

Downtown Santa Cruz Antique Street Faire
Second Sunday of the month, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lincoln Street between Pacific and Cedar
Vendors offer an eclectic mix of antiques and unique items, from vintage clothing to collectibles and more. Look for that hard-to-find item or see what local merchants have to offer.

Seymour Center Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Marine Mammal Research Tours, Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours, and Santa Cruz
Municipal Wharf Tours
See the website for schedules:

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
53rd Season: August 2–16, 2015
Venues: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street
Mission San Juan Bautista in San Juan Bautista
Nestldown in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Featuring Maestra Marin Alsop and renowned guest artists from all over the world, the festival focuses on exciting new music, orchestral works that are seldom over one or two years old. 831.426.6966

For further information:
UCSC's Visitor Guide, which is useful throughout the year, contains maps, activities, self-guided tours of the campus, and Santa Cruz community information.

The web site for the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors' Council has excellent information to help you plan your trip, including a searchable database of local accommodations and a dining guide.

Please note: If you're coming from Central or Southern California, you may find the mornings and evenings a bit chilly. Dress in layers, and if you're planning to visit campus, wear comfortable walking shoes for our hilly terrain.