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What to do in Aptos

There are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy yourself in Aptos. The rides, games, and concession stands at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are good places for squeezing in some fun. If stress-busting is more your thing, Faces Salon Santa Cruz is an oasis of relaxation and pampering.

If you're looking for something fun to do with the whole family, take them bowling at Boardwalk Bowl or head to Regal Cinemas Santa Cruz 9 for some classic entertainment.


Shopping in Aptos

Ross Dress for Less and Ross Dress for Less sell fashions from classics to the latest trends. Gateway Plaza is a local Aptos destination for picking up goods and gifts of all kinds.

Whether you're shopping for a new pair of earrings or a special gift, Anatometal Inc is a good bet for a little pick-me-up.

Head to Best Buy to find the latest in tech.


Not everyone in Aptos calls it a night after sundown. Party with the night owls at Mackenzie Bar & Grill, Back Nine Grill & Bar and Redwood Lounge.


Not everyone in Aptos calls it a night after sundown. Party with the night owls at Mackenzie Bar & Grill, Back Nine Grill & Bar and Redwood Lounge.


Best times to visit Aptos

A great deal is just as easy to find in Aptos as a great hotel. You can save 36% on your Orbitz hotel just by traveling in January. It's not the only time of the year that's easy on the wallet: February offers average savings of 32%, December offers average savings of 29%, and Orbitz features great hotel deals 365 days a year.


Where to eat in Aptos

If sightseeing has left you feeling peckish, enjoy a snack or a refreshing drink at Hollins House Restaurant, Crown/Merrill Dining Hall, Stevenson Coffee House and Banana Joe's. These and Aptos's many other restaurants offer up a tasty energy boost.


Where to eat in Aptos

If sightseeing has left you feeling peckish, enjoy a snack or a refreshing drink at Hollins House Restaurant, Crown/Merrill Dining Hall, Stevenson Coffee House and Banana Joe's. These and Aptos's many other restaurants offer up a tasty energy boost.


Shopping in Aptos

Ross Dress for Less and Ross Dress for Less sell fashions from classics to the latest trends. Gateway Plaza is a local Aptos destination for picking up goods and gifts of all kinds.

Whether you're shopping for a new pair of earrings or a special gift, Anatometal Inc is a good bet for a little pick-me-up.

Head to Best Buy to find the latest in tech.


Get outdoors in Aptos

Not all of Aptos's attractions are indoors. Spend some time at Natural Bridges State Beach. Visiting Natural Bridges State Beach, too, is a good way to get outside.


Arts and culture in Aptos

Anthropology, history, fine art — there's no limit to what museums can offer. Enjoy an educational and fun afternoon in Aptos at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Stevenson College Library, Bookshop Santa Cruz and University of California, Santa Cruz offer a taste of culture and learning.