This past Sunday the weather was absolutely gorgeous, 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. We started off the day by visiting a new church, then after lunch we grabbed the frisbee and headed to the park. At around 4 o’clock we were trying to figure out what to do next and we decided that we wanted to go to the beach…so we did. Since we had already checked out Monterey we thought we’d try Santa Cruz, and away we went.
During the hour long drive we Googled the city and discovered that Santa Cruz is home to California’s oldest and most popular seaside amusement park called the Boardwalk. We parked there and had so much fun walking amongst the rides and games all while enjoying a great view of the beach. They had all of the classic theme park games, bumper cars, a gondola and a huge arcade.
We even found a little bit of Texas there in the form of a giant donut, but it still wasn’t as big as the super-sized one at Round Rock Donuts.
We had dinner at a pseudo Mexican restaurant on the pier and then headed back to the car, walking back through the Boardwalk on our way out. We stopped for ice cream at The Penny Ice Creamery which is an organic, artisan ice cream shop who makes their ice cream fresh every day from locally farmed ingredients. Their available flavors are different every day, constantly changing with the seasons; Mark got cookies & cream and I got chocolate sorbet and coffee chocolate chip. We try not to go super crazy on sweets but I’m so glad that we splurged here, everything was homemade down to the cookies in Mark’s cookies & cream and the waffle cones too…totally worth it!
I’m looking forward to visiting Santa Cruz again in the summer, playing some beach volleyball in the sun and hopping on some rides at the Boardwalk.