Top Attractions & Things to Do in Aptos, CA

Situated between towering redwood forests and pristine stretches of shoreline, the town of Aptos has gorgeous natural and manmade attractions. Below, we’ve put together a brief list of just a few of our favorite sightseeing spots and things to do in Aptos, CA. We hope that you enjoy these places and what they have to offer as much as we do!

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Must-See Places in Aptos

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is a dynamic locale with an extensive, forty-mile network of trails for jogging, hiking, horseback riding, and biking. Here, the terrain sweeps upward from low-lying coastal flatlands to impressive mountain peaks covered in swathes of the region’s famous redwood trees. The park’s trails are suited to hikers of all skill levels, meaning you’ll find trails fit for everyone from children to expert hikers. As this park is less well known than others in Aptos, it also experiences less crowds during the busy summer season than its counterparts. Search for the largest redwood tree in the park—a tree known as The Advocate with a forty-five foot circumference—on Old Growth Loop Trail.

Seacliff State Beach, mentioned in our list of Aptos beaches, is an expansive beach park that is a popular destination for pier fishing, swimming, picnicking, and surfing. At Seacliff State Beach, you’ll also encounter the S.S. Palo Alto, an oil tanker made from concrete that was meant to serve during World War I, but never saw any active service. It now serves as an artificial reef, playing host to a wide variety of marine animals. The park is also a great place to watch dolphins, whales, sea otters, sea lions, and harbor seals.

The Aptos History Museum lets visitors dive into the local history of Aptos through its collection of photographs and other artifacts covering the Native American tribes who lived here, natural disasters, and more.

In Aptos Village, you’ll find a plethora of shops and restaurants to peruse and sample from, but you’ll also encounter the vast Aptos Village Park. Spanning over ten acres, it’s a pleasant place for a picnic, but it’s also the site of many outdoor events and festivals, like the American Music Festival. Additionally, Aptos Village is home to the second-oldest magnolia tree in the entire world, which can be seen on the ground of the Bayview Hotel Bed and Breakfast. In the Victorian garden, it also houses a rose tree that’s over 130 years old.

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