Sidewalk Dining at Cafe Compasino .
The Del Mar Theater Downtown.
Our Town Clock.
Santa Cruz Indoor Activities.
Things to do When you Come to the Adobe.
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History is located downtown on the corner of Front and Cooper streets, the Museum of Art and History (MAH) offers changing exhibits of western art and traveling shows and a very good permanent exhibit about the humans who have inhabited Santa Cruz County over the years. The museum shop has a local history book section and high design accessories for sale. 705 Front St. (831) 429-1964.
Art House Theaters. Downtown Santa Cruz has 17 movie screens. Six of these screens show exclusively foreign and independent films. With matinees every day, these art house theaters may be just the ticket for gray or rainy day. The Nickeloeon is located on Lincoln Street between Cedar and Center St. The Del Mar is on Pacific Avenue at Lincoln. The Nickelodeon 210 Lincoln St. (831) 426-7500. The Del Mar 1124 Pacific Ave. (831) 464-3220. Both can be found at www.thenick.com.
Pacific Edge Climbing Gym is on on the east side of Santa Cruz just off Seabright ave. It is the tallest indoor climbing gym on the west coast. If you are a beginner, they offer training and personal assistance. If you are an expert, you can climb to your heart's content. The old tin building they occupy was once a fish cannery. The cavernous space makes a perfect indoor mountain. After a few hours of climbing, walk across the street to the Seabright Brewery for a pint of locally brewed beer. (831) 454-9254.
Gayles Bakery and Rosticerria is four miles south of Santa Cruz in the town of Capitola. From the moment you walk through the doors you know this is no ordinary bakery. The quality and selection of their breads, pastries and cakes is unsurpassed. The beauty of their goods makes the experience much like an art gallery of food. Gayles is not only the best bakery in the county, it is also a café and deli built around a huge rotisserie. You will find sandwiches, wraps, salads, and whole meals. Gayles also serves a complete line of coffee and espresso. If you're heading to Capitola, do stop in at Gayles. Take Hiway 1 south from Santa Cruz to the Bay Avenue/Porter Street exit. Right at the stop light onto Bay Avenue. Gayles is on the left at the second stop sign. 504 Bay Avenue (831)462-1200.