Discover what Santa Cruz has to offer in a day
Love exotic plants? The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum boasts the largest number of Aussie flora this side of the Southern Cross. Wander on a self-guided tour among banksias, grevilleas, proteas, and other plants from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, many of which are low-water growers. Look for the stunning red and yellow pincushions (Leucospermum), which resemble finely tendriled sea creatures.
$5; High St. at Western Dr.; 831/427-2998.