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Felton & Santa Cruz Day Trips
Felton & Santa Cruz Day Trips

Felton can be found in Santa Cruz County, a drive just under two hours south of San Anselmo, making Felton a perfect destination for a day trip.

Felton is filled with tons of activities for everyone, including zip lining, train rides and a Big Foot Discovery Museum. There’s plenty of hiking and biking, festivals and wine tasting for those lazy afternoons that make your vacation truly relaxing. Whether you’re with just your sweetheart or the entire family, you’ll find Felton the perfect place to day trip.

Felton has a few unique restaurants and cafes that are definitely worth trying. The Oak Tree Ristorante is a charming cabin-style restaurant under a romantic canopy of greenery. Stop in for a cup of coffee, glass of wine, lunch or dinner and enjoy lunch or dinner in the enchanting garden. Try the exceptional seafood salad or Pesto & Pine Nut Gnocchi dish. Every single item on the menu is made from scratch at Oak Tree, including breads, pastas and sauces.

Address: 5447 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-5551


Although you can only pay with cash, Rocky’s Café has the best French toast, blueberry pancakes and coffee in town! Enjoy breakfast on the second-level patio.

Address: 6560 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-4637


Named after former Oakland mayor and judge, John B. Felton, this historic logging community sits in the shade of towering redwoods, tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains. There’s a Graniterock quarry and two main streets in this small town. Felton’s weather ranges from about 50° in the winter to about 85° in the summer. Take the whole family on a train-riding adventure on Roaring Camp’s 1890s steam engine. The kids will also enjoy gold-panning, blacksmithing and candle-making.

Address: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-4484


Take your picture with the ten-foot Sasquatch at the Big Foot Discovery Museum. Swing by to see two rooms filled with Bigfoot sighting maps, footprints and more.

Address: 5497 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-4478


Fly through the redwood forest on a zip line longer than 400 feet! Check out Redwood Canopy Tours.

Address: 17 Conference Dr., Mount Hermon, CA 95041
Phone: (831) 430-4357


Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park has tons of biking and hiking trails, one in particular that winds through the woods along Fall Creek. The 3.2-mile hike is definitely worth bringing your camera; the views are stunning.

Address: 1400 Felton Empire Rd., Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-4598


Hallcrest Vineyards is the perfect place to bring your sweetheart. Relax on the sunny patio and enjoy cookies and delicious wines made at the one of Santa Cruz’s oldest mountain wineries.

Address: 379 Felton Empire Rd., Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-4441


There are a few festivals and annual events that draw hundreds to Felton every year. There’s a parade and festival honoring veterans held at Covered Bridge Park every Memorial Day weekend, a fundraising Race Thru the Redwoods each August, a BBQ each September and tree-lighting ceremony each December.

There are several unique hotels and places to stay in Felton. The Fern River Resort has charming riverside cabins with kitchenettes, free Internet, free parking and tons of activities like ping pong, volleyball and tetherball. Outdoor lovers can enjoy more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails in nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Relax in the spa tub or sunbathe on the little beach on the San Lorenzo River.

Address: 5250 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-4412


Those with RVs can enjoy camping under the towering redwoods and stars in one of two parks: the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort and the Smithwoods RV Park (Seniors can enjoy a 10% discount here).

Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
Address: 4980 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-8312

Smithwoods RV Park
Address: 4770 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018
Phone: 831-335-4321