Santa Cruz

All Aboard for a Day Out With Thomas!

May 15, 2017

Day Out With Thomas at Roaring Camp Railroads.

Is your child a Thomas the Tank Engine fanatic? If so, your chance to experience all things Thomas & Friends and even take a ride on a train drawn by Thomas the Tank Engine himself is coming this summer! Tickets are on sale now for Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017, which takes place over two long weekends, July 28–30 and August 4–6, at Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains town of Felton.

You can take a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy some storytelling and videos, get creative with arts and crafts at the Imagination Station, and even get a (temporary) Island of Sodor friends tattoo. There's something for everyone. Of course there are also plenty of ways available to separate you from your cash, with just about every conceivable Thomas & Friends product available for sale.

Beach to Boardwalk: A Family Getaway to Santa Cruz

April 8, 2014

Santa Cruz panorama from the Dream InnOne of the great things about living in Northern California is the fact that there's no shortage of fantastic places to visit that are only a short drive away. A destination we love to visit for its beaches, stunning views, laid-back attitude, and world-famous Boardwalk is the seaside town of Santa Cruz.

The quintessential California beachside town, Santa Cruz is an ideal place for a family getaway for a long weekend, with plenty for everyone to do, from swimming and surfing to playing at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We also love the fact that Santa Cruz is only about two hours away by car—a road trip distance that everyone can manage without getting too cranky or rambunctious.

There's so much to do there that we can't possibly cover everything in one short article, so here are a few of our favorite highlights for a family visit on summer vacation, spring break, or any other time of year.

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