Santa Cruz, CA


This is a gem of a park in Santa Cruz (despite the fact that it’s next to a sewage treatment plant)! The playground is modern and super fun, with a sandbox floor. There are these digging contraptions that let children hold handles and move around to scoop up the sand, and my son LOVED them. There are also baby swings and play structures. The playground seems best suited to younger kids/tots in general. It’s adjacent to a walking path next to the lagoon, so there’s opportunity to go searching for ducks, turtles, and other water birds. Highly recommended if you’re in the area!