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UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

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The University of California, Santa Cruz, is a public research university and one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Located 75 miles south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2001acres of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz began as a showcase for progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. Since then, it has evolved into a modern research university with a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs, while retaining its reputation for strong undergraduate support and student political activism. The residential college system, which consists of ten small colleges, is intended to combine the student support of a small college with the resources of a major university.
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  • UCSC offers a modern campus with buildings set far apart in a wooded hillside overlooking Monterey Bay. There also is an Ag School with lots of critters and a greehouse where you can plants and gifts....  more »
  • Who wouldn't love a UC with close proximities to the beach but developed within a forest? You'll see turkeys, deers, and other sorts of wild life just trotting / walking around. If you want to explore...  more »
  • This is one of the nicest UC campuses. In addition to the solid educational opportunities, the campus offers hiking, mountain biking, disc golf and countless recreational activities, most with spectac...  more »
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  • I read that on average visitors spend half an hour here. I can't think that's right. We spent 4 hours there in upper 90s heat yesterday and still didn't see it all. There are plenty of nice wooden benches placed around for resting, observing birds, butterflies and just enjoying the place. Yes, the gift shop is nice and has a really nice selection of live plants, but I wouldn't list it as the highlight. In fact, I can't easily pick a favorite featured area. Anyone who loves our local unique climate should enjoy learning of the other places on the globe that share the same. Admission is very reasonable. Generalized map available paper or download to your phone. I would like a more detailed map because it easy to miss some of the many trails. I can't wait for cool weather to go mill around on an overcast day. Right now highlights are the scent garden (sages rule!), cactus and succulents.
  • Beautiful gardens at the base of Univ. of California Santa Cruz. Well worth a stop. Various gardens from different continents. Sculpture art amongst the plants. Great gift shop with high quality gifts and garden supples.
  • Nice to see different types of plants and trees. Also the art sculptures were beautiful to see.
  • Worth visiting for the white hummingbird, but otherwise felt unkempt and lacklustre
  • We had a great time walking through this area. Very interesting.

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Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Most of the accommodations in Santa Cruz occupy a place near the beach and boardwalk. Inns and bed and breakfasts make up most of the selection here, but you'll also find a few motels and hotels sprinkled in. You might consider staying in one of the inns or bed and breakfasts located inside some of the Victorian houses downtown, which lies just to the north. A number of budget motels line both San Lorenzo Boulevard, which is just across Carbonara Creek from the main tourist area by the beach, and Ocean Street a little farther north.
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