“Attractions & Culture in Santa Cruz, CA”
The Santa Cruz Wharf is a wharf in Santa Cruz, California, USA, known for fishing, boat tours, viewing sea lions, dining, nightlife and gift shops. Composed of over 2000 70 ft. Douglas fir pilings driven 21 feet into the ocean floor, the wharf was 2,745 feet long. The wharf was actually the sixth wharf -- preceding it were the Cowell Wharf, the Gharky (yes, this is the correct spelling!) Wharf, the Railroad Wharf, the Connecting Wharf, and the Pleasure Pier. None of the existing wharves could serve deep-water ships. So, the current Municipal Wharf was constructed in 1914, with its end bent to the west for a steamship dock and freight warehouse. The wharf rail line was shifted to the Municipal Wharf, and the old Railroad Wharf became part of a sardine cannery before being demolished in 1922.
Extending from the Main Beach is the Santa Cruz Wharf, the longest pier in California. The large wooden pier is so long that cars can drive onto it to reach the end. Or you can go for a leisurely stroll.
Santa Cruz Wharf has several visitor attractions. You can get a taste of the best seafood in Santa Cruz at one of the restaurants, listen to live music, or browse some cool souvenirs in the small shops.
If you make it to the end of the wharf, you’ll reach a popular spot for seeing Sea Lions all year round.
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Santa Cruz Wharf
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