Henry Mello Center

A home to the Santa Cruz County Symphony

Watsonville’s Wetlands

Hundreds of species of birds call the Watsonville Wetlands home

The Ag History Museum

Celebrating the heritage of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley

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Watsonville - Pajaro Valley

The south Santa Cruz County region of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley boast pristine beaches and a Mediterranean climate. The Pajaro Valley – which can be seen from the summit of Mount Madonna – includes the small communities of Corralitos, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Pajaro, Royal Oaks, Pajaro Dunes, and Watsonville. Explore the miles of trails around the Wetlands of Watsonville, perfect for birders. Adjacent to Watsonville, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve is one of California's last undisturbed coastal wetlands and provides more opportunities for spectacular year-round bird watching. And Watsonville's annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival is a wonderful way to celebrate the hundreds of species of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds which call the area home. Enjoy a leisurely day of wine tasting on the Corralitos Wine Trail. Take a Historical Walking Tour or explore the town and discover the Apple Crate Murals - exact mural replicas of box and crate labels used in the 1900s and one of the top 5 places for public art. Other celebrations like the Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay, the Burrito Bash and the weekly farmer's market and attractions like Watsonville Plaza, the Henry J. Mello Center, Agricultural History Museum, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Pajaro Valley Arts Gallery, and the Pajaro Valley Historical Museum are sights not to be missed. Read more...

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