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Santa Cruz County Parks

Santa Cruz, California View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
46 reviews
$2k - $2k For 100 Guests
Up to 200 guests

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$2k - $2k For 100 Guests
Up to 200 guests

Santa Cruz County Parks has four charming wedding venues located in Santa Cruz County, California. Couples will have the option of unique historical structures, beautiful park settings, pristine landscaped grounds or a lavish mansion for their big day. They pride themselves on their flexible policies, affordable rates and diverse settings for both your ceremony and reception. Santa Cruz County Parks can't wait to make your wildest dreams come true.

Facilities and Capacity
They have five different facilities with differing capacities (to include children and hired helpers) and prices with one-of-a-kind settings, which include:

  • Aptos Village Park - a lush park that features a clubhouse, spacious patio, romantic gazebo and a BBQ for 200 persons maximum April through October.
  • Highlands Park - boasts a grand mansion on beautifully manicured grounds. You can say your “I do’s” on their wedding lawn, and then dance the night away indoors. There’s also a garden room with a wet bar. The venue holds **125 people maximum indoors and outdoors during the months of April to mid-June, then up to 200 persons maximum through October.
  • Quail Hollow Ranch - perfect for intimate affairs. It can accommodate up to 100 persons maximum (April though October) at their rustic-style horse ranch house and spacious lawn. Guests will enjoy views of the orchards and wooded hillsides at this private venue.
  • Valencia Hall - a historic building that can accommodate up to 80 persons maximum year round. This quaint indoor venue features a covered porch, restored hall, nestled next door to an orchard and gorgeous redwoods.
  • Bear Creek Recreation and Community Center - a newly acquired, former country club. This mountain retreat boasts a clubhouse, adjoining grove picnic area and a 2,000-year-old redwood. Please contact Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District for reservations at (831) 338-4144. Reservation requests available on their website www.bcrpd.org.

Services Offered
Santa Cruz County Parks lets each couple choose their own vendors for a truly individualized celebration. Each facility only holds one event per day, so you'll have complete privacy. The caterer of your choice is welcome to use their kitchen facilities for warm up and serve food service only, while tables and chairs are provided. Your guests will enjoy plenty of complimentary parking, and most venues are wheelchair accessible. You’ll be responsible for setup and cleanup, but they will provide cleaning supplies that you can use at your disposal. Restrooms are available at each location.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$800

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$800

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Parking
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

200

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Farm/Ranch
Mansion
Park

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Chairs
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
December

46 Reviews

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    Marissa A. Married on 07/27/2019
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    Amazing Experience!

    I fell in love with this venue! Everything about it was perfect! I love the private country setting/environment. Very clean and plenty of parking:) Also, Parks and Rec was great to work with, they helped me every step of the way. Very professional people:) Thank you Brenda!
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    Anonymous Married on 07/12/2019
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    Excellent value, beautiful space

    We rented Highlands House in Ben Lomond for an indoor winter wedding and were completely happy with our decision. This is an excellent value—none of the ridiculous mark-ups that private venues charge when they find out your event is a wedding. Highlands House is beautiful and spacious, with a number of interior rooms that allow for flexibility in set-up (including a kitchen for food prep, a storage room for tables/chairs so you don't need to provide those, and two rooms upstairs for the wedding party to chill in). Everyone I worked with at the SC County Parks office and onsite at the venue was really kind and accommodating. If your event takes place during better weather than mine, the surrounding grounds are also lovely and add a ton of space. Highly recommend!
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    Lisa Married on 05/04/2019
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    SC parks: Harvey west

    Great value, flexible venue... We love being able to bring in our own catering etc. thank you!

    Santa Cruz County Parks's reply:

    We are so happy that you love Harvey West Park! Unfortunately it is a Santa Cruz City Park instead of one of our Santa Cruz County Park Centers (Aptos Park, Highlands Park, Quail Hollow Ranch and Valencia Hall). I hope you are able to share this with them; I am sure they would love to see your review.
    Best wishes!!

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979 17th Avenue Santa Cruz, California, 95062
8314547938
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