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$800 starting price
$800 starting price
$500 starting price
$500 starting price
These prices are available for the months of April through October. These prices are available for the months of November through March.

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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 100 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 through 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, a 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.

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.

We invite you to tour our venues at our Open House Events and our Spring Showcase! Please visit for details.

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Bridal Suite

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Banquet Hall

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Uncovered Outdoor

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Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

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Event Rentals
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Reviews of Santa Cruz County Parks

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Marissa A. Sent on 08/02/2019
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Anonymous Sent on 01/19/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Lisa Sent on 03/26/2019
5 out of 5 rating

SC parks: Harvey west

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