Antique shopping is the main draw of Soquel’s downtown. Here, you’ll find everything from vintage clothing and heirloom jewelry to books, photos, and early American furniture. Popular stores include Frank’s Antiques, Trader’s Emporium
, Wisteria Antiques
, and Design and Crawford Antiques.
Residents also frequent Anna Jean Cummings Park, locally known as "Blue Ball Park" due to the art installation of four giant, 8-foot wide balls that appear to be rolling down the coastal prairie terrace. The 95-acre property opened in the summer of 2001 and features an expansive lawn, picnic pavilion, playground, and restrooms. There are also natural turf baseball and softball diamonds and soccer fields, plus a walking and jogging path.
Wine tastings are a regular occurrence at Bargetto Winery
, which also hosts weddings and private events and offers a wine club. At Soquel Vineyards
, you’ll find plenty of Pinot Noir varietals and amazing views of Monterey Bay.
At Soquel Demonstration State Forest
, which consists of some 2,681 acres, there is public access to the beauty of the coastal redwoods. The forest’s proximity to the metropolitan centers of San Francisco and Monterey Bay provides excellent opportunities for "hands-on" forestry education and outdoor recreation. Visitors enjoy hiking, bicycling, picnicking, and horseback riding.