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Guided Tour For Mobile Devices

The Friends have prepared a free guided tour of the Historic District in partnership with Mobile Ranger. Visit the Mobile Ranger web site to learn how you can download the free app and enjoy this an other local history tours. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices.


Tour Brochure

This PDF brochure includes a tour map of the district with photos and descriptions of the historic structures. Download the brochure.

Getting there

The Cowell Lime Works Historic District is located on the UC Santa Cruz campus, just inside the main entrance at Bay St. and High St. in Santa Cruz.

  • By bus: SCMTD buses provide frequent service between downtown Santa Cruz and the campus. There are stops in the historic district at High St./Bay St., and on Coolidge Dr.
  • By bike: Bike lanes on High St. and Bay St. provide access to the campus. A bike trailer provides a lift from Mission St. during morning commute hours.
  • By car: From Hwy 17, take Hwy 1 north (toward Half Moon Bay). Travel north on Hwy 1 (Mission St.) about 1 mile to Bay St. Turn right and proceed uphill to the campus main entrance.


Obtain a daily parking permit ($6.00) and campus map at the Main Entry kiosk on Coolidge Dr. Park in the lots on the west side of Coolidge, adjacent to the Barn Theater, Admissions Office and kilns, or near the Granary Childcare Center at High and Coolidge.