If you’re looking to dig into Aptos’ past, the place to start is the Aptos History Museum. It’s located just off the State Park Drive freeway exit, adjacent to the Best Western Seacliff Inn (and Severino’s Bar and Grill).
The Aptos History Museum is a wonderful community asset with a fantastic collection of local artifacts, photographs, and information. It is made possible by the many volunteers who continue to donate their time and talent. The museum operates financially solely from memberships and donations.
They also have a small gift shop, a great place to buy something special for that Aptosian who already has (almost) everything.
Tip: Get involved! Come to a board meeting, the third Wednesday of every month, between 4 and 5 PM.
See also: http://aptoshistory.org/