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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz
(4.1/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web)
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California’s oldest surviving amusement park, offers classic funfair attractions in a seaside setting. Ride on the Giant Dipper, a world-famous wooden roller coaster that has thrilled visitors since 1924. Make sure to keep your eyes open to catch superb views of the beach. For more vintage fun, take a spin on the Looff Carousel, a hand-carved merry-go-round that dates back to 1911. Try your luck on carnival games, play old favorites in the video arcade, or swing a round of mini-golf. Refuel with boardwalk classics, such as corndogs, pretzels, cotton candy, and saltwater taffy. If you are in the mood for something more upscale, head to Fisherman’s Galley. Make Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk a centerpiece of your Santa Cruz vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Santa Cruz itinerary planner.
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  • Although this area is quite full, it is possible to have a good time with friends and admire the landscape.
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  • The boardwalk was very pretty and quaint. Great view of the Farris wheel and lots of sea lion activity going on below. I saw a cute otter putting in a show for everyone. Nice choice of restaurants to ...  more »
  • This may seem childish to some, I love the Boardwalk at every age. It's my go to whenever I'm in town. Always worth the drive up Hwy 17 to the Dippers and Neptune's! 
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  • Better than ever.... went to an event at the Coconut Grove, which was really fun. It's really old-fashioned Santa Cruz, and there's not a bad day there as far as I'm concerned. I've been gone for over a year, and especially enjoyed being there.
  • Nice place to go people watch, try to go in the weekday during the summer though. But the summer events are fun and the rides are decently priced. There is no price of admission, but they'll get you with the parking. Please don't park in the neighboring streets. Many of them require permit parking and you will get fined. It's also a bit rude for those that live there.
  • Lively place with lots of things to do with your family. Expect crowds of tourists. I was slightly alarmed by all the girls being murdered on roller coasters. Fishing from air-conditioned trucks must be some new sport. And if you're looking for the seals they aren't on the beach but at the far end of the pier on an old broken boat dock. Be assured Paul Blart: Dock Cop has your back.
  • My boyfriend and I love to spend our time on the coast. Going to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk was a great experience. There is a wide variety foods to choose from and everything we tried was delicious. There is also plenty of things to do for all ages... Carnival rides, roller coasters, games, restaurant, shopping, concerts Kama volleyball, or just relaxing on the beach. If you're lucky the seals will come close to the shore so your kids can see them. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a great family destination.
  • A really fun little amusement park, with plenty of rides to keep you busy all day. The indoor mini-golf is a really nice course, and they have a lot of non-ride activities, like laser tag and an arcade. The food can be a little blah, if it's not a sweet, but it's walking distance from downtown Santa Cruz if you want better fare.