Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz

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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. Put Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Santa Cruz vacation planner.
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  • A very old beach boardwalk hangout you definitely must visit. Make sure to take a ride on the oldest wooden roller coaster in California, the Giant Dipper, built in 1924. It still creaks, and I can't ...  more »
  • all kinds of rides -food booths arcades and has free music in the summer on fridats- it's right on the Beach so I say just go there and have a great time  more »
  • This was a fun place to visit and hang out as a family- lots of family friendly games and rides. Will be back!  more »
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  • Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk is a great place to go out with family and friends. The attractions and rides there are super fun and are pretty cheap. The beach is a great place to relax and take in the sun, or you can play around. They also have great food that will fill you for the day if you are hungry. It is best to go during the summer so you can cool off from the heat. This is also a great place to take pictures as it serves as an amazing background.
  • Great place to go with friends and family. Whether you’re looking to checkout the amusement park, relax on the beach, explore the town or try the local food - there’s something for everyone here! Perfect for a day trip during weekends in Bay Area. Ample paid parking available.
  • Great Boardwalk, great rides, best roller coaster in the world built in 1912 and still operating. There's a surprise at the beginning that you won't be expecting. Later roller coasters got bigger and bigger and so do not have the rock and roll that this one does. And hey. It's Santa Cruz! I live in this area but the Wonder and beauty of it does not get old. Try having dinner or lunch out on the pier at Riva, the locals favorite. Ask for a window table.
  • How to find a description not already written about this place ..... Every superlative you have heard or read is not quite good enough! Not even Coney Island can match the vibe you feel here. Like old A.C. Boardwalk maybe? Only on one of the most scenic coastlines in America. Coaster surpasses expectations as well. Over 60 million riders make this one of the most popular thrills on the planet.
  • This is one place where neither the adults nor the kids will get bored! Lots of rides, good food, drinks, etc. available and you can just sit and watch the ocean to catch your breath in between. Kids off all ages can have fun here as there are rides for almost all, including toddlers... Prices are a little high but then take the all you can ride thing and you won't regret a bit!! Loved the place and my daughter was just so happy!!

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Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Most of the accommodations in Santa Cruz occupy a place near the beach and boardwalk. Inns and bed and breakfasts make up most of the selection here, but you'll also find a few motels and hotels sprinkled in. You might consider staying in one of the inns or bed and breakfasts located inside some of the Victorian houses downtown, which lies just to the north. A number of budget motels line both San Lorenzo Boulevard, which is just across Carbonara Creek from the main tourist area by the beach, and Ocean Street a little farther north.
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