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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz

Categories: Piers & Boardwalks, Entertainment Centers, Fun & Games, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
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 the amusement park was closed for winter hours when we visited, it still gave off a great playful atmosphere and great backdrop for taking photos from the pier. Reminded me a lot of Santa Mon...  read more »
  • Santa Cruz is my favorite place! The boardwalk is so much fun for families and kids of all ages. A throw back to the past. Not your average theme park. The most fun you'll have!! 
  • Although the Board Walk Amusement Park was closed, we enjoyed the amazing weather and ambiance of the Santa Cruz Beach and Wharf. Hope to sit of the rides in the future!! It was fun and great outing w...  read more »
  • I love this place but there is inconsistencies with the ride operators. Just tried to ride the undertow, a ride I rode on Wednesday wearing same jacket with same bag over my shoulder no issues. Today I get all the way through the line and was made to get off ride. My bag was securely over my shoulder and underneath my zipped up jacket, I also wore it on the giant Dipper which is a lot more jumpy I had no issues with the bag. When I was told the bag needs to go in the locker I asked where are the signs. She pointed out a small sign that had an arrow and lockers in big letters, the rest were in little letters. I'm at the beach and amusement park so to me that means lockers for clothes so I wouldn't particularly continue reading. I Get off the ride and try to leave but the chain was up and I was having a difficult time getting off the attendant just stares at me until I asked her are you going to let me out. The rest of my party continues on the ride and as I am waiting I noticed another operator standing near the entrance where are the seat tester and the entrance to the line are located. If she standing there watching wouldn't that be the opportune time to let people know they need to store in the locker instead of waiting till they get all the way through the line. I have no problem following the rules, it's just frustrating when it's not clearly marked, my items were clearly secured on my body, and The Operators aren't consistent. This is a great ride, I enjoyed it very much so not being able to ride on it was very disappointing.
  • Gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful. Bring a sweater it does get breezy if you're not ready for it. Don't forget a blanket and an umbrella. There's so much to do and see. It's a great place to have fun if you have the cash to spend.
  • This place is a ton of fun! The boardwalk has a bit of a retro vibe with the rides and colors. If you're into taking photos, there's a ton of great photo ops here too. Just make sure to leave the tripod at home as security will be right on you if you start to set up. A great place to spend the day, especially if the weather is warm! I docked one star for the prices being a bit high. $5 to ride the roller coaster, yikes. Best deal is to come during a promotion or just get the season pass.
  • Always a great time! I grew up going to the boardwalk and love it still! So many options- Stroll around and enjoy people watching, the ocean breeze, sand in the toes, arcade fun including laser tag, volleyball, kites, and of course the awesome rides and the wharf. Hungry? Too many choices to mention ! Sunset is beautiful and lights at night are a delight ! Music and movies on the beach! Enjoy!!
  • Lovely beach with tons of ride but my fav thing about this beach is the backwaters from the sea. This provides two great benefits 1. Respite from ice cold ocean water. Backwaters is rather warm and cozy. 2. Safe zone for kids to play in water. You don't need to be holding hands all the time. Water is shallow in backwaters and kids love it. Nice festive like atmosphere with people sun bathing, bbqing, playing. It's a nice fun place to spend your day.
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